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Craft Lager | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 06-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
26.68%
 
 
Wants:
8
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 258
Photo of erk0607
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Crisp
Refreshing
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Shippy
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge, huge frothy head, with a rocky, towering crown. Slightly dark honey color. Perfumey aroma, a touch musty. Light, sweet malt smells. Taste features a nice variety of fruit, followed by a smooth, grainy malt aftertaste. Touch of mineral water. Hops are quite minimal, adding a flash of fruit and just a hint of bitterness.

Light, subdued flavors. Kind of thin, but I guess that's the style.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is what a "regular" beer should taste like. It's simple and relatively light, but unlike typical American fuzzy yellow water, it's got body and heft. My favorite lager.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look pours golden yellow with small head
Smell light sweetness and a little hoppy
Taste grainy sweetness with a slightly dry finish that makes you want that next drink.
Feel still light but a little full for a pale laager.
Overall good beer definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, yeast, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, sugary/metallic, and yeast. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, too dry of feel, and little too much sugary/metallic in body.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells of toasted grain and faintly of caramel. Mildly sweet smelling. Faintly grassy aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with the taste of scorched sugar. Herbal and spicy noble hop flavor. Caramel and toffee flavors. Toasted grain and very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a light refreshing lager. It is a little watery.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clean, crisp fresh lager.Has all the right elements for flavor going on. Perfect for summer, like your "BBQ" beer. Probably what a mass produced beer such as a lager, used to taste like 90 years ago. One of my personal favorites at the moment.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer commits to being a tasty all-malt American pilsner. There's a rich, lightly-toasted barley flavor with just a hint of spicy hops. I'd still like a touch more bitterness, but it's like a more flavorful Session Lager from Full Sail.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a crystal clear golden color and a perky head that leaves quite a few strands

Smell: Doughy and slightly grassy

Taste: Doughy, with a developing touch of sweetness, up front, with a slightly grassy hop bill building in the middle; clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Good for what it is; a nice clean lager

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Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by 03 APril 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can. Purchased at Albertson's (Jackson Hole, WY).

A: Clear honey-gold with solid 1-1.5 finger ivory head, frothy and sticky with good retention and solid bands of lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy and herbal on the hops side, slightly more hoppy than malty, but with a dough, biscuit, and soft cereal grain pale pilsner malt aroma. Clean with a bit of minty hops as well.

T: Flavor is solid and refreshing with grainy, doughy, breadiness leading in the flavor but layered with grassy, honeysuckle, and minty hops. Clean in flavor as well withminimal esters even with warming.

M: Clean and crisp, light bodied with medium carbonation and relatively dry finish.

O: Upslope Craft Lager was a solid pale lager, probably more in the pre-prohibition lager mode than a helles or pilsner given the evenness of the malting and hopping. Nice job and I look forward to trying a few more Upslope offerings this trip.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A pale, straw colored beer flows out of the can and just barely squeezes into a pint glass with a perfect two fingers or white head that crowns just a touch of the rim of the glass. The head seems to sit and stay forever, receding just a quarter-inch or so in the first two minutes since the pour. While the lacing is consistent throughout the glass (and looks quite pretty), it is fairly thin. Overall, great looking, appetizing beer.

SMELL: Pretty clean on the nose with a hint of bready malt and a touch of citrus.

TASTE: Compared to most Pale Lagers, this beer has a ton of flavor, starting with the hops. They provide a nice grassiness with a touch or earthy and citrusy (mostly lemon) character. The bread from the nose is still present along with the tiniest touch of funk.

MOUTHFEEL: This is an exceptionally easy beer to drink. Light in body and dry (with just a tiny bit of malty sweetness to balance) I have almost finished this beer before this review I’m writing, which never happens.

OVERALL: What this beer lacks is one of its greatest strengths; that sweet, corn-syrupy taste and feel that most Light American Lagers have way too much of. It keeps the beer refreshing and easy to drink. It is just what I’m looking for out of an American Lager, but never find with the big boys.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, another unassuming offering scooped up in the great grocery store, GABF-adjacent run of 2014.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves some well spread out chunks of wayward island lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of sharply biscuity and crackery pale malt, sedate lemon rind fruity notes, the suggestion of mild gasohol astringencies, and earthy, leafy, and duly grassy hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy, and somewhat biscuity pale malt, the ghost of the caramel sweetness that never was, a touch of innocuous dead yeast, well-aged Riesling heat, and slowly doled-out leafy, grassy, and reap-worthy hay-like hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, but more than capable of fulfilling their quotidian support duties, the body a so-so middleweight, and tentatively smooth, the indecisive hops yet to determine what I feel right about now. It finishes a tad off-dry, the typical Czech Pils essences just too distracting by this point.

