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Viola | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Ale Aged With Fresh Viola Flowers

Added by rudzud on 06-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 133
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured dark brown with an off-white head.

Smell - The nose was boozy oak with a strange perfume like presence.

Taste - My first impression is dry perfumey flowers. There is some sense of sweetness toward the back that I might describe as Concord grapes. The aftertaste runs dry with an oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - The dry oak clings to the roof of the mouth with low carbonation and sour notes.

Overall - This is best Upland flower sour that I have had. It is far more enjoyable than Orchid.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/30/16

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Pours dark, deep brown - medium sized, borderline fizzy, off-white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves minimal lacing

S: Smells dark and sour, but pleasantly mild - some dark malts, chocolate malts - moderately sour, with some sharp acidity and some damp, lactic funk - floral, but I probably wouldn't guess that this was aged on flowers if I didn't know - some dark fruits - wood and some woody funk

T: Some dark flavors, with some chocolate malts, brown malts, and dark fruits - moderately acidic, with some sharp flavors - lemons - some funky, musty sourness - tart - floral and flowery - lingering sourness - woody with some oak barrel funk - dry

M: Medium body, low carbonation, lightly tart and puckering with some lingering sour

O: These flowers are edible, right?

On multiple occasions I have claimed that I am done drinking dark sours. And then I have something like this. It's dark, and it's sour, but it somehow works. It's too bad this is supposedly retired, as I would drink it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled: 5/9/14. Batch: L14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, dark fruit, floral, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, wood, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the floral aspects come through slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of aleigator
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clean mohagony brown color, with a decent, one finger broad brownish head.

Smells of sour, acrid funk, coated up by earthy malts, revealing a sweet note. There is a herbal whiff visible above this foundation, while I cannot say this smells like actual violas.

Tastes of unripe lemon pulp, very pungent and pronounced, establishing a very tart, acetic taste. Got a mineralic, slightly herbal quality to it, together with bready malts and even more acidity. Finishes with a pleasant aqueous note, while the malts turn sweeter and the lemon even more pronounced.

Doesnt taste too complex while its tartness is extreme, but successfully tamed by the malts and soft water. Has an intense citrus appearance, while I can not detect any flower at all.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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

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Photo of tom10101
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.92 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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