Upland Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #267
Ranked #2,182
4.19 | pDev: 12.65%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: Kiwi is a fruited sour ale that showcases the distinct fruit characteristics of fresh kiwis melded with a mildly tart base of sour blonde ale. Hazy and golden/straw in appearance upon pouring, with zesty amounts of carbonation. Its fresh kiwi and tropical aromas meld with floral and wine-like notes. Wonderful rich kiwi flavors follow in the taste, accompanied by refreshing tartness. The finish is dry, with mouthwatering tanginess and kiwi flavor.
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BerryKumquat from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep yellow that's a bit darker than the usual blondes.
S: Very sharp kiwi flavor.
T: A strong fizz with a notable kiwi/citrus body.
F: Citrus beer with kiwi.
O: A decent citrus beer with a hint of kiwi.

May 24, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 25.4-oz. corked-and-caged bomber, label stamped bottle date "AUG 2017," into Teku tulip 3.0.

Looks like the golden ale it is, with the fizzing head too soon gone to photograph. The aroma is complex, underlain by deep, abiding melon fruit, punctuated by tart fruit and funk. Drinking is much the same, with opening (mild) carbonation almost covering the melon on its way to the tart and citrusy fruit, then a bit of funk, before a dry but not puckering finish.

May 04, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 7/2018. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy kiwis, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, kiwis, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy kiwis, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit/wine tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy kiwis, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, peppercorn, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, kiwis, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness, fruit/wine tang, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, grainy, acidic, tangy, tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, kiwis, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the moderately acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Amazing balance of juicy kiwis and well rounded Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great wine barrel presence, and a nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

Feb 07, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a mostly clear light orange color, with a very small head, and no lacing.

This smells bracingly and astonishingly sour, with ripe and ultra tart kiwi, lemon juice, oak and white wine.

This hardly tastes like actual lambic, as it's just way too sour to really considered lambic. It still tastes good, though, but it's certainly enamel-melting. There's lots of Kiwi flavor, too, which does cut the sourness, it's a bit juicy and tastes great. There's lots of pure lemon juice flavor, and a hint of oak, too.

This is light bodied, crisp, with a highly intense lingering acidity after each sip.

This is like a wild sledgehammer to the mouth. It contains no subtlety, whatsoever, but it's still a fun beer to try.

May 14, 2018
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 6 December 2010. Beer was not balanced, no evidence of kiwi fruit in taste, and had a strong vinegar taste. Poured with head that quickly dissipated.

Jan 28, 2018
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden color with a very small film of a head. Aroma, green apples, puckering candies, pear, lemon,strawberry. Taste-tart, lemon, strawberry, sour peach a little. A fruity taste that is hard to place must be kiwi (not really tight with Kiwi lately)mouthfeel- very carbonated. Adds to a little bit of a shock from the tartness. Overall, I really do like the taste in this one. After a few sips it feels like it may be unsettling for the stomach. Be warned. This also doesn't come across as heavily fruited. I taste quite a bit of base beer qualities, which is nice.

Mar 04, 2017
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a loud, fizzy head that recedes almost immediately in a violent action, dissipating to nothing. A faintly fruity, tart aroma with maltiness underneath. Turbid, straw color. Starts insanely sour; a very poignant, biting sourness. Mild fruitiness turns into lovely maltiness. The finish is delicious malt with a fruitiness hiding in the background.

Overall, and excellent sour. Kiwi? I guess; the sourness pairs with the kiwi almost too well; it kind of masks the kiwi aspect.

Nov 23, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/24/16

Note: May 2014 bottle

A: Honey with some orange highlights - hazy - pours with a fizzy white head - fades fairly fast to virtually nothing except a faint collar, leaves a few specs of temporary lacing

S: Sharp cheese - seriously, this smells reminiscent of a block of sharp cheddar - loads of funk, sharp sourness, and some tart - highly lactic, with some damp, musty cellar and hints of yogurt - super sharp acidity as well, with some straight-up lemon - loads of wood, sharp oak - fruit, with some straight-up kiwi fruit flesh - malt base is mostly hidden by the cheesy fruit funk blast

T: Cheese and kiwi - super sharp acidity - loads of straight-up acid and lemon - sharp cheddar cheese - some lactic sour, with some musty cellar - like a Gueuze with loads of sour complexity - lingering sharp sour, like a Warhead - more cheese - fruity, with some super-tart kiwi - lots of wood, with sharp oak - light sweetness

M: Medium body, borderline nonexistent carbonation, stupidly sharp if I haven't mentioned that enough already - actually becomes punishing after a while, forces you to sip

O: Hard cheese soft fruit!

Upland's Kiwi Lambic is so stupidly sour I might need a new mouth after this. There's so much sour, tart, wood, and cheese in here. It burns in a good way, bur... This may be one of the only beers I've had, ever, that may be too sour.

Jun 25, 2016
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BWED from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A- Hazy and yellow, with some whitish hues. The head dies quickly.

S- Tang and funk. Kiwi tartness is subtle, but noticeable.

T- Bright and tangy. Cider, kiwi. A little oaky and funky.

M- Tangy, funky and tart. Sweet tang finish. Light effervescent body.

O- Really nice. Upland has really established themselves in the sour game.

May 05, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow color with turbidity of either yeast or kiwi fruit particles floating around in a relatively big way. Aroma was powerfully sour, fruity

Taste was brutally sour. Enamel destroying sour. Stomach gonna get tore up. So acidic. I liked it don't get me wrong, the kiwi is nice, but holy shit do they ramp up the power of sour. Heavily carbonated. This beer can cut through anything before it, drink it without fear of it being overwhelmed by a bigger beer drank before it.

