Pumpkin Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #91
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,776
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
154
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  24
SCORE
86
Very Good
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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kerry4porters from Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

Oct 11, 2014
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

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.

Oct 04, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Sep 06, 2016
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2014
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Beaver13 from Colorado

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.

Nov 13, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have to sheepishly admit that I have fallen behind on my backlog of CANs, but I am now in the process of getting caught up. Blargimus sent this to me a while back and it has been refrigerated since. I am looking forward to it!

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Limited Release"; "Ale brewed with Pumpkins and Spices"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt[,] Malt[,]Baby Bear Pumpkins[,]Hops[,]Yeast[,]Spices"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted[,]Aluminum CAN[,]Portable[,]Recyclable[,]Good"; "Brewed and CANned by Upslope Brewing Co. Boulder, Colorado Pumpkins Grown and Harvested by Munson Farms".

The C rack revealed a brimful craft CAN and as the anticipation was growing, I went with an aggro pour to get the ball rolling. I quickly had a finger-and-a-half of thick, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was somewhat sweet and big with the added spices. Man, this took me right back to the fall, which happens to be my favorite time of the year. Lots of CO2 bubbles in evidence, so the delay does not seem to have harmed it in terms of carbonation. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite enough to be creamy, but close and the taste was really cinnamon-like. I was reminded of chewing a stick of Big Red gum. Whew! The finish was not quite so heavy on the spices, allowing some of the malt and sugar from the pumpkins to come through, but it was a pretty intense beer for the style.

Apr 13, 2013
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Nov 12, 2014
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BeerMePlz93 from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'd rate this one higher than most of the other pumpkin ales I've tried thus far. Some are just unpalatable, but Upslope managed to make a 7.7% beer that doesn't Reek/overpower the flavor with alcohol.

Pours dark orange/amber, with frothy head that sticks around.
Strong smell of pumpkin and possibly nutmeg/cloves?
Tastes like a pumpkin pie, you can really taste those baby bear pumpkins!
There's a tad bit of carbonation there, which is more than I had anticipated, but didn't take away from the mouthfeel.

A seasonal beer like this definitely isn't for everyone, but this one was surprisingly delicious. Upslope never fails to deliver quality with local ingredients. Give it a shot. $10/6 pk @ 7.7% isn't a bad deal.

Sep 21, 2020
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allengarvin from Texas

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.

Oct 11, 2014
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nov 02, 2013
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 28, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

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.

Aug 20, 2017
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JMBSH from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Sep 13, 2012
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tempest from New York

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.

Oct 23, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Freshcraft, heard this won a GABF medal which surprised me. Orange color, scant head. Aroma is faint but I can detect nutmeg, cinnamon, holiday spices you would expect in a pumpkin ale. The taste was really odd, maybe it was the yeast but I couldn't figure it out. Definitely has more spices and a pumpkin aspect. Overall not bad but not something I would revisit even if it was Thanksgiving.

Nov 13, 2011
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NickMunford from Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dec 09, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

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.

Nov 24, 2013
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theblackrook from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can.

A. Darker than most pumpkin ales...nice almost reddish brown.

S. Spices and pumpkin come through but not overwheming.

T. Very smooth, great flavors.

M. Again smooth ..not much carbonation feel in mouth.

O. A very nice pumpkin/autumn ale.

Sep 13, 2012
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HOITINK from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

Oct 06, 2014
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can served cold into a pint glass.

Upslope's Pumpkin is a beautiful redish orange hue with some thick but short-lived head.

Aroma has a nice caramel-richness with undertones of the pumpkin and pie spice.

Flavor is similar and really nicely done. It has balance so the pumpkin, spices, and malts all compliment eachother nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. It would probably be just as good or better if it was served a bit warmer.

Overall an excellent pumpkin beer and very enjoyable on a cold autumn night.

Oct 26, 2012
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tswater from Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 31, 2012
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birchstick from Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 09, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 02, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.

Oct 22, 2013
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angelmonster from Colorado

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.

Nov 18, 2016
Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 154 ratings