Belgian Style Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #132
Ranked #34,828
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather big of a sweet candied and fruity smell of an almost fruit punch mixed with banana like smell. There is also a whole lot of cotton candy and a big yeasty smell. While all these smells are big, so too is the spice smells with a whole lot of coriander and clove and a little bit of a nutmeg.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly drier taste then I would have expected from the nose, but was by no means dry. It started with a somewhat doughy taste that has a moderately sweeter taste with some candied sugar, banana, and harvest fruit tastes. There is also a good sum of yeast and spice right from the start with a whole lot of coriander and clove, just as one may have been expected from the nose. As the taste advances the yeast and spice grow stronger and stronger, and are joined by some other flavors of herb and hay coming to the tongue. The sweetness seems to get slightly stronger initially, only to dwindle a little bit at the end. While the sweeter dwindles at the end, the doughy flavor transitions to a slightly more grainy flavor, and in the end, with the transition of malt, the big yeast and spice, and some light alcohol tastes coming to the taste, one is left with a lightly warming, and robustly spiced Belgium strong taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the moderate side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average overall. For the mix of sweet, grain, yeast, spice, and heat, the feel is rather well done and makes this brew more slow sipping, yet still very approachable.
Overall – While classified as a Belgium pale ale, this tastes much more like a Belgium Strong pale ale to me. Any which way however, it is a nice drinking brew and quite enjoyable overall.

Mar 29, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden peach in color with a very thin layer of head at the surface.

Smell: smells like candied fruits with a faint tartness. Also notes of plums and bananas. Yeast is upfront - there's no doubt you're drinking a Belgian style beer.

Taste: sweet with notes of esters. Very fruity with prominent notes of pitted fruits and subtle notes of banana and slightly spicy at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, slick, and almost chewy.

Overall: the flavors are heavy and the mouthfeel is almost thick. It's not a sipper but it's not exactly a beer you crush through on a hot day. Regardless, I enjoyed the beer.

Jun 04, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Cloudy yellow orange with a small creamy head and fingers of lacing around the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, banana and bubblegum, toasted cracker malt. Good aroma.

T: Corainder, pepper and clove, hints of banana, some bitterness, a slightly weird spicy astringency in the finish. Finishes fairly dry.

F: Medium body and fairly high carbonation.

O: A nice Belgian pale that definitely shows off the Belgian yeast.

May 08, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has coriander, wheat, grass.
The taste also had coriander but opens up nicely with fruit and yeast. A hint of peppery spice and alcohol. Finished bitter. Easy drinking for the ABV. One of the better examples of the style.

Apr 05, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 Ju1 15
On-Tap 10oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very nice yeast note, nice touch of bananas and coriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, very nice touch of bananas, and coriander. Medium body. Overall a tasty brew.

Jul 17, 2015
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very solid American Belgian style pale ale. Nice and smooth, with a creamy white head and slightly cloudy dark straw body. The yeast flavors are restrained (in a flavorful but not spicy way) and contribute to an overall level of smoothness not often seen. I think the can helps this with slightly lower than normal carbonation feel. This is one of my favorite Upslope beers, and I like the higher ABV too. I am sad to log in to review it and find that it is listed as discontinued.

Mar 24, 2015
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Severdali from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4%

Pours a thick light golden color with nice assertive bubbles and minimal lace. The head sticks to itself more than anything.

Smells of yeast, coriander, apples and bananas, floral essence, tastes fairly similar. Foamy mouthfeel and on the sweeter side for a belgian pale, with a slight cinnamon note also, which actually is in a nice place. must be the coriander, and the coriander must be fairly fresh. hides the ABV ridiculously nicely.

I would actually rate this beer higher but since I have a bias towards belgian pales I am going to hold back. But honestly it drinks better than a 3.9

Dec 07, 2014
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Robloc303 from Colorado

3/5  rDev -20%

Poured a dark yellow, little head, lots of yeast sediment. Not much on the nose besides yeast. Pretty pale and yeasty on the first sip. Pretty dry and not much complexity or flavors. A small hint of toasted nuts, but that is really about it... It was just okay. Not their best and surprising because everything else I have tried from them has been pretty spot on.

