Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale | Upland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
79 Ratings
Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour AleHopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
By dry hopping our blonde sour ale Basis, we developed HopSynth, a well-melded sour ale with full hop aromas and flavors. Using the freshest experimental hops available, we tailored HopSynth to have a range of hop aromas, including pine, tropical fruits, and citrus notes.

Added by jaydoc on 04-04-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold. A big initial blush of visible carbonation leads to a half-finger of fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly, as does the visible carbonation.

S: This smells both intriguing and appealing. Funky – I’m thinking more Lactobacillus and/or Pediococcus than Brettanomyces – and a moderate lactic tartness. Apricots, stone fruits, and tropical fruit. Milder citrus fruit. Light cracker malts and a little bit of white vinous character. Nice.

T: Lactic tartness and some funk up front. Stone fruits again, some earthy funk, and tropical fruits. Then some citrus and white wine tannin dryness. All of this happens on the front of the tongue. As it moves back in the mouth, the flavors start to fade. Then as you get to the swallow, all of that goodness strangely abruptly ends, leaving somewhat husky pale malts and a mild hop bitterness and a little tinny flavor in the hang.

M: A light body that comes across as borderline watery, especially with the disappearing flavors. Low alcohol presence, and average carbonation sensation.

O: Ummm...weird. This smells amazing. The taste had promise right at the beginning, but really, really didn’t pan out. I have no particular suggestion for what needs to be changed or updated in the recipe to fix this, but it’s strange and ultimately a bit disagreeable.

 1,443 characters

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Upland, on tap at PoPE in Philadelphia. Lovely aromas of funk, stonefruit and farmland. Tastes like freshly squeezed juice, but I don't get a lot of hops...

Well made, but a little too sour for me (and I do love sours)

 228 characters

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new "it" thing is dry-hopped sours. So might as well try a few.

Pours a nice frothy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, soapy lacing, hazy lemonade yellow color.

Nose brings a lot of Brett C, tropical pineapple funk and some Brett barnyard notes, some grassy floral hops, a little lemony hop note,and generic citrus, lime, earthy funk, little malt. More sour funk than any other dry-hopped sour I know of.

Taste starts quite sour, more barnyard funk and Brett sourness, but more Brett C tropical pineapple and a little acidity, then hops again, floral grassy and a little piney note, into citrus, lemonade and a little lime, clementine orange juice, mixes nicely with the tropical Brett and mild barnyard funk, with nice grapefruit sourness. Finish is dry, big pineapple like biting into a fresh pineapple, juicy citrus, lemonade, etc, lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a lot more funky and sour than most of the ones of the style where most brewers sour it a little with lacto, they went with more of a true sour, but the Brett C tropical funk and sourness blended quite nicely with the hops.

 1,138 characters

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Cath
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of earthiness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, pine, and bacterial funk, pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

 449 characters

Photo of DangerDawg
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale from Upland Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe