Operation Plowshare
Urban Artifact

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #44
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #9,657
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
36
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Urban Artifact
 
Ohio, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Operation PlowshareOperation Plowshare
Notes: A Midwest Fruit Tart brewed with 2,600 lbs of blackberries & 60 g of vanilla beans per 30 BBL batch. Take a bite into a glass of this liquid jelly doughnut!

20 IBU
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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That_Mohawk_Dude

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red almost purple color with medium head. Flavor is a dominant sour BlackBerry with a hint of vanilla in the background. Perfect level of tart and fruity to my palate.

Mar 29, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly opaque purple in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink colored head that quickly died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some specks of bubbles clinging to the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla beans and blackberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather balanced between the flavors of vanilla beans and blackberries.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I was surprised to see how the vanilla beans in this beer helped to balance off any sweetness or tartness from all of the blackberries. This makes for a nice dessert beer.

Serving type: can

Jan 07, 2020
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adab123 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though I would start with Gadget if checking out UA's best stuff, this is among their best beers that are widely available in Cincy. Following the beautiful purple hue, its mostly sour from the first sip on. Yet, it retains and finishes with a persistent smooth fruitiness.

Dec 08, 2019
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of this brewer - they do things with fruitiness that nobody else I have found does. This is another winner, although I don't think it beats my favorite, Gadget.

It pours dark purplish red with a little head. Bizarre! The aroma is a funky fruity - the vanilla makes it weird. The taste works better, with the vanilla on top of the monster fruit. It's slightly boozy too. It sits nicely on the tongue just like all their brews.

Recommended.

Nov 10, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/9/2019. Pours hazy very dark ruby red/pink/purple color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/sour/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, raisin, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; lighter notes of vanilla, peppercorn, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of blackberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/sour/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, raisin, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; lighter notes of vanilla, peppercorn, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/tannic spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, raisin, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, vanilla, peppercorn, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering sour/tart/tangy and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.9%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited kettle sour. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Nicely soft and not overly lactic/tannic. Fantastic balance of super juicy/jammy berries and lacto complexity; with a nice sized wheat/malt backbone against acidity. Mild residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy/tannic dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. Love the whole Midwest fruit tart series.

Nov 07, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark purple-red, opaque but vibrant, with a short pink-mauve blanket dying to a thin chain.

Having just had a Gramophone with a similar effect, taste here too is sharp, but maybe even further still due to malic acidity than alcohol. Flavors of seedy blackberry pair with a hint of biscuit in the smooth medium round body. A prickly biting carbonation lifts additional herbal notes that are semi-bitter, and the finish is semi-dry. I really do not get the vanilla, and it's more jammy than jelly doughnut-like for me.

Nov 06, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This big sour is a beautiful plum color with a rose colored head. Gargantuan blackberry aromas dominate the nose and the taste, and there’s some vanilla flavor.

I just wish there was more of that vanilla, and I wish the mouthfeel was a bit fuller. Still, this is a mighty fine sour from a brewery new to me.

Nov 01, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a very deep blackberry, call it plum. No crown.

The nose brings berry jammy notes mixing with tartness and sweetness in the back.

It brings in a jamminess from the berries and ends almost like a dry biscuit. Balanced tartness.

Overall, it’s good but I was hoping/thinking it would be more sweet with double the vanilla added. I do like the jammy blackberries and dry biscuit.

Oct 26, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Plum red and rather frothy. Lively lacing.

S: This is sour for sure. It smells like Berlinner Weiss.

T: Complicated. You've got this fruity, tarty blackberry on the back palate that's the most noticable to the taste-deaf. It tastes okay. I like "The Gadget" from Urban Artifact more. Don't get me wrong--Urban Artifact features very expensive blackbarries... very inexpensively... Take advantage of that.

F: Good brew. Tart. An experience.

O: Acceptable. Generous even. Nice break from IPA.

Oct 25, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a hazy and murky dark purplish color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like tart and just a touch vinegary blackberry, vanilla cream, red wine, and a touch of powdered sugar.

I wish the blackberry was a little less vinegary, but it's otherwise expressed fairly well. There's a nice vanilla and sugary sweetness to balance the tartness. I really have no concept of what the base beer actually tastes like, as the added flavors are quite strong.

This is medium bodied, with a slick and fruity mouthfeel, with a lingering acidity. It's a slow sipper, a bit.

I've had some better things from this brewery. This is still nice, though.

Mar 02, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, no dating I found but "SLAPSTICK" is stamped on the bottom of the can. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark reddish/purple color with about an inch pink head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like blackberries, vanilla, sugar and bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of tartness noticeable too. Urban Artifact wanted to make a jelly donut flavored brew? Well, I think they succeeded with this. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, I really hope this wasn't a one time brew because I'd love to buy this again! $11.99 a 4-pack.

Mar 02, 2018
Operation Plowshare from Urban Artifact
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 36 ratings