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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 | website

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:
46
Ratings:
246
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
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Photo of mjurney
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Golden color, touch of haze. Good amount of small bubbles rising up. Soapy head.

Aroma:
Fresh cut grass, grainy, some spicy hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Pale malts, grainy, grassy, cracker, a little biscuit. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is super clean and crisp. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, semi dry.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a moderate white head, that leaves lacing as it subsides. Can says they use Saaz hops in this one. Nose is sweet, mildly skunky and herbal. Tastes very bready, corn/grain, has some sweetness, and very mild bitter back end. This would be excellent to take fishing or to pound after some summer yardwork. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing, with medium carbonation. Overall this lager packs a lot of flavor, is super drinkable, and the more I drink it, the more I like it.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This lager pours from the can to a golden/straw color and produces only a small amount of foam- enough to look nice without producing so much to overflow your glass. Inhale the aromas and you get scents of sweet grains, dough, and light fruit.

Tasting this beer reveals about what you expect, with flavors of barley malt, grains, biscuits, and crackers. There is a little fruit in there as well and just the slightest spice. The beer finishes smooth and refreshing.

Upslope has produced a good, sessionable lager with this beer. The flavor of pale barley malt and grain forms the basis of this beer and its crisp, clean, easy- going nature make it a good choice for multiple purposes. At first glance, it might look like the typical macro- lager, but the nose and taste have none of that funk and/or cardboard flavor common to some of the big name, adjunct lagers.

Overall, a tasty little lager that I will keep in mind for my next party.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Clear straw yellow, thin head

SMELL: Biscuity, bread crust, faintly floral, nutty, clean

TASTE: Crisp, lighter body; doughy, faint sweetness, biscuity, dried grass, balanced bitterness, herbal; clean, dry finish

Awesome to see another craft brewer go wild and brew an American lager, and Upslope went right for it. The retro flavor is there, and it drinks very easy. The only missing factor is that it does not come in the tallboy format. Not a problem knocking a few of these back.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is crisp, malts, some grains, none of the sweetness in the smell, kind of on the mild side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden color, white head that retains well and leaves a white film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, very grainy, smells like a clean, natural lager without adjuncts.

Taste: Very sweet grain and malt body. Toasted bread note, somewhat.

Mouthfeel: Dry and carbonated.

Overall: An excellent clean, refreshing canned lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I CANnot get over just how many craft CANs are available in Colorado! If you are looking for a trade or if I owe you from a previous CANTrade (TM), let me know as I am going to have a plethora available shortly.

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Bright, Fresh, Easy"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt[,] Malt[,]Czech Saaz Hops[,]Lager Yeast[,]"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted[,]Aluminum CAN[,]Portable[,]Recyclable[,]Good"; "Colorado Trout Unlimited 1% for Rivers".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and so it was time for an inverted Glug. Now, before I proceed, I need a disclaimer. As a native Pennsylvanian, I know how hard it CAN be to use lager yeast and since we have centuries of experience, PA lagers are some of the finest outside of Germany and the Czech Republic, IMHO. That said, I tend to be hard on craft CANned lagers. I got a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention from my pour. Color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly grassy, leading me to wonder what happened to those lovely hops, along with a very characteristic honey-like lager sweetness. Sofa. Sofa, so good, because when I CAN smell the honey characteristic of the malt, it means that NO adjuncts were involved. Mouthfeel was medium, about right for the style, and I got grassy hops on the tongue, but not as prevalently as I might have liked. Finish was both grassy and slightly metallic. It was not a bad beer, per se, but as a lager, it was found by me to be lacking. Keep tweaking this one, fellows.

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Photo of spoony
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

A-The brew is crystal clear and light, yellowish gold in color. A thin white head dissipates quickly. It looks like a pale lager.

S-Very light aroma of pale, fruity malts with a little bit of bread dough. There is also some cereal grain, but hops are pretty much non-existent.

T-The taste tracks the smell at first, with lightly buttery, fruity, pale yeasty flavors. There is a little grassy hop twang on the finish, which really helps.

M-The feel is light (although it is medium to full for the style), crisp, and drinkable. Carbonation is medium.

O-This beer is nothing to write home about, but there is a decent flavor, which makes it a decent alternative to macro-AAL-type beers. The problem I have is that for the same price, you can get significantly more flavorful session type beers, so unless you have a hankering for a lightly flavored pale lager, why buy this over say...Sierra Nevada Pale or Dale's Pale?

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lowry Beer Garden, Denver.
Pours a gold-straw yellow with minimal head in a pint glass.
Aroma of light malts, slight sweetness.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, minerals, light caramel....crisp, refreshing but also a touch of bitterness in the initial bite through the finish.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter- not the ideal glass but one that I have found I enjoy beer from whenever I am reviewing it.

This is a slightly cloudy light straw-gold color in body with a minimal head. The nose shows the faintest touch of sulfur, light earthy hops and some sweet grains. Approachable and inviting. Almost innocent.

The flavor is sweeter than expected, with a nice crackery barley presence that starts off strong and lasts throughout. The hops a light and present with minor earthy and even floral tones. Overall the feel is smooth from a lower level of carbonation (a bonus in my book) and the light sweetness actually makes this totally drinkable.

