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Saturday, May 5th 2012

Top Rope Mexican-style Craft Lager
(Upslope Brewing Company)


Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is hands-down one of our favorite can designs that has come out in the past couple years. Top Rope Mexican-style Craft Lager features, front and center, the famous Lucho Libre mask that is a symbol of Mexico's "free wrestling" in which many of wrestlers don such colorful facewear (in and out of the ring). Top Rope is brewed using the same recipe as Upslope's recently released Upslope Craft Lager, you could call it an alias (hidden behind a mask).


From the Denver Westword Blog site:

"Big Red F (a Colorado restaurant group) tapped its relationship with Boulder's Upslope Brewing Company to come up with a Mexican-style lager that paired well with the food at its restaurants.

The result of that collaboration is Top Rope, a light, low-alcohol lager with a Mexican wrestling theme that goes well with spicy dishes and even hotter summer days."

Here we go...


Pour - fills the glass a straw color, clean and clear with a relatively thin, white, wispy head.

Aroma - cereal grains, lemon, fresh cut grass, some hints of melon and a bit of an earthy, spicy hop aroma.


Taste - very crisp and refreshing right from the first sip. Some malty sweetness hits the tongue first and is followed by a sharp, dry finish. There are some nice citrus and soft fruit flavors to this lager as well. Within the world of canned lagers this one is certainly near the top for us. A job well done by all involved! Salud!


Overall - we could definitely get behind having a few of these with some fish tacos or a huge Mission-style burrito with lots of fresh salsa. Love the fact that Upslope teamed up with some local restaurants to make this one happen, not to mention the label art is just fantastic. 


Note - cans of Top Rope are usually only available at Big Red F's Colorado restaurants; Lola, Zolo and Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace. Upslope has however sold some cans at the brewery and small amounts do get distributed locally to a few liquor stores. 


BONUS: There is a typo on the Top Rope can that has since been corrected. See if you can find it!

the, still growing, Upslope family

Top Rope Mexican-style Craft Lager
Style: Vienna Lager
Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company
Boulder, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pilsner, 2-Row and caramel malts
Hops: Czech Saaz
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 15
Date: May 5th, 2012

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