Its a good beer, but its very similar to many Cascades that have that innoculated lacto sour that is large, clean and lacks bretty tones throughout it.

Jan 24, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've grown to expect a lot from Upland Lambics and this one definitely didn't disappoint. As the name suggests the Kiwi is a strong and juicy but it keeps the sweet, sour, tart and tanginess that Upland is doing so well.

Jan 18, 2016
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Roguer from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, opaque peachy-orange colored brew. Head immediately dissipates to absolute nothing.

Aroma is pure gueuze: musty, rustic, and slightly sharp, with a touch of dirt.

On the palate, the brew is extremely sharp and tart. Lemon juice, lacto, kiwi, and star fruit; really, really sour, but favoring fruit and citric acid vice vinegar. Touches of both oak and straw.

Extremely puckering brew, making it a slow sipper despite the relatively easy-going ABV. Oily; medium-light body.

Nov 17, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 with a few years on it.

Sharp acidity as expected but a surprising amount of funk and cheesiness that adds some authentic lambic character. It's in the cleaner lacto lambic vein though so don't expect Cantillon barnyard. Kiwi, being a subtle flavor, is their but obviously not overwhelming.

A very good beer that exceeds its rating.

Nov 04, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Brewery
Slightly hazy straw color with a decent white head. Tart acidic citric and lactic with hints of earth and what I perceive as a hint of lime. Solid puckering, I'm not sure if I would pick out kiwi in this blind, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.

Sep 19, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy...tangerine? Mid-sized and soda-like fizzy pale orange head. Head fizzes out fast leaving zero lacing or head retention at all.

S: Kiwi. Very sour. SUPER sour. Almost smells like acetone.

T: More or less the same. Super sour kiwi and citrus. Like pure lemon juice concentrate. A little bit of acetone in the finish but not as harsh as the aroma. Long lingering burning sour lemon aftertaste.

M: Lighter bodied, very sour.

O: One of the most sour beers I've ever had. Hurts my teeth. So acidic and sour it stung a small cut that I had on my lip. Nice flavor of mostly sour lemon but a bit of kiwi. Not as much as I was expecting, however. Must-try for the sour bomb lover because this one is serious.

May 24, 2015
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parris from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smelled a tiny bit of sulphur, not unpleasant. Super sour, a gold standard of enamel killing, puckery goodness. Worth sharing since it's so powerful.

Apr 25, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was golden yellow in color with apparent carbonation.

Smell - The beer smell like a fairly run of the mill sour.

Taste - This is a very potent sour. The sour masks most of the kiwi notes with an almost syrupy texture. The sourness never really fades until a dry aftertaste becomes apparent.

Mouthfeel - For a sour, this seems unusually thick.

Overall - This sour is more sour than average, but is very enjoyable.

Mar 08, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Funk, mild kiwi, oh and more funk.

T-One of the most sour beers I've ever had. Some Kiwi but really acidic and funky.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, tad watery.

O-Just too sour. And that is something I never thought I would say.

Mar 01, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is harshly tart, like most other Uplands, and painfully so. The kiwi flavor peeks its way through, but in general, the tart quality is overwhelming and wholly cringe and pain worthy.

Feb 25, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.07/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Appearance - Hazy. Bright orange. Almost no head. A tiny collar.

Smell - Acidic. Whoa. Fruity. Lots of oak and some vanilla.

Taste - Really sour. Strong kiwi. Gets extremely sour very quickly. Tropical fruit sourness, like passionfruit. Woody, but that is also overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Silly sourness.

Overall - If you like excessively sour beers, you'll like this. I get the kiwi up front, but then it's all sourness.

Feb 01, 2015
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ThePaleRider from California

2.51/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Scored in a trade for a Parabola. Now I'm regretting that decision.

A - Pours a really pretty orange. The head has zero retention so once it settles down it looks like a glass of juice. Very thick and hazy.

S - Sour, funky yeast. Lots of citrus peels but doesn't really resemble kiwi. Just smells very tart.

T - Acid BOMB. No kiwi present at all. This doesn't even taste like a fruited beer. Pure lacto and sour. Resembles a warhead. Very one dimensional and dumb.

F - Burn, lots of acid burn in the mouth and just sour. I actually had heartburn an hour after drinking this.

O - One dimensional, sensationalized beer that is getting way too much hype.

Jan 10, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

1.6/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lambic with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of paint thinner is pretty intense with quite a bit of acidic notes and sour notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by paint thinner notes with intense sour notes and quite a bit of acidic notes. Kiwi is quite hard to distinguish. Body is light with good carbonation. The paint thinner notes were a big turn-off for me.

Jan 06, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was by far the sourest Upland I've had to date. Not sure I was getting much kiwi in the taste or smell, but it was enjoyable for someone that likes enamel stripping sourness.

Jan 05, 2015
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HOPSareKey from Illinois

1.96/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I cannot believe the high marks this is getting. It starts out ok with a nice, hazy gold/tangerine color. Lacto heavy citrus nose. The first sip is where everything goes wrong. Extreme puckering and enamel erasing blast immediately. Lacto overpowered everything in this. Couldnt finish it. Complete mess. I love upland, but this falls flat on its face.

Jan 05, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a wisp of a head; little retention or lacing

Smell: Lemon, kiwi and lactic sour tones

Taste: Lemon and kiwi tones, up front, with increasing lactic sourness through the middle; both sweet and sour tones intermingle through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation

Overall: Another nice fruited lambic from Upland; not as sour as some of the others

Jan 03, 2015
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 521 ratings