In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Upslope Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale

Aroma: “Strong malt sweetness blends with traditional pumpkin-spice blend and a nice earthy hops character. When you really dig in, slight aroma of toasted pumpkin. Slight alcohol on the nose.”

Flavor: “Smooth caramel malt sweetness up front with a lot of pumpkin-pie spice, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of clove. A bit more balanced than most pumpkin beers, with a touch of lingering bitterness (perhaps from spices) in the slightly warm finish. Spice flavors tend to compete rather than complement each other.”

Overall: “Enjoyable pumpkin flavors. The spice character is a little more dominant with the sweetness coming through in the end with slight warmth. A fairly large pumpkin beer with all of the right components, but the blend of those components is slightly disjointed and keeps them from working together in perfect harmony.”