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Blueberry | 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:
Wood Aged Fruited Sour Ale w/ 2.5 pounds of Blueberries per gallon

Added by emerge077 on 01-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,772
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
322
pDev:
12.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Bottled 10/30/13. Batch 2.08.

Pours a murky dark reddish-purple with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a fairly one dimensional aspect with the sourness.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Classy understated label art & design. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. 750ml. Bottled: 01/17/14. Batch: 014.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. Reviewed live as a blueberry faux-lambic.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 1.5-2 inches wide. Fizzy and white, with a thin weak consistency. Retention is pathetic; this recedes fully within 15 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Vibrant red. Translucent; semitransparent. No yeast is visible within. Clean-looking.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's a good look for a fruited (faux)lambic, even if it isn't the purple of a blueberry lambic like Cantillon's or the blue you might hope for. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Berry-skin, mellow sourness (maybe 3/10 in terms of intensity), clean lactobacillus bacteria, tart currants, acid, wine-eagre, timid faint oak, and maybe redcurrant. Notably, no blueberry (or bilberry) is suggested, which is admittedly a bit of a let-down.

The reticence of the oak is also disappointing, as-is the seeming relative lack of sourness. More bacterial complexity would be lovely, and all I'm picking up in terms of sourness is lactobacillus-derived, not lambicus yeast-derived. If it wasn't so boldly identified as a lambic on the bottle, I might wonder if I'd aged it too long...

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: The taste brings *far* more sourness, tartness, and acidity than the aroma suggested, much to the beer's benefit. Lactobacillus bacterial notes, hints of vinegar, acetic acid, lactic acid, and some juicy redcurrants. Could be more tart. The sourness is almost puckering in its strength, coming in at a good 7-8/10 in terms of intensity. What's noticeably absent is any blueberry whatsoever; I pick up on berries/currants and berry skin, but not blueberry.

As I feared, all the sourness is seemingly from lactobacillus; there're no other bacterial strains that are obvious, nor is there any intricate lambicus yeast.

Still, the depth of flavour is stellar, and no sour fan will be disappointed. It's well-balanced, letting the sourness easily eclipse the neutral malt base, and there're no off-notes, nor is there anything out of place (e.g. booze or overt hop notes). There are more complex sours out there (especially in terms of lambics, true and faux), but this is more than sufficient and I find it a very tasty likable beer. Cohesive, if not gestalt in its build. Good execution.

TEXTURE: Has that lovely puckery smackiness on the palate I always adore in a great sour. It's acidic to style, but not too twangy, and is aptly smooth, wet, and refreshing. Aptly medium-bodied, with a nice moderately thick moderately hefty presence on the palate. An even softer, more delicate feel might suit the beer better, but this is well-executed - albeit a biteen overcarbonated.

This texture complements the taste well, but falls short of achieving a perfect harmony with it. The pungent acidity does help accentuate the lactobacillus, elevating the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: It's not an American rival to Cantillon's blueberry lambic by any stretch, nor does it really bring any blueberry. But it's surprisingly not unworthy of the lambic epithet on its label, even if it wasn't fermented in the Senne valley. I'm not sure it's amongst the elite of American-brewed sours, but there's a lot going on here that I love. For a fruited lambic, though, its really missing notes of fruit - as well as the requisite concomitant tartness. Absolutely worth trying, and one of the more sour sours I've had of late. Some drinkers might find its palate-stripping battery acid acidity overwhelming, but I quite fancy it. Proof Upland's sours are worthy of their high reputation (even if their shelf offerings almost always fall short).

I'm glad I chose this as my birthday beer, and will relish devouring the entire bottle.

Would pair very well with a balsamic vinegar-dressed salad. Aging potential seems restrained; the complexity (particularly in terms of the fermenting agents) just isn't there.

B+ (3.79)

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample courtesy of Jay23...this is batch #1 (2007).

Deep scarlet-magenta tone in the glass, with a ring of darker pinkish-white foam. Fairly murky. Looks pretty unique for a Lambic.

Aromas of leather, some wood, and mystery spices. First thing it reminded me of was JP Roja by it's nose only.

Taste had a nice citric sour pucker to it, stimulating the salivary glands fully. There was only a hint of berry in the aftertaste. It had a fairly low carbonation, with a thinner body. This may be traditional, but a little more spritz may liven it up more.

Overall, this was a great Lambic, suprisingly good coming from the Midwest and not overseas. One for warm weather, or if you're craving something sour. Maybe not as approachable to Lambic novices, but great for those with a taste for the sour side.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very little head. Color is a hazed pale purple pinkish color.

Aroma: Blueberries, brett, and other bugs. Oak, some sourness. Pretty straight forward.

Taste: More sourness than blueberries. Oak and spike. Some malts. Straightforward sour.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, an easy drinking sour. Nothing special, but still very enjoyable. I have liked the others a bit better, but I do like this one.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my father-in-law for muling bottles of the most recent release. Shared at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a really magnificent blueberry color with a nice pink head. Really attractive coloring. While this was quite nice, I was immediately distractive by the overpoweringly-assertive nature of the blueberries in the nose. It was a symphony of blueberry breakfast items with loads of blueberry syrup and pancakes plus a slight amount of tartness. Really well done. The taste nails the fresh blueberry as well and adds in a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is a bit tart and a bit sweet. Drinks incredibly well. I think the blueberries are the highlight of this one and I won't be waiting long to drink my other bottle. I think the fruit character that really makes this beer will be gone well before this really sours up, if that happens.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Blueberry from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 322 ratings
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