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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Lager - American
Ranked #159
Ranked #40,829
3.68 | pDev: 11.41%
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

24oz can poured into Duvel tulip. A printed date or something smudged up the bottom and side of the can. Probably some kind of misprint... well I'd sure as heck want to assume.

Appearance - Pours one finger white sudsy head with decent lacing, stick, and retention. Light to medium clear gold body. 4.5

Smell - Very corny malt. 4.5

Taste - Strong corny maltly lager with some slight sharpness that quickly fades away. No aftertaste. Maybe something round and malty but clean. 4.25

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Clean. A moment of sharpness in a sea of roundness. 4.25

Overall - The can says 'bright, fresh, easy' and I have to mostly agree. Other than that momentary sharpness that peeks through, it lives up to the claims. 4.25

May 29, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again, although gaining experience I don't feel qualified to give 5's, you should be able to smash this one, definitely recommend if new to craft lagers

Mar 18, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When poured from a can into a tulip glass a 2F head forms and settles with minimum lace into a thin shiny foam cap. Color is 100% transparent pale yellow showcasing nice effervescence.

My nose detects light fruity banana and yeast.

Taste kicks off with a nice hit of fruitiness and alight touch of banana and yeast notes. The hops seem very light that are not bitter but enough to keep the malt from getting too sweet. the yeast shows up on the dry finish.

This has a silky smooth texture with good carbonation to keep it clean and not sticky, just a bit thick on the back of the mouth. There is maybe some light spice like coriander, a touch of minerals, and maybe a whiff of alcohol on the finish.

This is a crushable beer. This is a nice departure from the IPAs I have been tasting and light enough to refresh without getting all watery.

Oct 15, 2020
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Gavage from Nevada

3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden color with a 1/2" head that slowly fades.

Smell: light biscuit and a hint of grass is detectable.

Taste: light malt profile with some biscuit, hint of lemon, and a slight grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light body that is crisp throughout.

Overall: a good refreshing lager that is very easy to drink.

Sep 20, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - golden, amber, see-through lager crystalline beauty. A little head, not much lacing.
S - Good waft of crisp cracker, a little dough, admittedly a bit muted compared to other good lagers at this weight.
T - This is a solid palate-pleaser for lager lovers; nothing amiss. Cracker, tang, dough, with just a tad of bite - keeps it interesting.
F - Good mouthfeel, solid palate impression, decent after-taste.
O - One of Upslope's better 'classic' beers - not quite their Brown Ale (which forever has my heart) but a really good buy, and a very good lager for hot days. Think I like their German-style Pils at this ABV weight, but this is good stuff.

Jul 11, 2020
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jkrich from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear and bright golden hue with a sustained, foamy white head. The "best by" date is March 13, 2020, so this is fresh.

The aromas remind me of a well-made European lager with hints of noble hops and sweet hay.

Very fresh tasting indeed: sweet, cracker-malt with nice, subtle hops to keep the flavor refreshing and noncloying. It is far from complex, but the crisp and dry flavor profile keeps it interesting.

The lager has a surprisingly well-rounded mouthfeel and a very clean palate.

It is always good to see the Micros tackling the lager style - in this case quite successfully. It is unfortunate that this may be the last beer I will enjoy from Upslope as the only establishment carrying their beers in my area is closing.

Jan 24, 2020
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Kolb from Montana

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly opaque straw gold. Thin head that sticks around. Crackers pils malts on the taste and aroma, along with a good amount of bitterness and subtle spicy hops. Clean, refreshing, but also flavorful, you would he hard pressed to find a better American pale lager/pils.

Apr 26, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a one-finger white head.
Fresh, outdoors, grassy aroma. Sweet.
Ditto on the taste. Maybe a little bit of apple.
Light-bodied, crisp, very drinkable.

Apr 20, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated BB 11/14/18. Poured into Budweiser shaker pint :-D

Appearance is right on cue. Crystal clear straw-gold with just enough "gold" to give it some deep pop. The head is creamy and 1/2 finger, and recedes to a fingernail and stays there. Swirls of the glass leave brief sparse semi colons all around the glass.

The aroma brings the typical sweet malt profile of creamed corn, flaked corn, and barley, but adds a beautiful element of "dark peach" to the equation.

Man! I forgot what it was like to drink easy beers. There's not much to ponder, you just want to slam it down. It's delicious, in a simple way. To sip it slowly would be a shame. There's some apple pie right off the bat, followed by some flaked corn, slight celery, then a really nice toasted bread finish. Slight corn sweetness and plain cereal on the finish.

Feel is crisp and effervescent (haven't used that word in awhile), with a discomforting starchy cling that hangs on at the finish. Probably the beer's biggest flaw.

