Upland Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #369
Ranked #3,262
4.18 | pDev: 7.66%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: Wood Aged Fruited Sour Ale w/ Pineapple and Chamomile
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 120 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Bottling date stamped on label is '17 OCT 2017'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.
Aroma of pineapple and earthy herbs, along with the oak barrel.
Taste is tart, with flavors of pineapple, apple, and apricot. Slight oak barrel.
Medium mouth feel, with some puckering effect. Very good carbonation.
Tasty wild ale with a real blend of flavors; I like the fruit and flower blend. Not sour and funk is at a minimum.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer like none I have had. Great sour base beer with a fair amount of complexity on its own. Pineapple can be overwhelming in a beer but it is used with restraint here but is still intense. I am not a huge chamomile fan but this was fantastic. Not something I want to drink regularly but was quite the experience.

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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada), Oct 12, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has lemon, camomile, other generic floral notes and a bit of menthol. Taste is tart and floral with camomile tea notes. Quite dry and sour but overall really nice and refreshing.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 23, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like a dragon spitting fire, this thing glows a gorgeous orange. Yeah, I like that. Scent is like a tea party in Maui - chamomile meets pineapple in glorious ways. Taste is everything and supreme. Heavy on the tropical fruits, and then that delicate touch like Kate Beckinsale steeping your morning tea. On top of that, the damn things finishes smoother than smooth.

Raul digs this, Raul digs it well and good.

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RaulMondesi from California, Mar 24, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sweet/juicy pineapples, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, floral, lemon, lime, red/green apple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, berries, white wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, and grass; with lighter notes of pepper, funk, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, pineapples, chamomile, wine barrels, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/juicy pineapples, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, floral, tart/sour lemon, lime, red/green apple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, berries, white wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, and grass; with lighter notes of pepper, funk, oaken vanilla, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness; light wine/fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of pineapples, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, floral, tart/sour lemon, lime, red/green apple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, berries, white wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, pepper, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, pineapples, chamomile, wine barrels, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness balance. Bit of increasing pucker through the glass, but not astringent. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, acidic/tangy/tannic, and fairly grainy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour blonde ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, pineapples, chamomile, wine barrels, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; even with the very lactic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Outstanding balance of the Brett/Lacto, fruit, chamomile, and wine barrels; with a solid pale/wheat malt backbone. Quite heavy on the lactic acid, but not overwhelming. A really enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Jan 27, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a wicked beer, a standout from a really strong lineup. about as robustly flavored as i have known any of these flavored sour types to be, and the combination of fresh pineapple and chamomile makes for a very interesting drink! the base beer is solid, a fluffy, wheaty, dry but maltier than many build, with a rich lather of white head and great carbonation. acidity is prominent but its clean, and i find it refreshing and piquant, not too over the top on the sourness like some of theirs tend to be. i get tons of the chamomile, almost too much in the nose, green tea and dried flowers and some bitterness, its pleasant but its strong, better in the flavor where the sourness cuts it a little bit and the pineapple sweetness balances it some. the pineapple does a funny thing here, it provides a tropical vibe and a little generic fruity sweetness to this most of the way through, but right on the swallow it totally blossoms into full fledged fresh pineapple, enormously honest and pure, pungent in the finish, but really natural and almost mouthwatering to me, even though its in my mouth already. amazing with the citrusy acidity here, and weirdly compatible with the chamomile, this beer is delicious, and there is enough grain structure to support all of this. i like the name too, i think this is sort of healthful or medicinal as i drink it, like it really is good for me. one of the better upland beers i have had...

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Photo of HipCzech
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 500 mL bottle (“batch no. 00-17, bottle date Aug 2017”), poured into a Riedel Vinum Boreaux glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, bright golden yellow with a brief head of frothy white bubbles. A cap of white froth persists along with spots of lace.

Smell: Wet wool and hay punctuated by bright chamomile flowers and sweet pineapple.

