Pumpkin Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #82
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,427
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
152
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
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Fall
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the prince of pumpkin beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a ruby/bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is a good balance of pumpkin and spices, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary .25L tulip
From: Total Wine in Uptown - Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $2.79
Purchased: Nov. 3, 2018
Consumed: Nov. 7, 2018
Reviewed as: Pumpkin Beer
Misc.: Best before Nov. 27, 2018 at 12:41 a.m. MT

Spent way too much at Total Wine in Albuquerque on a recent work trip and grabbed this last second. Kind of had a secret love for this brewery, giving their IPA a 3.75 on July 25, 2011, their Raspberry Belgian Pale Ale a 3.73 on May 18, 2016 and their Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout a 4.43 on May 20, 2016. Untappd called this, “Adding organic baby bear pumpkins to malt and hops makes this truly a local farm to brewhouse collaboration. A custom blend of six spices rounds out the flavors in this highly anticipated beer.” Apparently it was a 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner, but that was seven years ago.

Poured a copper clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass. Excellent layered foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled pumpkin pie, allspice, nutmeg, crust, raisin, prune, cinnamon and caramel malt. Was digging it for sure. Rarely, the smell was better out of the glass than the can. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was pretty damn good as well. Got pumpkin pie, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin crust, nutmeg, raisin, anise, cinnamon, herbal and vanilla. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just an outstanding pumpkin ale. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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Photo of huthuty
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful medium copper with little head.
Smells lightly of spices and alcohol
Taste is very sweet and alcoholic with the spice balancing it all out
A great pumpkin brew upslope hasn't disappointed yet

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Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank your Wasatch for this
12 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger off white head.

S- Nutmeg, pumpkin, some cinnamon, touch of orange peels, some brown sugar. Smells like pumpkin bread.

T- Nutmeg is a little strong, some cinnamon, pumpkin, touch of roasted malts, mild earthiness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid pumpkin ale, very pumpkin bread like.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
BB: Nov 23 17

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. The tasty is pretty nice, malty, some sweetness, pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/brown body, head is one finger and sand colored. Lacing is great and head retention is good.

Smells of nutmeg, allspice, clove, all the usual pumpkin spices. Caramel malt and burnt sugar are next, faint earthy hops are also present. No alcohol is detected.

Taste is of a typical yet well made pumpkin beer. Heavy on pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cardamon, allspice and clove. Roasted, biscuity malt seems to be the backbone of the beer, very much like a brown ale. Alcohol is more apparent in the flavor than the aroma though the hops arent really tasted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head stuck around for awhile and provided some nice frothiness.

Overall this was a well done pumpkin beer, true to style. Nothing outstanding about this style though, doesnt really stand out. Probably wouldnt buy again due to the massive amount of pumpkin beers out there released in a short span.

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Photo of erk0607
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Coppery orange with a thick, fluffy light beige head
Smell: Less Thanksgiving-y and more like just pumpkin with a few light spices
Taste: Bready, pumpkin, nutmeg. Pretty flavorful.
Feel: Medium-heavy body. Soft, easy going carbonation. Dry.
Overall: Good pumpkin beer that actually tastes and smells like pumpkin.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at Raccas in Casper.

Pours a clear amber, small head of foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass.

Pumpkin spices in the smell, not particularly strong.

More meat, so to speak in the taste. Nutmeg, pumpkin flavours, still on the milder side but enjoyable.

Medium body and carbonation.

Nice.

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Photo of akolb
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has allspice, cinnamon, pumpkins, vanilla. Taste has a nice breadiness that provides a backdrop for ginger, cloves, plenty of pumpkin, and much more bitterness than your average pumpkin ale. Lots of spice and warmth from the cinnamon and gingers. Spices and pumpkin flavors were very intense, a bit too much for my liking. A heftier malt background would have helped things out. The creamy sweetness was a nice touch. I can't quite decide if I like it or not, but it is interesting.

