Sound Bite
Upland Brewing Company

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New England IPA
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2.87 | pDev: 4.18%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: Coastbuster.
Side Trail Series.
Juicy Pale Ale.
Sound Bite, our 2nd Side Trail brew of 2019, is brewed in honor of Record Store Day. Occurring this year on April 13th , Record Store Day is an annual event held to celebrate the culture of the independent record store. Like many previous iterations of our Side Trail Series, Sound Bite is another exploration into the innovative East Coast style of “Juicy” hop-forward beers. The goal of this style is to produce a beer that accentuates and magnifies all the best flavors of tropical/citrusy hop varieties while virtually eliminating the bitterness common of American IPAs and mimicking the appearance and creamy texture of a glass of orange juice. Sound Bite is brewed to explore the lighter, more refreshing side of the style. With a lighter body, but still creamy mouthfeel, and a low abv. of 4.7%, this session New England Style Pale Ale delivers all the powerful citrus and tropical flavors that drinkers have come to expect from the style without the excessively rich sweetness that can get in the way of refreshment.

YEAST: London Ale III
MALT: Pale, Rye, Wheat, Oats, Crystal
HOPS: Centennial, Galaxy
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Reviews by AyatollahGold:
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2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher style glass, this beer pours out a hazy, burnt orange color and forms a tall, loosely packed, egg shell colored crown. 4

The nose carries a lemon sharpness to it with citrus hints as well. I don’t quite know what it is, but it’s got a sort of “dusty” presence; not a musty or funky note, just dusty. Hmm. 3

The taste comes in really rather bland and underwhelming. It’s got a little bit of that lemon coming through along with slight oranges, tangerine. No bad flavors necessarily, just boring. 3

The mouthfeel is soft but finishes off with that dusty aspect, like I’m licking a pile of dust. No bite on it, which isn’t really aspected at the ABV anyway. 3

Overall, I appreciate them trying to make a brew like this at a pretty sessionable ABV but it just didn’t work for me. No off flavors, but I just don’t like that dusty mouthfeel or the dust aspect in the nose. 3

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Sound Bite from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 4 ratings