Urban Artifact

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #112
Ranked #16,069
4.03 | pDev: 6.2%
Urban Artifact
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Notes: Midwest Fruit Tart with 3000lbs of sweet dark cherries, 250lbs of lemon juice, and 30g of vanilla beans per 30 BBL batch.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 20 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DrBeergood
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Ruby red with pink frothy head.

S: Tart black cherry.

T: Normally not a black cherry fan, but its balanced, not offensive.

F: Semi dry. The lemon goes well with black cherry.

O: It has a nice red wine classiness to it. The 8.2% abv slips under the radar.

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Photo of adab123
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A unique beer with a powerful tanginess. The cherry dominates the color and part of the taste pallet, but the lemon becomes almost overwhelming near the finish. Would've been better with less lemon, but again, this is a great and unique beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little tart. A little robust. A lot fruity! With downright reckless amounts of dark cherries, lemon and vanilla, Urban Artifact heads into the brewhouse thinking as much about jellies as they are beer.

A dark blend of burgundy and purple lines the glass as the creamy pour generates a frothy lavender-stained cap. As a full and fruity nose heads in the direction of stone and pitted fruits, a twinge of tartness from lemons add a brightness to the scent. Pastry, cobbler and jam all come to mind as the fruit-laced malts slather the tongue with sweetness.

As the fruit flavors unfold on the middle palate, any resemblance to beer takes a back seat as the cherries and lemon intertwine for a lemonade, pie filling melange. Hints of currant, red grape, plum and blackberry pull from the dark cherries while the lemon flavors invite elements of lime, apple and green berries for a sharper, slightly herbal late palate.

Medium bodied but seeming full for fruit beer, there's just enough tartness in the beer to make the tastebuds want a full-on sour ale. But the beer simply stops at tart, preferring instead to fuel a finish of juicy, plump and full fruit impressions instead. Woodbreaker is simply a beer answer to sangria.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant ruby purple-pink with a fuzzy collar, this is more tart than Gadget, and also has a buttery sort of pie crust malt, with tart dark cherry juice and an almost grape-like character via a firm fizz that finishes semi-dry bringing out a note of orange-lemon spritz.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black cherry lemonade Midwest fruit tart brewed with 3000lb of black cherries, 125lb lemon juice, and 30g of vanilla beans per 30 BBL batch. Poured from a can into an Urban Artifact Thoroughbred glass. The pour is a beautiful deep ruby red and fairly hazy with a finger of pink foam that quickly dissipates due to the acidity. The nose is very wine-like. Sharp acidity, dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. It's like a merlot aged in American oak.

Medium body, firm feel, and a pleasant tart, fruity flavor. Red wine vinegar, cherries, cranberries, and a hint of vanilla. Given the fruit used, it lacks that amazing super-citrusy character that some other UA beers have (like Fireiron), but this is still one refreshing beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, canned on 01/15/19. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark purple/reddish color with about an inch pinkish head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma a lot, it smells like black cherries, lemon, and vanilla. Taste pretty much follows the aroma. The can says it's a Black Cherry Lemonade Midwest Fruit Tart, and that's the best way to describe this beer for both the taste and aroma. I think it's more tart than sweet, but both tart and sweet flavors are there for sure. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. It's also easy and enjoyable to drink and the alcohol is well hidden too. Now I wish I would have put another one of these in the fridge. If you're into tart and/or fruity beers I definitely recommend this one! $11.99 a 4-pack.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 20 ratings