Modern Tart

Indiana
United States
Modern Tart, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

The sensation of biting into a fresh apricot was the muse for the final release in this year’s Tart Series. Modern Tart’s generous amounts of apricot compliment the refreshing tartness of a kettle sour. Adding a small amount of lactose (milk sugar) into the kettle balances the acidity, in contrast, creating a subtle sweetness that captures the essence of fresh fruit. The final result boasts vibrant tropical flavors thanks to a backdrop of Citra and Mosaic hops. Pouring hues of golden yellow, Modern Tart keeps fruit in focus ensuring each can is fresh on display.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
0
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 
Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Oats
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Modern Tart by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer poured a hazy yellowish gold in color. The thick translucently white head was fluffy and big bubbled. This beer’s high effervescence can be both seeing and heard.

Moderately fruity with a light barnyard aroma character. Very ripe pineapple notes are mixed in with grainy malt. Very light citrus lime peel develops as it sits in the glass. The sour character is light and has nearly evaporated from the initial sniff.  

Lightly flavored with the same malt qualities mentioned in the aroma, grainy, fruity of very ripe pineapple and citrus lime peel finish. The finish is very dry without much hop character in the flavor or bitterness, yet nearly vegetal. The bitterness detected comes from the sour, lightly tart flavor. Balanced toward the sourness helps keep this beer light and flowing. The added apricots may be the cause for all the fruitiness perceive.

The body is light, and highly carbonated, remaining true to style. I was expecting a bigger body and mouthfeel from the added lactose. No alcoholic warmth here presuming this beer has a low ABV, and the puckery aspect is kept low while still enhancing the dryness in the finish.

The lightness in flavor and body make this beer a pleasure to drink. The moderately fruitiness gives it dimension. I believe this would be a great intro beer for the non-sour ale fans, or those looking for a gateway to sour styles. The funk is kept to a minimum while the fruity aspect adds drinkability.

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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