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Upslope Pumpkin Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Pumpkin AleUpslope Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emmasdad on 09-26-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-23-2014 23:54:16 | More by LotsofLupulin
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can, no #freshbeer info.

Pours an orange body that looks blood orange in the glass. Thin creamy head doesn`t last long but there is some lacing. Aroma is all spice with some pumpkin flavor, Taste has a bit of cinnamon with no burn, creamy warming feel. Alcohol very well hidden, good overall but more spiced than pumpkin in flavor.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 17:42:28 | More by papat444
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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-24-2013 15:23:31 | More by TickleMeTony
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-14-2013 19:10:40 | More by dhbiker0889
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours clear ruby amber with a smallish creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nice sweet pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, all spice and a little ginger and cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts, molasses and pumpkin pie. This sample seems a little oxidized unlike other samples I've had this year. The finish has some bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice well balanced pumpkin ale with nice spicing.

Serving type: can

11-13-2013 05:35:10 | More by Beaver13
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-09-2013 03:17:54 | More by birchstick
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-02-2013 23:48:17 | More by scruffwhor
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-02-2013 23:03:15 | More by Marshall_ofmcap
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creepinjeeper

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-29-2013 20:55:45 | More by creepinjeeper
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-25-2013 23:06:00 | More by Haybeerman
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upslope uses roasted pumpkins from a local farm for this one, and I’ve been wanting to try it for a couple years but it always sells out before I can get it. I’d given up on it this year, too, and then my wife surprised me with a 4-pack last night.

We split the first can into a couple of white wine glasses, which seemed somehow appropriate glassware. Poured a reddish orange with little foaming or carbonation. Nose wasn’t really discernible at first, and honestly even at only a 7.7, this comes off as so hot that I really couldn’t get much else except alcohol and malt the first go-round. The more I sipped it the more I liked it, and the brown sugar and malt kept coming through more and more. Really drank like a tripel; bracing alcohol structure, sweet, fairly low carbonation, and slick mouthfeel.

The second one we drank out of Bulleit bourbon glasses, and man did the pumpkin start to come out. Could've been the IPA I had in between or I was just getting used to the alcohol but pumpkin was really present in both aroma and flavor, and easily discernible. And I’m not talking “pumpkin pie in a glass”, this was straight up gourd. Probably the best way I can describe it is it tasted and smelled like what you smell when carving a pumpkin. I think this flavor is typically so mellow that it either gets spiced out or blends in so well that it doesn’t stand out, but man does it in the Upslope. There is some subdued spice, notably cinnamon and maybe nutmeg adding a cola-like element, but the pumpkin is so prominent, and so good.

Overall, awesome pumpkin ale, and definitely one of my favorites now. At $15 for a four pack it’s one of the pricier ones, but when you think you’re going to spend ten bucks on a bomber of something comparable (but probably not as good!) I think it’s totally worth it. Really, really well done. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re into pumpkins that are heavy on spice, but if you want to taste real pumpkin in your pumpkin ale, this one’s for you.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 15:29:36 | More by BeerWizard
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-23-2013 21:52:08 | More by UncleAddie
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, a sparely-designed copper deal, procured in Denver a few weeks ago - thanks to doktorzee for the sample.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy, wispy beige head, which leaves some spooky mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly wafts away.

It smells of sweet, pastry-heavy pie crust, pumpkin puree, zippy nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, a bit of ethereal splintery wood, some doughy, yeasty caramel malt, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - pumpkin pie tarts, replete with ginger, nutmeg, star anise, and metallic cinnamon, with caramel malt, brown sugar, earthy, leafy hops, and a wee touch of simmering alcohol.

The carbonation is soft, but adequately supportive in its furtive fizziness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the pumpkin brownie character overriding some tacky, stony flintiness. It finishes off-dry, but with a strong trend towards the latter, as the heretofore steady sweetness starts to really tail off, in the face of the lingering spice, hops, and booze.

I had a good swig of this in a Littleton hotel ballroom, among others, in advance of day 2 of the Beer Diaries' Colorado premiere activities during Denver Beer Week, and savoured the hell out of it. Now, back home, it seems just as heady and enjoyable, a stable ward in keeping the burgeoning cool weather at bay.

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 05:32:45 | More by biboergosum
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Colorado

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California

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Upslope Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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