Taste: Clean, cleansing tart flavor with sweet, tropical fruit (pineapple, peach). Soothing, spicy herbal tea emerges towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light and thin with lively carbonation.

Overall: Clean, refreshing, interesting and very drinkable; the pineapple and chamomile mix harmoniously.

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Photo of bnes09
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a subtle haze. Light, creamy head. Soft, tropical and mild acidic aroma with delicate chamomile. Flavor follows nose very close. Sweet pineapples and syrup with a soft chamomile and touch of tartness. Tastes just like pineapple cake in the middle. Finish is malty without a drying acid. Feel, again, very soft and creamy with lingering herbal texture. Tiny, delicate bubbles and gentle acid dryness finishes grainy. Overall, very tasty. I have become a big fan of herbs and spices in sours and this one hits all the right notes. I find myself typing words like soft, gentle, subtle, creamy and delicate. There really are no other words to describe it. Perfect harmony of fruit, acid and spice. Very unique and very tasty.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Nov 04, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with fizzy white head. Pineapple, some light tart notes, a little funk, and some light spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more fruit and a little tartness.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if the description of the beer influenced my take of if Upland simply knows their product the well, but the bottle describes the beer amazingly well. Pretty but somewhat bland look, with pale gold and clear coloring but a nice frothiness and retention to the thin white head. Aromas of peach, pineapple, grass, funk, and green tea make for a beautiful mix, with some light pine straw and lemon in the background. Taste is more subdued but quite interesting in that there's an initial punch of tartness and funk, but it drops off suddenly and leaves a very clean taste of citrus rind, lemongrass, light cracker, unripe pineapple, and herbal tea. Both complex and perplexing, but extremely crisp and invigorating. Feel is light-medium bodied (for the style) and perfectly carbonated. This is my first Upland beer and it has me interested in trying more.

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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee, Jul 15, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated September 2016. The beer pours a clear amber/yellow color with a very quick, fizzy white head that left no ring and no lacing.

The smell is lacto, oak, sweet/ripe pineapple, and some apple.

The taste is not overly sour with tons of Granny Smith apple hitting immediately. After the apple flavor there is a nice, mild some fruit that carries through the finish.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with medium body.

Overall this is a really nice beer. The fruit flavors are great, it's not overly sour, and the oak barrel doesn't overpower the other flavors. Very enjoyable.

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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas, Jul 03, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date of 2016.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a pale golden color with a short little white foamy head that fell off immediately. No lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to sour to tart citrus pulp and rind, lemongrass, light vanilla extract, some raspberries, quaint sweet grass, some sweet wood and then some blueberries slightly at the end.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially and then developed a nice sour tickle to coincide superbly and flowed together right on into the aftertaste - vanilla to sour to tart with a touch of dryness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good and somewhat lean but not allowing the sour harshness to take place just as it should. ABV felt as appropriate.
Overall, pretty nicely done American Wild ale. My first ever by Upland and I hope to try more by these guys.

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Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer fits all of my criteria for a great beer. First, it steps out to try something intriguing. Second, it doesn't overdo any one ingredient to make the beer off centered. Third, this beer blends the ingredients in such a way that they pay off of each other.

I wouldn't be able to identify the various tastes as individual parts except to read that they exist in the first place. The chamomile is most distinct, yet subtle enough to be indistinguishable. The pineapple is most alluding.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Feb 13, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Decent amount of forth subsides to a thin lacing, mildly hazed dull golden hue. Smells of a fruit cocktail but without the sweetness, some tartness and soft spicing but a lot of fresh fruit twang. Tart peach, pineapple, apple skin, and a kiss of herbal tea on the palate. A little bit of puckering wood in the middle. Dry with a hint of grassy grain, long lingering tartness with a fading pineapple in tow. A good grasp on balance, not too sour lots of other flavors come forth. Another winner from Upland.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Jan 13, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Yellow in appearance. Somewhat hazy. It's a pineapple delight! Pineapple all day. Reminded me of a pineapple hard candy. Not too sour. Fairly dry. Lower carb. Balanced.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Jan 03, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden yellow body, mostly clear but with a touch of haze, and no head or lacing to speak of.

