Upland Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #286
Ranked #2,402
4.18 | pDev: 9.81%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: Wood Aged Fruited Sour Ale

2018 World Beer Cup Gold Medal -American-Style Sour Ale
Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 531 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from brewandbbq, thanks for the opportunity!
Lightly hazy golden with a red tint to it light smattering of bubbles light carbonation. Lemony tart acid with sweet and tart berry. Pretty nice.

Apr 06, 2021
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 2012 vintage 750 mL bottle, stored appropriately, and opened on 1/21/18. Poured into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy to murky copper-ish red, with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Forms a thin white head that doesn't stick around.

S: Big lactic sour, with a much milder acetic tang underneath. Big underripe raspberries and cherries and malic acid punch. Lactobacillus funk, cheese, and feet. Light cracker malts, and I think a touch of woody dryness. Maybe a touch of Brettanomyces funk and dryness, but it’s buried under all the lactic and fruity sourness. This isn’t quite nose-hair-searing, but it’s smells sour for sure.

T: Again, a big lactic sourness up front. Raspberry fruity accompanied by some serious malic acid. Lactobacillus funk again, maybe some Pediococcus on the palate. Cheese and barnyard and horsey. Some light cracker malts, then a sizeable punch of lemony citric acid near the swallow with more seriously tart raspberries.

M: Average body for most American sours. Carbonation sensation a bit towards the low end. Low alcohol flavors.

O: This was a pretty darn tasty fruited sour, even after extended years. The age seems to have rounded out some of the acidity, at least compared to some of the other Upland sours I’ve had. It’s not the most tasty or complex or nuanced raspberry sour you’ll ever have. But it’s enjoyable.

Mar 30, 2020
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jhavs from New York

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is ruby red with a bubbly and active pink head. The head settles into nothing pretty quickly leaving a glass that appears like a lighter red wine.

The aroma is sweet raspberry jam and fresh tart fruity berries right off the bush. Can tell its going to be tart just from the aroma.

Flavor smacks you in the mouth with tartness at first but settles down a bit as my taste buds adjust. Fresh berry, both ripe and just underripe add to the tartness but a smoothed a bit by an underlying raspberry jam that add sweetness and depth. The barrel further smooths things out and brings in an earthy aspect.

Moderate carbonation, tiny bit syrupy medium body.

Overall a very tasty fruited sour. Upland seems to have this type of thing down and never disappoint. Fresh, sweet and loaded with a depth of flavors.

May 20, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb.

Gusher. Pours a cloudy maroon body with a two finger light pink head that reduces to chunky foam leaving spotty lacing.

Aromas are raspberry and tart lactic. On the tongue it’s super sour, lactic acidity with raspberry notes on the follow through, citrus and oak faintly in there. Crisp easy drinker,medium light body with lots of carbonation.

Feb 17, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours beautiful ruby red with light pink head that dissipates after a few minutes no lacing.

Aroma - Tart, light touch of hay a ton of raspberries and a heavy earthy aroma.

Taste - Tons of tart juicy raspberries, it is just like drinking fresh squeezed raspberries not much else.

Feel - Light tart and pretty dry finish. Well carbonated.

Overall - A very well done sour again they are knocking these out of the park.

Sep 19, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a deep ruby red and pours with a bright pink head that settles quickly into a thin ring.

Aroma is all raspberry. Fresh raspberries and a boatload of them.

Taste is sweet raspberry jam up front and transitions to a nice moderate tart raspberry finish.

Feel is lively and crisp as carb is moderate to high. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall a great raspberry sour that comes across as uber fresh raspberries and lingers for awhile.

Aug 29, 2017
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Appearance: poured a rich ruby color with the head being just a shade different. No haziness or sediment dispersed.

Smell: Bright raspberries hits me at the nose. It's tart and jammy. Not excessively funky or sour, the tartness is perfect.

Taste: More raspberries. It starts out sweet, jammy and tart. Then finishes very dry with subtle raspberries hanging around afterwards. The beer is perfectly balanced. It's sour but not to the point it's like drinking acid. The sourness really complements the raspberries without taking over. Very easy to drink without being overwhelmed by the acidity!

Mouthfeel: light bodied, some acidity in the mouth, carbonation is spot on.

Overall: I liked this beer enough that I made another trip for a second pour. I hope to drink this again, not sure if it's the same as in a bottle.

Aug 14, 2017
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice! Tart raspberries straight off the vine, raspberry jam, wine notes. High level of acidity, but still packed with berry flavor. Slightly overcarbed, which is really my only complaint, but this was manageable with a couple swirls of the glass. This is a very nice fruited sour from Upland.

