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 #1,224
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,458
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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Reviews by Matt141:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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 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 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 BKotch
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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 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 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 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 PhineasMcClintock
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zenboy99
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BirdsandHops
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Soneast
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of liquorpig
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DangerDawg
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ackeeper
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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