Pumpkin Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
66.9%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 139 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:
#13,606
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
139
Liked:
93
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
11.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 36
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4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coorsy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +7%

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3.6/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a nice deep burnt orange. crystal clear. a faint, fizzy head appears initially and quickly fades to nothing.

S: pumpkin pie. graham crackers, spice. cinnamon, nut meg.

T: more pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutme), and graham cracker. tastes great. not so heavy on the spices that it is undrinkable, but they are certainly present, and blend together nicely. no alcohol. a pumpkin lingers afterward.

M: Nice mouthfeel. slightly creamy.

O: a good pumpkin beer. Head retention could use some work though.

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Photo of twincano
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.71/5  rDev +23%
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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Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 66.9% out of 100 with 139 ratings
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