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Phatter Phlemish Red | Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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Phatter Phlemish RedPhatter Phlemish Red

Brewed by:
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Nebraska, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RedHaze on 06-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by JohnQVegas:
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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, numbered 12 of 71, received in a package from Chris (RedHaze). It's not often you get this kind of beer in a "locals for locals" deal, so all I can say is, thanks, Chris. Lately, it's seemed like every trader I deal with is an shining example of generosity, so all I can do when I open a package like that is smile, chuckle to myself, and vow to try my best to pay it forward.

Pours a murky, almost dull red with just a bit of tarnished copper, and a one-finger creamy light-khaki head that falls fairly quickly, leaving no more than an outer ring behind. Nice lacing all the way down the glass, however.

Nose is... mmm, very nice. Sharp cider vinegar and green apples blend with an underlying, sharply acetic sour cherry bite. There's just a bit of underlying sweetness, largely taken up with the green apples, and a wee bit of oak in there also.

Taste follows suit; this is a nicely done Flemish Red. Sharp acetic bite up front, cider vinegar, a green apple fruitiness that brings in just a bit of sour cherry on the finish, dry oak; RedHaze hits the nail on the head with this one. Bucketloads of sour, and more green-apple than the cherry I'm used to. Finish is long, bone dry, lightly oaky, with a lasting acidic sourness lingering on the throat. Quite tasty, but certainly one of the more sour beers I think I've tried. I can't imagine it getting much drier.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckeringly sour, with an acidic bite in the back of the throat and a moderate carbonation over a medium-light body.

Drinkability is a mixed bag. On the one hand, a tasty beer that hits the flavor profile pretty accurately, on the other hand, this beer almost had me crying uncle. I've had my fair share of sour beers, and this one was intense - it definitely had some teeth in there. Certainly, still quite drinkable, and I didn't have a problem finishing my glass, but it really has to be taken into account.

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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to Ditmier (Eric is a RB guy who doesn't rate anymore... don't hate.. don't hate :-) for bringing over bottle #42/71... Brewed in Feb '07... Bottled in Jan '08... Huge thanks.. Certain we're never gonna see one of these again.

Cloudy orange brew.... lite tan short lasting head... good lacing..

Nose is wonderful... lite acetic cherry cider.. a bit winey... vinous and very sour with late warm pours.

Flavor may have some "oak".. but what do I know.. some tannins help pull out some cherry... pretty sour.. acetic and lactic.. awesome ... dry apple skin on the finish with some nice cherry essence.. bits of oaky pinot.. nice funk that gives and gives throughout... The pucker really builds with warmth.

Thanks a ton Eric... I appreciate it.


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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Ben aka beersack for bringing this back from Nebraska.

With only 71 bottles ever in existence, bottled in 2008, I am quite unlikely to ever see this one again.

A - It pours a rustic cherry-mahogany hue, slightly drab and hazed, capped with a mixture of soapy bubbles and froth-wisps.

S - My first impression is that it is somewhat understated. The nose is certainly rife with notes lactic and acetic, but they are soft enough to easily give way to impressions of tart cherry, currant, raw cranberry, red apple and sherry vinegar. There are also some lightly musty oaken aromas and a sense of underlying sweetness.

T - My initial impressions are of apple cider vinegar infused with tart cherries and oak barrel, which is not so far off from what it really is... Notes of currant, cinnamon-sugar, musty old books and disused barn are tangible as well. As with the aroma, the flavor is slightly understated, focusing on balance and depth rather than sheer volume of flavor. In other words, it is not too tart, too sour, or too- anything.

M - Bright mouthfeel, lighter-bodied, good.

D - Very easily drinkable due to the balance inherent and the overall moderate flavors.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 60 of 71, brewed in Feb 2007, bottled 2008.

Pours a coppery red with a slight haze. A one finger head falls quickly to a thin ring and a few swirling bubbles. Decent lacing despite the lack of head.

Smell; granny smith apple skins, acidic dark fruits and a little vinegar. A little oakiness, with a very faint vanilla are floating around in the background.

Taste; very tart with green apples, sour cherries and a little apple cider vinegar. There's a just a little touch of sweetness through the middle, with a nice dry oak flavor in the finish, and add nice layering effect in the flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is just short of medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation that seems to accentuate the acidic qualities. Drinkability is good, but then again, I really like sour beers.

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Phatter Phlemish Red from Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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