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Fantasia | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A barrel fermented beer using fresh peaches from Baird Family Orchards. The Fantasia is firmly tart and hugely aromatic with a character not unlike Belgian fruit lambics. Minimum one year on oak before an extended bottle conditioning prior to release.

More on the process: http://uprightbrewingblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/fantasia-blend-love.html

Released in 750ml bottles (96 cases) - January 2012
Released in 750ml bottles (85 cases) - January 2013

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-16-2012

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Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, David.

Hazy peach flesh colored body topped by a tall white head. The nose has quite a bit of ripe, juicy peach, but also a lot of acetone. There's a mild lacto presence, a bit of funk and oak, yogurt. Smells a bit sweet. The palate is similar; peach comes through fairly well, though it isn't as vibrant as I was expecting. Acetone really mars my enjoyment of the beer - this tastes strongly of nailpolish throughout. Sourness is mild and largely lactic with a touch of vinegar, and there's a bit of pale malt sweetness that works fairly well with the peach flavor. This is decent but it failed to meet my expectations.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.18/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/25/2012 and 6/2/2012

Thanks for sharing, Tim (first bottle), and thanks to Luke for this most recent bottle.

A: Vibrant yellow orange with a white head. Nice color.

S: Fresh peaches, sweet, sugary, and tart. Oak and light vanilla. Firm vinegar presence with a little acetone. Lactic and lightly tart. Nice fruit profile but the acetic notes are a pretty heavy.

T: Piquant peach flesh and skin. Excellent fruit profile, though just a touch simple. Lactic and tart. Weighed down by acetic acid that makes the beer a chore for me to drink as I make my way through the glass. Vinegar waxes as the beer warms and opens up, which is not a good thing. Acetone is present throughout.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation. 

Overall: Solid. Nice fruit aroma but falls into the vinegar trap like many American sours. Too much acetic acid and acetone. Not one I would revisit. 

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle decanted and served in a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a filmy white head with poor retention. Beer is slightly cloudy orange goldenrod. Oily legs with very sparse, spotty lace with little stick. Not the greatest for the style.

Nose is tart white peach with some band-aid must and cobwebs. Only mildly aromatic. Fruity but funkiness is pretty muted.

Opens white peach tartness. Spicy sour through the middle with hints of lemon rind and peppercorn. Hay and cobwebs. More sour peach pulp and skin towards the end. Mildly tart finish. Fruity aftertaste. Decent but nothing that really stands out. Fruit characteristics very muted.

Light bodied with moderate retention. Oily, thin and crisp in the mouth and goes down accented. Finishes filmy with a lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Perhaps this was different months ago but at this points, its fading rather fast. Fruit characteristics are still present... but just barely. Still a decent beer but not worth the asking price. Pretty run-of-the-mill in appearance, nose, flavor and body.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to ramnuts for this one. Much appreciated, Frank!

From notes -- consumed late July.

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow body with burnt orange highlights, off-white head.

S: This probably had more peach when it was younger, but it seems to be fading a bit now. Vinegar is most prominent, with lesser presence of lactic sourness and nail polish.

T: The flavor holds more peach than the nose promised. Its fruity vibrancy plays well off lactic sourness. But there is a noticeable acetic acid character that I don't like. Modest funk. Thankfully, the nail polish character of the nose is not found at all here.

M: As noted above, the acetic acid character takes the beer down a notch, but I don't think it ruined the beer. It was pretty tasty on the whole. I feel it would have been hidden better by the fruit if I hadn't sat on it for a while.

O: The nose and taste don't seem in harmony. I liked the beer, but it only reaffirmed my long-standing experience: drink fruited wild ales fresh.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from brewery last year.

A: Cloudy dark yellow. No head. No legs.

N: Peach, acetone, and a little wood. A fair amount of vinegar. Lemon sourness.

T: Fading peach, lemon, and a touch of vinegar. Fairly tart. This is about average. Might be on the downslope, too.

M: Light and well carbonated.

O: Pretty good, but it’s not nearly as good as something like Peche N Brett. Never tasted a lot of peach in this, though it’s less sour than I remember.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a medium size white head with ok retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light fruit notes with some tart notes that are easily discernible. Taste is a mix between some light apricot notes with some tart notes with a light funky finish. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation. I must admit that my expectation were quite high but this seems to lack the complexity I was anticipating.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for popping this one open. Upright never comes my way, so I was stoked to see this. Poured into a Whole Foods Wine Glass.

