tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle. Deeper gold pour, off-white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel, resin, booze. Taste is moderately bitter, pine, citrus, big caramel malt sweetness, booze. Palate is soft, oily, bitter/sweet finish. Good when fresh. brystmar (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Fresh bottle from the brewpub. Big blast of piney hops in the nose, not as rounded and smooth as is found in good DIPAs though. Unbridled hops attack your tongue as you sip with no malt backbone to balance things out. No citrus to speak of. Upland should stick to sours. 574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with about a finger of creamy off-white head. Nose involves mango and pineapple, sweet grain, wildflowers, honey, some hearty dough, and perfume notes. Taste is super sweet with a fair bitterness and a touch of tartness. Medium bodied, syrupy, fairly clean with a nice bitter finish. A good beer, but for me too sweet with not enough oomph from the aromatics. Fairly inexpensive at $5.50 for a bomber though, so that’s a plus. Like the Dragonfly, very malt forward and sweet as IPAs go. ccex (1391) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22 oz bottle pours a clear red/orange color with small off white head but good lacing. Smells of alcohol, caramel, bread and citrus hops. Aroma is pretty much the same, but not hoppy enough for my tastes in an IIPA. Tastes sweet with only slight bitterness in the finish. Body is medium without very much carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky. A well above average beer, but below average for an IIPA, with all the good competition out there. I don’t regret trying it but probably won’t come back. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear orange - gold color. Thin off-white / khaki head. Dots of lace. Very light carbonation. Dry texture. Medium body. Light warmth. Very interesting hop aroma. Resiny, some grapefruit, sweet bread, some other hop aroma I can’t pinpoint. Bitter taste, with a little alcohol heat but no burn. The aftertaste... Is long, citrusy. Kind of musty with the malts. Interesting DIPA
matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Well, this beer is structurally compromised, but still enjoyable. Grapefruit, green apple, pineapple all come through, but damn it is mostly alcohol. Not hidden at all! Harsh, but smoother than grain alcohol. VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours amber with a thick white head. Smells citrus hops. Tastes caramel...hops. Overall good. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottled March, 2011. Served in a Founders snifter.
A: Pours a semi hazy amber color. A fluffy white head forms on the pour and sticks around for a bit. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.
S: Some sweet caramel, candied sugar, some resin and some pine. Smells slightly boozy. The hops have certainly faded.
T: More affirmation of the hops fading. Big malt backbone, slight resin. Some bread and booze. The hops are practically none existent.
M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation, but there are no real discerning flavors left on the palate.
O: At this point it’s a slightly malty and bread beer with some slight herbal and pine hops at the backend. This bottle wasn’t fresh in terms of DIPA’s, but it seemed to fall off pretty quickly.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-30-2011 Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
This beer appears a dark orange hue. There is a half inch of head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty weak. The smell is of a strong IPA with a substantial amount of malt. My suspicions are confirmed: this is an IPA that is relatively balanced in terms of hops to malt. I would prefer less malt and more hops, of course. I’m missing the floral, citrus, pine, etc. - the things that define an IPA to me. The taste is not astringent or unappealing, per se, but again, this beer lacks the defining characteristics associated with the style.
beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a thin long lasting white head. Scent is caramel, peach and floral. Taste is sweet, toffee, honey and citrus.