Feb 15, 2017

Upslope Craft Lager

When offered the opportunity to sample a beer or two from a brewery that doesn’t distribute to Virginia, I take it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s big, macro or nano — I’m just excited to see what other folks across the craft nation are enjoying. And for those fans of Colorado’s Upslope Brewing, they have themselves a treat of a beer with Craft Lager.

This 4.8% ABV brew presents an approachable and even-keeled flavor profile. Balanced between bready malt and the peppery tingle of Saaz hops, Craft Lager provides a satisfying drinking experience. Soft stone fruits peek in at the edges as the beer has warmed and a soft sweetness clings to the lips. A long lasting finish echoes that soft hop bite (15 IBU) as you struggle to put the glass (or can) down, resisting the urge to take another long pull. This beer is downright quaffable.

Craft Lager on a whole is a bit unassuming in nature and that’s what I like about it. There’s no hop-forward flavors screaming at you or an imperial influence — just a clean, crisp and refreshing character. There’s nothing ostentatious about this beer. It’s one you grab out of the fridge after working outside on the yard or traversing your favorite trail for the umpteenth time. Needless to say neither sample lasted too long.

This is a review of a promotional sample.