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Pumpkin Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by emmasdad on 09-26-2011

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 133
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber color with ruby highlights. Kind of an interesting color because it really looks like pumpkin in a way. There is thin, dirty-tan head that quickly recedes. Very little visible carbonation.

S-Sweet smelling. I picked up nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and hint of burnt sugar, a touch of malt, and pumpkin (lots of pumpkin). You know this is going to be a pumpkin beer.

T-Mostly follows the smell, only sweeter. I get malty pumpkin pie with the crust included. There were some graham cracker flavors and a hint of chocolatey malt, but the dominant flavor is pumpkin and spic. Alcohol is pretty well concealed, but as the beer warmed, I picked up a strange (in a bad way) flavor that I trace back to the alcohol; the flavor wasn't a warm or spicy character, but more chemical.

M-Pretty thick and syrupy. There is a whiff of carbonation, but I could have used a little more bubble to balance the sweetness and pumpkin/spice flavors.

O-If you want a heavier, pumpkin-flavored ale with an emphasis on fleshy, sweet pumpkin flavor, this is your beer. It was a little too sweet with too much pumpkin for my taste.

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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 HOITINK
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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Photo of GilGarp
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.

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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 R3ason
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZorroMulder
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hoppy91
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drone
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JBoisclair
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kevinscott
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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