Pumpkin Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by emmasdad on 09-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
15
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22
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of alexipa
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear red with a thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Great color.

S: Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, just amazing. I want my house to smell like this.

T: I now know what the perfect pumpkin ale tastes like. Make no mistake, this tastes like pumpkin through and through. Some bitterness from the fresh pumpkin used, along with the spices listed above, and a nice malty back bone.

M: This is full bodied, yet well carbonated, and has a nice alcohol bite. The perfect mouth feel for a cold fall day.

O: This beer can't get any better. I don't throw around 5's at all, but I really don't see how it could get any better. Finally a pumpkin ale that doesn't hide the pumpkin!

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Photo of benvossler
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
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 chugalug06
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

I won't review this brew towards the price I paid... $5/16oz can... Needless to say, Upslope is a bit proud of their gold medal.

Wonderful clarity in the golden amber hued brew. Head is murky orange with lots of fluffy browns and yellows. Brew pours slowly at first then speeds up quite a bit.

Tons of pumpkin, nutmeg, spice, roastyness, caramel, sugar, and tons of cinnamon.

Holy cinnamon! Smooth deliverance of the ABV, no heat and tons of big flavor. Medium carbonation nicely compliments the strong pumpkin and cinnamon flavors. I could do with a bit less nutmeg and belgian sugars though...

This is the Mother of all Pumpkin brews... A must try, if you can avoid the $5/can price tag... It's worth ~3.5/can, IMO. Don't be surprised to see another gold go towards this brew.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of theblackrook
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
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 JBoisclair
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of bcostner1
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great looking pumpkin ale. Deep orange/pumpkin hued.

S: Smells like autumn. Cinnamon along with some allspice, nutmeg and clove. Pumpkin in there too.

T: Great tasting brew. Follows the nose with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Light on the clove (which I like...I don't enjoy clove heavy pumpkin ales). Fleshy pumpkin. Some brown sugar as well. Blends together great.

M: Fairly easy drinker. Alcohol is well hidden but does sneak up on you a little bit. The "tall boy" can made this a one and done for me for the night.

Overall, this is definitely in the upper tier of pumpkin ales for me. I picked one up on a recent trip to Colorado on a whim and am glad that I did. It closely resembles Schlafly pumpkin to me (my favorite pumpkin ale) but across the board is just slightly more muted in taste and aroma that one. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of SalukiAlum
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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 biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +8.3%
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 JISurfer
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zephan
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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