Fantasia look very orange, the color is a deep orange color with some trace yellowish spots towards the light. By the time it got to me, there was no cap or foam to be seen. Smell is outright peach scent bursting through. Some funk lingers throughout, brett notes, lacto, and vinegar, the only downfall to this beer. The vinegar, acetone is there it's apparent and cant be missed. If you look past that, a great fresh peach flavor with some saison yeast characteristics, earth with some brett tones, the lacto is felt on the tounge. This is medium bodied, probably lighter. A nice sour tone with funk backing. The acetone really kills it though, whatever. Don't think I could do a whole bottle to the dome, this one is meant for sharing.

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Photo of Treebs
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Khumbard for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to an airy ring that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Sweet fruit with peach flesh coming through and then some soft pear. Mild red berry with some tartness and light pale malt. Not much in the form of sourness going on in the nose.

T: The taste wasn't as substantial as the nose for me. Some light peach flesh and red apple skins, a mild tartness and the slightest hint of lacto sourness. Definitely some sweet malts in the finish, but there really wasn't anything for it to cut through.

M: Light bodied with a clean and sweet finish. Nice prickly carbonation as well.

O: Definitely missed a lot of the lacto qualities in this one. It lost a lot of points as it didn't quite fit the bill I was hoping for. The nose gave it promise, but the taste fell a little flat. It was still an easy drinking beer that tastes good, though. Recommend.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange with a haze. Small white head to it

S - Sweet juicy peaches. Light tartness and lactic acid

T - Peach up front, sour tartness and a light funk that gives it some blue cheese /farmhouse

M - Light carbonation and lighter body. Slight funkiness that lingers on in the finish

O - Solid peach beer but not as much as I'd like. Lighter sour presence as well. Would have liked to have a bit more peach and tartness

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange. Small white head and very slight retention.

Smell - Lemon sour. Wheat malts. Not such an intense sour. A lot of acidic byproducts. Bretty and the peach is faint.

Taste - Peaches are much more prominent here. The sourness is light, but citrusy. Bready malts and a hint of acetic acid. Like other Uprights, the sourness is as prominent as the malts.

Mouthfeel - Tingly sourness. Maybe a little thick and heavy, but well carbonated.

Overall - Really good. Upright doesn't make the cleanest sours, but the flavors come out complex and nice.

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantasia: a musical composition with a free form and an improvisatory style which may be based on earlier works. The beer, however, is a barrel fermented sour ale brewed with fresh peaches. Shared by ejyoung and poured into a tulip.

Slightly cloudy, the color of peach slices. No head arises after the pour, but there is a thick white ring around the sides.

Beneath a soft layer of white vinegar, bretty funk and lemon juice, caramelized peaches arise. Nice and sugary, it almost smells like those gummy peach rings.

And it tastes EXACTLY like those gummy peach rings. Big peach flavor is enhanced by lemon, caramel, vinegar and funk. The balance of sweet and tart is pretty perfect.

The medium body carries just a bit of electric carbonation and holds together well as I swish it around. Tartness is soft, well-balanced by the big peachy sweetness.

A well-balanced, tasty lambic. The peaches enhance the underlying tartness, rather than overpowering it. Movin’ to the country, gonna eat me a lot of peaches.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a bright golden orange color with visible carbonation and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with lots of barnyard bug character balanced by strong tropical and light fruit notes.  Some toasted oak and a very prominent peach skin character.  I'm even picking up the pit of the fruit.  

Medium bodied with a nice tart funkiness that isn't harsh or acetic. Lots of oak and funky bugs along with a strong peach presence.  Nicely balanced and easy to drink with the juicy peach flavor countering the barrel and funk.  Again, the skin of the fruit, and even the pit, are noticeable to the palate.  Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of davey
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with some hazy gold. No lacing or head. Just a tad bit of carbonation. Still for the most part.
Light vinegar smell and unripe peach and orange.
Lots of delicious peach. Some sour and funk, but not over the top. Sits nicely on your tongue and lingers with a dryness. Seems to be very balanced with everything kicking in at the right time. Very nice.
I had this at Dark Lord, and had to have it again. Did not disappoint. Im just getting into lambics, and this is up there with cable car. Get it if you can.

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Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by kbutler1, thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Slightly hazy golden orange colored with a bubbly head and medium retention. Could be hazy because the bottles get shaken quite a bit at tastings but also because this has whole peaches in it. In my opinion, the peaches only added to what would have been the base beer: funk and lemon dominate this beer, but it was never sharp. Very soft and mellow oak, nothing was tannic about it. No hints of acetic sourness, only lactic.

