Upslope Pumpkin Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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86
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 09-26-2011

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 30
Photo of alexipa
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear red with a thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Great color.

S: Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, just amazing. I want my house to smell like this.

T: I now know what the perfect pumpkin ale tastes like. Make no mistake, this tastes like pumpkin through and through. Some bitterness from the fresh pumpkin used, along with the spices listed above, and a nice malty back bone.

M: This is full bodied, yet well carbonated, and has a nice alcohol bite. The perfect mouth feel for a cold fall day.

O: This beer can't get any better. I don't throw around 5's at all, but I really don't see how it could get any better. Finally a pumpkin ale that doesn't hide the pumpkin!

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, GO CANS!

A pretty good looking beer, auburn-red and pretty clear, some rising bubbles, fair lace, head not bad, certainly compliments the emptiness of a 16 oz glass nicely.

Flavor and aroma are damn fine. Like a sweet pumpkin pie but not over-spiced like some pumpkin beers can be. Flavors are extremely well managed, with pumpkin, spice, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out into a damn fine brew.

Body is exceptionally smooth and creamy, almost like adding whipped cream to your slice. Carbonation is smooth and as close to perfection as it's possible to get. As an aside, I'm wondering how this would be on nitro... (not that I'm suggesting any changes, why mess with perfection).

An epitome of what a pumpkin beer should be. Not since Schlafly's pumpkin beer have I had a pumpkin that I like this much. Time to head back and grab a couple of four-packs of this one. Highly recommended. I'm rating it high because it deserves a high rating.

Photo of chugalug06
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

I won't review this brew towards the price I paid... $5/16oz can... Needless to say, Upslope is a bit proud of their gold medal.

Wonderful clarity in the golden amber hued brew. Head is murky orange with lots of fluffy browns and yellows. Brew pours slowly at first then speeds up quite a bit.

Tons of pumpkin, nutmeg, spice, roastyness, caramel, sugar, and tons of cinnamon.

Holy cinnamon! Smooth deliverance of the ABV, no heat and tons of big flavor. Medium carbonation nicely compliments the strong pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. I could do with a bit less nutmeg and belgian sugars though...

This is the Mother of all Pumpkin brews... A must try, if you can avoid the $5/can price tag... It's worth ~3.5/can, IMO. Don't be surprised to see another gold go towards this brew.

Photo of theblackrook
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can.

A. Darker than most pumpkin ales...nice almost reddish brown.

S. Spices and pumpkin come through but not overwheming.

T. Very smooth, great flavors.

M. Again smooth ..not much carbonation feel in mouth.

O. A very nice pumpkin/autumn ale.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of bcostner1
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great looking pumpkin ale. Deep orange/pumpkin hued.

S: Smells like autumn. Cinnamon along with some allspice, nutmeg and clove. Pumpkin in there too.

T: Great tasting brew. Follows the nose with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Light on the clove (which I like...I don't enjoy clove heavy pumpkin ales). Fleshy pumpkin. Some brown sugar as well. Blends together great.

M: Fairly easy drinker. Alcohol is well hidden but does sneak up on you a little bit. The "tall boy" can made this a one and done for me for the night.

Overall, this is definitely in the upper tier of pumpkin ales for me. I picked one up on a recent trip to Colorado on a whim and am glad that I did. It closely resembles Schlafly pumpkin to me (my favorite pumpkin ale) but across the board is just slightly more muted in taste and aroma that one. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of topherchrismanharth
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Makes my girlfriend horny.

Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3.75 - Reddish copper with a medium, airy head.
S: 4.0 - Actually smells like pumpkin, with the spices restrained.
T: 4,25 - Good amount of pumpkin flavor--nice, a PA that doesn't just toss in a handful of pumpkin and a ton of spices. The pumpkin pie spices are subtle and work more as a sum than a bunch of strong individual components, though the cinnamon is easily picked out. Medium bitterness prevent it from tasting too sweet. And gets better as it goes a long. I started out 3.75, and have upped it twice. Highly drinkable!
M: 4.0 - Good carbonation levels, full bodied
O: 4.5 - Top notch pumpkin ale--understated so it takes a moment to realize how good it is, just like the rather plain cans of this solid brewery.

