mfrato (110) - - JUL 15, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the brewery. Teases with a hoppy aroma but no flavor at all. Very bland for an ipa.
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
December 30th, 2011 - Upslope’s India Pale Ale begins to reveal a pattern that was only an inkling earlier in the beer tasting process. It seems that, at least in late 2011, Upslope’s brewers a bit hops shy. Looking back on this review after two years in San Diego it seems like madness, but I’ve forgotten that the hops dial has a setting below 11. Upslope’s IPA is a little bit shy around bitterness, instead offering a sweet, sugary hops aroma, closer to a syrupy pine smell, but also a little watery and diluted too. The taste has a touch of dark maple sweetness, but is again somewhat attenuated, even watered down. And notable again is the complete retreat of hops. The flavor is overall mild, crisp and clear, but this makes it almost more like a lager than an IPA - a stylistic choice, I suppose, but I’d rather get some hops imprinted on my tongue than not. Without that resinous miracle, an IPA comes across a little bland.
hackobock (2300) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, 061013. Amber with a large light tan head. Aroma has malt, caramel, floral hops, on the maltier side for being an IPA. Taste is medium sweet/bitter with sweet roasted mallt notes, pine bitter finish.
TheHOFF43 (1794) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from arminjewell. Pours is a nice orange with tons of white head. Hops on the nose, but not a ton of them. Floral hops, malty, IPA? Sure.
ads135 (3633) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bitterness in this beer is a bit off. There are citrus and pine notes in the aroma, but the astringency at the end is distracting.
Da314man (16) - LONGMONT, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy but BALANCED Malt to Hop ratio. Not your typical West Coast IPA. Hops pack a punch but the heavy malt brings it back to earth making it a heavy IPA. Still awesome to have such a great beer in a can keeping it fresh and easy to enjoy at the lake!
lhns03 (93) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12oz can. Beer’s aroma is noticeable as soon as the can is cracked. BIG hops with a sticky resin, pine aroma. Taste is big and bold with hints of metallic hops. Full-bodied palate for an IPA. Finish is lingering and sweet with a reminder of the 7.2% abv.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL can. Pours a clear amber, large rocky tan head. Soapy lacing. Good retention. Nose is wheat cracker, soap. Taste is extremely harsh. Massive tea tannic astringency. Unsweetened ice tea. Can’t drink.
Doofgoblin (454) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma was a bit weak, just wanted more hop notes. Aroma is mostly malty notes with a underdeveloped piney, citrus hop character. Taste is similar with more malt, toastiness present with a lackluster hop goodness. Finish is smooth and malty with a lingering creamy caramel note. Not a bad brew per se, but still it’s kind of a miss and lacks some of the hoppy, bitterness one would crave from this style.
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden amber with nice foamy head. Nose of earth, grass, some citrus and nuts. Body is light with nice lemon zest and bitter hops. Finishes bitter with some favors of walnut.