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Viola - Upland Brewing Company

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 4
Photo of tom10101
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
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 -1.7%
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 -9.7%
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 rlee1390
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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 118 ratings.