Sep 14, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

A: 3.5 - Hazy straw color with a small, thin layer of foam on top.
S: 4.0 - Highly fruity nose, with notes of peach and banana, with a touch of spiciness as well.
T: 4.25 - Sweet flavor and lots of fruitiness. Bitterness is fairly low, and malt clean. Lots of coriander in the finish!
M: 3.75 - A tad watery, but also nice and light despite the strength.
O: 4 - Well-done beer, though I would appreciate more hops.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.98

Sep 05, 2014
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a soapy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of light fruits and coriander.

Tastes of a fruity character along with some spicy notes and sweet malts. Fruity notes lead off with banana and apple. This gives way to a bit of coriander and peppery spice. Doughy malts come through along with some syrupy sweetness. Finishes with a bit of bready yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slick amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but it doesn't quite stand up with other Belgian pales.

Aug 23, 2014
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Upslope Belgian Pale:

APPEARANCE: The BPA pours bright orange in color, but with a slight haze. A finger of stark white head lasts a few moments before settling into the wafer thin, white cap that remains atop the beer throughout. Lacing is thin, but consistent from top to bottom of the glass.

SMELL: Light banana with hints of citrus. Coriander and hints of grass creep into the nose around the edges.

TASTE: Clove, coriander, citrus and some spicy hop flavors are all tied together by a consistent, but subtle banana flavor. A very slight minty taste hits the back of the palate and a nice, spicy finish takes wraps it all up.

MOUTHFEEL: Given the style and ABV of this beer it is incredibly light-bodied and refreshing. It goes down easy with a pleasant, thirst-quenching sparkle. While there are some sweet fruit flavors, the yeast provides a dry finish, again, adding to the overall drinkability of this beer.

OVERALL: It really is hard to believe this is a 7.5% beer. It's just so easy to drink. Perfect porch beer for this time of year.

Jul 02, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 ounce can into a snifter.

Golden, semi-hazy body with no visible carbonation. There's a pretty head on this, about a finger thick and burly-looking, like a blanket of pale white. It dissipates rather quickly into a layer of lace.

Sweet and malty with a hint of Brett yeast upon the first whiff. Somewhat floral in aroma, it reminds me a bit of Karmeliet Tripel. The hop presence isn't highly pronounced, aside from the floral presence.

This beer drinks nice and mellow. Still getting a floral yeast flavor and some sweet malt. I get a hint of hop flavor and bitterness, something earthy and floral, but this beer is really more malt-heavy. I do notice hints of grapefruit, but they are of the understated variety.

The beer is medium-bodied, but still retains good drinkability and has a nice effervescence. Sweetness, as I've mentioned, is big here and the bitterness only slight. The finish is yeasty and long.

I suppose I'd want a stronger hop presence from this beer. It seems to me that it has more in common with a sweet, malty tripel and than a BPA. If I ignore the style and my own expectations, I can still enjoy this beer plenty.

Jun 29, 2014
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a 1" white head that recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Color is a cloudy golden with plenty of carbonation streaming.
Aroma: coriander is dominate, along with yeasty bread dough
Mouthfeel: light and a little slick. Warming alcohol in the swallow.
Flavor: coriander, sweetness from the malt and added sugar, quite bready sort of akin to a sweetroll, some mild hop in the finish.
Overall: very good, lacks a little bit in balance (too sweet).

Apr 27, 2014
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minterro from California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

GF bought at Grapes and Grains in Denver, CO. Shared a can with me. Poured into a pint glass, no food pairing.

A&S: Transparent, lively deep yellow colored beer. White fizzy head pours a half finger, but doesn't retain well. No lacing left. Aroma isn't powerful, but its pleasant. Banana and spice are the main components, mild bubblegum yeast present also.

