Vinosynth White
Upland Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #372
Ranked #3,092
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Vinosynth WhiteVinosynth White
Notes: An Oliver Winery Collaboration. These collaboration bottles are a unique combination of Upland Sours aged on Indiana grown grapes. Vinosynth White is aged on Vidal Blanc grapes from the Oliver Creekside Vineyards.

Sour Reserve Aged on Locally grown Vidal Blanc grapes, Vidal Blanc is a french varietal, with hints of topical fruit flavor commonly utilized to develop ice wines.
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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this. Batch 1.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear honey hue with a thin head that fades to look still.

S - Aromas of nice bright fresh acidity, bright. Apples, vinegar, stone fruit, bright and tart.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice tartness. Pleasant vinegar and white wine notes. Good apple cider vinegar and stone fruit. Quite pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, though it disappears quickly.

O - Overall this was a very solid sour from Upland. Certainly aged nicely and the base Sour Reserve worked nicely with the white wine.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud, 2014 vintage
No head at all, crystal clear yellow honey colour

Nose super sour bacteria funk, little acetone, loads of acidity, apple cider vinegar, white grape skin, nice fruity grapes and hint of sTone fruit

Taste very very sour, souring bacteria funk, big grape skin and White wine, fruity crisp white wine, touch stone fruit and apple cider vinegar, big acidity, little flemmy on the finish, hint of buttery oak

Mouth is med to lighter bod, big bright acidity and super sour, touch flemmy, light acidity

Overall pretty good, wonder how it would be fresh as the white wine was nice but not incredible

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The poured a hazy straw yellow with a bubbly white head.

Smell - Grapes and buttered popcorn highlighted the nose with evident acidity.

Taste - Tropical fruits were accompanied by a high level of acidity. The acid level was Rolaids inducing. This led to the grape skin notes that dried out the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation pushed away the sweetness, but not the acid burn.

Overall - I liked Vinosynth red much more. This was too acidic for me.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ML bottle
Served in a beer flute
Bottled: 12-18-14

This beer pours pale yellow and hazy. It had a fleeting white head that disappeared leaving no trace.

The aroma is tart and funky, just what I want in a sour. I get hints of mildew-y basement.

The taste is nice and sour with just enough funk to come through. The sourness kind of dominates after a few drinks. The taste borders on vinegary without crossing that line.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

I loved this beer at first. The sourness became a bit much after about eight ounces. I shouldn't have been greedy. I should have shared it with a buddy or two. It is a great beer, but maybe too much of a good thing for this sissy.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of juicy citrus up front with a back of tanginess and sour. I get a lemonade like quality before it lets out a nectarine, tangerine and orange. Drinks like a wine.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky and sour. Lots of lactic acid with a hint of White wine. Very Funky smell. Not my favorite but probably exactly as the Brewer intended. Sour!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Yellow-gold color, mostly transparent with hazy cast, particularly near the end of the pour. Head forms up quickly, then fades out, leaving no cap. No lacing.

S - Horse blanket is out front, oak and wet wood elements. Acid and chemical notes. Fruit in the background, in the form of lemon and grape.

T - Flip the nose, with fruit forward, yogurt and lemon curd, acidic elements consistently across the entire line, oak, a hint of white wine in the middle, and a bit of wildness in the close.

M - Crisp, clean, and only very mildly puckering.

O - A nice look, a slightly misleading nose, and a tasty and pleasant flavor and feel. Nice job.

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Photo of Tommo
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wowww, this is really really good. Held up great. Bottle from 2014 i believe. Nose is amazing grapey wine smell with alot of funk and sour. Taste is very tart with an interesting mouth feel and a good amount of funk, less wine here. Overall excellent

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Photo of linnymtu
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer when I wasn't expecting to. I'm not much of a white wine person (love me the dry reds), so I was expecting too much of that flavor to come through. Ended up that this was just a very solid wild ale with a nice wine barrel flavor to it. I liked it better than the vino red actually.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a solid, slightly cloudy lemon drop. Lacing is non-existent. Pretty average.

Nose is grape must, tart lemon zest, oak, hay and a touch of plastic. Moderately aromatic. Pretty enticing.

Opens grape must, lemon zest, pineapple and plastic. Gets more and more sour in the middle with a puckering sour grape presence. Acidic and vinous throughout with some oak and wood hints at the end. Fruit really suppresses the carbonation right at the end. Aftertaste of grape, plastic and foam. Really interesting.

Light bodied with lively carbonation. Prickly and accented in the mouth and goes down sparkling and puckering. Finishes soft with a kick right at the end. Puckering and filmy aftertaste. Very good.

If you're going with a sour beer aged on wine grapes, you can't really beat St. Lamvinus or Vigneronne. That being said, V. White is a really interesting American interpretation of what can be done with wine grapes and wild ales. Worth trying.

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Photo of ttp86
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of funk and tartness. Sour but not over the top sour. Overall a really enjoyable sour. Had this next to the vinosynth red and prefered this over the red.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, my introduction to Upland Brewing. Let's see if she holds up to Upland's storied reputation...

