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Viola - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 06-14-2014

Sour Ale Aged With Fresh Viola Flowers
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 8
Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out ruby highlights among the mahogany color; modest head and lacing action

Smell: Sour cherry and oak; rather acetic

Taste: Oaky and sour, from the get go, with cherry flavor developing; some caramel tones underneath add balance to the fruit and sour elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I thought viola was an instrument but I guess it can also be a flavor; nice beer, regardless

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head hits 1/2 finger then fades quickly, semi clear mahogany color.

Nose nice brown malts, little sugar toffee, light dirty funk, bright floral violets, golden raisins and fruity, a nice dirty cheesy funk.

Taste brings sweet but tangy funk, sweet brown malts when little toasty note, nice sour tangy funk, golden raisin fruity funk, little floral candied flower viola I guess, decent acidity, flemmy finish and funk, little sweet sour cherry. Finish is flemmy tart cherry raisin, nice flowery A's funky tart finish.

Mouth is med bod, big flemmy sour funk and little acidity, decent carb.

Overall quite enjoyable.

Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish muddy colour with a thin head that fades to leave light lacing.

S - Aromas of brown malts, funk, sugars, nice flowers, light earthy roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, more brown malts, good sugars, great flowers, earthy meadows, really nice acid and vinegar notes. Super balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good flemmy vinegar notes.

O - Overall this beer was really surprising. Great balance.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of tom10101
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (750 ml) @ De Garde++ tasting. Shared by mathieuc, thanks!

Appearance: Muddy brown-ish amber with a small beige head and no lacing.

Aroma: Quite floral with light caramel, oak, red fruits and vinegar.

Taste: Medium sourness, red fruits, acetic presennce, oak and floral notes.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Oaky. Acetic finish.

Overall: Subpar dark sour. Too acetic for my lack and it also lack of depth. Upland can do better.

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours surprisingly a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights. Nose features a combination of sour cherry, heavy oak, and acetic acid. I'm not sure what a Viola flower smells like, but there is no evidence of floral notes on the nose. Taste hits you with heavy tartness in the form of dark cherry and vinegar, a bit of sweetness to even it out and significant oak on the finish. The sourness is well balanced unlike some of the other enamel ripping Upland brews. Overall, this is a well done sour. It's hard to tell what the flower did to this beer, but that's okay because it is tasty anyway.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown murky body. Small off-white head. Thin collar and a fuzzy island floating in the middle.

Smell - A little acidic. Acetic and vinegary. Dark brown caramel malt. Kinda vinous, but it's an afterthought.

Taste - It's got a nice Flanders Red character. Dark cherry sourness. Never overly acetic. Caramel malt and lots of oak. Nice vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. A little more watery than I expected. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I get no flowers at all, but otherwise it's a very nice sour brown.

Photo of chippo33
1.77/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

so much acid burn its scary

Photo of rlee1390
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, brown when pouring one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, some funk as well and a tad bit of flowers as well.

T-Starts with a lot of the brown ale base. Roasted malt, coffee, caramel then a nice funk and ends with mild flowers.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-A good sour beer, the flowers add a nice flavor that mesh well but a more sour base would improve the beer.

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Viola from Upland Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.