Upland Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #351
Ranked #2,852
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Notes: Aged on our mildly tart base blonde sour ale, Peach is a fruited sour ale made with whole peaches locally sourced from Huber's Orchard and Winery. Gold and straw colors shine upon pouring, with zesty amounts of carbonation. Fresh peach aromas meld with floral and wine-like notes. Wonderful peach flavors follow in the taste, accompanied by refreshing tartness. The finish is dry with mouthwatering tanginess and peach flavor.
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the lambic fans on the hunt for the type of sourness that'll kick your teeth in, there's very few breweries that can satisfy that need like Upland Brewing. Their peach infused sour ale will have your face sticking that way.

Its hazy gold, slightly peach color is a prelude to the berry fruit inside. With a frothy rise and a dainty settling, the ale projects a racy but hazy white wine austere. That's, of course until the nose draws near, and that's when tangy fruit notes and high acidity overcomes the senses with a nearly jaw-tightening and saliva inducing response.

As apple cider, dry white wine, lime, a hint of white vinegar and unmistakable peach sharpen the taste buds with its pin-point acidity, a scantly sweet and mustier tone gradually sets in. Its juicy and racy peach taste is distinct and easily identifiable; and not scrubbed away by the vigorous nature of fermentation. Its sour and sweet interplay is aggressively acetic even as the character of weathered oak, corkish must, and elements of brine, sweat and general cellar-like conditions start to layer upon.

Its expressive carbonation prickles at the tongue and enlivens the sour taste and feel even more. Though the ale may be slightly more rounded than the driest lambics on the market, its carbonation and acidity counters nicely en route to a dryish and tangy orchard fruit finish.

Nov 06, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2017 - drank on February 21st, 2019. Lots of peach, though the body is a bit thin. The nose is wonderful - natural peach, not that unfortunate air freshener that can sometimes occur with a peach beer. Quite tart, really dries out the palate. Very good.

Feb 24, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, fizzy head, with good retention. Body is surprisingly hazy; lemon yellow and completely opaque.

The nose is strong, with hints being picked up from a distance. Up close, it's difficult to tell what is more dominant: the sour, oaky tannins, or the peaches. It's a wonderful balance of a rustic, American take on a Lambic, and natural, punchy, overripe fruit. I'm really enjoying just taking sniff after sniff. Citric acid, vanilla, peach, oak, vinegar, honey, orange creamsicle, light leather, hay.

Very, very sour on the palate - to the point that the peaches give more of a faint impression than really stand out on their own, at least early and mid sip. Vinegar, oak, peach skins, peach pits, hay, earth, tannins.

Lip- and gum- smackingly puckering. Body is smooth, lively, and medium; finish is relatively short due to the pucker and moderately high astringency. The sourness echoes on the palate and in the throat, but most of the flavor quickly melts away post-sip.

I would be tempted to call this more of an American Wild Ale, given the relatively extreme sourness; the peaches make an impact, without question, but the high level of sourness is almost shocking on every single sip. There is perhaps less rustic funk than a good and strong Belgian Lambic, and more outright sourness. This is definitely not for a sour novice.

Jun 16, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden yellow.
S: Soft but strong peach notes.
T: Very soft peach notes along the way. Cheaper and simpler Cascade Flamblanc.
F: Strong peach notes along the way.
O: Decent peach notes but softer and simple than Flamblanc.

Jun 09, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch mm-17 Dec 2017.

A big loud pop out of the bottle, but no gush, and just a good hint of steam. Sudsy and snappy sounding as it pours, with much effervescent quality. Bone white bubbly head, and peach orange to yellow opaque body. Suds manage to go down with a snap but also hold a finger real nicely and long. Streaming shoots of white edged rows of carbonation along the side, and a bubbly roaring cauldron of middle carbonation in the middle. Aggressive and solid.

Excellent wonderful fruited nose. Thick peach fuzz, and champagne like wine acidity come flying across. Chewy sensing malt, and some thick oak round out nicely given some much impressive depth as well. Great aroma.

Deep and expressive palate. First sip is a dough rich acidic peach romp. Chewy peach and thick malt depth hit like a chunk of sourdough bread. Ripping malt finish and soft acidity round out that aftertaste. Honestly the finish is the best thing on the brew, deep and thick with a crackling toasted bakery quality that just sticks large and thick. Wood palated bread crumbs and hearth like toast mixing with incredible fresh peaches. Excellent round and flavorful body.

Fantastic well put together brew.