BOTTLE: Courtesy of Carp19. Brown glass. Branded hood-and-wire cap over a cork.Bottled 12/23/14. Batch X14. 750ml.

Served cold into a Lost Abbey teku at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live as an American sour ale per the label description.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: White and fizzy, this thin head dissipates inside of 5 seconds, leaving me no time to note its characteristics in any detail. Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Cloudy yellow with some dark yellow hues. Translucent. Nontransparent. Average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particuate or hop sediment.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a nice appearance for a white wine barrel aged sour ale, but it's not unique or special. If you told me this was a witbier in a blind tasting, I wouldn't doubt you on appearance alone.

AROMA: Wheat, clean barley, acidic sour apple, suggestions of farmhouse-y hay and straw, a kiss of lemon zest, white wine-soaked/dampened oak wood, slightly funky yeast, crisp flaked malt, and even white lychee.

Sourness is pretty tame; I'd figure this for a 3-4/10 in terms of sourness intensity. I'd like to see more bacterial notes (including accompanying sourness and tartness) as well as a more developed and more committal white wine character.

It's spritzy and dry like a good Austrian white wine, but the sour components just aren't quite there.

Aromatic intensity is mild. I find no off-notes or booze.

TASTE & TEXTURE: I'm immediately confronted by its wine-y sharp acidity and consistent dampened oak presence, both of which lend this brew guiding cohesion. The white grape gives it a cool refreshing feel, but it's still a biteen smacky. Smooth and dry, with a pleasant approachable presence on the palate that helps accent the sourness.

The aroma's disappointments are luckily unpreserved in the taste; the sourness - while still wanting - is a respectable 6-7/10 in terms of intensity, and perceived sourness is augmented by the sour apple notes and acidity. Not a tart beer, nor a pucker-inducing one, but sour lovers won't be let down. The lemon zest is perfect.

Still, the bacterial notes and wild yeast(s) could use some amping up in terms of intricacy and subtlety.

What does work is the wheat and clean barley backbone, which lets the spritzy carbonation of the beer dance across the palate. No attention is drawn to the malts, and rightly so. The star here is the bacterial/wild sourness.

The light body plays into the white wine motif, and faint notes of white wine grapes and even some faint lychee are lovely. The bitterness/sweetness balance is right on the money. It's a very well put-together brew, with a good flavour profile and a gestalt build. I quite like this.

It could be more twangy and funky. It could be softer, it could be more acidic, it could be more tart and still more sour. But these nitpicks are testament to the obvious quality of the beer; it is easy to imagine ways to improve it, but all but impossible to find ways to criticize what is already there. Flavour duration and intensity are moderate (aptly). Depth of flavour is good, but could use further improvement.

OVERALL: There's a harmony of texture to taste here, with the acidity of the mouthfeel accenting the white wine grapeskin and subtle lychee notes. More interestingly, the unlikely dryness of the beer doesn't parch the palate, but rather plays into the Austrian white vibe. A nuanced sour ale that will please fans of the style, and definite proof that Upland's reputation is earned.

I look forward to diving into the other Upland sours I've been lucky enough to acquire from Carp19, and I'd happily recommend this to friends. While the oak isn't as expressive as I'd like, the way in which the wine notes seamlessly melt into the base sour is gorgeous.

Is this world class? Absofuckinglutely. This joins the ranks of the elite sours brewed in America in my book; this is up there with offerings from Cascade, Allagash, Russian River, Avery, et al. in my book. Lovely stuff, and a treat of an introduction to Upland.

A- (4.09)

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Photo of garyloveman
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A little too much like having a glass of chardonnay for me. Very strong grape/wine flavor and dry wine finish. I understand the craftsmanship involved in this, but it's not for me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. My first sips were striking and really assaulted my palate. I figured the whole ride was going to be a very strong and obnoxious gueuze fest from the first bit of things.

Thankfully as the beer warms it matures and starts to show a very nice level of complexity. Flavor brings a sweetness that seems to come from grapes. Nice level of sour. Not overbearing at this point at all. Floral tones are there. Way easier to drink than I would have anticipated off the first few sips. Nose shows mild barnyard funk with some grape skins. A really great beer. Love to see experimental and unusual things going on with beer. Looking forward to the Red VinoSynth after this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Looks like limoncello. Bright yellow. Milky and hazy. No head.

Smell - Lemon, white wine. Sharply acidic and a bit of pale malt.

Taste - Lemon. Woody flavors. White wine starts light and builds into quite a strong presence. Astringent and tart stone fruit finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body. Sourness builds up and gets quite strong.

Overall - Tempers the intensity of Sour Reserve nicely.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decently intense sourness. Good wine barrel character. Green sour apple................................................................................

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy pale yellow, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Funk, oak, lemon, grass, some citrus and lots of musty grapes.

T-Rather funky ans musty. The white grapes add a nice layer of depth to SR. Oak and citrus are there.

M-Dry finish, lighter with nice carbonation.

O-Absolutely surprised at how good this beer was. Up there with sour reserve.

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