Cursed Kettles

Indiana
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma, Cursed Kettles pours a deep reddish brown with ruby highlights. The initial aroma is dark cherries with biscuit and raisin notes from a spectrum of toasted malts. Cherry, raisin, fig, and date character dominates the flavor on top of a refreshing tartness and mild funk of Brettanomyces. The finish is dry and tart with lingering dark fruit.

Profile

ABV: 
6.3%`
IBUs: 
6
Hops: 
Hallertau
Malts: 
Pilsner, Munich, Caramunich, Wheat, Aromatic, Oats, Special B
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Cursed Kettles by Upland Brewing Company (and Prairie Artisan Ales as a collaborating brewery) is a barrel-aged fruited sour ale which is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (2015 BJCP Category 28C) from the BJCP guidelines. Dark cherry notes are complimented by toasted malt, lactic twang, and a small hint of oak. The aroma is complex to the point of making you return to it between every sip to continue exploring. The beer is light brown with an orange hue and some haze. A tightly packed light khaki head holds together well for a sour. The flavor offers great complexity as well, featuring raisin and cherry, with a hint of leather, rich melanoidin malt flavors, a well-balanced tartness, and a refreshingly dry finish. The oak character is minimal in flavor and lends a light tannic presence that accentuates the beers dryness. The body is medium and the carbonation is lively. An excellent example of a Wild Specialty Beer that puts the focus on the fruit with supporting roles from complex malt and fermentation profiles without letting the barrel character get in the way. A bit more acidity would be welcome but overall this is an exceptionally well thought out and brewed beer.        

Brewery Introduction

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. began its intriguing story in 1998 with a mission to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Our sour program began in 2006 as a way to entertain our curious... Read More

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