Oak & Red
Upland Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #733
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #50,019
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 5.42%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
10
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Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 5/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a nothing pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, some clinging bubbles and streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy red grapes, fruit skin, plum, currant, lemon, lime, orange, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, red/green apple, melon, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, and brown sugar; with light notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrels, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy red grapes, fruit skin, plum, currant, lemon, lime, orange, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, red/green apple, melon, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, and brown sugar; with light notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour red grapes, fruit skin, plum, currant, lemon, lime, orange, cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, red/green apple, melon, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, brown sugar, vanilla, pepper, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness in the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrels, and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with minimal puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, acidic/tangy/tannic, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.8%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, grapes, oak barrels, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Outstanding balance of jammy fruit and Brett/Bacteria complexity; great oak presence and malt backbone against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. One of the best ones yet.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on draft at savages ale house. The glassware was a Upland tulip. The beer was a maroon color with pink highlights as well as a thin sea foam pink crown. The smell brought floral and the taste brought that floral with the addition of being tart and finishing really smooth. Overall, this was another well balanced and enjoyable sour from Upland.

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Oak & Red from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 10 ratings