Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
Upland Brewing Company

Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour AleHopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,232
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,507
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 7.58%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
130
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Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
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Very Good
Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour AleHopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of beertunes
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CanConPhilly for this one, from NBS BIF #9. 16oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with 3/4 inch of white head that that good retention and lacing.

The aroma was great. light funk at the front, some grains coming behind that, then some floral notes from the hops, and finally a big dose of wild/funk awesomeness.

Very similar on the tongue, just better amplified. The hops are brighter, the grain stronger, and the funk funkier.

The body was smooth, even, crisp, and had the driest finish I've had in quite some while. Just snaps off dry, and the flavors linger well.

Drinkability was amazingly awesome, I could easily drill a couple bottles back-to-back without getting bored. Overall, phenomenal beer. An absolute must try if you ever see it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.1 ounce (330 ml) bottle, no dating that I could find on it. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is excellent and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like funk, earthiness, apricot, tropical fruit, white/green grapes and citrus peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some pine and grassy hop, oak, and bready/grainy malt. Nice amount of tartness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's creamy and a bit coating with a good amount of soft carbonation. I think this is a good enough brew, I wouldn't mind picking this up again sometime. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a light yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of tropical fruit, hops, yeast, pine, and a vinous quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of Belgian-style yeast, some pine notes (not your typical addition), citrus (lemon), light malt, some of the vinous quality, a bit of tropical fruit (pineapple), and hops. Not your typical sour flavor, mainly due to the inclusion of the pine and the vinous quality. Oddly tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this offbeat beer works. It takes a little getting used to, but give it a shot.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is white, frothy, 1 finger. Retention is good.
The nose has a nice funky, wild aroma. A hint of sourness to the nose.
Taste - it is a funky, sour beer, but in a pleasing way. Wild!
Feel - this beer has a decent body, and a good mouthfeel. I also enjoy the carbonation bubbles.
A very interesting wild sour beer. If you're not a fan of this style, you won't be a fan. I am, and it's delicious.

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Photo of larryi86
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Grizzarky for this
500 ml bottle poured into tasting glass

A- A slightly hazy bright golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Sour, lemons, some apricots, hops, citrus zest, touch of pineapple, herbal tea, touch of oak.

T- Sour, citrus hops, hints of tropical fruits, herbal tea, some oak, funky/piney finish.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A solid example of a dry hopped sour, worth picking up if you get the chance.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, golden color with a sour nose that hid any hopping. The taste is a straight, puckering sour that hides the dry hopping until the beer warms. Light body and high carbonation.
I like sours, but this one was a pucker-er. The name lead me to believe there would be hops, but I didn't pick up on those until the last couple of sips, after the beer warmed up. More hops would've hopefully broken up the tongue numbing sour.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy apricot with slight head retention. Good, not exceptional.

S: White grapes, sour. Plenty of floral/tropical white notes as well.

T: The blonde sour comes through first. The hops really balance this out for a sour. Bright, refreshing, and the sour isn't overpowering.

M: Fresh and bubbly. Exactly as expected.

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Photo of hman43
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden white a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has aromas that are tart and resemble white grapes. There are some leather aromas along with earthen elements. There are some non distinct fruity esters as well.

Taste: It is moderately tart with white grape and leather elements. There are fruity elements and a grainy elements as well.

Feel: It is moderately light in body with a tart long lasting aftertaste. There is a crackery flavor that develops long into the aftertaste.

Overall, this is an interesting sour ale highlight by grape and fruity flavors with the malt lasting long into the finish.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Moderate zippy sourness, mixed with citrusy hop aromas.

A: Golden color, clear, with a thin white head that quickly creates a film across the glass.

T: Citrusy hop flavor, with moderate lingering sourness, light hop bitterness, with a touch of hop resin on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is sour, but acidic.

O: Solid; the beer has a solid dry-hopped citrus presence with light resign notes to complement the beer's sourness.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mikeinportc
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly hazed golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice funk to it along with the hops which create an odd aroma but I do enjoy it. The taste of the beer has a pretty solid tartness going on with a bit of the hops shining through. The feel of the beer is light bodied. Overall I thought this was pretty impressive.

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Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

This is a great looking beer, good clarity with some well placed lacing from two fingers of head. A lemony tartness meshes well with a thick hop resin in the nose, a tad musty from the funk. Easy drinking throughout, lots of fresh hop flavor. Quick sour twang upfront, that slowly subsides to a mellow tartness into the finish. Bit of funk, evergreen, pineapple core, and bready graininess in the middle. Finishes with that mild tartness and a long linger of hop resin flavor. Very well balanced and easy to sip on, hop flavor really makes me come back for another sip. Well done!!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loads of citrus and funk. The tartness is minimal with a few hints of lemon that blend with the tropical fruit and tangerine from the hops. Lots of Brett funk on the nose and nice bright carb.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange body, slightly hazy but still mostly transparent, with big white head, and lots of lacing.

S - Sour notes of lemon and funk, a wisp of horse blanket, acidity, rangy hop notes of cat pee and pine.

T - Follows the nose, with lots of fruit and acid in the open, a definite barnyard note, and a mildly sharp snap in the close.

M - Not terribly harsh, but definitely acidity.

O - A bright sour, with a moderate hop note. Definitely wild, and tasty.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first sour beer I've had from upland and hopefully not the last.
The appearance is a really nice hazy pale gold with some carbonation bubbling up the glass.
The aroma is big lactic acidity, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits and some herbal notes.
The tastes are bright citrus, lactic tartness, pineapple and tropical fruit.
The palate is light with a nice lingering acidity mingling with a citrus hoppiness.
Overall this is a nice drinkable sour pale that doesn't sacrifice sourness for being drinkable.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden in color with a nice thick white fluffy head. Aromas of citrus, pine, mangos pineapples, and papayas over a light lemony sour malt. Taste is not nearly as sour as expected, especially from upland, more of a tripical Brett IPA with a mild lemony sour finish. Light bodied, high carbonation and refreshing. Some hoppy oils are present in the finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy orange body, one finger white head, fair bit of retention, thin collar, thin film and bits of lacing. Smells of lemon, citrus, a light breadiness, mild acetic acidity. Not a ton of depth. Maybe a little citrus zest. Flavour is a nice citrusy hop combination with a bit of lemon and mild acetic acid. Drinks more like a hoppy saison than a true hopped up AWA. Not a ton of depth on the backend, maybe a little bit of zest. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, somehow doesn't taste acidic but my stomach seems to certainly notice the acidity in a way that seems quite unusual. No teeth melting acidity here, not a whole lot on the backend actually. Overall, not what I was expecting, but it's refreshing and acetic enough to cool a man down. It's certainly lacking in depth like say, Dry-Hopped Oak Theory from Casey.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Heritage Tavern.
Pale hazed gold, dense layer of lasting foam that leaves behind ample lacing in the glass. Good surface coverage as well.

Aroma is great, the dry-hopping comes throught well, adding a layer of herbal botanicals and tropical fruit to the citric acidity of the base sour ale.

Taste is crisply acidic with a moderate tart note of underripe crabapple. Well balanced and light bodied with a smooth feel. Finished dry and clean, paired really well with a variety of foods.

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Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Wood Shop. This was even more disappointing than the wet hopped Sour Reserve. Adding hops pretty much kills the pucker factor of the sour while adding no value to the taste. It tastes like a home experiment gone wrong.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells much better than it tastes. The dry hopping imparts a nice tropical aroma, but then afterwards the taste is bland. It is neither sour nor hoppy.

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Hopsynth Dry-Hopped Sour Ale from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 130 ratings