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can served cold into a pint glass.

Upslope's Pumpkin is a beautiful redish orange hue with some thick but short-lived head.

Aroma has a nice caramel-richness with undertones of the pumpkin and pie spice.

Flavor is similar and really nicely done. It has balance so the pumpkin, spices, and malts all compliment eachother nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. It would probably be just as good or better if it was served a bit warmer.

Overall an excellent pumpkin beer and very enjoyable on a cold autumn night.

Photo of znichols
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Head is gone in seconds. Decent lacing. Very clear. Excited to get into this.

S= soft spice aroma with a touch of sweetness. Actually smells like beer unlike a lot of pumpkin ales. Solid biscuit malt and subtle hop nose. Light pumpkin guts. Not strong smell but balanced and pleasant.

T= wow very nice balance here. Starts with soft pumpkin notes. Good spice flavor in the middle. think allspice and cinnamon with hints of clove and nutmeg. Substantial bitterness for a pumpkin beer but it balanced the higher alcohol content. Very well composed and drinkable beer.

M= medium body with a creamy finish. good amount of carbonation. A touch of alcohol on the tongue. Not bad.

O= just a great representation of the style. Lots of smooth beer flavor with subtle hints of fall spice and pumpkin. A home run in my book. Enjoy with autumn food and a bonfire on an October night.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Perfect copper in color with a thin, white head that fades fast. A nice little, wispy cap is left on top.

SMELL: A subtle and pleasant, straight pumpkin aroma wafts up from the glass when it has been agitated a little bit. A touch of pie spices round it out.

TASTE: Pumpkin Pie spices lead the way. Cinnamon and nutmeg are all over this. The great thing is, however, that the actual pumpkin flavor comes through strong. Such a good balance betwee pie spice and pumpkin flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and very dry. Medium carbonation as well with a slight tickle of the palate and just enough to cleanse the palate.

OVERALL: This is one of the most balanced pumpkin beers I've ever had. Supremely drinkable at 7.7%, this is an amazing fall beer; perfect for the patio on a cool, crisp fall afternoon in Colorado.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Big candied pumpkin nose with mild hints of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Its a big pumpkin beer, but doesnt go overboard on the spices. Caramel malts blend into the meaty, sweet pumpkin character. The body is smooth and drinkable, barely hinting at the strength, sort of like a dark Belgian. A juicy pumpkin flavor lingers, like I just swallowed a big bite of pie.

Photo of Hoopdreama
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Taste the pumpkin but its not overpowering. Love the bite it has.

Photo of OsoRojo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Cracking a can on a crisp Fall morning in Boulder. Thx Corey @ Upslope for the sample! Easy drinker, subdued ABV% seems to be a trait of Upslope brews, one I am fond of. Definitely in my top 1/4 of pumpkin brews tried this season. Well done Upslope!

Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Creamy, mild pumpkin, medium spice, not too sweet. Spice lingers nicely on the palate.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more enjoyable pumpkin brews ive had in a long time. this one pours a rich copper to yam orange color with a one inch white head that slowly fades. gentle carbonation is rising to the top, and its emitting aromas of butternut squash, brown sugar, and toffee. there is almost none of that nutmeg/allspice/cinnamon spice that used to enhance these beers but has now mostly come to plague them. the flavor confirms that. its sweet roasted pumpkin and caramel malts, straight up. a touch of vanilla in the conclusion, but this isnt a sweet dessert beer, its a well balanced autumn drink, perfectly sessionable. i really like this a lot. the feel is great without much sweetness. its fuller bodied and well carbonated. the only flavors left at the end are pumpkin and alcohol, which work nicely together. overall a great pumpkin beer, and some of upslopes best work to date.

Photo of SamN
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average looks, nice color. Smell is equal parts pumpkin, English-like malts and spices, mostly cinnamon, maybe nutmeg. Quite pumpkin-y, but richer and fuller, like pumpkin pie, sweet and almost creamy. With each sip is a upfront blast of sweet malts and not quite pumpkin, it's sort of earthy, like a gourd. It's odd how much differently it tastes from the smell? It's less pumpkin tasting than smelling. Other than that, it's pretty good. Enough hops flavor to balance the malty "pumpkin" (gourds) flavors. Mildly sweet, low bitterness.