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Photo of Shippy
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015 version, poured from a can. Orangey copper color with a beige head. Smell is muted malty bread and spices. Taste starts off with some vanilla, followed by pumpkin, a hint of ginger, and some allspice and clove spiciness. Mild bitterness throughout. Feel is pretty smooth with some carbonation, pretty full-bodied. Overall a pretty enjoyable pumpkin ale, well-balanced, but not exceptional.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Quite attractive coppery orange color with a fine-grained foam in the Troubadour tulip. Pleasant aroma with a touch of allspice. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Susan's Fine Wine & Spirits in Santa Fe. It starts with some malt and a little sweetness before the spice attack.

This seems like a lot of spice. I think the squash flavor would be pretty good but it gets lost in the hot ginger and cloves. It doesn't seem to have the usual overdose of cinnamon, though, which is a plus. The dirty spice flavor sticks in the back of my throat. Why couldn't we have an Oktoberfest beer flavored with pumpkin, and maybe a little more of the Hallertau hops? This pumpkin pie thing has got to stop.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear brown. Rich taste of pumpkin pie spice, sweet malts, toffee, cinnamon, and a bitterness that tempers the candy sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, quite excellent.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of subdued spices and some toasty malt.

Tastes of the sweet malts layered with spice. Malts lead off with notes of toasted bread, graham cracker, and toffee. Fairly sweet. A bit of pumpkin makes an appearance towards the middle. Spices add in next with some nutmeg and allspice. I don't pick up much cinnamon. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid pumpkin. Nothing special, but still pretty good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 1 pint. Aluminum. Metallic brown label colour.

Reviewed live as a pumpkin ale (with spices) per the label. Limited release. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fairly frothy, somewhat creamy. Could be fuller, softer, and more luscious, with a better consistency and complexion. Retention is nice - about 3-4 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent nontransparent deep amber with copper hues. Above average vibrance, I suppose. It's clean, with no visible yeast chunks.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice-looking ale, but doesn't pop as a pumpkin ale per se. One might guess it were an amber if they viewed it without prior knowledge. I don't notice any special or unique attributes.

AROMA: Pumpkin gourd, allspice, nutmeg, bread crust, amber malts. Not roasty or toasty. I don't find any cinnamon. Faint raisin and even prune.

No overt hop profile manifests, and (to style) it's not a yeasty or boozy brew.

Aromatic intensity is below average. Fairly muted, actually. A more evocative aroma would be ideal, particularly in terms of the pumpkin.

TASTE: There's definite pumpkin gourd in the late second act, accompanied by pleasant complementary notes of allspice, nutmeg, and a hint of brown sugar. The amber malt base was the right choice for this, lending it sufficient sweetness and backbone without going overboard into cloying territory. The hop profile is aptly minimal, with no naked hop bitterness assaulting the balance. Some roast would be nice. But the essential spice/pumpkin mix at the core of this build is right on the money.

No yeast character manifests, nor does any overt booze or off-character.

Sure, it's balanced, but it could be dialed in a lot more. With some roast to tame the sweetness a bit more, and more commitment to spices, this would improve. Pie crust notes would also do it a solid, and it could be a bit breadier and more caramel-emphatic. The pumpkin, while not of the atrocious artificial puree or extract character often observed in poor examples of the style, isn't as evocative or expressive as it could be. Overall, the issue with the pumpkin is emblematic of the beer as a whole: deeper more nuanced flavours are needed. There's ample room for still more complexity and depth, but I respect the subtlety and balance of the brew.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied and moderately thick, with slight overcarbonation. It's got a nice subtle coarseness going on, which helps coax out a bit more depth of flavour from the amber malts and spices. Wet albeit unrefreshing. Overall presence on the palate is nice but wanting. There's room for improvement, and while this texture accentuates the spice, it fails to elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, dragging, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's an above average effort from Upslope, and I'd probably nab it again if they offered it in 6 pack bottle format. Quite drinkable, with a well-disguised ABV and adequate pumpkin presence. I'm not sure why I've overlooked Upslope so much as someone who was raised in Colorado, but clearly they warrant more of my attention. I wouldn't recommend this to friends per se, but it's a welcome pumpkin ale to Upslope's distribution zone and deserves to find a healthy market. That said, the discerning drinker won't be impressed, and it's far from a world-class brew.

