Upland Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #271
Ranked #1,922
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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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
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.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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Photo of BWED
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
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.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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Photo of Dope
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.

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Photo of parris
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
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.

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Photo of dar482
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
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.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite beer from the Upland sour series.

I should preface, however, by saying that most of Upland's offering are quite polarizing. While I quite enjoy the flavor of Upland's sour series, many of those with whom I trade describe their beers as "one dimensional lacto bombs" that they almost always "drain pour."

Now, onto the beer.

Imagine opening a special bag of kiwi flavored Warheads that dissolved rapidly and mixed cohesively with a bottle of pretty basic and straightforward lambic. That is what you get with this beer.

It is overly sour and very, very acidic. It even begins to hurt your tongue after a few pours, the way eating too many kiwis can when self restraint has boldly walked out the door.

It is uniquely good in a nostalgic way. Definitely one of my favorite sours, regardless of its simplicity and lack of balance.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 5.13.14 into a Burgundy glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm (acquired via trade—thanks DMaCATO).

Look: murky golden tangerine, with lots of carbonation but no head.

Smell: tangy fruit (kiwi of course, also citrus rind), confectioner's sugar, some wood/dirt.

Taste: tart fruit, confectioner's sugar/marshmallow, savory/funky cheese or meat. Sour at first, but quickly transitions to sweet. Pretty reminiscent of almost-perfectly-ripe kiwi, which also has a lot of biting tartness, but plenty of sweetness and a bit of an earthy element.

Feel: tingly carbonation, particularly in the throat, but a surprisingly creamy feel. Medium bodied and dry, but not overly so.

Overall: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, especially after seeing some of the other reviews complain of rampant sourness and minimal kiwi flavor. This is less sour than, say, La Folie, and has a lot of flavors other than "sour" going on—it hits the kiwi perfectly, but there's also some creamy sweetness and funk. Superb.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 518 ratings