Christmas Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Dan_K
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a tight off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of yeast spice and dark fruits.

Tastes of the dark fruits layered with sweetness and spice. Dark fruits lead off with notes of cherries and raisins. Spice notes come next with clove and some pepper. Caramel sweetness adds towards the middle along with some bubble gum. Next comes herbal hop notes. Finishes with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian Christmas style ale.

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Photo of keng1343
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acbe
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 t_burkulosis
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 chossboss
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Jame515
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdw275
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tubeyes
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of stumac
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Drinkin this after a 59 hour work week

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

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

Photo of zander4dawin
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy, sticky malt strong ale with hints of ginger bread, cinnamon, and fig.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Texasfan549
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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