Crimson
Upland Brewing Company

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From:
Upland Brewing Company
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #13
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,456
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 10.4%
Ratings:
426
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 16, 2022
Added:
Feb 05, 2012
Wants:
  296
Gots:
  138
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: A stronger version of a Flanders Red Ale aged in previously beer-stored bourbon barrels for some light oak/bourbon character.

Previously known as Malefactor and Gilgamesh
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4.25 by retry4z from California on Jun 16, 2022
 
4.25 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 16, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

So this is a review of "Gilgamesh" which was consumed at March Madness 2017. I still have a bottle of this in the cellar, might be a good time to crack it next time the boys get together.

Anyhoo, this is basically an imperial flanders ale coming in at double digit abv strength. Pours a ruddy brown and red, there is nothing appearance wise that looks different compared to a normal strength flanders. Thin beige head, 1/5". The aroma was far more powerful, there is amplified sourness for a flanders and plenty of alcohol to notice aroma wise, almost to the point that the word fusel enters the lexicon.

The taste of the beer takes on some like cherry like flanders notes, but it is still largely overwhelmed by the hugeness of the sourness and alcohol. This is a bottle from the lactic acid war era. And acidic it is. More red wine than bourbon notes. Lower carbonation keeps the sting present at all stages. Decent in smaller quantities. I would prolly die doming this. If you're up for a challenge, this is a beer that puts it up.

Oct 14, 2020
 
4 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on May 10, 2020
 
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Mar 10, 2020
 
4.32 by jbertsch from Massachusetts on Feb 16, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a reddish copper body with minimal head and no lace. Aroma is booze, wood, some tart fruits like cherries and hints of sweet malts. Beer is light to medium bodied, goes down smooth, sharp but not a biting sour edge, has a cherry taste with hints of caramel malts and kept smooth by a woodiness and finishes slightly boozy. Good balance and easy to drink and maybe not spot-on for style but worth trying anyway.

Jan 18, 2020
 
4.52 by markallmon from Tennessee on Jan 07, 2020
 
4.3 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Oct 17, 2019
 
4 by mwvman from Indiana on Oct 08, 2019
 
4.06 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Sep 22, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Quite a nice sour - not really my style but I could appreciate the skill it took in making this beer. Great balance of the bourbon barrel aging, sour puckering fruit and malt. Looks fairly red-orange with just a little fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Aromas matched the flavors with the bourbon, wood, tart ripe fruit and malt all coming through clearly. Not too sour, not too much warming alcohol. Smooth fairly mild mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Jul 14, 2019
 
4.08 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jun 23, 2019
 
4 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jun 09, 2019
 
4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Jun 01, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Formerly known as Gilgamesh; later known as Crimson.

Unknown vintage; drank 7/28/15 @ Sheffield's.

Semi-opaque red appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Oak, mildly tart cherry & marshmallow notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cherry, oak & marshmallow flavors up front; a mildly tart finish.

My dream sour; balanced, flavorful and not puckering. Delicious.

May 06, 2019
 
4.07 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2019
 
4.05 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Dec 27, 2018
 
4.06 by Grackos from Florida on Aug 25, 2018
 
3.79 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 03, 2018
 
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by lilalibby from Nevada

This beer is beyond dangerous. Tastes and smells like arcade candy. A must try, it will surprise you with its flavor. Also akin to the flavor of certain kombucha; makes sense considering it is fermented with microorganisms.

Jul 12, 2018
 
2 by Captain69 from Illinois on Jul 06, 2018
 
5 by Musineer from Texas on Jun 20, 2018
 
4.31 by FlussigkeitMut from Indiana on Jun 03, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a nice deep red that is almost brown. Slightly hazy and topped by a dense three finger head which retains well and fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness, oak, sour cherries, and vanilla with some slight toasted malt. HInts of funk and chemicals on the back end(chemicals in a good way)
T: Taste is tart cherries, smooth vanilla, toasted oak, slight band aid, hint of caramel. and slight plastic. Swallow is more cherries, and oak with more caramel, vanilla and oak with some lingering funk.
M: This beer is about the middle of the road when it comes to mouthfeel and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is adequate and just below prickly while the acidity gives the beer a drying finish.
O: It started out great on the nose but the taste just couldn't keep the momentum going. Really nice complexity and surprisingly gentle on the palate. I expected this one to be a bit of a bruiser from the nose but it didn't punch me in the palate. Worth a try but there are others that are better.

Apr 27, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart cranberry, raspberry, cherry, plum, lemon, lime, orange, pear, melon, green apple, currant, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, bourbon, oaken vanilla, pepper, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with geat strength. Taste of big tart cranberry, raspberry, cherry, plum, lemon, lime, orange, pear, melon, green apple, currant, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, bourbon, oaken vanilla, pepper, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light lactic tartness and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart cranberry, raspberry, cherry, plum, lemon, lime, orange, pear, melon, green apple, currant, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, oak, wheat, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, vanilla, bourbon, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 11.2%. Overall this is an excellent Flanders red ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV with the mildly acidic/tannic/drying finish. Not overly lactic, but still has solid tartness. Perfectly balanced fruity/funky Brett/Lacto and dark/bready malt complexity; with nice bourbon barrel presence. Very well attenuated and not overly sweet for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Mar 17, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy light mahogany red in color and somewhat resembles cherrywood. It poured with a short white head that left a collar around the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with notes of oak and bourbon.
T: The taste starts off a little sour and has flavors of oaky vanilla from the bourbon along with notes of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pleasant sour to sip that has interesting flavors of cherries, oak, and vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2018
 
4.11 by smithj4 from New York on Mar 11, 2018
 
2.78 by DanGeo from Michigan on Feb 22, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

A finger worth of off white head on top of a deep red beer. Almost a red shade of brown.
The smell is tart and acidic. Some oak a long with fruit.
Taste is slightly acidic with some alcohol. Some bourbon and wood.
Feel is thin with a tartness and a little alcohol burn.
Overall, this is strong willed. Not a fruity sour, but a good one. I think this is the first Upland sour I've had that's been bourbon barrel aged instead of wine or oak barrel aged. You can tell but it's good.

Feb 15, 2018
 
4.49 by harpus from Alabama on Jan 28, 2018
 
3.99 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Dec 23, 2017
 
3.5 by VaporDome from New York on Dec 13, 2017
 
3.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Sep 25, 2017
 
4.7 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jul 31, 2017
 
4.9 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Mar 26, 2017
 
4.4 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Feb 13, 2017
 
4.25 by TravisMason from Indiana on Jan 19, 2017
 
4.47 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2016
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 426 ratings