talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The pour is a clear ruby color with a fairly small, off-white, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing. The nose is bland and boring with a gingerbread note, some orangey in there, other spicing, and some resins. The flavor is sweet and nearly cloying with flabby caramel, some clovey and cinnamon notes, very light orange peel, and a light juniper berry note that I feel I missed in the nose? The palate is syrupy, lively, more than moderate. The finish is still cloying sweet with some spicy cinnamon to balance a bit, ginger, and a lingering resinous note. Not horrible in the nose and flavor but very unpolished and unrefined. Not a drain pour but not worth trying.
That1Guy (1942) - 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 don’t usuallt eat Christmas candles unless I’m really hungry. Cloves, gingerbread, some nail polish. Very dry finish. Pretty original.
slowrunner77 (6019) - 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 it’s 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 that’s possible for this type of beer, but otherwise nice."
thirdeye11 (5618) - 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 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.
puboflyons (2191) - 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 (1309) - 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 (539) - 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.
drjay44 (2703) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz. can. Pours a thin, very poorly retained off white head, over a clear dark amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is allspice, citrus, ginger toffee/caramel....taste is sweet toffee/caramel, leading to allspice, ginger, ending with a spice hop bitterness.....mouth feel light, sticky, light alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds carbonic tingle. The commercial description mentions an English Old Ale. This misses that style because the malt backbone is quite simple in both aroma and flavors and has only minimal fruit layers. The spices were used with a relatively light and do not dominate. The lingering spice bitterness is not very pleasant. To improve this beer will take a readjustment of the malt backbone with an increase, perhaps of both caramel and specialty malts. Finally, what yeast was used? Rating as an Old Ale. BJCP 7/2/12/4/6