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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by emmasdad on 09-26-2011

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 133
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Photo of zeledonia
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drumrboy22 for the can. Tasted 13 January 2013.

Pours a clear rust color; deep, very reddish brown, maybe more of a cherry wood color. Quarter-finger of yellowish head. Peering through it with light behind, I can make out a few bubbles creeping up. Color is really nice, but the rest of it isn't.

Smell is as it should be, rich sweet full juicy pumpkin. Some woody spices in the background, like nutmeg. Quite good. The highlight of the beer, IMO.

Taste is flipped. Instead of pumpkin up front, wood in the back, this is dominated by woody malts, with a sprinkling of pumpkin and spice. Not bad, not great.

Mouthfeel is, well, flat. Medium-heavy, almost oily. Like drinking flat soda. Not good, and definitely detracts from the beer. Everything just sits there, and it really needs some buzz to keep the flavors moving.

An okay pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is blah, and taste is just okay. Smell keeps it up, lifting everything out of the doldrums.

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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%

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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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