BeerandBlues2 (8576) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Upslope. Pours clear mahogany with a large, fizzy, bubbly light tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and cookie malt with nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Earthy hops and fruity esters late. Flavor is malty with a fair amount of hops for a good balance. Fruity with some spices. Medium-full body, sweet, and medium carbonation.
ronaldtheriot (985) - 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
pinkie (323) - 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 wasn’t 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.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at WBF. Dark amber with small white head. Aroma of ginger bread, caramel and other various spices. Taste is only lightly sweet with bitter finish. Good carbonation, unique and fun.
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness light juniper and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light juniper and light spice with a crisp lingering toffee finish.
lhns03 (61) - 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.
puboflyons (1690) - 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.
Beaver (1163) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
zoucrew102 (290) - - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is . Pours a light caramel color with a thin head.
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arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 nothing that made me say wow. The belgian yeast was apparent. Overall, totally not worth the $3.75 I paid for the can.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 03:55:30