Wow - I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised that this brewery could spit out such a heady ode to the best Bohemian pilseners out there - they surely do. Perhaps I should have known this from the outset, given their basic, but still engaging ingredient list: Snowmelt, Malt, Czech Saaz Hops, and Lager Yeast. A recipe for success, if I've ever seen one.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 - Pale, bright straw gold color with a thick half-inch head.
S: 3.75 - Clean malt, not very grainy, light hoppiness.
T: 4.0 - Most of the flavor is in the malt, a touch bready, with moderate bitterness and nice German hop taste. Clean, easy drinking.
M: 3.75 - Neutral texture, light bodied.
O: 4.0 - Nothing exciting here, but this is a solid session beer.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like a lot of lighter beers, though this style is kind of blah for me. But this is a very good lager, and it tastes good in the can too, which is a plus. Not everyone gets canning right, but these guys do. It's just a bit heavier than a session beer, but you can still do that without much trouble.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%

Really well crafted for sure, a really basic single hop lager with no frills about it. They did a great job of keeping and imperfections in this basic beer. Just a crisp lager with a light malt body and Saaz hops that add I slight spicy hop profile on an overall bright grassy beer . Great intro craft beer for people.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours lightly yellow to straw. Well carbonated, with a pretty big head for this style.

Aroma and taste are surprisingly complex for what's essentially a simple beer style. I get sweet grass and hay, just a smidge of funk, grain silo, fresh meadow, crispy hops, and a tinge of mowing the lawn on a cool autumn morning.

Body is ridiculously drinkable, yet still has character, with a bit of a slick finish and a crispy hops afternote. Plentiful carbonation. Upslope = damn good beer.

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Photo of Foyle
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a sudsy white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing. Color is a clear light golden with abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: light toasted barley marley, yeast rolls, and some floral hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: light bodied, crisp, just slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: nicely balanced with sweet barely malt, biscuit, apple, and some mild hops in the finish. Overall: a very pleasant and drinkable lager. Well done Upslope!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a six pack at Liquor Shed in Casper. Canned 17th of March 2014.

It pours a clear and bright straw yellow with a 3 finger head of foam, does well with the lacing.

It smells grainy, earthy, slightly sweet. Overall, right for the style.

Nice tasting brew. The grain isn't overwhelming, good solid malt presence that has some sweetish notes and there's a nice bit of a hoppy bite that brings a flavourful balance to this Lager. Easy drinking, smooth, tasty, yes, I like this.

Creamy mouthfeel and so drinkable, almost a session beer by US standards but not quite. Still, I could enjoy putting away a few cans of this Craft Lager and not feel guilty. Upslope is a solid brewery in my book.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color, very thin head without much retention. Barely a faint ring of bubbles left behind. The beer has a slight haze, and the carbonation looks weak. Aroma of lightly sweet cereal grains, clean, with only the faintest citric hop note.

Zesty lemon fruit and bready malt up front, lightly drying toward the back with a subtle bitterness. Muted hop balance. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Alcohol is low.

This beer works decently for style, but for such a simple lager the quality and balance have to be almost perfect to really set it apart. While a notch better, it really doesn't stand out far enough many of the macro lagers on the market. Easy to drink and potentially sessionable, it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear yellow/straw color. A two finger rocky white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some lace is left behind.
S: Grainy and biscuit malts up front. Lightly sweet, with a lingering grassy hop and bitterness.
T: Big cereal grains and biscuit malts. Lightly sweet with the same grassy, hop bitterness. Though an off putting mineral, sulfur like flavor that I am not a big fan of.
M/D: A light to medium body. Decent carbonation, but watery and thin. Easy enough to drink if in the mood for something lighter.

Not a bad lager at all. For me, there is a mineral and sulfur like character that is a bit off putting. Though not enough to kill the beer. Maybe not something I will reach for first in the future, but not a bad second tier option.

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Craft Lager from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.71 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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