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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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15
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21
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Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BDeibs
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of drone
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear reddish orange with a head that was on the light side of average (1-2 finger), with an off white fizzy head that diminished totally after a few minutes and had poor lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a doughy yeast with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and clove.

The taste was a light malty sweet with a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg early on, becoming lightly bitter with a hint of cinnamon and a slightly spicy note of clove at the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, being mostly of a light sweet spiciness that faded away rather slowly.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a decent tasting Pumpkin Ale and did possess a good drinkability, but as this style goes it was nothing overly special...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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 emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We shared a glass of this one today at Hops & Pie this afternoon. Poured a medium brown color with a little tan head. Aromas and flavors of roasted and pureed baby bear pumpkins and a blend of six spices. Reminiscent of the flavors of autumn. And I add more.

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Photo of Shippy
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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 deadliest
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of scm2787
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ThurmondTX
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Coorsy
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BaxterC6
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Shveta
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of sporklift87
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SiflandOlly
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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