Iridescent | Upland Brewing Company

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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:
American Sour Ale, aged on dried apricots and ginger spice. Fruity aroma and taste with tart, yet dry finish.

Added by Britt on 12-21-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,236
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
93
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Wants:
1
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10
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shivtim
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkarimi
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Soneast
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbertsch
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Iridescent from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 93 ratings