Very light on the palate and crisp in finish. A very pleasant sour beer.

4, 4, 4, 4.5, 4

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unripe tart peach, hint of lemon, pear, restrained sweetness, tartness and only a hint of sourness. Some funk. Extremely well balanced. Semi dry. Interesting and delicious brew. Was expecting a bigger punch of flavor though.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which doesn't have much retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy, pale amber to straw color that shows some golden and lemon hints in the light. Leaves no lacing behind.

Nose- Fairly subtle- I wonder if the peaches may have already faded. There is a smooth and rounded peach aroma but it isn't as strong as I would have expected. Acetic acid, vinegar, and a slight tartness. Some straw and a tiny amount of funk. Swirling shows a brighter peach note.

Taste- Shows peach right on the front which seems a little green. There also seems to be a bit of saltiness which I didn't expect but works well as the middle shows minor notes of straw and funk which proceed into a rounder and fleshier peach finish. I am surprised by the tame nature of the acetic acid. It's there but it does not induce puckering and I should be able to drink this pretty easily. That's probably not what a hardcore sour fan would want to hear but I'm quite alright with it. Not as complex as many sours but still maintains good presence with a wonderful sublimity which comes from the excellent balance and integration. This beer doesn't hit you over the head but it is to be enjoyed for its refined character. The nice dry finish with vibrant fruit makes this seem like a good candidate for a white wine drinker. I don't know where the saltiness comes from but it enriches this beer more than any other note and works well with the slight notes of straw and funk. Almost reminds me of the sea to a certain extent. A really good to great beer but closer to really good. Some spice, think coriander and white pepper. Some citrus notes of orange and lemon as well.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with some carbonation that has a little bit of effervescence and a little bit of a tingle. Dry finish really ties the flavor profile together.

Drinkability- Fairly accessible for a sour and one that I would offer up to a novice if it weren't so expensive. Pretty easy drinking. I might not buy this again to drink but I'm sure I will buy more next year for trades.

Overall- Really good to great beer but closer to really good. Not as much presence as many of the beers in its style but still very enjoyable. I don't think it lives up to the hype that creates lines but I do understand the appreciation for this beer. Definitely worth a try and I would give it another go if I saw it on tap. But I would not pay 20 bucks for a bottle for myself.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big want of mine, thanks Tom.

The label is exceptionally simple setting the stage for this beer's excellent appearance. The hazy golden body of this beer gently bubbles a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is sweet and tart, but nothing over the top. Slightly tart peaches defines the beer's flavor profile and the beer sits on the palate leaving a light, dry finish. This is a very tasty bottle with excellent fruit character and well mannered sourness...I wonder how it will age.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Hazed golden body.

S - Smells like peach cobbler. I'm surprised by how intense the sweet peach flavor is - there's a fairly low level of lactic sourness and funk here, which give this a sour peach candy and yogurt kind of vibe. There seems to be a good deal of residual sugar, and the malt bill reminded me a little of the Ghoulschip I had immediately prior.

T - The taste is quite similar, some nice sour and tart peach flavors among the sweet cobbler-esque malt and oaky vanilla. Somewhat candy-like, with moderate residual sweetness.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, lower carbonation, mildly juicy, with a slightly dry and tannic finish.

D - Enjoyable peach beer, but perhaps needs some time for the microbes to gobble up some of the remaining sugars. A far cry from something like Yellow Bus or Fou' Foune, as the acidity here is quite restrained. Still, I easily finished my glass and would gladly drink this again. I also appreciate the lower ABV, as too many American wilds are creeping out of the easy-drinking range.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlaywer!

A hazed dark peach color without a lot of visible carbonation. Only a thin off-white ring of small bubbles crowns the top of the beer, leaving the glass nearly clean on the way down, with just a touch of a shiny sheen.

Lovely aroma: huge amounts of authentic, juicy, summertime peaches, along with a mild sour character, and a hint of a grassy funk. This is genuinely fruit-forward, and the fruit smells superb. It's not exactly complex, but the fruit is such an absolute star there's nothing to complain about.

This is fairly close to drinking peach juice, which is in fact, delicious. Again, the authentic, juicy, ripe flavors of peach storm the palate, along with an incredible peach finish that lasts and lasts. There isn't a lot of other complexities going on, with only a very mild earthy funk character and a low to moderate level of sourness. Good, easy drinking, perfect for hot weather, but not overly interesting.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation. I think this is the one aspect where the beer could be markedly improved. Juice-like. Below average.

