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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

39 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 11-17-2012)
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mactrail

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a handsome coppery red amber in the tall glass. Lots of foam and a cascade of bubbles, it's quite a nice sight and plenty spritzy in the mouth.

First taste is a shock. It's really sugary, and just seems to get sweeter as you attempt to drink it. I hesitate to try to catalogue all the flavors of this stuff-- Hawaiian Punch, bubble gum, apricot nectar, dried mango, fig jam, and some kind of day-glo gummi candy. Aroma of raisin toast and cinnamon. Some dirty bitterness vainly attempts to balance the candy.

To me this just gets cloying real fast. I thought that after the first sip this would evolve into some beery interest, but it just makes me think of those cheap light fruitcakes from Big Lots. Down the drain with this one.

From the 16 oz can purchased in Denver at Mayfair Liquor.

Serving type: can

12-05-2012 05:35:54 | More by mactrail
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-22-2012 03:25:47 | More by crobinso
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UncleAddie

Arizona

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-29-2013 21:50:17 | More by UncleAddie
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours clear rub red with a smallish fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is toasty, bready malts with some muted gingerbread spices.

The flavor is toasty malts with light gingerbread spices and a dry spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent Christmas beer - a bit muted though.

Serving type: can

12-08-2012 03:38:42 | More by Beaver13
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new brew from Upslope for the Santa season...albeit a month too early. Seems like this is a trend nowadays.

Anywho, pours a reddish brown/chestnut. Small head up front, fades to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma of booze, gum, some spices and faint caramel.

Taste: it's not bad, but seems messy. The spices are weak, the caramel burnt, and the booze off and on. The thinness doesn't help. Not that this is a bad beer. It is good. Perhaps more of a good step in the right direction for next year's batch effort. It just seems the spices are vague enough to think that they don't belong here.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 21:24:47 | More by Mebuzzard
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afsdan

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I know this has abbey yeast so maybe I should have entered the beer as something belgian, oh well. I picked up a single can of this because of some chatter here on BA about it being good, thank goodness I didn't spend the $15 for a four pack. Red color, foamy head that collapses quick. Aroma is kind of gummy with a hint of spice. Flavor is more gum, not bad but nothign that made me say wow. The belgian yeast was apparent. Overall, totally not worth the $3.75 I paid for the can.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 03:55:30 | More by ArrogantB
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beergoot

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper-colored body with nearly no head other than some lively, carbonated, thin foam across top half of the beer. Light scent of spice and sweet malt grain; spruce; nice combination of hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Rich malt flavors infused with spruce and pine resins; other spice notes such as ginger and cinnamon. Solid medium-body; clean and sweet; slightly syrupy.

Better than the sum of its parts. Initial impressions aren't too promising, yet the taste comes through to make this an interesting (although not "must-have") holiday brew.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 21:49:00 | More by beergoot
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-25-2013 14:01:12 | More by sendbeer
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-02-2012 16:22:17 | More by bootsandbeer
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bigaltemple

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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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utopiajane

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Domingo

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see Upslope canning more beers. They brew a lot more beers than most people realize.
Pours a chestnut brown color. Not much foam going on. A little, but not a ton.
The nose is spicy - a bit reminiscent of the Harpoon or Anchor Christmas ales...but slightly more mellow. Big cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and maybe a little bit of peppermint.
The flavor profile matches the nose, but it's (luckily) not as bold. Plus, as this warms, the more traditional Belgian flavors like burnt sugar and a little cocoa come out. In fact, as this one heads closer to room temperature, the spices become a little more muted and the beer is pretty tasty.
Not too fiery, but still packing some punch. I wish it had a little more carbonation, but I still liked it.
Not bad. With some tweaks this could probably be downright amazing. As it stands, it's still good.

Serving type: can

11-21-2012 15:09:32 | More by Domingo
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denver10

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright ambe with a reddish hue and an off white head. Aroma is sweet maltiness paired with a nice dose of spices. Flavor followed suit; a nice marriage between some sweet caramel and breadiness and a nice dose of spices. Surprised to read its a Belgian style as I didn't notice the yeast. A fuller, semi-active mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Maybe not one I need in heavy doses but a single pour of this certainly did the trick.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2012 02:15:37 | More by denver10
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-06-2013 03:24:19 | More by rkarimi
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2012 05:35:52 | More by appetiteforparis
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Twal

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-02-2013 00:02:24 | More by Twal
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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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ssarah

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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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alexipa

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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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