Vinosynth White | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rudzud on 06-14-2014

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Reviews by terranostra86:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of kojevergas
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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 brother_kenneth
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Based on other reviews, I was very surprised at how bad this beer was. There was an extremely off-putting smell and taste of sulfur/rotten eggs.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Zonian1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zachpaschal
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of sourman
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wellsnb
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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 SveNss0N
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of Enochase04
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Inglewood
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Vinosynth White from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 156 ratings