jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2013 RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 60 of 71, brewed in Feb 2007, bottled 2008.
Pours a coppery red with a slight haze. A one finger head falls quickly to a thin ring and a few swirling bubbles. Decent lacing despite the lack of head.
Smell; granny smith apple skins, acidic dark fruits and a little vinegar. A little oakiness, with a very faint vanilla are floating around in the background.
Taste; very tart with green apples, sour cherries and a little apple cider vinegar. There’s a just a little touch of sweetness through the middle, with a nice dry oak flavor in the finish, and add nice layering effect in the flavor. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is just short of medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation that seems to accentuate the acidic qualities. Drinkability is good, but then again, I really like sour beers.
Bottle. Huge thanks to foppa78 for sharing! Pours a amber red color with white head. Sour, red apple, wood, slight vinegar aromas. Puckering, red apple flavor, but it goes down so easy. So good. cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle @ JetsonFest in KC thanks to foppa78. Very generous, Mat! Bottle 69/71. Pours a hazy, dark reddish, slightly violet appearance with a thin white head. Dark red fruity, cherry, light berry, big woody, vanilla, light acetic aroma. Quite puckering, big sour cherry, light vinegar, mild cinnamon/spicy, slightly malty, fairly tart, refreshing flavor with a puckering finish but quite smooth. Surprisingly, really a very delicious beer. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
750ml bottle. Brewed February 2007. Bottled January 2008. Consumed March 2012. Bottle #32 of 71. The pour yields a mostly clear, dark, golden apple juice colored body with a thin, wispy head of white foam. A thin, jagged ring of lacing circles the glass. The nose is exceptionally sharp and acidic, loaded with bright, juicy, sour apricot, with secondary notes of lemon and apple. Oak is prominent and buggy, crawling with earthy brett. Flavors follow suit, intensely dry, sour, and acidic, sporting waves of dried, concentrated apricot, lemon, and apple. Malts are clean, well attenuated, and unobtrusive, latin just enough of a baseline to prop up the acidic fruit and sharp bugs. The palate is pretty much perfect – dry, lively, crisp, light, and refreshing. This has held up incredibly well. It doesn’t come off as a Flemish Red to me though. It’s much more lambic-like in terms of aromatic and flavor profile. Damn fine beer. Right up there in the top tier of American sours – and they did it before the country went sour-mad. Bravo! Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2011
The Sour pours very cloudy amber with a decent tan head on top. The aroma is tart and cherry-like in a warming and welcoming way. The body settles with such a dry puckering it comes off like it is straight from infected Belgian air. The cherry flavor helps balance that end off very well. It got better as the sips continued on. BuckeyeBoy (8459) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle 42 of 71 a huge thanks to ditmier for this. First let me say this is the 2nd or 3rd beer I have had from Upstream and I have been very impressed. Keep up the good work in Nebraska. Pours out a cloudy light mahogany topped with a small head. Aroma was very nice tart, apple, vinegar, cherries, and some light wood. Taste was much as the aroma with the cherries leading the way. A nice balance of sour and tart.