Jan 01, 2017
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink/ purple hazy juice color with a continually replenishing head. Aroma, grape juice, raspberry, little funky yeast, a little seltzer kind of smell. Taste- raspberry grape juice. A little acidity a little tang. Mouthfeel- a bit chewy and pretty highly carbonated. Overall, a pretty sour beer with some real nice fruit character. Not overly done in either respect. Did come off pretty juicy. Liked this.

Nov 18, 2016
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leuk0 from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Red with light frothy head. Raspberry Smell. Taste delicious, tart fruity flavor. Pretty acidic & carbonated. Very enjoyable. Overall a fantastic beer that I will revisit.

Sep 19, 2016
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Alequine from Delaware

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful reddish color with a soft white fizzy head which denotes the high carbonation in the this beer. Nice light funk smell with berry notes. Aggressively sour, mouth puckering sour. Highly carbonated with a tartness and soft berry note finish. Slightly unbalanced with the tartness and carbonation. The raspberry does not come out as strong as other fruits but all told still flavorful with the fruit notes coming out slightly at the finish.

Feb 27, 2016
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 750mL bomber poured into a tulip. Bottled on 9/14/14, making this a little over 10 months old.

A: Pours a stunning bright pink/red color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Fresh pureed raspberries with just a little funk to it.

T: Cringe-worthy sour up front, but then after the tart finish, soft raspberry/blackberry/fruit puree notes come though in the aftertaste.

M: Probably as sour as they come. And it doesn't let up either.

O: So this is my 2nd lambic from Upland, first being Strawberry. Both were extremely sour. Though this one has higher ratings, I think I prefer Strawberry since the flavors actually came through a bit better. You could actually tell it was strawberry. Here, I get like a berry mix, with some blackberry and other small seed fruits. Upland lambics are good, but not great. This one's a little unbalanced and aggressively sour. It is a beautiful looking beer though, and nice to sip on on a warm summer day. Just can't drink more than a small pour.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out if you've never had an Upland sour before, but if you've had one of the fruited lambics already, that's probably enough. No need to try the whole set.

Jul 28, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Darker pink-reddish body, half finger pink head, not much retention, no lacing. Smells of dank raspberries, very fruit forward with a bit of oak. Strong lactic acid presence; you know it's going to be very sour. No funk. Flavour is actually pleasant, tons of raspberry flavour, although this is partially offset by a large amount of lactic sourness that you continue to be aware of a hour later. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not thin, plenty of flavour, good carbonation, but it's very acidic and difficult to drink in any large quantity. This beer is meant to be shared. Overall, it's not terrible and has a lot of fruit flavour, but your bowels will still thank you for being conservative with your pours of this beer.

May 03, 2015
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pink with spritzy carbonation. Nose features the signature Upland wild profile which presents a TON of acid and a little bit of fruit to support it. The rapsberry aroma is present, but is largely overshadowed by lactobacillus, oak, and funk. The taste is no different with heavy acetic acid up front which sends sour shockwaves throughout the palate. This is one of those sours I can really feel at the very back of my tongue. The fruit is mellow but present. Oak and grain come through on the finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated which works with the tartness. Overall, somewhat one dimensional but enjoyable for sure.

Apr 17, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10/9/13 bottle.

Pours a rice rich red with so many rooby tonez. Thin, pale pink head that bails fast. Some chunks floating around despite my expert pour. Very sour raspberries on the nose with a bit of wood and musty funk.

Pretty over the top sour, but not as bad as the cherry I had the other day. Good raspberry taste is there with a bit of wood and a touch of dry funk.

A bit too sour for me, but enjoyable in a small amount.

Apr 15, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberry sour warhead. Poured out, light purple pinkish. Wispy white head that faded fast. Smelled of lacto, berries and a bit of fusel alcohol. Pretty classic Upland. I found this to be maybe slightly less than full throttle on the Upland Sour spectrum. Very enjoyable.

Feb 03, 2015
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 71-09. Bottled 3-17-12. Beautiful looking beer. Clear. Tartness became bracing a little too quickly for my liking, otherwise a fantastic beer. A 4.75+ beer as a first impression.

Dec 27, 2014
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark red, burgundy color, mostly opaque from particulate. Pinkish white head that is minimal and fades immediately to nothing. No lacing.

S - Funk and sour, barnyard with bright raspberry mingled with a more corrupted element, and more subtle woodiness.

T - Primarily sour, but with a welcome raspberry line throughout. A lactic element comes through, suggesting yogurt tang.

