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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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 27
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mactrail
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a handsome coppery red amber in the tall glass. Lots of foam and a cascade of bubbles, it's quite a nice sight and plenty spritzy in the mouth.

First taste is a shock. It's really sugary, and just seems to get sweeter as you attempt to drink it. I hesitate to try to catalogue all the flavors of this stuff-- Hawaiian Punch, bubble gum, apricot nectar, dried mango, fig jam, and some kind of day-glo gummi candy. Aroma of raisin toast and cinnamon. Some dirty bitterness vainly attempts to balance the candy.

To me this just gets cloying real fast. I thought that after the first sip this would evolve into some beery interest, but it just makes me think of those cheap light fruitcakes from Big Lots. Down the drain with this one.

From the 16 oz can purchased in Denver at Mayfair Liquor.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of UncleAddie
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of elprofe
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new brew from Upslope for the Santa season...albeit a month too early. Seems like this is a trend nowadays.

Anywho, pours a reddish brown/chestnut. Small head up front, fades to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma of booze, gum, some spices and faint caramel.

Taste: it's not bad, but seems messy. The spices are weak, the caramel burnt, and the booze off and on. The thinness doesn't help. Not that this is a bad beer. It is good. Perhaps more of a good step in the right direction for next year's batch effort. It just seems the spices are vague enough to think that they don't belong here.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours clear rub red with a smallish fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is toasty, bready malts with some muted gingerbread spices.

The flavor is toasty malts with light gingerbread spices and a dry spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent Christmas beer - a bit muted though.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rspauldi
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeubTube
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarrettB
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The day is closing on Christmas, 2013. What better time to try that Christmas Ale that's been patiently waiting in the refrigerator? Most years I tend to stock up on holiday beers from Christmas, but I wanted to show my Colorado pride and drink something from a little closer to home. It pours from a tall Santa red can, and the beer is almost the same color as the aluminum, with a deep crimson and rosy cheeked red hue, a hypnotizing clarity, and wide columns of bubbles commuting to the underside of the head, itself a thin wreath of creamy, dirty snow colored bubbles. As I sit here with the poured brew a couple feet away I already catch hints of cinnamon and egg nog (really), nd a closer look confirms it: a heavy creamy egg nog freshness flanked by spicy clove, all-spice, and a sweet, pineapple acidity. The taste mirrors the nose with an uncanny precision, where the egg nog spices appear in the first few seconds of the taste and in the aftertaste. A heavy palate and busy carbonation help to lift this beer, which tastes heavy and almost overburdened with Christmas spices and Christmas cheer. Indeed, like Santa Clause, it's heavy and rounded with flavor, but somehow manages to fit in the metaphorical chimney of my picky palate. It's not an everyday beer (is Christmas every day?!) and not even a session beer (you only open presents once on Christmas Day!) but I think it is a fine beer for the holiday, and a spicy way to end a day full of paper ripping and gut stuffing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I know this has abbey yeast so maybe I should have entered the beer as something belgian, oh well. I picked up a single can of this because of some chatter here on BA about it being good, thank goodness I didn't spend the $15 for a four pack. Red color, foamy head that collapses quick. Aroma is kind of gummy with a hint of spice. Flavor is more gum, not bad but nothign that made me say wow. The belgian yeast was apparent. Overall, totally not worth the $3.75 I paid for the can.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of budsandsuds8
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bootsandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.72 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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