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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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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 12
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

BDeibs, Oct 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

GRG1313, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear reddish orange with a head that was on the light side of average (1-2 finger), with an off white fizzy head that diminished totally after a few minutes and had poor lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a doughy yeast with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and clove.

The taste was a light malty sweet with a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg early on, becoming lightly bitter with a hint of cinnamon and a slightly spicy note of clove at the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, being mostly of a light sweet spiciness that faded away rather slowly.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a decent tasting Pumpkin Ale and did possess a good drinkability, but as this style goes it was nothing overly special...


KajII, Nov 26, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Freshcraft, heard this won a GABF medal which surprised me. Orange color, scant head. Aroma is faint but I can detect nutmeg, cinnamon, holiday spices you would expect in a pumpkin ale. The taste was really odd, maybe it was the yeast but I couldn't figure it out. Definitely has more spices and a pumpkin aspect. Overall not bad but not something I would revisit even if it was Thanksgiving.

ArrogantB, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We shared a glass of this one today at Hops & Pie this afternoon. Poured a medium brown color with a little tan head. Aromas and flavors of roasted and pureed baby bear pumpkins and a blend of six spices. Reminiscent of the flavors of autumn. And I add more.

emmasdad, Sep 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

deadliest, Sep 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

djrn2, Oct 09, 2012
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3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drumrboy22 for the can. Tasted 13 January 2013.

Pours a clear rust color; deep, very reddish brown, maybe more of a cherry wood color. Quarter-finger of yellowish head. Peering through it with light behind, I can make out a few bubbles creeping up. Color is really nice, but the rest of it isn't.

Smell is as it should be, rich sweet full juicy pumpkin. Some woody spices in the background, like nutmeg. Quite good. The highlight of the beer, IMO.

Taste is flipped. Instead of pumpkin up front, wood in the back, this is dominated by woody malts, with a sprinkling of pumpkin and spice. Not bad, not great.

Mouthfeel is, well, flat. Medium-heavy, almost oily. Like drinking flat soda. Not good, and definitely detracts from the beer. Everything just sits there, and it really needs some buzz to keep the flavors moving.

An okay pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is blah, and taste is just okay. Smell keeps it up, lifting everything out of the doldrums.

zeledonia, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

acurtis, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SiflandOlly, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

crobinso, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

StubFaceJoe, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

UncleAddie, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

TickleMeTony, Nov 24, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

spoony, Sep 17, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

beergoot, Sep 21, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

woodychandler, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Prager62, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kevinscott, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

crhea89, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

creepinjeeper, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jklecko2, Mar 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

denver10, Sep 16, 2012
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Upslope Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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