T&M: Bananas upfront. Yeast comes through mid-taste and is more powerful than the aroma would led you to believe that it would be. Semi-spicy partially clean finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Crisp without being completely clean.

Overall: pretty solid beer, don't expect for your mind to be too blown. I think this might be the best beer I've had from Upslope's line so far.

Apr 24, 2014
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jokelahoma from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at my own humble abode.

Pours a pretty, clear golden, with little head. Only the thinnest of remnant sticks around. Still, it's a very pretty beer to look at.

Smell is very clean, mostly a pilsner malt aroma, with slight hops, and only the tiniest bit of what one would describe as a Belgian character. Per the can, this uses a Trappist yeast. Not sure I detect much in the way of esters associated with that. No coriander in the nose, which the can says is there too. Overall just a tad muted.

Taste is clean, almost lager-like. Finally the Belgian, Trappist character appears, but even in the flavor it's faint. Still not a hint of the coriander, so if you're expecting a big blast like a witbier would provide, you'll be disappointed. An odd sourness skirts the edges of the palate, not interfering with the drink, but still enough to be noticeable. A honey-like sweetness finishes the sip, and a bright, almost lemony flavor fades it out. It's really nice, just not very "Belgiany".

Mouthfeel is very light, also leading to a lager comparison. Not that you'd want anything chewy, but this is much lighter than expected.

Overall, this is anything but a bad beer. But it doesn't have any qualities that make you pull out a Keanu-esque "whoa!" either. Almost too clean for what it purports to be. Very easy to drink, which is never a bad thing. But too much so, in my opinion. A good beer, and don't turn it down if offered, but if you're approaching this thinking "Belgian", you'll likely come away a bit disappointed.

Apr 16, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like this was canned on the 2oth day of January 2014 but it's a bit confusing. Bought locally at Liquor Shed for $9.99 a six pack.

It pours a hazy pale gold, has a 1 finger head of foam with a non aggressive pour, tipping my glass to the side, I see lots of nice lacing.

Big nose here of clove, Belgian yeast, coriander, very Belgian Style Pale Ale like, for sure.

The taste has the clove, some light peppery notes, very yeasty of the Belgian kind, some mild sugary notes, a bit of hoppy zing that's a bit hard for me to describe but it sure does add some tasty and enjoyable notes.

The body and carbonation are spot on. Makes for a great mouthfeel.

Wow. This is seriously good. True to style and a real bargain for what I paid for it. We, in Casper, don't get a whole lot of Belgian love, in other words, a lot of Belgian imports. This will do VERY nicely. Man, Upslope did one hella good job with this.

Apr 13, 2014
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blackie from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single from the boulder liquor depot

a: served in a large snifter, the pour creates a short-lived cap of white carbonation, falling back to a small island in the center of the honey amber colored ale

s: malty, slightly sweet nose of mostly pale grain with a touch of caramel, subtle coriander, sweet tropical fruit, light hops bring a touch of lemon rind, some yeasty spice

m: carbonation on the lower end of the moderate range,

t: pale malt structure with a sweet, light caramel flavor, delicate floral coriander, yeast, fruit, sugar, mild lemony hops

o: not particularly impressed, but a fine ale, I look for the style to be a little more crisp and bright, too much residual sugar here for me, but tasty enough, works okay as a non-traditional “belgian” ale

Aug 31, 2013
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birchstick from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a copper color with a light head that sticks around.

S - nose is fruity and earthy with some herbal spiciness to it

t - starts off fruity from the yeast and moves on to a touch of cereal malt. Following this, bubblegum fruitiness blasts through and overpower anything else that is underneath, save for a modicum of citrus, earthy hops.

M - mouthfeel is a touch light, but smooth and goes down well

D - overall, this is a nice Belgian Pale Ale. The yeast definitely adds a lot of fruitiness to the pale ale base. I would drink it again, but also wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

Jul 20, 2013
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ClassicallyTrained from New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour nicely with plenty of head retention. Notes of the Belgian yeast right up front which also dominated the up front flavors. Not a lot going on in the middle of the flavor profile, but some residual from the Belgian flavors. A little bit of late hop bitters, but not overpowering.

