Entwined

Indiana
United States
Entwined, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

This collaboration fruited sour ale was made with our friends from Mikkeller Brewing in San Diego. It represents a blending of our two programs featuring grapes from California chosen by Mikkeller and local grapes from Indiana. This sour ale is a blend of a 22-month Sour Brown and a 10-month Sour Quad aged in bourbon barrels. Next, it is aged on West Coast Malbec grapes and Midwest Chambourcin grapes. The resulting fruited sour ale is reddish brown in color and malt forward. Notes of grape, fig, citrus, and dried fruit embrace the senses with a dry and tart finish.

Profile

ABV: 
7.3%
IBUs: 
10
Served at: 
39 - 45º F
Hops: 
Green Bullet, Golding
Malts: 
Pilsner, Buckwheat, Vienna, Carared, Carafa II, Pale, Unmalted Wheat, Munich, Special B, Rye, Caramunich II, Melanoidin
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Entwined by Upland Brewing Co. is a Barrel-aged fruited sour Brown Ale, with the fruit being grapes. As such, this is an extremely complex offering, with a cornucopia of flavors that actually come together very well. This is being evaluated as a Cat 28C Wild Specialty beer in the American Wild category, as a soured Fruit beer with Brown Ale as the base. 

A tart aroma is the first thing you note upon the pour, with a touch of caramel in the background. There is significant fruity cherry ester character along with grape aromas coming from the fruit. Very little wood character is noted, however. The beer has good clarity with a deep brown color with ruby highlights.  It has a small tan bubble head with fair retention for the style.  

A quite tart/metallic/quinine-like character greets you up front, with a solid background of a slightly-sweet brown malt flavor that lingers and adds complexity through the middle, finish and aftertaste. The sour character comes off as that of a malt vinegar. There is a considerable amount of fruity character evident, with beery and fruit esters combining with grape, raisin and oxidized wine notes. The wood character is very subdued. The overall tartness is moderate, but in good balance with the flavor intensity of the brew. There is a moderate level of carbonation and a dry finish.  The aftertaste while being dry does retain a considerable level of malt and tart character.

This is a very rich and complex brew that is quite enjoyable and approachable. My only quibble would be that the wood character is extremely subtle for a barrel aged beer in this category. However, that should not dissuade you from searching out and trying this brew for yourself. Cheers and enjoy! 

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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