Overall, as an ADJUNCT LAGER, this beer excels. It's a fantastically flavorful, clean, delightful treat. Would I drink it every night? No, I don't typically drink lagers. But it stands up there with some of New Glarus' great lager offerings that implement those nice fruity flavors and toasted bread notes. Almost zero bitterness. Not watery. Easy to drink. I'd send some in a trade but people look down at lagers (don't judge a can by its style). Pretty damn decent for what it is.

Oct 15, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The 1up LoDo in Denver, CO.

Straw yellow with lively carbonation that keeps its white head in tact. Not much to speak of in the aroma but some faint grainy malt and floral hops. Clean, mild flavor that's inoffensive but lacks much character. Its dry finish with a medium-light body makes for an easy sipper.

May 19, 2018
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CO-Bloom from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tend to rate things within style. I also am really digging lagers and this is one of the best in the state (to be fair there aren't a ton). This is extremely well balanced with grainy, cracker, slightly sweet malt and what tastes like some noble hops. This taste like a really well made Pilsner, although not quite as sharp on the hops. It's crisp, dry but not watery which is an accomplishment for it's 4.8% ABV. I think because it's "just a lager" and it's widely available, this beer will never get a lot of love on here.

Apr 06, 2018
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Sweet herbal scent on the nose. Malty undertones. Light tasting / light body. Crisp finish.

Canned from tipseys in DEN.

Jan 13, 2018
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huthuty from Utah

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold with a small lacing head
Dense lager smell with detectable hops
Taste is slightly bready with hops detectable, and some vinegar. Very drinkable with some depth
A great light tasting session with some actual flavor

Dec 15, 2017
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flagmantho from Washington

3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Best by 10/13/17, so we're safe there.

Appearance: light golden hue with no haze, a light effervescence and a thin layer of frothy white foam. A little extra fizz would be nice here.

Smell: lightly sweet and malty; not bad or anything but without much in the way of distinguishing character.

Taste: sweet, right up front, with a bit of a malty character and a bit of a fruity character that I can't exactly place. It's alright, but it doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: like I said, this is not a bad beer, but it just doesn't have enough going on to really appeal to me.

Sep 04, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Wasatch for this
12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A clear light golden straw with a small white head

S- Pale malts, slightly sweet, some citrus.

T- Sweet malts, hints of biscuity malts, faint citrus.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A nice, easy drinking lager. A little sweeter than I was hoping for, but still a nice beer.

Aug 14, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this at a Denver Airport kiosk. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving and not much lace. The scent was bread cracker like. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Just a solid lager. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I rated this for the beer style and it is definitely a solid lager.

Jun 17, 2017
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a pint glass. Light yellow, sticky lacing, a nice grassy smell, very easy drinking, no bitterness but not sweet either. Just a very good beer.

May 07, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty. The taste is malty, yeasty. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden clpoudy yellow with light head, subtle scent, good flavor and a nice downhill drop through the throat, very nice. I like this one, very good and I look forward to having again.

Jan 01, 2017
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale yellow with bubbly white head, effervescent and leaves a lasting ring of lacing
Smell: You get a little bit of the malt bill and not a whole lot else
Taste: Sweet, slightly yeasty, very mild hop profile with a slight bitterness
Feel: Medium body, bubbly carbonation
Overall: Would take over a mass market beer any day. Good backup beer or just a simple, no thinking beer.

Sep 05, 2016
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Impetuous from Montana

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great malt
Just sweet enough
It's like a Motörhead clone. A clone of a band famous for doing the same song a variety of ways for 30+ years. This is the band cloning and copying that. Just because it's small variations on the same few ingredients doesn't mean this isn't operating in a genre as capable of profundity as any other.

Aug 11, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Very light straw color with a creamy head that dissipates quickly, no lacing, lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Clean, toasted and white bread, a little hint of floral hops.

T: Toasted and white bread, a light bitterness with some floral hops at the end.

F: Crips, light and clean, very easy drinking.

O: A good easy drinking summer lager.

May 12, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw yellow, good amount of carbonation. Smells of grain and corn. Excellent tasting, grainy with just the right amount of bitter kick to offset the malt. One thing I noticed about this beer is the mouthfeel, not comparing it to a macro but the thing that sets this beer apart from a macro version lager is its mouthfeel. Its richer and fuller in a good way. You definitely know your drinking something with a little more thought put into it when it hits your tongue.

Apr 16, 2016
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1ale_man from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz. can to a tulip glass.
Clear gold in color.
Smells of corn and malt, grainy.
Tastes great. Grainy, corny, yeasty. Faint sweetness.
Great carbonation. Crispy, dry. Smooth.
Love this beer. Will be in my fridge.

Feb 09, 2016
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Shippy from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Pours a light golden yellow with a white head. Smell leans towards apple juice. Taste is juicy and somewhat sweet, with a hint of bitterness. Finish is crisp and dry. Body is more full than most lagers. Overall a solid and flavorful lager. Easy drinking, but not dull.

Oct 24, 2015
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