I would classify this a lot more on the Belgian side than on the Pale Ale side. Almost tsted like a hopped saison.

Jun 19, 2013
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AlfaMale from Virginia

2.32/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Nanner, nanner, nanner... A bananna smoothie does taste this fruity. Pours slightly opaque with a head that disappears as fast as a freshman coed's bra. Strong bananna taste overpowerers everything else. No bite. Marginal aroma. That same coed mentioned before would probably love it. Sorry boys, it's just not my type of beer. Glad I ordered a "shorty."

May 18, 2013
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BeerWizard from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from what looks like one of those generic "BEER" cans they used to sell at the supermarket into a Chimay goblet. Not much of a head; what was there quickly dissapated, and not much going on in there now, save for the steady bubbles coming off the bottom of the goblet where it's etched. Looks medium-amber in color. Experience improves with the aroma, which is candy-coriander-alcohol-yeast. Nice. I literally went "Mmm!" after the first sip, as I wasn't expecting it to be that big of a flavor, but it is really nice. Sweet, floral, coriander, and alcohol is present just a bit on the back end, as well as some herbal funkiness. I'm pleased with the oiliness of the mouthfeel, but would like more carbonation. Other than that, I think this stuff's great. I'm always on the lookout for sixers of domestic Belgian-styles, and this one says it is a limited release so I will for sure try to get it again before it's gone.

May 06, 2013
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Zimbo from Scotland

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Marty enthused about this and he was right to do so. Typical of the style to the eyes but its the other senses which really luck out with this beer. The sweet damp fruity (banana-ish) nose and core is beautifully dominant and is well supported by a supple but concentrated core which goes the distance. Gloss and silk on the way down too. Easily the most authentic and deep American made Belgian PAle Ale I've tried. Tip top.
Thanks again Marty.

Oct 17, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My utmost thanks to the dear Blargimus for sending me enough CANs to sustain The CANQuest (TM) for some time! I see that local trader, tone77, has already reviewed his CAN so now it is my turn.

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Ale Brewed with Coriander"; "Limited Release"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt; Malt; English hops; Turbinado sugar; Coriander; Trappist yeast"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted; Unfiltered; Aluminum CAN; Portable; Recyclable; Good".

That last reminds me of my specs in the Navy - Sandwich-fed, Chief-driven, Beer-cooled, Semi-awake. It probably should be no surprise that there was wide-spread rejoicing when I decided to pull the plug and retire early.

The Crack and inverted Glug went really well and I ended up with two fingers of dense French vanilla-colored head with very good retention. Color was a cloudy oranish-yellow with visible floaties. Nose was peppery and musty, undoubtedly caused by the combination of yeast and coriander. Mouthfeel was full, kind of dense and viscous and the black pepper flavor was immediately evident on the tongue. The finish had an initial flavor of mixed fruit, like Juicyfruit gum, but then the peppery flavor returned and caused it to be almost gaspingly dry. Once upon a time, I used to eschew such beers, opting for the latest AIPA instead, but now I feel as though I CAN appreciate them much more. Gadzooks, but this was dry.

Aug 29, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer provided by the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, some spices. Taste is spicy, malts, fruits, easy drinking, alcohol well hidden.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Aug 25, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy to cloudy light golden brew, plenty of suds and lots of yeast.

Rather sweet, like a Hefeweizen. Kind of a Saison style, with plenty of Belgian yeasty bitterness, but also lots of fruit. More bubble gum than bananas, but quite rich with the esters and spicy notes. Lots of malt, and certainly a heavier version. Thoroughly pleasing and nicely balanced with the bitter twang and dry finish.

All the flavors and fine condition of a live beer should put to rest any concerns about canned craft beers. I am getting more pleased to buy cans the more I try the whole range of beers in aluminum. From Grapevine on Monaco.

Jul 18, 2012
Belgian Style Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 155 ratings