Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Pumpkin Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
142 Ratings
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by emmasdad on 09-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,405
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
142
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more enjoyable pumpkin brews ive had in a long time. this one pours a rich copper to yam orange color with a one inch white head that slowly fades. gentle carbonation is rising to the top, and its emitting aromas of butternut squash, brown sugar, and toffee. there is almost none of that nutmeg/allspice/cinnamon spice that used to enhance these beers but has now mostly come to plague them. the flavor confirms that. its sweet roasted pumpkin and caramel malts, straight up. a touch of vanilla in the conclusion, but this isnt a sweet dessert beer, its a well balanced autumn drink, perfectly sessionable. i really like this a lot. the feel is great without much sweetness. its fuller bodied and well carbonated. the only flavors left at the end are pumpkin and alcohol, which work nicely together. overall a great pumpkin beer, and some of upslopes best work to date.

 880 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

 1,406 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
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)

 3,571 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

 692 characters

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
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.

 1,421 characters

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Wasatch
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.

 440 characters

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

 367 characters

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

 313 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 142 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.