Blackberry | Upland Brewing Company

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441 Ratings
Blackberry Blackberry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blackberry is fermented by wild yeast and aged in oak casks for nearly a year. We then add whole blackberries grown in Indiana. The beer is bottle conditioned. Style is Sour Ale, ABV 6%.

Added by JamesS on 10-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
441
Reviews:
108
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
Wants:
479
Gots:
115
For Trade:
17
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of dleigh
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautiful purple color. Translucent. Fantastic. Smell is vinegary and funky. Taste is extra sour and vinegary. Not very much fruit or much other than sour. Very nice fizzy feel. This is a great beer to drink sitting on a patio when it's hot out.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riggsenater
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpig372
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allenson21
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wheresblue
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. 750ml. Bottled 11/20/14. Batch 2-14. Classy understated label art. Acquired in a trade.

Served cold into an Odell snifter-tulip hybrid glass and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Expectations are sky high given this beer's reputation. Reviewed live as an American faux-lambic per the label (which calls it a lambic).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Off-white. Fizzy; recedes inside 30 seconds, leaving no lacing. Somewhat thin.

BODY: Thin, dull, and murky. Dark red colour. No yeast is visible floating within. Nontransparent. Translucent, if a bit light-reticent.

It doesn't look great for a faux-lambic to be honest, but I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Tart, but not as sour as I'd hope. Sourness is maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity, though it's seemingly not limited to derivation from lactobacillus bacteria; I also pick up on some lambicus yeast and maybe even pediococcus. Neither very vinegary nor acetic. Acidic. More sourness and tartness would be lovely, as would more fruit. I wouldn't peg blackberry as the fruit if I had this in a blind tasting, and even the vague berry/currant notes aren't very vivid or expressive.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a decent faux-lambic with nice balance, but a shallow flavour profile.

TASTE: I love the acidic lactobacillus twang, and I really love the bacterial sourness throughout - which is quite intense - maybe a 7/10. Lambicus yeast lends still more twangy complexity, and the clean wheat at the core provides a neutral easily-imposed-upon base for the bacteria. The fruit isn't anywhere near as vivid, deep, or expressive as you'd hope in a fruited (faux-)lambic, and it isn't readily identifiable as blackberry; I just get a vague berry/currant flavour. I've definitely had far better fruited lambics (e.g. Cantillon's offerings), but this is nice for what it is.

Well-balanced, if a bit rough around the edges. Everything melts together, but the individual constituent notes don't ring clean or distinct. Murky throughout, and not sharply defined. Average flavour duration and intensity.

The oak barrel is reticent, barely coming through at all. But as a faint backgrounded note, it still helps tie the beer together, lending it natural cohesion.

Not a gestalt brew, though it's almost there.

TEXTURE: Acidic, smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, refreshing, perfectly carbonated, and very approachable. Could be softer and cleaner. The acidity works here, accentuating the tartness well. Well-executed, and it elevates the beer as whole. There's a nice harmony of texture and taste here. Some will find it puckering - or even palate-stripping.

OVERALL: It's not the paragon of the style I hoped for, nor does it quite measure up to its high reputation. But for an American sour, it's quite well executed. I did hope for more vivid fruit notes. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. I could finish the whole 750ml bottle alone - and would, happily. Absolutely worth trying, and a beer I'd pick up if I chanced across it, but I don't know that it's worth seeking out. The bacterial notes are marvelous, and this is good work from Upland, but better beers are available domestically and abroad.

Low B+

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Photo of LehighAce06
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of c-rum
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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