Very good, but this one left me just a touch disappointed. I think more carbonation could have really aided this otherwise stupendous beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Peg's...thanks to Dave!

A - Pours yellow/orange, mirky, white head, thin collar.

S - Peaches, creamy notes, yogurt, some funk, citrus. Mostly peach-forward and the tartness is nice...impressive.

T - Peaches, citrus peel, funk, tartness, grassy notes. I think I prefer the nose, but still, very solid. The peaches are again very nice and the tartness is just about where I like my wilds. Finish is dry fruity tartness.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid offering from Upright, who seem to really be hit or miss for me. I would definitely have this again and would probably end up seeking out a bottle. Glad I was able to try this!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruit along with some funky aromas. Taste is of sour and tart tropical and peach flavors with some funk as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp moutfeel. Overall, this is a good sour but I think it tastes much better than it smells.

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Photo of Doodler
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with Bill (forgetfu) along with my Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic.for contrast. Poured a hazy golden color and had a small fluffy head. Nose is like peach yogurt with a slight amount of funk. Taste is sweeter than expected, with loads of peaches, vanilla and some woodiness, This is a nice brew with a medium finish and good carbonation. Great tart flavors...try some....it's good stuff

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served side by side at a recent tasting with a bunch of other stone fruit beers, a very good beer.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy white head, small bubbles. No lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, grainy, and peach-y.

Beer is medium in body, pretty sweet, nice mild funk and fruit, the lactic wins the acidity race here. the finish is a little tart in a good way, a really nice beer here. I'd have it again, it is not quite a lambic in the levels of sourness or complexity but for a stone fruit sour it is pretty nice.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ron for bringing this one along. Fantasia pours a cloudy, golden-yellow color topped off with a foamy white head that fizzles almost like the foam on a soda as it settles down to nothing but a ring. Lots of carbonation on this one, it seems, as a swirl of the glass produces a loud fizzling noise.

The aroma is a nice mixture of lightly sweet fruits with some funk in the under-body. As far as the fruit goes, I'm picking up some green apples, lemon zest, and peach. The peach starts of small, but becomes the most prominent fruit as the beer starts to warm up just a bit. Some light funk aromas from the yeast join with a faint oak and wet wood combination. There's a bit of acidic tartness on the nose, but not much, and certainly not enough to make me believe this one will be puckering - I guess we'll see.

Fantasia has a very light tartness and sour quality to it - just enough to kind of tingle the senses, but not enough to alienate someone who's easing their way into the world of sours (something Beatification might do). It's very "smooth" on the palate and easy to vibe with, but still provides a reasonably nice sour character for the long-time sour fanatics.

The peach and green apple flavors seem to "pop" the most - especially the peach. The slight tartness turns into a lasting sweetness; ripe peaches, juicy green apples, and pears. The finish combines with a bit of funky yeast and that same wet wood and oak presence that was picked up in the aroma. Medium bodied, smooth and soft, highly carbonated with an almost dry finish.

Very tasty beer, although it may be slightly overrated. Though having this almost back to back with a Beat Batch 05 probably wasn't fair to Fantasia. Nevertheless, still a great beer and a very good one to introduce people to the world of wild ales and sours, though it's not necessarily an easy one to get, especially in the Midwest.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of LoPo87 in a recent swap.

Pours a hazy dark yellow/light orange color with a smallish fluffy, foamy white head with good retention and decent lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with a tremendous peach presence; immediately behind that is a sour tart/lactic presence and a light bit of grainy pilsner malt. Not the most complex aroma but really solid mix of fresh fruit and Bretty sourness.

The tastes begin with fresh peach flesh/juice and the lactic sourness, Not that earthy, "wild" or funky per-say but with that said, it's still absolutely delicious. Not that sour at this point or complex flavor-wise just a really super delicious American Wild Ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. A lot of flavor and fruity sourness for such a low ABV beer. The finish has a nice level of acidity to balance the sweet peach flavors.

Overall, a very impressive offering from Upright, wish I had another one to cellar for a year or two, but I just couldn't help myself on this warm day (the girl on the bottle was mocking me when I opened the fridge for the last month). I have not had a bad beer from Upright, granted I have had only the elite but I can't say a bad thing about this beer or Upright in general. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out; I understand why it has been so hard to acquire this solid West Coast Wild Ale.

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Fantasia from Upright Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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