Upland Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #833
Ranked #7,494
4.06 | pDev: 7.14%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: American Sour Ale, aged on dried apricots and ginger spice. Fruity aroma and taste with tart, yet dry finish.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 105 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow with white head that dissipates quickly except for a thin ring around the glass.

S: Strong, funky barnyard smell.

T: Pleasantly tart apricot and ginger, some of the funky barnyard grass that’s in the nose, zingy lemon zest.

F: Acidic, medium to thin body but creamy, finishes dry.

O: It is fairly sour, and not sessionable, but one tastes quite nice. Overall very good sour wild ale.

Oct 07, 2021
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy body, golden, minimal head, no lacing.

S - Strong acidic funk, horse and grass, lemon and zest.

T - Acidic forward, middle and close. Lemon and zest. Pungent. Tasty.

M - Brisk. Clean. Moderate weight.

O - A nice sour beer, quite satisfying.

Jul 08, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid orange-gold color with about an inch of white head that very good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was led by a very tart scent, with some grain underneath. The label said apricot, but I got more of a peach scent, and just a hint of the noted ginger.

On the tongue, all those aspects were amplified. very nice tartness at the front, grain in the middle, and some apricot fruitiness at the back end.

The body was fairly typical medium-thin, and had an exceedingly dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, my bottle was gone easily enough, and I would like more.

Overall, a very good beer, A must try if you get the chance.

Jan 04, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-sour aged on apricot and ginger.

A: A very pale lemon skin pour darkens a bit to a pale orange with a good dense nature. A heavy dense rising effervesce fills the vessel with much activity as an off white head quickly falls atop.

S: Sour burst of apricots are appreciated first on the nose, with some semi-sweet peaches of pretty good strength. Spicy ginger is also prominent along with some sour tangerine citrus and wheat contributions.

T: The flavor was sour oranges, tangerines, bittering grapefruit and some tart apricots for sweetness to balance. The ginger spicing added a bit of flair. The overall taste was very clean and sparkling, with some appplesauce yeastiness as well.

M: A full creamy body and mouthful had heavy resistance on the tongue with some good substance, o.j. like. Tart feel.

O: A big sourness effect, and very flavorful. Sour fruitiness with a clean feel and spicy ginger to boot. Pucker up.

Nov 28, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 9.60 (Including tax and discount)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.568/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 11/13/18.
“Bottled 18 Jan 2018” on back label. On shelf in the store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy, effervescent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, dense, average retention, diminishing to a four to ten mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin rocky layer.
Lacing – Dense partial ring of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Light yellow, slight haze.
Aroma – 3 – Very weak generic fruit.
Flavor – 3.5 – Moderate amount of generic fruitiness. Ginger is marked by its absence. No hops, no malt, no alcohol (6.0 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, fizzy.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Overall, it looks nice but is lacking in more important areas like aroma and flavor. Consequently, I feel it’s overpriced for what you get.

Nov 15, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2018. Pours fairly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy apricots, fruit skin, ginger, peach, lemon, lime, pear, red/green apple, white grape/wine, melon, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of pepper, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, ginger, wine barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy apricots, fruit skin, ginger, peach, lemon, lime, pear, red/green apple, white grape/wine, melon, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of pepper, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light yeast/ginger/oak spiciness, and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy apricots, fruit skin, ginger, peach, lemon, lime, pear, red/green apple, white grape/wine, melon, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, pepper, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, ginger, wine barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/acidic/sticky/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.7%. Overall this is an awesome fruit/spiced sour/wild ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, ginger, wine barrel, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/spicy/drying finish. Not overly lactic, with no overwhelming fruit/spice notes. Very well rounded Brett/Lacto complexity; balanced fruit, spice, wine barrel, and pale/wheat malts. A really enjoyable offering. Spot on style example as expected, very impressive.

May 26, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 2/2017, had 9/4/17.

