Free Time

Indiana
United States
Free Time by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Bright copper in appearance with a perfectly balanced malt and hop profile, Free Time is an easy drinking lager with a crisp and dry—yet slightly toasty, caramel, and sweet—finish. It was brewed with high quality malts from Sugar Creek Malt Co. in Lebanon, Indiana, to be refreshing and sessionable—best enjoyed in times that call for a shift beer or any time that comes well deserved.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
25
Served at: 
45 - 50°
Hops: 
Nugget, Mt. Hood, Vanguard
Malts: 
Vienna, Munich 20, Caramel, Munich 60
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer is a Vienna Lager, or category 7B in the 2015 BJCP style guidelines. 

It’s a great looking Vienna lager, with a light copper color with very good clarity. We had just a hint on haze in our sample, but still very clear. The head was off-white and very persistent. Visually it’s very appealing, and the nose and flavor do not disappoint either. In the aroma I got some low chewy toasty malt aroma. There was a low spicy hop aroma, which is right where you would expect it. The flavor was very similar to the aroma, with some toasty melanoidin character and a hint of sweetness from the malt, a moderate bitterness, and low spicy hop flavor. It is smooth in texture and crisp. Both the flavor and aroma are very clean.

I found this beer to be medium-light in body and as I mentioned, it has a nice smooth texture. It’s an excellent example of a Vienna Lager and I enjoyed this sample both on a stylistic level and personal enjoyment. I would seek this out again in a heartbeat. In today’s age of beers with funky ingredients and big bold flavors, it’s a breath of fresh air to get a solid classic example. It showcases just how good a beer can be without all the frills.

 

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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