S - The primary note is acid, with hints of spice, floral notes, and just a touch of fruit and wood.

T - The flavors hinted in the nose explode forward in the taste, with a sour front giving way quickly to earthy spices, cinnamon, wood notes, and a core of apple, tropical fruits like pineapple, then a definite floral and mint hit in the close.

M - A bit taxing over time, this is not superbly clean. Still, for as big as the assertiveness of the open, the close does ultimately leave you wanting to dive back.

O - Absolutely not what I expected, but not in a bad way. Sourness is there, but this is an unexpected spice and floral melange that works, but not in a way I've had before.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Dec 30, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy. Not much head. Sweet and a bit tangy/sour. Chamomile adds a noticeable spice and floral character. A bit cinnamony. Pineapple is more noticeable here. I got it in the nose but it's more potent on the tongue. Pretty sturdy sourness on the finish. Lighter bodied. A tasty beer but not worth the price.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Dec 23, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow body, hazy, with minimal white fizzy head that fades quickly and totally despite the fine streams of carbonation rising. Some of the best labeling/bottle art I've ever seen; possibly *the* best. So elegant, serious yet fun, original, and eye-catching; +.25 for appearance. The nose. Ahhhhh, the nose. Authentic pineapple and cinnamon (how does that work together??), some other warm baking spices. It's slightly mouth-watering, which I hope translates to sourness in the taste. Ahhhhh, the taste. Pineapple. Cinnamon. Apples. Pear. Some other mild herbs like chamomile. Totally, unequivocally, surprisingly delicious spiced fruit juice. It could use more 'beer' notes, like a hint of wheat or other light malt, and definitely more tartness, especially for a sourhead like me. But the flavors are all perfectly blended and balanced, no doubt kudos to time spent in the barrel. Body is light and crisp, with fine carbonation that provides a welcome tickle.
What a treat, and highly economical to boot. I could use more sourness, and it'll be too fruity for some palates, but that's where the 'problems' end. The fruit flavors were genuine and powerful, and paired supremely with creative ingredients that offered balance and a wider range of flavors. A diamond in the rough for sure, and I'll be discovering more of their gems shortly.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I just poured this into a chalice from a chilled bottle and I can't wait for the first sip. Here goes nothing. Okay,,,

Look: As I peer through my chalice, I admire the hazy, golden straw hue of this beer. It appears to have good carbonation. Many tiny tiny bubbles are steadily welling up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: This beer has a nice nose, as well. With hints of stone fruit, tropical fruit, cinnamon, chamomile, and even pumpkin. Sweet and spiced with pumpkin? Perfect for pairing with dinner on the last night of Autumn. Awesome.

Taste: The smell really whet my appetite, and the taste definitely backs up what the smell promised. Sweet and a bit tart with hints of fruit, flower, gourd, and spice. A very nice rich, spiced flavor that is made lighter and more refreshing by the subtle tartness and good carbonation. (Which brings me to...)

Feel: I'm really enjoying this beer so far. I can feel the cool liquid washing over my palate as the tiny bubbles tickle my toungue. Very nice pairing with tonight's dinner, I must say. Light and refreshing, while rich and complex in flavor.

Overall, very impressed. I think I might grab another bottle to hold onto. Thank you, Upland.

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Statik_v87 from Massachusetts, Dec 01, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium orange body, one finger white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of stonefruit, gourd, light spice and cinnamon, light grainy sweetness. Flavour is similar; it really does taste like some sort of spiced up sour. Stonefruit, gourd, spice, grain, moderate lactic acidity. Medium-lighter body, good carbonation, moderate acidity on the backend. Solid, a nice twist on a sour ale, definitely worth trying once. Haven't come across one quite like this.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Oct 25, 2016
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