Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale | Upland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
90 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:
90
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.06%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch J-17; Bottled MAR 2017

A: Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Tart acidic notes up front along with citrus and grassy hop notes. Some oak in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the tartness and grassy hop notes. Goes into some citrus notes and bready maltiness. Light oak sweetness underlies everything and makes for a nice counter-balance to the acidity and sour notes. Finishes with lingering tart notes, fruitiness, and bready undertones

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great treatment of the base beer, hops, and oak. The sour isn't overpowering and makes it quite drinkable. Definitely worth checking out if you're into sours

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy deep gold, with light, white head, with some lacing.

Aroma is pine,apple, funky apricot, and maybe a hint of pinapple & mango. (Getting that from the can, but not my glass.)

Flavor is dry (lactic) sour apple , with a touch of pine,grass, pineapple, & funk.

Overall, very good, but not worth the price(to me) of ~2x other similar offerings.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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)

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3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale from Upland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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