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Friday, May 11th 2012

Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale
(Upslope Brewing Company)

Upslope is back with their second canned Limited Release offering with a Belgian Style Pale Ale. The all white can is a nice contrast to the all black can from their Foreign Style Stout, which was their first Limited Release in a can. We love what these guys are doing and are excited by what future Limited Releases we'll see from them. Cheers!

From the Upslope Brewing site:

“The beer that won our brewery’s first medal has always been a special one”, says Matt Cutter, Founder. “It was the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and our brewery was only ten months old. We were awarded a bronze in the Pro-Am Category which celebrates the bridging between home and production brewers. We were still essentially homebrewers ourselves.


This bright, Belgian-inspired ale has a fruity aroma, with a flavorful and light body. The finish is crisp and dry, and laced with coriander.”

 

Here we go...

 

Pour - golden straw colored, soft in appearance with a snow white head on top thats foamy and leaves some nice lacing. Quite a nice looking brew once it settles and fills the glass.


Aroma - spicy clove notes, some bready and biscuity aromas, bubble gum and banana. The yeast really takes over in the nose here. Some slight hints of citrus perhaps from the hops are also apparent.

 

Taste - sweet and spicy. Plenty of malty goodness helps pack a 7.5% punch but this is followed by the clove and bananas from the yeast strain and punctuated by a nice citrusy, hop finish. Lots going on with the flavors in this beer but its layered well and enjoyable at every stage. The hop finish is quite nice, a little bitter and sharp but refreshing along with the spicy yeast components. 

 

Overall - definitely a fan of Belgian Pales and Belgian IPAs. The spicy Belgian yeast can really make an American-style Pale Ale or IPA into something quite unique. Upslope did a great job with this as it really hits all the marks and makes for a really enjoyable drinking experience. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. Well done! We can't wait to see what comes next.

 

Note - Upslope recently purchased Oskar Blues' old canning line which can fill 160 cans but their current brewery isn't large enough for it. They're doing some real estate shopping and plan to stay in Boulder.


Also, there are currently 5 different Belgian-style Pale Ales being canned by American brewers. There is currently only one Belgian-style IPA being canned, Triomphe, by Michigan's Brewery Vivant.

 



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Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: May 11th, 2012

Posted by Russ


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