Blackberry | Upland Brewing Company

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444 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:
444
Reviews:
108
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.98%
 
 
Wants:
478
Gots:
115
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Murky burgundy color, a blue-cast red, with greater clarity early in the pour. The head is white at the top but casts pink near the bottom. It fades away quickly.

S - Barnyard and sourness. A sour acetone note is present but mild.

T - Bright sour fruit, a strong initial sourness fades slowly into straight juiciness, like biting into a fresh blackberry that is a bit under-ripe.

M - Very sour, with a bit of puckering. Bright carbonation.

O - The best U.S. lambic I've had, with great fruit and present but not overwhelming funkiness, and sourness that is robust without being punishing.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zachpaschal
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfstilling
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonada
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottled November 2014. Poured into a Cantillon lambic glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish purple color with less than a finger of a fizzy head that dissipates instantly. Body is extremely hazy, and barely translucent.

Smell: Lactic sourness, hay, funk, lemon, red berry and mild oak.

Taste: Wow that's sour. Intense mouth puckering sourness is what's immediately noticeable. Sourness fades slightly in the finish and allows flavors of hay, lacto, oak, red grape and red berry to come through, but man is this sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium lively carbonation. Dry and very acidic finish.

Overall: Could stand to be less sour, as it overwhelms a lot of the other flavors. Would've also have liked to have more fruit character, but overall it's a good beer. Definitely not for someone new to sour styles though.

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Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsauter
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of linnymtu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanPoff
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle for my birthday tonight

A: Clear almost blood orange to ruby with about a finger of head. Excellent.

S: Lactic sourness, acid, blackberries - the sour is certainly predominant.

T: Sour, sour, sour...if you let it linger, the blackberries and oak shine through. But it's a little much on the sour for most. A little warming will moderate the sours and allow other flavors to shine

M: Zesty, carbonated, in your face. Can't beat it

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Photo of dheldman
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zomdust
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most recent release, much less acidic, very nice, would be better with a little more fruit

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Photo of Svyturys30
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogorama
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewskis
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

750ml bottle from the spring 2015 lottery, poured into a Gandhi Bot tulip.

A: Clear, deep ruby body under a half inch of fine pink froth. Decent retention and light lace. Gorgeous.

S: Sharp lactic sourness dominates, with some lemon, blackberry, and oak in the background. Straightforward and intense, but not as balanced as it could be.

T: Opens with pure, almost overwhelming sourness - tasty but rather simplistic. The finish, though, combines a delightful berry richness with just a touch of oaky vanilla. Long, tart aftertaste. Not well integrated, but the finish is well worth the price of admission.

M: Light, lively carbonation alongside tongue-curling acidity. Intense.

O: Really enjoyable, although it was almost sad to think how amazing this would have been if the delicious complexity of the finish were the dominant flavor instead of an afterthought.

Cheers!

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blackberry from Upland Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 444 ratings.
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