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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

70 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mactrail
2.51/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Nice take on a Belgian ale, but you really need to wait for it to warm up before the flavors opens. When it does, there's a smooth caramel candy malt character that reminds me of St Bernardus. The finish is earthy, dry, and bitter with just a hint of fruit and citrus peel. Give it a shot.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
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 puboflyons
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.

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

Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of allengarvin
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Upslope Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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