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Wild Ale
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4.02 | pDev: 9.2%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Blend of two beers in equal amounts. First beer was a blonde wild ale aged on Persimmon in oak foudre. Second beer was a lambic-style aged on Dragonfruit in white oak barrels.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 113 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a one finger head; clumpy lacing

Smell: As the beer warms the persimmon and dragonfruit tones emerge with acetic sourness embracing

Taste: Acetic sourness forward, with the malt assertive; subtle tones of dragonfruit and to a lesser extent, persimmon; the finish is moderately sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: I was hoping for more fruit here but this beer has held up nicely over six years

Thanks, JHE73, for the opportunity

Jan 18, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- The beer was a slightly murky yellow color with a white head.

Smell - A nose of green apple was noted with sour hints.

Taste - My initial impression was green apples with sour hints. Persimmon comes through toward the middle of the taste. Dry sour sticks to the roof of the mouth in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation may stick brush away the sweetness, but allows the tart to cling to the roof of the mouth.

Overall - Battling the Jolly Pumpkin version of the collab, this one wins.

Jan 01, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden yellow, clear with huge carbonation, massive white head, very persistent, and thick clumps of lacing laying over the glass.

S - Acid is first, striking and harsh, but with hints of sour fruit and lots of oak. Definite interest, but the acid is a bit muddling.

T - Lots of the lambic in the open, huge acidity, which sticks around, but also a lot of other flavors come through in the middle, as the oak comes in, sour fruit juice reminding me of lemon, but without citrus. The close then narrows back to acidity.

M - Tart but not brutal. Pleasant while still big and full.

O - Lots of good work here. Delivers many of the elements of a lambic without stripping the tongue. And the oak, which can be overpowering, manages to stay a bit player here, which allows the fruit and the bugs to shine.

May 24, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright yellow with a ton of fluffy/patchy head. Nose is only slightly funky with no acidic or fruity notes. Tast followed suit. Was a little disappointed that there wasn't a better fruit presence, but it was still sweet ant tart. Nice carbonation.

Dec 31, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a letdown.

I was expecting the best of both breweries in this collaboration, yet what I got was an elementary version of what either brewery could offer on their own.

The signature sour that I have come to expect from Upland and Jolly Pumpkin was not present, instead replaced by an over-carbonated peppery beverage.

The dragon fruit is the only real flavor this beer carries, which by itself is somewhat off-putting.

For what this beer cost, it was very disappointing and not at all worth trying.

Jul 28, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, three finger fluffy white head.

S-Fruity, semi tropical, mild funk,

T-Fruity, semi tropical, rather funky, decent balance, wee pit of pickles.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, semi crisp.

O-I though the Upland version was slightly better than the JP version

Mar 01, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a pale straw yellow color. a finger of a white head with weak retention and leaving a very slight lacing behind. opaque with a milky haziness.

Smell: orange bell pepper, herbal, lemon juice and slight vinegar.

Taste: opens up with some wheatiness aling with lemon juice. opens up with some orange bell pepper along with a fairly strong herbal kick. moderate tartness.

Mouthfeel: light and wispy. some tartness and acidity

Overall: quite different from the other Upland sours. Not nearly the strength of tartness but a good middle ground. some similarities to passionfruit but the added herbal aspect and the spot on tartness make this one one of my favorite Uplands

Jan 19, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 7-1-14, Batch M14. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like persimmons, tropical fruit, lemon peel, oak and some funk and green peppers. The taste is nice and tart, the flavors are similar to the aroma but there's also some earthiness and vinegar noticeable. The earthy/green pepper flavor seems weaker in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is also well carbonated. It's a unique brew, one that I liked more and more the longer I drank it. Glad I got to try this one!

Dec 25, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

Pour is lightly hazed pale golden amber with a tight white head. Nose has a nice yeast, fairly present leathery brett, notes of mushroom, some acidity and a touch of phenolic plastic. Mosaic hops come through, tropical fruit aromas. Taste is a bit fruitier, less wild yeast, bretty leather, a faint touch of yeast. There's a touch of tropical fruit juice, some lemon rind, strawberry, light acidity in finish. Body is a bit slick, well carbonated, lighter.

Nov 11, 2014
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Jho3325 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up a bit before you drink it. Crisp and clean with nice finish. It is definitely a unique flavor with a nice persimmon backing. Nice spicy finish with just a bit of pucker! Good stuff.

Nov 04, 2014
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 113 ratings