ineedbeer (509) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 3-10, the most recent batch that was released in early 2014.
Aroma is fairly fruity with quite a bit of strawberry character with some faint, tart raspberry notes. Light maltiness with moderate acidity. Light citric note with medium light barnyard funk.
Pours a cloudy reddish orange with a thin, very slightly pink head that recedes quickly to the edges and disappears. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor is very acidic with quite a bit of citrus and a hint of acetic acid. Acidity has a small to medium chemical character to it; the beer tastes like a bunch of food grade acid was added. Not much barnyard funk, but some is present behind the acidity; similar situation with the fruit. Not much malt character either. Fairly one dimensional acidity, but as your palate adjusts you do start to pick up a bit of the fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low acidic astringency with low alcohol warmth.
Overall, the aroma is pretty nice, but the flavor is way to acidic and somewhat overwhelming and chemically. Light oak character in both the aroma and flavor.
djd07 (2744) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy pink orange with thick frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong strawberry, oak, funk. Medium mouthfeel with strong tart strawberry, light funk, easy to drink. Very good.
Patrickctenchi (2879) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2014 release
Pours bubbly, orange-amber with a thick, slightly tinted, off-white head.
Aroma is funky, vinegary, strawberry.
Taste is underripe, tart/sour strawberry.
Huge flavor and tartness.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to b3shine at the RBWG grand tasting! Pours a hazy red orange with minimal head or lacing. Aroma is awesome, sweet strawberry and sour funk. Taste follows, amazing balance of funk and sweet fruit. Thick and chewy, damn, this is awesome.
Clownoisseur (83) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Pours...well, let’s stop here for a second. I opened the cage and cork, took a whiff of the beer and noticed that it was starting gush. I mean, near volcano! I grabbed a glass to catch the run-off and got this murky, strawberry yogurt yeast bomb in that glass. Never had this experience, personally, but I suspect it won’t be the last time. After the bottle had time to settle. I got a nice pour of strawberry colored beer, an almost cascading head that settled into spotty lacing, leaving strawberry seed on the side of the glass. Aroma was wild. Stinky cheese. Barnyard funk. Sour strawberry. Very pungent. Taste followed the nose. A thicker mouthfeel with under-ripe strawberry, yogurt, cheese and some nice oak barrel notes int he back end. Had a bit of sweetness to it as well. In fact, the sugar in it began to make itself known as I took more sips of this beer. Very rich. And, outside of the crazy gushing, it was my favorite of the Uplands I have had so far.
timfoolery (1122) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at SARA. Aroma of flavor is mucho strawberry vinegar. Pretty good sour pucker, but nothing next to Kiwi. Good sour.
DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Moderately hazy orange-golden color, pretty gradient. Little off-white head, loose bits of lace. Awesome big strawberry shortcake type aroma. Moderate sour taste, lightly spicy. Lactose lightly cheesy creaminess, nice strawberry. Medium to bigger body, lightly slick, light lightly soft carbonation. Lightly spicy, tingly sour notes. Delicious, awesome sour.
nuplastikk (4086) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml shared by B3Shine. Thanks! Was awesome to enjoy a full pour of a beer like this. Dry strawberry flavor and aroma, pronounced. Has that unripe white fruit sourness that is a little biting..but is wholly desirable too. Highly unique American Sour, not really like its Belgian counterparts. Solid. Enjoyable. Slow sipper. Really good.
mcberko (5196) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours an opaque cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of strawberries, acidity, and moderate funk. Flavour brings out shitloads of strawberry, like a puree or jam, with moderate acidity, and low funk. Huuuge strawberry jammy notes, without much funk, but without a decent amount of acidity. Good stuff, but I think I’d prefer less fruit and more funk.
DrewFace (408) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very murky light orange red color. Tart strawberry aroma. Big tart strawberry flavor, not overpowering but very tasty. Thanks Cahill!