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Upside Down Blonde - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010)
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Reviews by Cylinsier:
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3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy light lemon gold. One inch of sudsy white head dissipates slowly.

Smells of light barley malt and light citrus with a slight dry bitter hop element.

Light citrus sweetness over a light fresh grassy malt with a slight dry hop with minimal bitterness.

Medium body with fluffy carbonation throughout.

I think this one is a bit underrated. It's very drinkable and sessionable and it has a surprisingly good appearance and body. The aroma and flavor are balanced and inoffensive. It's not some sort of groundbreaking ale but it's not trying to be. It's quite good for what it is.

Cylinsier, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
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mte1972, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

BBQWhisperer, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold, with a nice white head. Thin but pleasant lace.

Nose is sweet, with hints of honey and spice. Unusual, and not expected from a "blonde ale".

Flavor is light, with a fruity twang to it. I get some apricot notes, as well as some kind of funk in the fruitiness (which I'm not sure is supposed to be there, but isn't bad). There is a touch of hops toward the finish.

Overall, an enjoyable session ale that I would try again, definitely.

secondtooth, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

WoodBrew, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of RickS95
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It looks the part. Not as hazy as a hefe, but it's clearly got a cloud-like look. Moderate golden yellow color, though slightly darker because of the clouds. The head is as huge as you want it to be and retains forever. Only after minutes does it fall leaving a chunky lace.

The flavors die quickly, but if you take a sniff early, you can pick up the tang of the wheat and some citrus notes.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired because it doesn't taste at all like a hefe, or even a wheat beer for that matter. The pilsner malts confused me and gave it a convoluted taste. The addition of Noble hops didn't help the equation. It's supposed to be complex, but I just found it confusing.

They really missed it here. A wheat or hefe is supposed to be tangy and spicy, and this is just savory and grainy. Ultimately, it doesn't feel 'bad' per se, it just misses the boat for the style.

Confusion in a bottle. Doesn't taste like a blonde, doesn't taste like a hefe, doesn't taste like a wheat beer. So what the hell is it?

RickS95, Jul 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First taste of Flat 12, and it’s their Upside Down Blonde. Poured into a pint glass at Coal Pizza Company in downtown Indianapolis.

A: Definitely a blonde: pale gold with a definite shine. The head is white and foamy, not thick but not BMC thin. No lacing and just a touch of retention.

S: Quite light, but you can definitely make out notes of bitter grains, blueberry, mild pine, and Pilsner malt. Slightly above-average, but nothing more.

T: Good hop presence – more bitter and satisfying than I anticipated. Comes off with a clean berry taste and some light red grape sweets, on top of a foundation of simple (but not unsatisfying) white bread and grain. Finishes with a surprisingly chewy Pilsner feel, tastes of bread crust and grain husk resounding.

M: Smooth and drinkable, with the carb hardly prickling at all on the way down. Feels standard and slightly watery in that way, but drinkable enough to make me wonder where that full glass of beer went so fast.

O: A good beer, but nothing to go crazy about. It has opened my interest to Flat 12, though…seems like they have their head on straight.

BarryMFBurton, Jun 12, 2012
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, Apr 14, 2012
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2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very golden crystal color. White head mostly bubbly soap, no lacing....

S- Smells like sweet malts and adjuncts. Some honey smell.

T- Tastes very similar to the smell .Not really any hops there, an overpowering honey and corn flavor to me.

M-It's smooth I'll give it that.

O-Bleh, won't drink this again

tykees88, Jan 21, 2012
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Upside Down Blonde from Flat 12 Bierwerks
77 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.