Thursday, March 31st 2011
Upslope Brown Ale
(Upslope Brewing Company)
Upslope's Brown Ale is the newest of their three canned offerings. It was first released in canned-format this past November and joins their previously released IPA and Pale Ale. As a malt-laden brew the Brown Ale rounds out the trip quite nicely. I look forward to their next release as well, whatever that might be!
From the Upslope Brewing site:
"Upslope Brown Ale. It’s an English-style Brown Ale with an American twist in that its sweet roasted-malt base is offset by a pronounced hop bitterness and higher alcohol content."
Here we go...
Pour - dark, dark amber in appearance. This is a very rich looking brown ale with a rather thin head that fades to a film of off-white.
Aroma - wow. Lots of big malty aromas coming from this brew. Some very pleasing smells of coffee, cocoa and malted milk balls. If I didn't know better I'd think this might be a coffee stout!
Taste - a malt-ensive wave of sweetness slams my taste buds and carries with it dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, Tootsie rolls, dark rye bread and some biscuity flavors. This is a serious brown ale and a great candidate for those that have found brown ales to be rather lacking. Upslope has beefed this style up and really packed this beer with roasty/toasty flavors. Maltheads rejoice and for you hopheads this is one you wont want to pass up.
Overall - robust is the best one word description of this brown ale. Usually I am underwhelmed by most brown ales but this one has some "oomph". Nice bitter roasty flavors from beginning to end and a few ticks higher on the ABV scale to boot. One of the better brown ales we've come across.
Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I'd be a repeat offender with this one for sure. I'm definitely sad to see my last can go but hopefully I'll be able to source out some others in the near future!
Note - according to the can Upslope Brown Ale is brewed with the addition of brown sugar. That could surely account for the sweetness and the higher alcohol percentage.
Posted by Russ
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