Pawpaw
Upland Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #27
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #464
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
136
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Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
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PawpawPawpaw
Notes: Wood Aged Fruited Sour Ale. Asiminia triloba, or Pawpaw, is the largest fruit bearing plant native to North America. Due to the lack of commercial cultivation and the quick perishable nature of the fruit, this highly prized forageable finds its way into regional dishes throughout the United States. Although known by many names, we proudly incorporated the Indiana Banana into our family of sour ales. This golden sour ale was created by aging Sour Reserve on fresh Pawpaw fruit from Indiana. Expect a flavor of soft tropical fruits with mild lactic acid tanginess. We recommend rosemary rubbed pork chops and dark chocolate to join this beer with other fellow dining companions.

8 IBU
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ahacsgt from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml bottle. Purchased in October in brewery restaurant outside Indianapolis and carried to Boston. Nice light floral smell golden straw yellow pour. Very mildly sour taste. A delightful beer.

Dec 01, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a old-school 2015 bottle from my cellar.

A - Pours a clear dark gold color, minimal white head and no lacing.

S - Pungent acidic overtones, a bit of funkiness as an undertow.

T - The acidic open is bright and forward, lemony lactic acidity, followed by a slow climb down, where the paw paw comes forward as a light banana hit.

M - For as acidic it is in the taste, this has a surprisingly moderate feel, only just a hint of puckering acidity over time.

O - I have moved away from wild ales focused on pungent sour flavors over the years, but this one has really aged quite well and emphasizes the best of this approach.

Jul 19, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger foamy and fluffy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. Zero lacing on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy pawpaw, mango, melon, banana, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, pawpaws, and moderate oak/pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy pawpaw, mango, melon, banana, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Slight oaken vanilla, and white wine vinegar in aromas/flavors. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and Brett/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy pawpaw, mango, melon, banana, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, pawpaws, and moderate oak/pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with great malt/tart/tangy/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy/spiciness and carbonation. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, pawpaws, and moderate oak/pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Fantastic balance of juicy pawpaw fruit, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Zero residual sweetness with crisp drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example as expected. One of their better sour offerings for sure.

Jul 03, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap:
A somewhat ugly tannish-yellow, almost like an Arnold Palmer that has too much ice or lemonade. This is countered by a nice ring and lacing.

Nose foretells a pretty acidic sour beer, though there’s hints of sugar and barrel. Grapefruit, lime and sugarcane, lighter raspberry banana yogurt hints. General impression of a tart soda.

Feel has an odd mix of decent carbonation but with a cushioned feel. Light and tart, this came on too sour, but my palate adjusted to it quickly.

Barrel wasn’t noted initially, but a tangy aspect to the fruity sour notes comes out by mid-beer. Little more crab apple tartness with hints of lime, there’s a little glancing touch of sweetness early.

A nice sour from which I wanted a little more nuance and barrel-specific notes. That said, I did like it’s tartness and feel well enough.

May 10, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage.

This one pours a golden and slightly hazy yellow color, with chunks of fruit and yeast in suspension, and just a general feeling that the beer is alive - the carbonation was consistently roiling. There was a small head and that dissipated quickly.

This smells extremely sour and acidic, with citrus and tropical sour fruit, wood, and lots of white wine.

This tastes quite good, but drinking a lot of it is a bit of a chore. There's tons of citrusy and lemony fruit character, tons of white wine, and quite a lot of sour acidity here. There's a touch of oak, too.

This is crisp, and with an intense lingering acidity at the end of each sip. It's definitely a veeeery slow sipper due to this.

This is a very intriguing and extreme beer. It's best shared amongst a lot of people.

May 05, 2019
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ljc973 from Michigan

4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #2. Pours hazy gold with a medium white head. Smells of crisp, tart fruit (apple, pear, strawberry, etc) and slight sour 'funk.' Taste is similar, with a nice sharp (but not too sharp) acidity. Medium bodied, real easy drinker. Overall, this lived up to the hype for me, and I will definitely be seeking this one out again.

Dec 01, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Pours slightly hazy. Fizzy and actively bubbly. Smells like apples, cider, and mango. Hints of a light vinegar. Tastes just a hint sweeter, though it's pretty tart. Sour green apples and a sweet flavor that isn't quite the mango that I smelled. Never eaten Paw Paw, so I guess that's just what it tastes like. High carbonation. Medium body. Pretty sour. Good fruit flavor and about as drinkable as Upland sours get, for what that's worth.

Nov 23, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the latest sour lottery, May 2017. Decorked with a loud pop, but no subsequent gushing that others have experienced in previous batches.

This earns its reputation as an outstanding fruited sour, nailing the essence of the pawpaw fruit. The tartness is substantial but not overwhelming, giving the fruit and underlying sweetness some room to breathe. Delicate flavors on subsequent sips, as the sour receptors get a bit less sensitive. Some floral notes, wildflower honey, and pear cider.

Jun 10, 2017
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was told to be wary of a gushing bottle, and from perusing the recent reviews it seems like many bottles act that way. Mine did not. No foaming as I pulled the cork slowly form the neck.

