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Thursday, June 17th 2010

Upslope Pale Ale
(Upslope Brewing Company)

Upslope is the newest member of the Boulder brewing scene and the only brewery in town to can their regular releases. As they only can two of their beers and don't distribute too far from home I was happy to trade a few local brews for some of these. Cheers!


From the Upslope site:


"This clear, crisp, dry pale ale is our signature beer. It’s refreshing characteristics, and signature dry finish, blends smooth malt flavors with a unique spicy hop bitterness. This will be the “go to” beer on any camping trip, fishing excursion or music festival."


Here we go...


Pour - pale golden in color, sort of straw like and slightly opaque. A thin wispy white head crowns this beer with some lacing inside the glass. 


Aroma -  caramel sweetness with just the eenciest hint of hops. Some buttered toast smells come through along with faint aromas of black pepper and freshly cut grass.


Taste - definitely on the lighter side of hoppiness when it comes to American Pale Ales. Some nice peppery flavors combine with some citrus and plenty of caramel maltiness to bring about a very nice full-flavored beer. 


Overall - more than anything I'd have to say that Upslope's Pale Ale is rather neutral. It has no real defining flavors or aromas, it just sort of is. I don't know how else to describe it. Its a very non-offensive beer that I really think would go over well at a party full of randoms. Hell, its a great beer for a long afternoon of pitching horse shoes or shooting the shit and making some new friends and if that isn't enough it comes in a nice shiny package that is sure to intrigue anyone (including your cat). 


Would I buy more of it? - not sure just yet. I think I need to try the Upslope IPA before I make a call on that.


Note - Upslope Brewing was founded by Matt Cutter and Danny Pages. Pages had been brewing in Ushaia in Tierra del Fuego in the very southern tip of Argentina before moving north. They started the brewery during the "hop crisis" and to get around this issue they imported hops from Pages' native Argentina and they continue to brew with Patagonian cascade hops to this day. 

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Upslope Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company
Boulder, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. bottle
Malts: Rahr malts
Hops: Patagonian Cascades
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 17th, 2010

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Labels: Pale Ales