jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle in sixer from Jewel. I was worried about this one because it was 6 months old. No problem. Pours a dark amber with a decent head. Smells of caramel and yeast. Flavors include caramel, yeast, a bit of wheat and leaves your mouth coated with a caramelly aftertaste. Very nice. DocLock (10700) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Thanks to atpayne for this. Pours copper/ruby with a big, creamy, white head. Aroma of big malt, hops, fruit, black pepper, floral, and slight tobacco. Tastes malty, fruity, with some finishing caramel and hops. Great complexity, and well balanced. A great maibock. dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2011
My favorite Upland beer. Smooth maltiness. Good color. Nice spiciness from the hops. An excellent example of the style, albeit with a slightly higher amount of hops. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
On tap at the Brewpub. Pours a clear amber-orange with a decent khaki head that leaves some thick, foamy lace behind. Nose involves sweet malt, dusty yeast, and light noble hop spice and earth. Pretty sweet flavor, but also fairly bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily, fairly active, with a long dusty finish. Very enjoyable, just about right as the style goes, and balanced between refreshing and substance. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Dark amber with little head, medium body. Plum, piney, hops (saaz?), and a bit of alcohol detected in the aroma. Sweet and fruity taste (caramel apple) with spicy undertone. Dry Finish. If near Bloomington, highly recommend stopping in and getting one or three on tap.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Now available bottled. Pours very nice clear amber brown with orange hints and a creamy tan head. It has a great sweet and nutty malted aroma. The flavor is full of nutty roasted malts and sweet carmel malt. The maltiness contributes to the fairly full feeling of this one and it finishes fairly sweet and only mildly sour. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2006
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. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Bottle pours a murky dark caramel, small off-white pancake batter like head, semi-strong carbonation, with fairly attractive lacing. Toasted malts, nuts, oats, light caramel, and cereal on the nose. Forwardly malty, but not as strong as the aroma. Also nutty, with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied, finishes somewhat nutty/malty and slightly sweet. Light, but quite drinkable. Thanks goes out to atpayne for the trade! Tmoney99 (14492) - 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. ganache (5905) - 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]
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.