Christmas 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: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 11-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,467
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
17
Trade:
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prezzy
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits, yeasty, spice notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, dark fruits, spicy. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NatGasKing
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep copper and rust color. Little head that dissipated quickly. Light to medium effervescence. Easily drinkable for high ABV. Fruity bright nose. First scent is fresh, later scents start to show the Christmas seasonings. Love the stout combination with the Abby yeast.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CojakSilverBack
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ControlVolume
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flirts between smooth sweetness and carbonated bite which detracts but overall very good

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes taken 05/15/16:

Appears a spirit-like deep copper, very clear. There are sparse, fine flecks here, but darkness and clarity hide these well. Thick, fine, foamy, almost creamy head of good retention, perfectly tan. Decent lacing and legs. Definitely detect the Abbey Ale yeast character on the nose. Cinnamon and perhaps ginger and nutmeg aromas. Breadiness, toastiness as well. To the taste, cinnamon strongest, but not overpowering. Overall very Belgian and dark. Bread flavors more subdued, taking a back seat to spiciness and metallic, leathery, funky, and caramel qualities of hops, yeast, and malt. Medium-bodied, nearly syrupy, excellent smoothness, carbonation mostly creamy with tingles and sloshes here and there. As the style suggests, warming. Works well with spiciness. Good work, Upslope! Compare to Belgian Darks and Strong Darks as much as other Winter Warmers. Even certain high ABV Altbiers.

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Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of littledreamer87
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early January for $3.49. Received at TW on 11-24-15, best by 2-18-16...whoops.

Beer poured reddish brown with an OK head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is holiday spices and a hint of bubbelgum.

Taste is allspice and abbey yeast phenols.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as light as i would expect from an abbey ale.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of condorsim
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patrick68L
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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