C+ (3.19)

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a nice deep burnt orange. crystal clear. a faint, fizzy head appears initially and quickly fades to nothing.

S: pumpkin pie. graham crackers, spice. cinnamon, nut meg.

T: more pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutme), and graham cracker. tastes great. not so heavy on the spices that it is undrinkable, but they are certainly present, and blend together nicely. no alcohol. a pumpkin lingers afterward.

M: Nice mouthfeel. slightly creamy.

O: a good pumpkin beer. Head retention could use some work though.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, GO CANS!

A pretty good looking beer, auburn-red and pretty clear, some rising bubbles, fair lace, head not bad, certainly compliments the emptiness of a 16 oz glass nicely.

Flavor and aroma are damn fine. Like a sweet pumpkin pie but not over-spiced like some pumpkin beers can be. Flavors are extremely well managed, with pumpkin, spice, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out into a damn fine brew.

Body is exceptionally smooth and creamy, almost like adding whipped cream to your slice. Carbonation is smooth and as close to perfection as it's possible to get. As an aside, I'm wondering how this would be on nitro... (not that I'm suggesting any changes, why mess with perfection).

An epitome of what a pumpkin beer should be. Not since Schlafly's pumpkin beer have I had a pumpkin that I like this much. Time to head back and grab a couple of four-packs of this one. Highly recommended. I'm rating it high because it deserves a high rating.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Big candied pumpkin nose with mild hints of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Its a big pumpkin beer, but doesnt go overboard on the spices. Caramel malts blend into the meaty, sweet pumpkin character. The body is smooth and drinkable, barely hinting at the strength, sort of like a dark Belgian. A juicy pumpkin flavor lingers, like I just swallowed a big bite of pie.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3.75 - Reddish copper with a medium, airy head.
S: 4.0 - Actually smells like pumpkin, with the spices restrained.
T: 4,25 - Good amount of pumpkin flavor--nice, a PA that doesn't just toss in a handful of pumpkin and a ton of spices. The pumpkin pie spices are subtle and work more as a sum than a bunch of strong individual components, though the cinnamon is easily picked out. Medium bitterness prevent it from tasting too sweet. And gets better as it goes a long. I started out 3.75, and have upped it twice. Highly drinkable!
M: 4.0 - Good carbonation levels, full bodied
O: 4.5 - Top notch pumpkin ale--understated so it takes a moment to realize how good it is, just like the rather plain cans of this solid brewery.

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Photo of SamN
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average looks, nice color. Smell is equal parts pumpkin, English-like malts and spices, mostly cinnamon, maybe nutmeg. Quite pumpkin-y, but richer and fuller, like pumpkin pie, sweet and almost creamy. With each sip is a upfront blast of sweet malts and not quite pumpkin, it's sort of earthy, like a gourd. It's odd how much differently it tastes from the smell? It's less pumpkin tasting than smelling. Other than that, it's pretty good. Enough hops flavor to balance the malty "pumpkin" (gourds) flavors. Mildly sweet, low bitterness.

Upslope is nothing if not consistent. A true CO craft brewery, Upslope Pumpkin is a solid, solid seasonal for their already stellar lineup. Tasty, spciy, earthy, a little sweet and just good.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Cracking a can on a crisp Fall morning in Boulder. Thx Corey @ Upslope for the sample! Easy drinker, subdued ABV% seems to be a trait of Upslope brews, one I am fond of. Definitely in my top 1/4 of pumpkin brews tried this season. Well done Upslope!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Perfect copper in color with a thin, white head that fades fast. A nice little, wispy cap is left on top.

SMELL: A subtle and pleasant, straight pumpkin aroma wafts up from the glass when it has been agitated a little bit. A touch of pie spices round it out.

