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Upslope Christmas Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Upslope Christmas AleUpslope Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%


Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 11-17-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by alexipa:
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alexipa

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great deep red color. As it should be right? It's a Christmas ale! Nice frothy head.

S: Lots of subtle spices, with a malty caramel undertone. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove.

T: Really, really good stuff. Sweet and malty straight up front, then the spices come in and round it out- keeping it from becoming cloying. I feel like they may have used the same base beer as their Pumpkin which is definitely a good thing. Tons of clove, some cinnamon, nutmeg, and almost no hop taste.

M: Low carbonation, milky full body. The alcohol is pretty present as well.

O: Excellent, excellent beer. Upslope is on a roll with their seasonals, I don't think I'll be missing another release from these guys.

Serving type: can

12-05-2012 05:42:43 | More by alexipa
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afsdan

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-03-2014 22:30:43 | More by afsdan
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Colorado

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12-29-2013 21:49:48 | More by bigaltemple
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-25-2013 14:01:12 | More by sendbeer
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ssarah

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, dark red color, with small head that disppears within a few minutes of pour.

Smell: strong malt aroma. Sweetness dominates this beer's smell. Hints of clove and nutmeg.

Taste: Nice blend of sweetness and bitterness. It has bitter cider flavors with a malty edge. Clove and nutmeg flavors linger after a sip is taken. Strong alcohol content is noticable but well blended with the rich fruit and spice flavors. The overall flavor grows on you over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. It's bitterness stays around for a few seconds after each sip.

Overall: Strong, sweet, with bitter fruit and spice flavors, this beer is a good Christmas ale. I probably couldn't drink this all night but it is a nice choice for a strong and unique winter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 22:56:04 | More by ssarah
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with no freshness date.

Modest carbonation only yields a thing lacing though it does stay around for a while. Aromas of candied fruit, hermit cookies, taffy, pie spice, alcohol, & faint caramel. Semi-chewy maltiness, toasted bread, balanced pie spice, banana pith, moderate level of hopping, warming alcohol, faint bubblegum, light brown sugar, semi-dry finish.

A Belgian-ish Winter Warmer here, great choice with the Abbey Ale yeast and just enough spicing. Seek this one out.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 04:06:27 | More by Jason
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-14-2013 01:16:19 | More by budsandsuds8
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utopiajane

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a red blush, a thin head that fell quickly and left only minimal lacing. The nose was bubble gum and light flaked grain. Faint bit of cinnamon and clove. Had some vibrant cherry up front and some dark fruit lightly beneath that. A nice honey for malt sweetness turns to a sweetened bread with candied fruit peel. There wasn't much belgian yeast character on the nose. The taste was light enough and the malt was silky and had a carefree taste of light sweet grain. Almost like a honeycake. It was slightly hot and the alcohol imparted a small bitter. The cherry stole the show with a light tartness. As the beer warms you begin to taste a delicate touch of almond. What this beer was missing was carbonation. The mouthfeel was ample but flat. It had a syrupy quality because of that. Again the yeast character was weak and that contributed to the flat mouthfeel too. There were some faint spices in the drink and even a little ginger and pepper to pick it up for a rather nice finish. It finished with an alcohol dryness, and sweet with a light bread and the vibrant cherry. In the aftertaste the dark fruit came forward a bit to give back a little of the depth this was missing up front.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 13:06:09 | More by utopiajane
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can. Sampled on December 6, 2013.

The color is ruby red to brown with a thin head that fades away after a moment.

The aroma is of breaded malts, light spice, dark fruit, white pepper, and a touch of molasses.

The body is medium.

The taste evolves as it warms. But whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, the alcohol bite slowly creeps in as it warms. Otherwise I get the same bready malts, light spice, molasses, dark fruit as ion the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:02:06 | More by puboflyons
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Upslope Christmas Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, slight lacing, and a clear, fairly bubbly, reddish-brown appearance. The aroma is strange- smokey, oddly spicy, sweet, bread crust, and other unidentifiable aromas. Taste is of white pepper, bread crust, sweetness, unusual spices, and even citrus. Bitterness is noticeable but not harsh. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and the drinkability is pretty good, and one would not guess this is an over 8% abv beer. Upslope Christmas Ale finishes dry and fairly easy drinking. This is interesting, and I recommend checking it out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:04:22 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jstevep00

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-02-2013 04:53:41 | More by jstevep00
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DrinkDANK1

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

11-20-2013 16:57:23 | More by DrinkDANK1
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another $15 four pack of tall cans from Upslope - rrrr! But I had to try it. Comes in a candy-cane swirl 16oz can. Looks festive enough. Pours a dark copper color with some short head, more than I expected for an 8%+ beer, which reduces to an immobile wafer of fine bubbles.

This has been sitting in a pint for a while, and is giving off a bubblegum-banana and vanilla aroma, almost like a cream soda. I know this is spiced but the spice has to be really out front for me to discern what it is, but my wife thinks it's cinnamon and clove. Upslope doesn't tell us exactly what they are.

Flavor is yeasty and sweet, with the spices coming in at the end. Not as sweet as you might expect for an abbey ale, though, and well balanced by the alcohol bitterness. Alcohol is definitely present, but not as hot as you might think for how high this is. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and carbonation is light to medium.

Overall, good, not totally blown away, but definitely some surprises here. I'd buy it again, too...if only it were cheaper. This Christmas ale has little hope of making it to Christmas, though.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 03:51:10 | More by BeerWizard
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Arizona

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-19-2013 00:06:43 | More by JMBSH
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-05-2013 01:45:31 | More by RudnicsMEB
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-18-2013 05:09:47 | More by ColoradoBobs
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Stoutamus-Maximus

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a different take on a christmas brew, which i found in a can at bike cafe. pours rich malty amber to light nutbrown in color, glowing, with a finger of tan head thats dead and gone in a minute or two. smells like belgian yeast and candy sugar, a lot like a dubbel really, although with a lighter american red malt profile and some spice including cinnamon and honey sweetness. the flavor is identical to the nose. in fact, everything i can smell, i can taste, and nothing i can taste i cant smell, although the taste is much more bold than the nose, a very lively brew. to me this is what i which more xmas beers were like, not too spiced, not too sweet, and creative and balanced. this one has it all really, although the feel let me down a little. more carbonation and more body would have made this a wonderful specimen. instead a slightly flat, quite thin feel made me yearn for more. still, this is a probe in the right direction, and the yeast makes it. there may still be some cans around if you missed it, so get in the mix before its too late if you want a holiday beer with a twist.

Serving type: can

01-24-2013 23:12:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-31-2012 04:29:54 | More by rsdaugherty
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-29-2012 05:35:52 | More by appetiteforparis
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Upslope Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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