The Limited Release Pumpkin Ale from Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado pours out amber in color with some garnet hues, good clarity and is topped with a two finger, densely knit, fine bubbled head that slowly reduces down to a thin film. On the nose, aromas of roast pumpkin, allspice, brown sugar cookies and nutmeg. In the mouth, wonderful fall flavors coat the palate. Redolent with a balance of pumpkin, spice and brown sugar with just a hint of bitterness towards the end. The flavors really mesh together with each one shining but no more than the other. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. The finish is long with the spices just barely outlasting the meaty pumpkin.
A solid pumpkin ale that puts an emphasis on the pumpkin flavor. Slightly, but not overly, sweet with a dash of bitterness cleaning up the brew. Exceptional balance of flavors makes this one of the best pumpkin ales on the market. Highly Recommended.
16 ounce can, 7.5% ABV, 25 IBU
Released September 10, 2012, 120 barrels brewed, Fresh Munson Farms organic baby bear pumpkins
2011 GABF Gold Medal, Field and Pumpkin Beer Category
Beer 251 of 366 for 2012