Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #33
Ranked #469
4.44 | pDev: 8.78%
Aug 18, 2021
Nov 15, 2013
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottled June-20 / Batch H-20. Pours a lovely orange hue with a slight haze, and a fizzy, bright white head that quickly dissipates as it disperses towards one edge of the shoulders. Lovely nose - citrus, lactic acid and hints of buttery oak. Flavor profile is dominated by citric acid. Once the acidity dissipates, hints of buttery oak and pawpaw are revealed towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light and bright with a mouth puckering acidity and that stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a nice wild ale; however, extremely acidic and overpowers the delicate complexity of the pawpaw fruit.

Aug 18, 2021
4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Apr 17, 2021
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1.48/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by MichaelSneed from Texas

I'm guessing that I'm not the target demographic here, as I tend to like beer-tasting beer, not fruit juice-flavored sours, which is what this is. Strong notes of fruit flavor (I don't know what pawpaw tastes like, but I'm hoping not too much like this sour) that slaps you in the face with sourness and overwhelms whatever joy you were previously having. I won't be having another.

Feb 19, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Whether you're trying to wake up the tastebuds or beat them into submission, there's very few breweries that can satisfy that "sour" need like Upland Brewing. Their pawpaw infused sour ale will have your face "stuck like that."

Hazy gold and slightly peach color, it's lighter hues are a suggestion to the orchard fruit inside. With a racy and foamy rise and an eventual scant recession, the ale projects a vibrant but hazy white wine appearance. That's until the nose draws near, and that tangy fruit nuance and high acidity overwhelms the nose with a jaw-tightening and saliva inducing response.

As apple cider, dry white wine, lime, a hint of white vinegar and unmistakable banana-like soothes the taste buds with its pin-point acidity, a scantly sweet and mustier tone gradually sets in. Its juicy and racy pawpaw taste is mild and not easily identifiable; seemingly scrubbed away by the vigorous nature of fermentation. Its sour and sweet interplay is aggressively acetic even as the character of weathered oak, corkish must, and elements of brine, sweat and general cellar-like conditions start to layer upon.

Its expressive carbonation prickles at the tongue and enlivens the sour taste and feel even more. Though the ale may be slightly more rounded than the driest lambics on the market, its carbonation and acidity counters nicely on its way toward a dry and tangy fruit finish.

Nov 25, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Probably the best sipping sour ale I have ever had. Explosion of tart sour fruit up front, then suddenly a fantastic yeasty oat malt finish kicks in.

Sep 14, 2020
3.91 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2020
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jun 15, 2020
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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ahacsgt from Massachusetts

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
4.35 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Nov 17, 2019
4.41 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Sep 22, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by robotnewyork from Michigan

Had at World of Beers in Canton for World of Sour Event 7/31/19. Anyway, nice solid vinegary sour.

Aug 02, 2019
4.5 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Jul 21, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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
4.4 by JoeMad from Michigan on Jul 15, 2019
4.5 by detpizzaboi from Michigan on Jul 14, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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
4.1 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on Jun 12, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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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4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4.56 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Apr 21, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Nov 22, 2018
4.23 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 02, 2018
4.75 by mwvman from Indiana on Aug 25, 2018
3.71 by acurtis from New Jersey on Aug 11, 2018
4.35 by cp45 from New Jersey on Aug 11, 2018
4.55 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 15, 2018
4.46 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jun 10, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by ljc973 from Michigan

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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3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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
4.16 by 22Blue from Kansas on Sep 01, 2017
4.25 by YvesB from Belgium on Aug 24, 2017
4.55 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Jul 28, 2017
4.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jul 10, 2017
4.41 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Jun 17, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by darktronica from Indiana

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
4.26 by biggoon16 from Indiana on May 29, 2017
4.5 by delgotit99 from Indiana on May 25, 2017
4.7 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on May 18, 2017
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on May 15, 2017
4.41 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island on May 15, 2017
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 143 ratings