Belgian Style Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Belgian Style Pale AleBelgian Style Pale Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #133
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #35,040
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
155
From:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  31
SCORE
85
Very Good
Belgian Style Pale AleBelgian Style Pale Ale
Notes:
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 155 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of cdwil
cdwil from Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Zimbo
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
Photo of Twal
Twal from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Oct 08, 2012
Photo of acurtis
acurtis from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%

Oct 10, 2012
Photo of AlfaMale
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
Photo of lnashsig
lnashsig from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOTG# 29! I'm an animal! Thanks to Courtney at Crafting a Nation for this one- my first every Upslope beer.

Poured from can into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a super cloudy orange color. Cant see through it at all. Not much head on this. Looks nice though. Smell- coriander, cream, this smells like dreamcicle popsicles! Some vanilla as well. Taste- huge orange presence, nice hop bitterness on the back on the throat. Borders on being overly sweet, but the vanilla and coriander flavors come back together. For 7.5% this is amazingly drinkable. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, I could see this being a sneaky high abv alternative during the summer months. Well done.

May 05, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
rkarimi from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%

Jul 06, 2013
Photo of denver10
denver10 from New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

May 28, 2014
Photo of crobinso
crobinso from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jun 24, 2013
Photo of afsdan
afsdan from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Apr 03, 2014
Photo of benloho
benloho from Utah

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 29, 2016
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jul 28, 2013
Photo of trebbates
trebbates from Texas

3/5  rDev -20%

Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Guden
Guden from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jul 04, 2014
Photo of habaceeba
habaceeba from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jun 18, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
ADTaber from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jun 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

always love trying new upslope stuff. this one pours a very very cloudy orange to amber color with a nearly 2 inch white head. smells like belgian yeast, pale english malts, and mellow but flavorful hops. flavor is surprisingly sweet from the turbinado sugar. that wasnt detectable in the smell, but man this whole beer has a sweetness to it from start to finish, not overpowering, but always present. yeast mixes nicely with the hops. this isnt a belgian pale ale in the sense of like a petrus or even some of the new belgium products, but it is a cool take. feel isnt bad, a little sugary on the teeth, but a good medium body and appropriate carbonation. overall a very drinkable 6pack, and at 7.5% its good bang for the buck as well.

May 09, 2012
Photo of condorsim
condorsim from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jun 07, 2014
Photo of MaddDogg84
MaddDogg84 from Texas

5/5  rDev +33.3%

Jul 11, 2014
Photo of CreedeSon
CreedeSon from Illinois

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

Sep 27, 2015
Photo of alexipa
alexipa from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could see how this one wouldn't be for everyone. It's basically a beafy Wit (meaning it has some sweetness you wouldn't expect).

A: Beautiful hazy orange, exactly what I was hoping for. The head dissipates too quickly.

S: Lots of belgian trappist yeast in the nose, followed by coriander and hops. Great!

T: Hit with some funk up front, then comes some serious sweetness/sugar, followed by a slight hoppy kick and more yeast. It took nearly a full can to pin down the flavors: Slight banana, coriander, citrus, along with the ever present belgian yeast. There's some nutty malt flavors going on as well. Wow, this is good.

M: Slightly hot. It's got great carbonation, nice and milky smooth.

O: This is an excellent beer that I will likely purchase far more of in the future. Crazy drinkable and the ABV sneaks up on you. Belgian ale fans- seek it out!

Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Keemohoppy
Keemohoppy from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 25, 2017
Photo of ScubaSteve00
ScubaSteve00 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

May 27, 2014
Belgian Style Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 155 ratings