Brown Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

BA SCORE
88
very good
330 Ratings
Brown AleBrown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
upslopebrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our medium-bodied Brown Ale is brewed in the English tradition, with an infusion of American creativity. The rich, malty backbone balances an assertive hop character, and ends with a smooth, dry finish. Our Brown Ale boasts a dark brown body that supports a creamy tan head.

Added by Domingo on 11-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of KingAristocrat
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite brown ale

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Photo of Mortarforker
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark murky brown with an off-white foamy head. No sediments dispersed.

Smell: sweet malt, caramel, vanilla ice cream. Very inviting and decadent.

Taste: instantly sweet and finishes sweet. Very candy like - picked up notes of caramel, vanilla, malt, and a subtle bitterness that taste a little like pecans. The flavors are very rich and satisfying. It all comes together really well and finishes smoothly.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and perfect carbonation.

Overall: this is one of the best brown ales I've had. The flavors are in perfect balance and with no dominant taste profile taking over. I appreciate that this brown ale is not overly masked by hops.

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Photo of CreedeSon
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Truncated quick notes:

A: Head is about 3.5 inches wide. Foamy and frothy and off-white/khaki. Body is oddly not brown, but actually amber. Clear and clean, with no visible yeast.

Sm: Bready malts. Cream. Caramel. Brown sugar. Hints of restrained cotton candy hop character. Bread crust.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T & Mf: Taste is off-putting, actually, with worrisome hop dominance and strangely uneven brown sugar sweetness. The caramel and cream gets buried beneath the hoppiness. Ugh.

No nuttiness, toffee, etc. This isn't much of a brown ale.

Texture is uneven - coarse at points, smooth at others. Likewise for dryness/wetness. Medium-bodied and overcarbonated. As unpredictable as the taste, to the detriment of the beer as a whole.

A muddled mess of a brown ale build. This never tastes like it has much of a clear intention behind it. I'm not sure what they were going for, but outside of style conventions it's not terrible.

O: A swing and a miss from Upslope, a brewery that often does better work. I wouldn't want another, and it's far from the worst I've had in the style, but it really just doesn't meet fundamental style guidelines. I will revisit it in future if only to go into the detail it deserves, but based on this can, it's definitely well below average. To its credit, though, the brown sugar does work to a degree - and I think brown sugar in a brown ale is a great idea. The execution just isn't there.

Low C-

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Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice caramel brown with a bubbly brown head. Aroma is rich offering some brown sugar, caramel, and nutty and roasty offering some chocolate tones. Flavor follows suit with some mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, a nice brown ale and probably the best thing I have yet to try from Upslope.

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Photo of Lukebell15
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sporklift87
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sunsjammer
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Mellow Mushroom on 8/27.

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Photo of svenness
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Out of a can, best by 10/10/15. Into a pint glass.
L: Deep brown with a huge tan head that lasted until the last drop. 4.5/5
A: Molasses, caramel malts, and bread. Very malty and appealing. 3.75/5
T: Quite bitter. Prominent chocolate malt or roasted barley, giving it a little bit of a stout-like taste. Not very sweet. 3.5/5
M: Excellent smoothness and carbonation. 4.25/5
O: A rich, malty, bitter brown ale. Quite good.

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Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with beautiful three finger head.
Smells of light roast with some sugary sweetness.
Taste is light roast followed by sweetness and finishing with a very mild herbal hop finish.
The mouthfeel is light to medium which is a little lighter than I want in a brown ale.
Overall this is a very good beer from an extremely under rated brewery. If your ever in Colorado give it a try you won't regret it.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label of this beer lists brown sugar as an ingredient. A moderate pour from a 12 oz can into a 10 oz Pilsener style sampling glass produces about a ¾ inch head of a light tan color. The head is sticky and notably creamy looking. The beer is a rich, moderately dark yellowish-brown.

The malty aroma evokes dark bread with a little molasses. A good deal of nutty bitterness asserts itself in the flavor, with accents of butter, molasses, oak and dark fruit. The finish is dry but with lasting nutty bitterness. The body is medium.

This is a fine example of a brown ale that is becoming all to rare on local shelves. This beer is not available in my immediate area but was purchased in Sheridan, Wyoming at Star Liquor for 8-something a sixer.

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Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tlloyd417
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.95 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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