TXBadger (1510) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with off-white head. Spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some cloves; follows onto the palate. Somewhat sweet on the finish.
ajnepple (2509) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can from Biggie Wine & Liquor into a Guinness glass. Reddish amber appearance with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light peppery spice, pine, juniper berries, light citrus zest, allspice, light ginger, toffee and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is moderately spiced with mild malty sweetness and light hop bitterness, the alcohol is hidden well. The body is a bit thinner than expected, but itís pretty easy to drink.
That1Guy (1962) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz can. Excellent. Pours hazy reddish brown with an off-white head. Bizarre combination of flavors and aromas. Smells like a Christmas candle. But I donít usuallt eat Christmas candles unless Iím really hungry. Cloves, gingerbread, some nail polish. Very dry finish. Pretty original.
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Nice presentation in itís festive red tallboy can. Looks like an english strong, they call it an old. Maaaybe a little light for the abv, but all in all, the spices, especially the orange peel and juniper, are pleasant. It tasted young, if thatís possible for this type of beer, but otherwise nice."
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(16oz can) clear amber, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of spices, banana, pumpkin, a bit oxidized perhaps. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, banana, different.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a red blush, a thin head that fell quickly and left only minimal lacing. The nose was bubble gum and light flaked grain. Faint bit of cinnamon and clove. Had some vibrant cherry up front and some dark fruit lightly beneath that. A nice honey for malt sweetness turns to a sweetened bread with candied fruit peel. There wasnít much belgian yeast character on the nose. The taste was light enough and the malt was silky and had a carefree taste of light sweet grain. Almost like a honeycake. It was slightly hot and the alcohol imparted a small bitter. The cherry stole the show with a light tartness. As the beer warms you begin to taste a delicate touch of almond. What this beer was missing was carbonation. The mouthfeel was ample but flat. It had a syrupy quality because of that. Again the yeast character was weak and that contributed to the flat mouthfeel too. There were some faint spices in the drink and even a little ginger and pepper to pick it up for a rather nice finish. It finished with an alcohol dryness, and sweet with a light bread and the vibrant cherry. In the aftertaste the dark fruit came forward a bit to give back a little of the depth this was missing up front.
puboflyons (2220) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the can. It pours brown to ruby red with a thin head that fades. The aroma is bready malts, dark fruit, light spice, white pepper, and some molasses. Medium body. The taste evolves as it warms up. Basically it has a nice bready malt, light spice, and dark fruit flavor just like the aroma. But there is an alcohol bite that grows as it warms.
ronaldtheriot (1331) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upslope Christmas Ale has a thin, cream-colored head, slight lacing, and a clear, fairly bubbly, reddish-brown appearance. The aroma is strange- smokey, oddly spicy, sweet, bread crust, and other unidentifiable aromas. Taste is of white pepper, bread crust, sweetness, unusual spices, and even citrus. Bitterness is noticeable but not harsh. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and the drinkability is pretty good, and one would not guess this is an over 8% abv beer. Upslope Christmas Ale finishes dry and fairly easy drinking. This is interesting, and I recommend checking it out. RJT
Mep3222 (572) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2013 Very low carbonation. Smells malty and maybe a bit fruity, some spice but more fruity sweet aroma than spice. Flavorful winter ale, but flatness detracts from it. Some more spice comes through as it warms, subtle spice and nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
lhns03 (81) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally got my hands on this 4-pack when a local liquor store that was going out of business had it for 40% off! Certainly a beer brewed for a specific season. Still, drinking it in after a big meal in May was no problem to me. Pours a dark, amber crystal. Spices are noticeable on the palate. the 8.2% is formidable, but fairly well balanced with the style. Upslope loves the big beer styles and it shows in this Christmas Ale.