Pours a lightly hazy bright yellow, with a half inch head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Smells of ginger, some funk and brett, a light sourness, yeast, light apples, light black pepper, a generally fruity aroma. The taste also starts with the ginger, then brett, apples, some apricot, light malt, a light sourness, a little bready. Smooth, well carbonated, light bodied and a little thin feeling.

The ginger is the star and redeemer here. Not picking up much apricot and the thinness detracts. Not a great price point, buyer beware.

Mar 03, 2018
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that doesn't leave lacing. Nose is ginger and lactic sourness. Taste is sweet apricot, spicy ginger, and sourness. Medium-light body and high carbonation.
There is a lot going on here. The stone fruit and apricot got along with the whole sour direction, but the ginger lingered and stuck out. The ginger could be mistaken for sharp yeast. Not all the pieces moved together on this one.

Dec 08, 2017
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So this is amazing for an 8 dollar sour. This is important to state becuase you cant compare this head to head with uplands other 27 dollar bottles, it just wouldnt be fair

HUGE fruit flavor on the nose and palate, mildly tart, very smooth beer. Overall excellent, could drink alot of this

Aug 12, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy/hazy bright yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Ginger, lots of spicy ginger on the nose, very sharp, some funk, and some tartness too with a little light fruit; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with funk and plenty of ginger spice.

Jul 31, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. H-17; Bottled MAR 2017

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fade down to a small cap

S: Acidic tartness, apricot, spicy ginger, and some oak and floral notes in there as well. Some nice, subtle complexities going on

T: Starts off with the tartness and apricot before picking up more stone fruit. Ginger comes in with a very subtle spiciness. Moderately sweet, which is a nice compliment to the sour. Finishes with lingering acidic tartness, apricot, and light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with fine carbonation

O: Really complex while remaining subtle and not so in your face. Extremely easy to drink. A great summer sour

Jun 25, 2017
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metter98 from New York

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

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ginger are present in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: The taste follows the smell, having some sourness with moderate flavors of ginger and notes of apricots, the latter of which particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the taste of this beer as it had a perfect balance between sourness and flavors of ginger and apricots.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 02, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White head. Golden yellow color.

Sour and tart with a lot of apricot and stone fruit flavor. I love the ginger flavor here. It adds a different approach to the typical stone fruit american wild ale.

Very fun to try. Easy to drink. Enjoyable.

May 15, 2017
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smbslt from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.
L - Milky yellow orange with a white head that disappeared quickly leaving no lacing but a spring of fine carbonation coming straight from the bottom of the glass forming a small ring.

Of note between the look and smell was the sound. It was the loudest snapping sound as the bubbles collapsed as I have ever heard

S - Stone fruits and a plastic funk

T - Nice roller coaster starting with the citrusy tartness but then moving into leafy greens/grasses.

F - Carbonation strips the tongue amplifying the finish.

O - A good change up for those who don't venture into sours.

Apr 05, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milky apricot-orange with a minimal white bubbly ring.

Smell is funky cheese, lemon, salt, yellow apple, and cucumber.

Taste is apple, cucumber, tart carrot, earth and lime.

Hey, that's what I got, not knowing the ingredients at the time. Sometimes reading the label makes you associate things you can't really detect very strongly. In this case, I'm glad I didn't have the CliffsNotes.

Mar 19, 2017
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mcpat1993 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had bought three sours in total and decided to drink this one first because I generally don't like fruity sours as much. Much to my delight there was very little sweetness or fruitiness about this beer. Extremely sour, touch of fruit. And a solid alcohol content. Not strong but definitely not session. It was much fuller tasting. More of a sipping beer to me.

Mar 17, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a hazy medium orange body, one finger white head with a medium collar, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is primarily ginger forward, with a good bit of spice and a moderate amount of apricot fleshy tartness. Moderate vinegar and oak as well. Flavour is similarly ginger-forward, moderate apricot flesh contributing a tartness. The ginger lingers throughout the entire palate and never quite lets up. There is a moderate vinegar on the finish, slight oaky barrel presence. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation and a tart finish. A very solid wild ale, more so if you like ginger.

Mar 11, 2017
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