With overly aggressive pour a small head of big-bubbled foam forms. The brew is yellow, straw, a bit of haziness.

Aroma is sweet, tart, spiciness, and tangy fruit.

The flavor is excellent. Highly acidic and tart, but subtle fruit spiciness and flavor. Once you get past the pucker, the flavor is subtle but has depth of layers.

A bit effervescent, light side of medium body.

Overall a tasty brew with layers of flavor. Deftly handed use of an interesting fruit. May be too tart for some.

Dec 16, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gusher bottle.

Straw yellow color. White head.

Some sulfur. Kiwi and melon flavors. Pineapple. Pina collada. Sour but not too sour. Light acidity.

Light bodied. Fairly easy drinking for upland. Enjoyable.

Great bottle. Very enjoyable!

Aug 31, 2016
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jakemn91 from New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gusher!!! Pour over the sink. Great beer otherwise.
Slightly hazy, straw color with thin white head.
Sweet, funky and tropical aroma.
Taste is quite sour but not overwhelming. Prominent pineapple, melon, and passion fruit flavors
Puckering, medium body. Bright carbonation

Aug 31, 2016
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really nice, balanced, fruited sour.

Creamy yellow with a small and quickly dissipating carb. It's been a few years since I had pawpaw fruit, but I remember a more luscious aroma. Juicy in the mouth. Flavor in the middle of the web. I can make it taste sour, sweet, juicy, tart, brett funky, almost anything. Not cheesy, phelgmy, or overly sour, though. Nor an off note anywhere. Mother in law who grew up on a tobacco farm in Kansas wanted more pawpaw even though she disliked them as a kid. Can't beat the balance, though.

Aug 09, 2016
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KSOZE from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have limited experience with wilds. I won the lottery for b2, so I decided to crack my bottle from b1 about a year after. All I can say is "wow". Not mind meltingly sour as some of the Uplands can be, and a nice balance between the fruit and the acidity. Fantastic wild, and eager to try more.

Jun 02, 2016
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer was a hazy orange color with little transparency.

Smell - The citric smell is huge. I don't know what pawpaw smells like, so it may smell like pawpaw.

Taste - This is a tremendously rich sour. At first, I think of fresh citrus fruit. It also has the sweetness of orange candy. There is a definite peach skin presence. The sour is almost tongue bruising, but fades in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For a sour, this is thick. It allows the assault on the tongue to be relentless.

Overall - I have a new favorite Upland sour.

Jan 01, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful head and lacing. Rather cloudy but that's probably my fault due to moving the bottle around a lot before pouring. Attractive, unique hue of yellow. Smell is awesome with the fruit coming out strongly on top of the nice sour notes. Flavor is excellent as well with a different facet of the fruit appearing to come out, a mix of tropical type fruit along with a bit of banana. Well balanced, excellent beer.

Dec 09, 2015
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ARaces23 from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.
Used to Upland being aggressively sour. This is so balanced. The aromas are tropical and peach. Mouthfeel is prickly and perfect and carries the flavor which follows on from the aroma.
Overall? Best beer in awhile

Nov 29, 2015
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KevSal from California

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this guy winning the raffle!

Looks amazing in the glass, like beatification. Really foggy

The nose is the winner, it's like I bit right into a rip fruit, even the peel comes thru. Upland always astonishes me with their fruit beers

Taste is extremely sour with a good amount of fruit. Really was hoping for more funk. Good but not world class

Feel is well carbed, and medium thick

Overall it is a very good sour, split the bottle with the wife. Could have split this with more folks, 1 glass is enough

Oct 22, 2015
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely the best Upland I've had to date. More balanced and restrained than the majority of their beers. Still sour, but I actually could taste the "Indiana Banana" (paw-paw) flavor in this one.

Well done, and one of the consensus favorites at a tasting with several world class sours such as De Garde, C&C La Folks, and some geuzes.

Sep 15, 2015
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!

750ml Bottle.

Incredibly delicious. Fruity, sweet, funky, tart.. WOW!! Highly recommended.

(A)

Sep 04, 2015
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fredmugs from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6oz (maybe 8) pour on draft at the brewery. I'm not a huge fan of sours but this is the one of the best I've ever had. Great fruit taste without the huge pucker factor that I get from a lot of the other Upland offerings that only make me want 2 ounces.

May 22, 2015
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, big thanks to Caleb and Upland for sharing this experimental first batch with us at BeerFX Beyond the Brew: Sours. He said this was their first trial with using this local fruit, and he bottled some up for us to give feedback. The pawpaw is a North American fruit that is comparable to a banana with additional tropical fruit notes. It has limited availability and shelf life. The base lambic really shines. It is bright yellow with loads of tartness on the nose. Maybe some light citrus notes as well. The base lambic is blended very well. This beer is quite tart, but not acidic. I've never had this fruit, but it blends very well with the base beer. There is some tropical fruitiness and maybe unripened banana at the very back end and in the finish when you pause between drinks. Really interesting beer, that I'd say was definitely a success.

Nov 15, 2013
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