Guest blog post by Alia Broman
#8 – October 8, 2013: Pumpkin Ale by Upslope (Boulder, CO)
Even though Boulder parents don’t vaccinate their children, leading to this past year’s pertussis epidemic, I do appreciate the beers produced by those hippy-dippy Sierra Club yuppies.
Color: bronze-gold, not much head when poured from the can into a glass (as beer should be)
Year of conception: Since 2011 (won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival)
Cost: $15.99 + tax for a 4-pack of 16oz cans
Availability: some liquor stores great and small (probably not outside CO)
Description by Upslope Brewing Co : “Adding Baby Bear pumpkins from Boulder-based Munson Farms to malt and hops makes this a truly local farm to brewhouse collaboration. A custom blend of six spices rounds out the flavors in this highly anticipated limited release fall ale.”
Case in point: Upslope’s Pumpkin Ale. While not the most creative of names, this beer truly has it all. A mixture of subtle, unnamed spices (cannabis, perhaps) plus organic pumpkins with an adorable name (Baby Bear!) make this beer irresistible. A rich, malty flavor leaves you satisfied, without feeling like you just ate an entire bag of mini-Butterfingers. The honeyed aftertaste glosses over the palate and lands delicately in your stomach. Deliciously rich, this ale makes me want to spread peace, love, and pumpkin beer.
Pie Pieces: 4 – Jack-o-Lantern