Upslope is nothing if not consistent. A true CO craft brewery, Upslope Pumpkin is a solid, solid seasonal for their already stellar lineup. Tasty, spciy, earthy, a little sweet and just good.

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a nice deep burnt orange. crystal clear. a faint, fizzy head appears initially and quickly fades to nothing.

S: pumpkin pie. graham crackers, spice. cinnamon, nut meg.

T: more pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutme), and graham cracker. tastes great. not so heavy on the spices that it is undrinkable, but they are certainly present, and blend together nicely. no alcohol. a pumpkin lingers afterward.

M: Nice mouthfeel. slightly creamy.

O: a good pumpkin beer. Head retention could use some work though.

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to sheepishly admit that I have fallen behind on my backlog of CANs, but I am now in the process of getting caught up. Blargimus sent this to me a while back and it has been refrigerated since. I am looking forward to it!

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Limited Release"; "Ale brewed with Pumpkins and Spices"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt[,] Malt[,]Baby Bear Pumpkins[,]Hops[,]Yeast[,]Spices"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted[,]Aluminum CAN[,]Portable[,]Recyclable[,]Good"; "Brewed and CANned by Upslope Brewing Co. Boulder, Colorado Pumpkins Grown and Harvested by Munson Farms".

The C rack revealed a brimful craft CAN and as the anticipation was growing, I went with an aggro pour to get the ball rolling. I quickly had a finger-and-a-half of thick, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was somewhat sweet and big with the added spices. Man, this took me right back to the fall, which happens to be my favorite time of the year. Lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence, so the delay does not seem to have harmed it in terms of carbonation. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite enough to be creamy, but close and the taste was really cinnamon-like. I was reminded of chewing a stick of Big Red gum. Whew! The finish was not quite so heavy on the spices, allowing some of the malt and sugar from the pumpkins to come through, but it was a pretty intense beer for the style.

Photo of denver10
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A burnt red with a nice khaki head. A nice and balanced aroma; pumpkin and some spices - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon - dominate but without being too sweet or aggressive. A little alcohol shows itself in the finish. Tasted like liquid pumpkin pie, again without being too sweet or aggressive in the spices . Pumpkin fillig, vanilla whipped cream, and some spices.A fuller, creamy mouthfeel but could use some carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Not a huge fan of pumpkin ales and this one won't change that, but glad I tried it and definitely enjoyed it.

Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, ruddy orange with a decent creamy, off-white head. Soft pumpkin and associated spice smells (e.g., allspice, nutmeg) make up the dominating smells; kind of like a pumpkin cookie or sweet bread; bitter finish; nice malt sweetness undertone; small hint of alcohol heat in the background. Light-medium body; clean and dry finish.

A solid pumpkin ale overall. Good flavor, decently balanced across the taste spectrum.

Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber color with ruby highlights. Kind of an interesting color because it really looks like pumpkin in a way. There is thin, dirty-tan head that quickly recedes. Very little visible carbonation.

S-Sweet smelling. I picked up nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and hint of burnt sugar, a touch of malt, and pumpkin (lots of pumpkin). You know this is going to be a pumpkin beer.

T-Mostly follows the smell, only sweeter. I get malty pumpkin pie with the crust included. There were some graham cracker flavors and a hint of chocolatey malt, but the dominant flavor is pumpkin and spic. Alcohol is pretty well concealed, but as the beer warmed, I picked up a strange (in a bad way) flavor that I trace back to the alcohol; the flavor wasn't a warm or spicy character, but more chemical.

M-Pretty thick and syrupy. There is a whiff of carbonation, but I could have used a little more bubble to balance the sweetness and pumpkin/spice flavors.

O-If you want a heavier, pumpkin-flavored ale with an emphasis on fleshy, sweet pumpkin flavor, this is your beer. It was a little too sweet with too much pumpkin for my taste.

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Upslope Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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