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Upslope Christmas Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Christmas AleUpslope Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 11-17-2012

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5/5  rDev +34%

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4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: For starters, credit is due for a great looking can – red and Christmas-like with the standard, simple and classy Upslope logo. As for the beer itself, it pours a dark reddish-brown, but is obviously filtered and fairly transparent. A full finger-and-a-half head slowly settles into a nice, thick cap.

SMELL: The smell is almost dry, like a cinnamon and nutmeg mixture with a little too much nutmeg in it. A little caramel hits the nose as well along with a touch of brown sugar.

TASTE: This tastes like Christmas. Cinnamon, sugar, spice – clove and nutmeg are all out in front of this beer. Seriously spicy, the Upslope Christmas tastes like a holiday beer candy. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is a little gummy flavor to it, but that isn’t a bad thing at all here. The Christmas stays on the sweet side, but it does not go too far at all. Mmm…that cinnamon is really coming through as the beer warms. Delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, the Christmas is a very easy-going beer. Slightly on the sweet side, it stays dry enough to retain excellent balance throughout every sip. The carbonation is light, but the finish is clean and just sweet enough to keep your palate begging for the next one.

OVERALL: Supremely drinkable. This is just a real easy beer to put down. It looks good, smells good, tastes good and feels good. I’m sure if it could it would sound good too. I did not pay $3.75 for this can, but if I did, it would have been worth it. If you see it, pick it up.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by February 21st.

It pours a clear copper with a 1" head of foam...does have some nice lacing.

The smell is very spicy and fruity. Some nutmeg and cinnamon, some dark fruit which is plum like.

The taste is sweet, spicy, fruity, in that order. The spicy character reminds me of a Belgian Ale of some sort...now picking up cloves and a yeasty/wheaty flavour. The warmer it gets, the more complex it seems to get.

Medium body and carbo.

A very festive enjoyable brew in a 16 ounce can, I probably wouldn't want to drink 'em back to back. ;^)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DelMontiac
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pints can provided by my bro-in-law from Denver, CO.

An aggressive pour yields a two finger off white head and fizzles down to a halo in just under two minutes. Color is red copper. Lace it very scant.

Nice aromas of peppermint, plum, raisons, and caramel malt.

Flavors of doughy cinnamon biscuits, caramel, nutmeg, clove and peppermint dance on the tongue leaving some wisps of licorice and vanilla.

Medium-full feel and not a lot of carbonation. Would benefit from more bubbles.

Luckily, my bro-in-law didn't really dig this and left the remaining cans for me. I'm fond of winter warmers anyway and this one is a keeper. At 8.2%, this one will warm you up. BONUS - It's in a 1 pint tall can!

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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ssarah
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Drinkin this after a 59 hour work week

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3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.0 - Lovely ruby color with a small head.
S: 3.75 - Very light aroma, but what there is has notes of ripe apple, raisins, with a faint spiciness.
T: 4.0 - Good dubble sort of flavor with sweet malt, a touch of caramel, ripe dark fruit yeast character, and, as in the nose, a very faint spiciness--if the can didn't tell me it was spiced, I'd mistake it for yeasty phenols.
M: 4.0 - Very belgian mouthfeel, not heavy despite the strength.
O: 3.75 - Decent Belgian-style beer, but not something that will make me come back to buy it again.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Upslope Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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