ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Pale amber color with lots of carbonation. Very sweet, malty beer, not much hop profile, covers the alcohol well. Just way too sweet, not too good. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottled April 2007: Pours a deep gold with a creamy head that leaves a slight ring. Notes of sugar cookie, sweet bread, toffee, apple and ripe banana, as well as a subtle mold-like character, make up the interesting nose. The body is creamy and suitable for the sweet style. Caramel malt dominates the body, with lighter notes of peppery alcohol sprinkled in. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2007
bottle - Pours light amber with a one finger head and a malty aroma. The flavor is full of sweet caramel malts. There’s a mild hops presence that comes through a little more in the finish. While an enjoyable session brew, I found this beer to be a pretty one dimensional example of sweet caramel goodness. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2007
12oz bottle from EithCubes - thanks! This one’s a pleasant surprise from Upland, one that compares favorably to other domestic versions of this style. It’s a nice looking amber with a pretty lively nose - caramel malts dominate but with some noticeable bite (from citrus and pine). The mouthfeel is a bit too thin for me, and the taste slightly too slick. But very enjoyable overall. ganache (5893) - New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Bottle. Sweet malty aroma, biscuit and toffee with caramel and faint chocolate. Some floral/grape notes to boot. Clear amber pour with a soapy beige head. Sticky, crisp taste, lots and lots of malt. Same taste as in aroma. Light bitterness, light-medium sweetness, dry, sticky, spicy end with a slight burn. Good nuttiness with a little more plum than grape, and some pine. Medium-full, dry body. I was ready to slam this one, but, surprisingly, it’s very true to style. Good session, and a good seasonal from Upland![3.5]
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2008 batch is superbly crafted, dripping with sticky malt and perfume with a subtle spiciness. A good beer made even better; this brewer continues to improve and impress.
Pours golden brown with a sweet, banana/apple aroma. A touch of weizen in the scent. Taste is quite roasty and sweet (a lil chocolatey... honey as well) up front with a strong spicy bitterness in the finish (perhaps more than style dictates?) Good carbonation and mouthfeel, but there is a slight cider like tang that keeps it from getting full palate scores. For 7.5% abv, this is incredible- I don’t taste the alcohol anywhere. This is my favorite beer from Upland. Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle. Poured a hazy dark amber with an average frothy off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Solid tart citrus nutty malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced nutty sweet flavor with the same smooth finish of average duration. Much better than my expectations. antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a light orange/yellow with a full white head. The aroma is of sweet malts, honey. The flavor is really clean. Nice malty character with a light hoppy finish. An excellent spring beer. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
On tap at brewpub. A hazy orangy brown with a loose offwhite head. Spicey sweet malt, honey or brown sugar with cinnamon and less so that christmas sort of flavor. The palate was what I would describe as average in weight, which makes for a fine drinking beer, though with this ABV, that is a dangerous thing indeed! The taste surpasses the aroma essentially by just turning up the volume. A little more floral and yeasty/bready. And in general more of that brownbread sort of flavor. The lingering spicey hop flavor reminds me of Saaz a bit, though don’t quote me on that. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Orange-brown color with a medium white head. Aroma is really very nice but I would like it to be stronger- spicy, sweet, fruity, hoppy, caramel, maybe even some banana. Flavour is very similar to the aroma and it has a fairly dry finish, and lingering spicy hoppy flavours. Complex flavour, smooth, good overall.