Centerpiece
Urban Artifact

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #899
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #12,674
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 6.37%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
23
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Urban Artifact
 
Ohio, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  1
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Centerpiece is a Midwest Fruit Tart, brewed with 1,500 lbs of pineapple and 1,500 lbs of strawberries for every 30 bbl batch.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, media sample from the brewery.

While I'm not a huge fan of sours with a cloudy appearance this is at least not thick or has an overly sweet finish like some juicy sours do. Job well done cramming all of that pineapple and strawberry flavor into this brew. From what I've been told strawberries can be a real pain in the ass to brew with as far as getting the results you want from it. Love the nose on this beer and it transitions to the palate well. Almost like a well put together daiquiri, each sip is making me love this beer more and more.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 9.13 (Including shipping and PA tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.761/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 10/16/19.
“CANNED ON 08/01/19” stamped on bottom of can. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Light yellow/pink, hazy.
Body – Yellow-pink, murky, opaque – looks very dirty.
Head – Average - (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white with a pinkish cast, dense, average retention, diminishing to a five mm crown and a dense complete cap.
Lacing - None
Aroma – 3 – Oddly enough, no pineapple. A very weak remembrance of juicy strawberry can be coaxed out if you inhale powerfully through your nose.
Flavor – 3 – Tart but not aggressively so. Again, no pineapple. Some very weak strawberry No alcohol (7.9% ABV) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. Looks a little uglier than the average fruit & field beer, in fact it looks just plain dirty. Aroma is weak to the point of virtual non-existence – I shouldn’t have to hyperventilate just to smell a beer. Nicely tart if a tad weak, strawberry predominates. Feels nice in the mouth but not extraordinary. These cans were part of a shipment that was delayed for a month and otherwise abused by UPS so maybe these cans couldn’t take the heat, although the other bottles and cans seemed to have survived with little change.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, canned on 08/08/19. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a murky gold/orange/amber color with about an inch white head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells mostly like strawberries and pineapple, along with some citrus peel, lime and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the strawberry and pineapple flavors being the strongest. There's also some bready/wheat malt, white grape, earthy and peach flavors noticeable. It's tart and fruity, and enjoyable to drink. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think Urban Artifact does a great job with their beers and especially their Midwest Fruit Tarts. Centerpiece is another good brew from them, glad I bought a 4-pack ($11.99) of this!

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Photo of Holderness
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pineapple almost entirely overwhelms the strawberries but all of these 'Midwest Fruit Tarts' from Urban Artifact have been pretty good -- like an unsweetened fruit spritzer more than a beer

80/100

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/1/2019. Pours opaquely hazy/murky reddish orange/green/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy strawberries, pineapples, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange juice, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light biscuit/peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of strawberry, pineapple, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy strawberries, pineapples, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange juice, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light biscuit/peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy strawberries, pineapples, fruit skin/seed, lemon, lime, orange juice, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light biscuit/peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of strawberry, pineapple, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.9%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of strawberry, pineapple, fruity/acidic yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Fantastic balance of super juicy/jammy fruit, Lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Mild residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. I love the whole "Midwest Fruit Tart" series.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple Strawberry Midwest Fruit Tart. Poured from a can into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. The pour is murky and dirty orange in color with an impressive crown of foam for a sour beer. On the nose I definitely get strawberries and pineapple as well as the sharp sour notes of the beer that come through like lemon rind. Basically though, it's fruity as hell (like all of UA's Midwest Fruit Tarts).​

Medium body with a pleasantly sour flavor and lots and lots of fruit. Up front this beer is all pineapple - gobs of it. They sweeten the beer and provide balance to the acidity (enough so that the brewer felt it unnecessary to use vanilla like they do in lots of their MWFTs). The strawberries are there too - just enough to add flavor and contribute their natural tartness to the beer. They arrive around mid-palate. The finish carries lingering flavors of pineapple and strawberry and a tartness that pinches your cheeks for several moments after swallowing.​

Overall, another thoroughly enjoyable citrusy, fruity delight of a beer from Urban Artifact. Words just fall short in expressing how grateful I am to have this brewer so close by. I am truly blessed to be able to buy their beers so easily and do not hesitate to share them with friends when I travel to other places. They always receive rave reviews. I sent some of this to a couple of friends - I can't wait to hear what they think of it.​

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Centerpiece from Urban Artifact
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 23 ratings