Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Wild Ale
4.25 | pDev: 11.06%
Aug 11, 2020
May 03, 2010
Notes: Persimmon was the first beer developed in the Upland Sour Ale Program to utilize a fruit from a native North American species of flora. A popular Midwestern delicacy, Persimmon is a fruited sour ale that showcases the distinct fruit characteristics of American persimmons melded with a mildly tart base of sour ale. Similar to a Witbier in appearance, light straw colors are accompanied by fresh aromas of persimmon, pear and peaches. Lactic tanginess, field flavors and dry fruits create a refreshing and
experiential taste. The finish is very dry, with lingering persimmon flavor.
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this back in August 2017 while camping with the fam and elrogish up in Oregon. 6.4% abv on this one.

Pours a color that looks just like the persimmons on the label, roughly 'orange', didn't really hold much of a head, fizzed up and down into just a film basically. The aroma was all sour power persimmons, which I would describe similar to tangelos even though they look like different colored tomatoes. The oak contribution doesn't affect much in the way of taste, moreso on the mouth feel giving a drying effect after the persimmon lemon and tangelo like sourness and taste. These are well known for their sourness being through the roof. This was high, but not as sour and acidic as the kiwi one. Both were enjoyable nonetheless, but you gotta realize what you're getting into.

Carbonation was good on this even though it realistically sat at room temperature for a few years. Its a massive sour running around 9 on the 10 pt wild ale scale. Some rip on it, but I'd be happy to have another one of these again.

Aug 11, 2020
4.02 by cp45 from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2019
4.25 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts on Jul 21, 2018
4.25 by fthegiants from California on May 24, 2018
4.25 by fredmugs from Indiana on Jan 18, 2018
4.19 by billab914 from Virginia on Dec 09, 2017
4.24 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 20, 2017
4.18 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 28, 2017
3.58 by Kurmaraja from California on Oct 19, 2017
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Sep 17, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by FFFjunkie from Illinois

Look is golden hay with a burst of white head that dissipates into nothing before you are done pouring.

Aroma is huge tart and some sort of fruit. I've never had a persimmon but the smell could be related to a peach or lemon. I'm not quite sure.

Taste is mouth puckering tart (in a good way) upfront, some kind of fruit mid palette, and finishes dry with a tartness that just won't quit. I'm loving it.

Feel is lively, crisp and dry. Carb is high as you can hear the carbonation upon pouring.

Overall a fantastic sour. The fruit isn't as recognizable as some of their others like cherry and peach but maybe that's just because I can't ever remember eating a persimmon. This beer is really good especially if you like sours.

Aug 06, 2017
4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana on May 25, 2017
3.65 by Soneast from Wisconsin on May 20, 2017
Photo of darktronica
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

I do love persimmons--possibly my favorite fruit, if they're good ones. That said, I've never had an Indiana persimmon. I learned to love them during the seven years I lived in southern California and got them directly from the local farmers' markets. That said, I'm not sure if this beer gives me much insight into local Indiana agriculture, because I don't get a lot of fruit from the ale. This batch bottled in January 2017 is still a classy, refined sour, to be sure, but not one imbued, or even tinged, with a particular lot of fruit flavor. I get a sour blonde with a suggestion of cinnamon and a bit of reassuring pulpy sweetness amidst a dry finish. Enjoyable, but given a blind lineup of fruited Uplands, I would have a tough time identifying this one as fruited, much less nailing the particulars.

May 15, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Golden yellow body, superbly clear first pour, more cloudy during the second, bright throughout, with strong carbonation, very little head, no real lacing. Pretty.

S - Both fruit and fermented acidity. A hint of horse blanket and barn, grass and floral notes, all behind sharp acid.

T - Damn. Superb bright acidity in the open, a sweet tart type flavor, a middle that brings richer tart persimmon aspect, and the close closes with a mild bite.

M - Very sharp acidity, but not unpleasant for the style. And super clean - no sign of harsh chemical or muddiness.

O - This is a fine lambic from Upland, and it delivers with fruit and sourness. Delicious. So glad I got it.

Feb 14, 2017
4.35 by Dr_Fox from Utah on Dec 24, 2016
4.27 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Dec 09, 2016
5 by Chizzlethespeez from Indiana on Nov 10, 2016
4.42 by dsauter from Indiana on Nov 08, 2016
3.75 by t2grogan from Arizona on Oct 29, 2016
4.49 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 02, 2016
4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 18, 2016
4.19 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Sep 12, 2016
3.73 by aleckpa from North Carolina on Sep 05, 2016
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Aug 14, 2016
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Aug 14, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Fcolle2 from Illinois

Pours a light pale grain color with a fizzy head and more cloudy sediment come out as it pours. Aromas of sweet citrus, lemon, hints of grain and some lacto sour notes. Flavor has some sweet cutrus flavors upfron with a big sour bite and some grain in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp ,light, and very sour.

Aug 13, 2016
4.09 by BTodd from Illinois on Jul 30, 2016
4.64 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jul 11, 2016
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer was a brilliant orange color with a white head.

Smell - There is a sour orange presence that is fairly strong.

Taste - The initial impression is a rich, Earthy sour orange. The richness makes me think of tomato juice. Persimmon, as I am told, is a brutally sour orange. The sour sticks with a sense of oak in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A sour with tomato juice like mouthfeel.

Overall - Besides Pawpaw, this is Upland's best work.

Jul 02, 2016
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 21, 2016
4.18 by capnamerica from Arkansas on Jun 12, 2016
3.96 by carlso_aw from Indiana on Jun 12, 2016
5 by Jamison85 from Indiana on Jun 09, 2016
4.11 by Mandypants11 from Massachusetts on May 03, 2016
4.15 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Bright pale gold color with thick white lacing.

S - Persimmon and lambic funk.

T - Persimmons, tart, funk, acetic, funk.

M - Very puckering and mouth watering, medium body with prickly carbonation.

O - I don't like this style of beer but this is surprisingly good.

Apr 04, 2016
4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Apr 04, 2016
4.19 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Mar 20, 2016
Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

750ml cork and cage bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a light orange-yellow body, very effervescent two finger white head that quickly settles down into a medium thickness film, touch of lacing. Smells of persimmon flesh, heavy acetic and lactic acidity, oak, and I suppose a little bit of peppery funk. Persimmons come out nicely here. Flavour is more dominated by the heavy acidity which makes my salivary glands shudder. Oak, a touch of persimmon. A really nice palate cleanser, I'll say that much, and actually reasonably enjoyable to drink if you can tolerate the acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshing on both the palate and the state of mind.

Mar 20, 2016
Persimmon from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 383 ratings