Christmas Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

BA SCORE
84
good
108 Ratings
Christmas AleChristmas Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 11-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
108
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: For starters, credit is due for a great looking can – red and Christmas-like with the standard, simple and classy Upslope logo. As for the beer itself, it pours a dark reddish-brown, but is obviously filtered and fairly transparent. A full finger-and-a-half head slowly settles into a nice, thick cap.

SMELL: The smell is almost dry, like a cinnamon and nutmeg mixture with a little too much nutmeg in it. A little caramel hits the nose as well along with a touch of brown sugar.

TASTE: This tastes like Christmas. Cinnamon, sugar, spice – clove and nutmeg are all out in front of this beer. Seriously spicy, the Upslope Christmas tastes like a holiday beer candy. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is a little gummy flavor to it, but that isn’t a bad thing at all here. The Christmas stays on the sweet side, but it does not go too far at all. Mmm…that cinnamon is really coming through as the beer warms. Delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, the Christmas is a very easy-going beer. Slightly on the sweet side, it stays dry enough to retain excellent balance throughout every sip. The carbonation is light, but the finish is clean and just sweet enough to keep your palate begging for the next one.

OVERALL: Supremely drinkable. This is just a real easy beer to put down. It looks good, smells good, tastes good and feels good. I’m sure if it could it would sound good too. I did not pay $3.75 for this can, but if I did, it would have been worth it. If you see it, pick it up.

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Photo of patrick68L
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrinkDANK1
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mfield14
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Trektuna
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of littledreamer87
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by February 21st.

It pours a clear copper with a 1" head of foam...does have some nice lacing.

The smell is very spicy and fruity. Some nutmeg and cinnamon, some dark fruit which is plum like.

The taste is sweet, spicy, fruity, in that order. The spicy character reminds me of a Belgian Ale of some sort...now picking up cloves and a yeasty/wheaty flavour. The warmer it gets, the more complex it seems to get.

Medium body and carbo.

A very festive enjoyable brew in a 16 ounce can, I probably wouldn't want to drink 'em back to back. ;^)

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another $15 four pack of tall cans from Upslope - rrrr! But I had to try it. Comes in a candy-cane swirl 16oz can. Looks festive enough. Pours a dark copper color with some short head, more than I expected for an 8%+ beer, which reduces to an immobile wafer of fine bubbles.

This has been sitting in a pint for a while, and is giving off a bubblegum-banana and vanilla aroma, almost like a cream soda. I know this is spiced but the spice has to be really out front for me to discern what it is, but my wife thinks it's cinnamon and clove. Upslope doesn't tell us exactly what they are.

Flavor is yeasty and sweet, with the spices coming in at the end. Not as sweet as you might expect for an abbey ale, though, and well balanced by the alcohol bitterness. Alcohol is definitely present, but not as hot as you might think for how high this is. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and carbonation is light to medium.

Overall, good, not totally blown away, but definitely some surprises here. I'd buy it again, too...if only it were cheaper. This Christmas ale has little hope of making it to Christmas, though.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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 puboflyons
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can. Sampled on December 6, 2013.

The color is ruby red to brown with a thin head that fades away after a moment.

The aroma is of breaded malts, light spice, dark fruit, white pepper, and a touch of molasses.

The body is medium.

The taste evolves as it warms. But whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, the alcohol bite slowly creeps in as it warms. Otherwise I get the same bready malts, light spice, molasses, dark fruit as ion the aroma.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 JMBSH
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ControlVolume
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jstevep00
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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