Pumpkin Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by emmasdad on 09-26-2011

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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 beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, ruddy orange with a decent creamy, off-white head. Soft pumpkin and associated spice smells (e.g., allspice, nutmeg) make up the dominating smells; kind of like a pumpkin cookie or sweet bread; bitter finish; nice malt sweetness undertone; small hint of alcohol heat in the background. Light-medium body; clean and dry finish.

A solid pumpkin ale overall. Good flavor, decently balanced across the taste spectrum.

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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A-Pours a deep amber color with ruby highlights. Kind of an interesting color because it really looks like pumpkin in a way. There is thin, dirty-tan head that quickly recedes. Very little visible carbonation.

S-Sweet smelling. I picked up nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and hint of burnt sugar, a touch of malt, and pumpkin (lots of pumpkin). You know this is going to be a pumpkin beer.

T-Mostly follows the smell, only sweeter. I get malty pumpkin pie with the crust included. There were some graham cracker flavors and a hint of chocolatey malt, but the dominant flavor is pumpkin and spic. Alcohol is pretty well concealed, but as the beer warmed, I picked up a strange (in a bad way) flavor that I trace back to the alcohol; the flavor wasn't a warm or spicy character, but more chemical.

M-Pretty thick and syrupy. There is a whiff of carbonation, but I could have used a little more bubble to balance the sweetness and pumpkin/spice flavors.

O-If you want a heavier, pumpkin-flavored ale with an emphasis on fleshy, sweet pumpkin flavor, this is your beer. It was a little too sweet with too much pumpkin for my taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A burnt red with a nice khaki head. A nice and balanced aroma; pumpkin and some spices - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon - dominate but without being too sweet or aggressive. A little alcohol shows itself in the finish. Tasted like liquid pumpkin pie, again without being too sweet or aggressive in the spices . Pumpkin fillig, vanilla whipped cream, and some spices.A fuller, creamy mouthfeel but could use some carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Not a huge fan of pumpkin ales and this one won't change that, but glad I tried it and definitely enjoyed it.

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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 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 znichols
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Head is gone in seconds. Decent lacing. Very clear. Excited to get into this.

S= soft spice aroma with a touch of sweetness. Actually smells like beer unlike a lot of pumpkin ales. Solid biscuit malt and subtle hop nose. Light pumpkin guts. Not strong smell but balanced and pleasant.

T= wow very nice balance here. Starts with soft pumpkin notes. Good spice flavor in the middle. think allspice and cinnamon with hints of clove and nutmeg. Substantial bitterness for a pumpkin beer but it balanced the higher alcohol content. Very well composed and drinkable beer.

M= medium body with a creamy finish. good amount of carbonation. A touch of alcohol on the tongue. Not bad.

O= just a great representation of the style. Lots of smooth beer flavor with subtle hints of fall spice and pumpkin. A home run in my book. Enjoy with autumn food and a bonfire on an October night.

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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 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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