Conclusion: It seems to me that most of the reviewers on this site are still in their craft beer adolescence. By that I mean that they want simplicity, bold and easy to identify flavors, and constantly are seeking to "one-up" the beer they drank yesterday. Thus a mild flavored, low ABV, easy drinking beer such as this will score low. What if Upslope intended to keep everything mild mannered? And if so, why is that mandate a low score? I digress. This beer could almost pass as a kolsch as it is fruitier and slightly sweeter than the standard lager. Warmer fermentation perhaps? Either way, this is light, drinkable, and quiet tasty.

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Photo of beergoot
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer into a pint glass produced a nice, soft yellow body with a creamy white head. Soft grainy aroma with hints of freshly cut grass. The taste comes across with a subdued grain-like flavor, kind of biscuit-like, with a good hop bitterness. Medium-light body with a crisp, dry finish.

This is a very nice, refreshing lager with well-rounded grain hop character. Flavorful enough enjoy a few in a row, and with the low ABV, it would do well as a session beer.

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Photo of alexipa
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale straw yellow with little head, even when pouring straight down the center of a tall pilsner glass.

S: Very sweet malty smell, a hint of yeast and citrus as well.

T: Nice crisp citrus taste up front, lemon mainly. Lots of sweet pilsner malts throughout, kept balanced with subtle bittering hops. Well balanced and very pleasant.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth, which is quite unexpected from the look of it. Nicely carbonated and still light enough to drink a few in succession.

O: Just a great craft lager in the German style. I could see hop lovers being slightly disappointing here, as malts really steal the show. I really enjoy it and find it to be a perfect fishing or lawn work beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale in the tall Pilsener glass with a nice foamy cap. Ultra-light body with some decent spritz on the tongue.

The endless lemony flavor is the best feature. It's not overly sharp, but there is something like a lemon chiffon cake flavor. The nose has that same bready, citrusy aroma. The hops are rather subtle, with just a whisper of bitterness. It's just faint all over. A ghost of a beer, but a friendly spirit.

From the 12 oz can bought at Grapevine Liquors on south Monaco.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for a pale lager, this is damn good. pours a straw yellow color with a 2 inch white head nice and thick on top. smells more malt than hops, but some bitter notse come through in the taste from what appears to be a fairly generous hopping for this style. mouthfeel is excellent, good carbonation, not too too light on the body, and a crisp finish. very easy drinking, and interesting enough to want to drink a bunch of them. i have really enjoyed every upslope brew ive tried so far, and this one was no exception. stood up well to some hot food.

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Photo of Domingo
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold. Just a little bit of haze to it. Lacing galore, though.
Lighter malts on the nose. Hops are there, and they give off a little apricot character. I've gotten this from other mild noble hop based pale beers, too...but never a lager. A little honeycomb from the yeast shows that it clearly IS a lager though.
That apricot note from the nose is there in the taste, too. I think it comes from the extra sweet pale malts and those hops. I wish they'd used a different hop, as these could use a hair more bitterness.
Easy drinking, but a little odd to have a fruity lager.
Pretty good, if not unusual.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Boatshoes, this beer is yellow and clear with a soft white head of large bubbles, some lacing on the glass, decent retention. Looks good.

Aroma is absent, oops, forgot to make it smell like anything.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweet up front with a good finish. As far as a little pilsner goes, above average for sure but a little boring. I wish for something more the entire time drinking it, I'd have a dry hopped version on tap someday if that were possible.

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Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold into a shaker glass with a 2 finger high white head of foam with decent retention for a lager and streams of delicate lace on the glass.

Corn meal, cereal grains and a bit of bread. Yeast heavy on the aroma gives it a more earthy feel before Saaz hop character builds a nice finish grassy. Pretty coarse, nicely brings out the hops but the malt is divided into sweet and grainy.

Any unpleasantness in the nose is not present here, nice bready backbone shifts to a lighter grassy hop flavor coupled with some soapiness.

A bit heavier on the palate than typical lager and lower carbonation enhances that. Pleasant soapy finish but leaves some residue on the palate.

I laud Upslope for always putting out a solid product, a small brewery shouldn't pull too many punches and you know what you are going to get every time, a beer that is true to style, a bit lackluster in creative approach but solid.

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Photo of Formana
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden bright color. Nice head produced from vigorous pour. Light Czech Saaz hops on the nose. Very refreshing taste that goes down easy. At 4.8% abv this will be my new summer beer. I love that Upslope has expanded their portfolio with an awesome lager.

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Photo of ShabbyX
1.68/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This brewery seems determined to present itself as a craft brewer without formulating anything interesting or 'good' in its nominal attempts at different styles.

This particular beer is like a sad knock-off of Avery's Joe's Pilsner, which in itself is less than perfect.

All Upslope beers suffer from lackluster carbonation- each sip lands dead on my palette. This lager needs to be dryer and present a bigger head, to start.

Again and again I wonder if these smaller brewers are starting with some target references - Urquell, Paulaner, Asahi?

No way this is worth $9 a six pack.

Cheers.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 a six pack yesterday at Argonaut; Hadn't had it, and the price was right. Poured a clear golden color with a small white head. Aromas of bread yeast, biscuit and light hops. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of bread, yeast and light hops.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with orange accents on the can. Color is yellow and the head is just ok. Smells like your average lager, beery. Taste is not bad but doesn't wow me at all. This is super easy to drink but for $8.49 I'm going to go with something else every time.

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Craft Lager from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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