Mar 31, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a juice. Peach/orange in color with a thin white crown.
Smells of creamy peaches. Has a sweetness to the smell but very slightly acidic. Interesting.
This goes with the nose. This is like smooth creamy peaches. Has a sweetness to it (almost like some type of peach dessert) and is acidic as well. Pretty good balance. The feeling is soft and quickly turns dry.
Overall, this is a very solid one. Not the best I've had from Upland but pretty good.

Mar 17, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/17/2017. Labeled at 6.4%. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy peaches, fruit skin/pits, almond, apricot, pear, lemon, lime, green apple, melon, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, yogurt, oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leather, musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrels, and moderately wheat/pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy peaches, fruit skin/pits, almond, apricot, pear, lemon, lime, green apple, melon, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, yogurt, oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leather, musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy peaches, fruit skin/pits, almond, apricot, pear, lemon, lime, green apple, melon, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, vanilla, yogurt, oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, light leather/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrels, and moderately wheat/pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.4%. Overall this is a fantastic American fruit lambic! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrels, and moderately wheat/pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink wit hthe modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Super jammy peaches with balanced Brett/Lacto complexity; great oak barrel presence and malt balance. A highly enjoyable offering and spot on style example.

Feb 24, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Peach colored body, tan head that disappeared in seconds, funky sour aromas - and peaches! Loads of peaches.

Taste is tart peaches, funky Brett, and a smidge of the barrel. An outstanding representation of the style, IMHO.

Nov 21, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours light yellow with nice white head that lasts longer than most sours.

Aroma - Fresh juicy peaches, little bit of funk very juicy aroma with hints of oak.

Taste - Juicy peach up front super tart finish, oak funk the taste is just amazing.

Feel - Light bodied juicy dry tart finish.

Overall - Wow just one of the best sours I have had juicy flavors but tart at the same time excellent.

Aug 08, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bomber! Tasted of super juicy peaches with some oak and funk tartness. Peaches all the way through, the oak, vanilla, coconut, Mingled mid way, finishing with some good funk anf tartness! I really digged this beer and hoping to get another bottle for the cellar!

Jun 24, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice try with the peach flavors rounding out really nicely with floral and grass accents, brett, and slight oak, but this does not measure up to the top lambics of belgium. Missing that classic lambic funk and earthiness, and instead sweet like crystalized juice. So it tastes great, but not most authentic in feel

Jun 01, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy apricot yellow-orange with a thin fuzzy blanket.

I get tons of peach, both fresh fruit and gummy bears, with pepper, oak, and a little wet dog-like funk.

Taste is quite sour with cracker, biscuit, sweaty peach, weird foot funk and stinky cheese.

May 24, 2017
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from February of 2015.
This beer is drinking amazingly right now. The nose is just off the charts. Super fresh funky peaches. Taste follows suit.
I understand a lot of the super cool beer heads have written off Upland as "old hat", but this beer stands up to many of the new kids on the block.

Mar 08, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy orange color, the smell of this beer is like Peach Heaven. I'd never smelled a sour with such awesome fruit aromas on the nose. The taste was damn good too! Overall this is one of the better peach sours out there in my opinion. I'm hoping that every batch they do is this good, if not, then I'm very lucky to have had this one.

Mar 08, 2016
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Ken_P from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 15 poured into a HF stem. Golden yellow moderately opaque body, no head whatsoever. Looks still. Smell is very peachy with an emphasis on the skins. Plenty of funk. You can smell this is going to be sour. Sour hits you pretty hard when you first sip it. Lemon vinegary sour. Follow up is peach skins and lactic acid. Feel is medium body and moderately carbonated. While this certainly is almost overwhelmingly sour there's enough juicy peach skins to make it worth your while. Don't cellar this one, any more sour and this would be unpleasant.

Oct 06, 2015
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Touch of acetone in the nose, but otherwise straight up ripe peach skins. More of the same in the flavirllir with sharp tartness and more huge peach, almost grapefruitish. Fruit lingers forever, puckering a bit. I understand this used to be more out of balance, but this is very under rated currently.

Sep 19, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Orange, mostly transparent, with next to no head, even during the pour. No lacing, really, but a pretty beer.

S - Huge barnyard, backgrounded fruit notes, lactic acid in the form of sour cream. I want more peach. As it aged, the barnyard faded, and the acidity remains.

T - Acidic explosion, with fruit taste highlights that come forward in the middle and close, particularly as it warms. There is a lush lactic element, suggesting cheese, which fades with age. Fresh, there is some barnyard hanging around in the tail. Pretty typical for an Upland lambic.

