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Judge's Review: 88 Rating - Upslope Craft Lager by Upslope Brewing Co.

July, 2018
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Upslope Craft Lager by Upslope Brewing Co. is a refreshing American lager that, when cold, is a quite delicious treat, but when it warms, there are a few issues noted. This beer is being evaluated as a Category 1B American Lager as per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

A light Saaz hop spicy aroma greets you when the beer is first poured into the glass along with a mild sulfur and a touch of corniness. Very little malt is evident as expected. As the beer warms, a heavier sulfur character comes through masking the hop notes that does become a bit distracting. The beer is a pale golden color with great clarity and a white small-bubble head that dissipates rather quickly, as is typical for the style.

The flavor carries through a moderate hop bitterness along with a light corn character. There is a lingering bitterness that remains through the finish and aftertaste which cleanses the palate for the next drink very nicely. The finish is dry and refreshing. The fermentation seems quite clean initially, but it does muddy up a bit with the aforementioned sulfur character as it warms. The body is a light medium, and the carbonation is moderate.  

Overall, when cold, this brew is a very quaffable and delicious representation of the style. Cheers and enjoy!