Blackberry | Upland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
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:
480
Gots:
114
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled 10/4/10. Batch 42-90.

(A)- Pours a deep and rich colored plum purple color. Produced a nice cap of pink foam that dissipated quickly.

(S)- An awesome combination of funky lactic oak and juicy acidic blackberry fruit.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice burst of acidic ripe blackberry fruit. Bits of a funky lactic aspect. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A great balance too; not overly acidic or sour, yet showcases the blackberry fruit very well at the same time. Mildly funky and oaky.

(D)- Easily my favorite of the Uplands I have had thus far. Sour, yet a nice fruit profile too. This bottle did not last long at all!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

WARNING: Like the other Upland brews we popped, this was a big-time gusher. We lost almost half the bottle into the sink, so please plan accordingly when you open this one!

A: Really attractive blueberry/pomegranate in color. A big head on this one, as I was able to catch some of the run-off after the epic gushfest. A sea of dark floaties make their way around the glass.

S: Fantastic - vinegar and blackberry jam overwhelm the nose. It's funky yet fresh. It finds great balance. I could smell this one all night.

T: Freshly picked blackberries on the fore, with mouth watering funk and lactic acid on the mid. The finish is rather tart, and makes the mouth pucker. Tasty stuff.

M: It's odd, as I found the mouthfeel on this one signifigantly better then on their cherry lambic. It's got a bit more substance and weight to it, and the oily nature of this beer isn't overwhelming.

O: Upland's Blackberry Lambic is winner - in fact I preferred it slightly to their Cherry Lambic. This is a delicious beer, and one I really hope to return to again. I would certainly recommend seeking this one out, as I plan on doing so myself.

*It should be noted that the BA who brought this to our tasting session contacted Upland's and told them of the two gushing bottles we opened on the 7th. After hearing our story, Upland's kindly offered to replace the bottles.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 8/2013 release, batch 8-10. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 3/11/2014.

App- Pours a hazy copper-brown body, less than one finger white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film, no collar. No lacing.

Smell- Blackberry tartness and a ton of lactic yogurt scent. And smells stomach-churningly sour, though not as sour as the Kiwi Lambic. Promising, but not overly so. Not a lot of funk.

Flavour- This is stomach-ulcer-level sour. 8, maybe 9/10 in terms of vinegar sourness here. No funk to be found, a nice blackberry tartness that doesn't come close to cutting the acid here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy and nicely carbonated feel on this. Very dry and sour, with an acidic & dry finish. My intestines are disintegrating despite the use of Tums immediately after drinking this beer.

Overall- It's good, but not great. And its only good if you like sourness to overpower the fruit and funk that should be present in spades in any lambic. This is the last Upland sour I'm going after, and I really can't recommend trying more than a few- Sour Reserve is the only one I'd recommend going for, really.

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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 kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: purple to light blue colored beer with a whitish colored head. You can see small chunks of the fruit in this beer. That makes me happy.

Smell: lots of funk, vinegar, and some berry notes.

Taste: Very funky and acidic upfront, but as you sip it the funky taste blends in with all the other flavors. Then the beer starts to get a fruity taste to it. The blackberries are there, no doubt. Its a tasty sour beer for sure.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lively beer. Light bodied beer with moderate levels of carbonation. Vinegar and acidic notes all over the place.

Overall: Trying more and more sours lately. Upland is really awesome! I enjoy this sour beer because its a great blend of sour funkiness and fruity flavors. I have tried this beer on 2 seperate occasions and continue to enjoy it. Upland does a top notch job on this beer style for sure!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chris split this bottle with me on day one of our epic tasting. Thanks, dogg

A: Clear reddish copper with a choppy white head that recedes to nothingness rather quickly. Steady stream of carbonation, though.

S: Acetic and blackberries. Not very much lambic-like in that there's almost no funk, no earthiness, no barnyard. There is a little bit way in the back but this is predominantly acetic.

T: Opens up with a strong acetic character and sharp acidity before the fruit flavor kicks in, giving the palate an extra dimension. Dries up on the finish, leaving almost no flavor

M: Enjoyably light in body with great carbonation but the acidity and the lack of flavor on the finish does hurt this a bit

D: Enjoyable in small amounts, the acidity is a bit more than I'd like.

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Photo of jschott75
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Batch 92-90 10/11/10

Bottle exploded when opened, lost a good amount to the ground. Enough left for 4 sample pours with family on memorial day. Pretty huge bummer to lose about half the bottle, at least I opened it indoors. Beer was a pinkish purpleish reddish. Lots of head at first with almost berry look to it. Stinks like berry fruitpunch. Taste is much of the same but lots of tart to it, almost too much. Carbonation isn't overboard, but iy is a bit tart in the mouth. Thick and filling. Pretty annoyed anbout the guyser when I opened the bottle. Didn't blow me away, it is a good brew, probably would've like it a lot more if more than half didn't go to waste.

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Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8-7-13.

Pours peachy orange with the slightest blue tint, thin white head. Acetic nose, funky wooden barrel, sour dark berries. Acidic, acetic, fucking sour on the tongue. Some light wood and blackberry, very sour berry mostly. I think my tooth enamel has taken a hit here.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of claspada
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/11/2010. Slight gusher, glad I had a glass ready.

Pours a hazy dark pinkish-purple color with a white, pink tinted spritzy, fizzy head.

Aromas of rustic blackberries mixed with some, acidic and funky, musty notes that emerge more and more as it warms.

The tastes begin with sweet/fruity, yet earthy dark blackberry with ever-growing amounts of sour tart flavors. Oak, earthy funk and acidic flavors also join the party and continue to grow and begin to overpower the dark fruity berry sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a medium-thin body with medium to high champagne-esque carbonation. Finish is slightly tart and acidic.

Overall a very good lambic but by no means the best from Upland or anywhere close to the best Berry fruited one. Upland seems to do a much better job with their lighter fruited lambics than the darker berried ones from my experience.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Highly carbonated, Ruby/purple in the glass. Pink while pouring.

S-Blackberries, oak, funk, vinegar, grass.

T-Fruity blackberries, mild tartness, tad bit of oak. Nicely balanced. Not overly sweet like some fruited lambics.

M-Light very bubbly, dry in the finish.

O-More tart than sour, the blackberries are perfect; they provide great flavor without making the beer too sweet.

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Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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