M - Bright and highly acidic. The plus is that the carbonation is brisk, helping keep this moving, but the acidity is powerful, and not merciful.

O - I like a bit more balance to my sours, where the power of the acidity is played against sweetness and depth. With some age, there is some of that, and honestly, this is not very far from a great beer. The sweetness of the peach is utterly lost, and what remains is the bold acidity.

Jul 24, 2015
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brentlepping for bringing this one. This started off a mega bottle share.

A. Light straw color, not hazy, but not translucent either. Very coarse bubble initial head that quickly dissipates to no rim or film. Low effervescence.

S. Wow, the initial smell clinches my jaw, this is going to be sour. The sour yeast and bugs really jump out. This is followed by a moderate neutral oak component and a powerful fruit component, dominated by peach, but others such as persimmon and paw paw. A very southern USA fruit spectrum.

T. This is where I realize the nose was just the tip of the ice berg. Damn this is sour, very sour. A strong sour yeast component with a Nehi peach flavor, with moderate oak - all in a delicious way. This sour works well. This has great fruit flavor and remains dry, not sweet at all.

M. Jaw clinching, smooth, dry, very low carb, light body but not watery.

O. This was very impressive. I heard Upland had some good sours, but this certainly proved that reputation. This may have been the most sour beer I have ever tasted. I will search this out again and I will look into the release to make a trip to Hoosier'ville.

Jul 09, 2015
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troygreer from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible beer with the smell and flavor to leave you searching for more.

Rip open a peach and stick your nose in it, then you will have an idea of how it smells. So pure, so clean. I imagine it is the aroma that they try to capture but fail in all of those peach air fresheners.

The flavor is easily on of the best fruited beers that I have ever had. Nothing tastes artificial and the carbonation is perfect for drinking.

This is a great beer.

Jun 14, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super sour with peach notes. As with most Upland sours, they are great if you are into very sour beers with a slight fruit presence. This one hit the mark for me.

May 17, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 12/13, consumed in 3/15. The age has mellowed it nicely.

Pours gold with light pink hues. Smells tart and acidic, like all other Upland Lambics, but not nearly as aggressive and undrinkable as their raspberry.

Tastes very intense and very good. Generic lactic acid starts things out, but it gets supplemented quickly by big nodes of sweet, mellow peaches. There's a tiny bit of funk on the back end, but overall it's just tart acid balanced by sweet peaches. Very nice.

Mar 16, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a very light honey color to a straw yellow. small white head with weak retention. very hazy and completely opaque.

Smell: peach fruitiness, but very light. strong vinegar. and an intense lactic acid covering up a sweet base.

Taste: opens up with a sweet fruity peach taste. fairly subtle and a little bit juicy. strong lactic acid and vinegar come in. some unidentifiable fruity jam. light oak and wooden qualities.

Mouthfeel: mouth puckering. lighter and extremely acidic.

Overall: another solid lambic from upland. the fruitiness is a little weaker on this one than others and that cause me to like it a little less.

Nov 10, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy, vibrant light orange topped by a thin white head and big flocks of white sediment stirring around the bottom. The nose is vaguely funky, with light tart peach notes, a hint if puke, and some grain. It's a tart and grainy sour with fantastic peach flavor, some lemon & Granny Smith apple, a great malt backbone, and subtle fruitiness that lingers in the finish. For an upland, this is a very approachable, medium bodied, reasonably carbonated, and drinkable sour (not super acidic) that amplifies a subtle peach characteristic and maintains a great grain and yeast presence alongside. I'd highly recommend this beer and would rank it as one of my favorite uplands.

Jul 31, 2014
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The lambic was a handsome golden color with a modest layer of bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - It is easy to tell this is a peach lambic. The peaches, largely sour, are intense in the aroma.

Taste - Sour Peaches. I really can't identify much beyond the very sour peaches. That is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - The sour clings to the tongue and sides of the mouth. There is a stickiness about the mouthfeel.

Overall - So far, this might be my favorite sour from Upland.

Jul 28, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, well carbonated, one finger head that didn't last long.

S-Peach, good deal of sour horse blanket, slight oak mild grass.

T-Starts with nice peach and a good deal of citrus notes. Rather sour with nice oak balance.

M-Lighter, well carbonated, crisp dry finish.

O-One of the better Upland lambics, peaches are a great fruit and they really come through in this beer Had it again, the peach flavor was perfect one of the better lambics Upland made. The extra 3 months of age gave off a perfect peach flavor.

Jun 26, 2014
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