M - Very brisk carbonation that scrubs the tongue and limits the fatigue, but there is significant puckering sourness.

O - This, my second lambic from Upland, and it is a major step forward. The fruit is a core, key element, and is well-integrated into the experience. The sourness is strong and forward, but is not overwhelming or unpleasant. While the funkiness is at the outer edge of my preferences, and is perhaps the main element I feel is not entirely to my liking, it is nevertheless consistent with the style. Well done.

Note - revised to reduce score because the sourness produced a stomach ache later that night; still a good beer, but I feel the powerful sour may be a bit over the top based on my later experience.

Oct 08, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours the color of ripe raspberries, a dark shade of red. a finger or so of a pinkish white head with a weak retention and lacing. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: super sour raspberries and lemon acidity. slight notes of oak

Taste: opens up with juicy, super sour raspberries, a touch of sweet raspberry jam to it. a lemony, vinegary acidity comes through along with slight oak to earthy qualities.

Mouthfeel: mouth-puckering sour. strong acidity, some dryness.

Overall: did I say this one was sour? it may easily be the most sour beer I have tried, and still pretty delicious at that.

Oct 02, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

Reviewed from notes. Bottle shared by someone at the FW Bretta Rose release in Buellton - thanks.

A: Pours a dark red/berry-ish under a thin (1/4") pinkish head which fades quickly to the edges and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Bright raspberries dance around the barnyard and get tarted up. Faint oak, musty and earthy.

T: Follows nose with more funk and tartness. Fruity and musty.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Finishes fruity, tart and funky.

O: A treat and enjoyed and would have again and again.

Aug 30, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the lambic fans on the hunt for the type of sourness that'll kick your teeth in, Upland brewers have got your back! Their raspberry infused sour ale has got the taste that will make your face "stick that way".

Its hazy mauve color preludes the berry fruit within. With dainty pink foam, the ale often prefers red wine appearances. That's, of course until the nose draws near. That's when tangy fruit notes and high acidity overcomes the senses with jaw-tightening and saliva inducing involuntary response.

As apple cider, dry wine, lime, white vinegar and unmistakable raspberry dagger the taste buds with its pin-point sourness, a sweeter and mustier tone gradually sets in. Its juicy and vibrant raspberry taste is distinct and easily identifiable; not yet scrubbed away by fermentation. Its sour and sweet interplay is aggressive even as the character of weathered oak, corkish must with elements of brine, sweat and goat layering upon.

Its expressive carbonation prickles at the tongue and enlivens the sour taste of the beer. Though the ale may be slightly fuller than the driest lambics on the market, its carbonation and acidity counters nicely en route to a dryish and tangy fruit-forward finish.

Jul 29, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous raspberry color with an immensely fizzy head. Sour, tart nose with a natural earthy raspberry and a mineral aspect. The flavor is a pucker factor times ten with strong tart and sour raspberry. The raspberry is a very natural freshly picked flavor with some earth tones and maybe a bit of mineral. The puckering flavor obviously translates to feel but it's without the vinegar feel. This is a straightforward, unabashed raspberry sour!

Jul 27, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a private tasting event.

Pours a fairly clear light red until the sediment is reached at the end of the bottle. Then, it's murky. The aroma is very acetic, with citric acid notes, and raspberry sweetness. There is a subtle touch of yeasty funk. Flavor is one of the most sour things I've ever tasted. Notes of oak and raspberry weave a tapestry along with the acetic, citric, and lactic acid, creating a really rewarding experience. It's impressive that, despite the incredibly sour taste, there's enough berry and wood character to shine and really make this beer a standout. Definitely couldn't drink a full bottle in one sitting, though.

Jul 25, 2014
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 oz pour from bottle at Upland Tasting

A- Hazy pinkish with bubbly head
S- Immediate salivation. Vinigar and berries!
T- Huge wave of sourness. Slight raspberry/ sweet berry profile then more sour. Total moth puckering experience in a good way.
M- Very fizzy

O- This is my first sour from Upland. I enjoyed it for what it was. I wonder if the flavors would mellow with a year or if they would just get more intense. This one is right on the edge of being too sour.

Jul 25, 2014
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dar482 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer attacks of an absurd amount of tartness. While being familiar with wild ales, this beer is quite memorable in the sense is numbingly sour. The acid even burns down the esophagus.

Still, the rasberry fruit flavor is there and the beer is filled of flavor. I find that most will have a hard time with this one, unless they truly enjoy extreme tartness.

May 19, 2014
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