TASTE: Pumpkin Pie spices lead the way. Cinnamon and nutmeg are all over this. The great thing is, however, that the actual pumpkin flavor comes through strong. Such a good balance betwee pie spice and pumpkin flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and very dry. Medium carbonation as well with a slight tickle of the palate and just enough to cleanse the palate.

OVERALL: This is one of the most balanced pumpkin beers I've ever had. Supremely drinkable at 7.7%, this is an amazing fall beer; perfect for the patio on a cool, crisp fall afternoon in Colorado.

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Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can, no #freshbeer info.

Pours an orange body that looks blood orange in the glass. Thin creamy head doesn`t last long but there is some lacing. Aroma is all spice with some pumpkin flavor, Taste has a bit of cinnamon with no burn, creamy warming feel. Alcohol very well hidden, good overall but more spiced than pumpkin in flavor.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours clear ruby amber with a smallish creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nice sweet pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, all spice and a little ginger and cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts, molasses and pumpkin pie. This sample seems a little oxidized unlike other samples I've had this year. The finish has some bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice well balanced pumpkin ale with nice spicing.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upslope uses roasted pumpkins from a local farm for this one, and I’ve been wanting to try it for a couple years but it always sells out before I can get it. I’d given up on it this year, too, and then my wife surprised me with a 4-pack last night.

We split the first can into a couple of white wine glasses, which seemed somehow appropriate glassware. Poured a reddish orange with little foaming or carbonation. Nose wasn’t really discernible at first, and honestly even at only a 7.7, this comes off as so hot that I really couldn’t get much else except alcohol and malt the first go-round. The more I sipped it the more I liked it, and the brown sugar and malt kept coming through more and more. Really drank like a tripel; bracing alcohol structure, sweet, fairly low carbonation, and slick mouthfeel.

The second one we drank out of Bulleit bourbon glasses, and man did the pumpkin start to come out. Could've been the IPA I had in between or I was just getting used to the alcohol but pumpkin was really present in both aroma and flavor, and easily discernible. And I’m not talking “pumpkin pie in a glass”, this was straight up gourd. Probably the best way I can describe it is it tasted and smelled like what you smell when carving a pumpkin. I think this flavor is typically so mellow that it either gets spiced out or blends in so well that it doesn’t stand out, but man does it in the Upslope. There is some subdued spice, notably cinnamon and maybe nutmeg adding a cola-like element, but the pumpkin is so prominent, and so good.

Overall, awesome pumpkin ale, and definitely one of my favorites now. At $15 for a four pack it’s one of the pricier ones, but when you think you’re going to spend ten bucks on a bomber of something comparable (but probably not as good!) I think it’s totally worth it. Really, really well done. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re into pumpkins that are heavy on spice, but if you want to taste real pumpkin in your pumpkin ale, this one’s for you.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, a sparely-designed copper deal, procured in Denver a few weeks ago - thanks to doktorzee for the sample.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy, wispy beige head, which leaves some spooky mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly wafts away.

It smells of sweet, pastry-heavy pie crust, pumpkin puree, zippy nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, a bit of ethereal splintery wood, some doughy, yeasty caramel malt, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - pumpkin pie tarts, replete with ginger, nutmeg, star anise, and metallic cinnamon, with caramel malt, brown sugar, earthy, leafy hops, and a wee touch of simmering alcohol.

The carbonation is soft, but adequately supportive in its furtive fizziness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the pumpkin brownie character overriding some tacky, stony flintiness. It finishes off-dry, but with a strong trend towards the latter, as the heretofore steady sweetness starts to really tail off, in the face of the lingering spice, hops, and booze.

I had a good swig of this in a Littleton hotel ballroom, among others, in advance of day 2 of the Beer Diaries' Colorado premiere activities during Denver Beer Week, and savoured the hell out of it. Now, back home, it seems just as heady and enjoyable, a stable ward in keeping the burgeoning cool weather at bay.

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