Oak & Red

Indiana
United States
Oak & Red, Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

We traded a few cases of beer for wine barrels from our friends and neighbors at Oliver Winery in 2006, resulting in Oak & Red. A select blend of Crimson, a Flanders Red Ale, and Basis, a Lambic Style Blonde Ale, are blended and the barrels are transferred and aged on Catawba, a red grape varietal. Oak & Red pours a luscious cooper color with red highlights. Jammy grape aromas permeate with hints of charred oak and petite sourness. Full red grape flavors are balanced by tartness and complexity from blended beer selection. Finish is mildly sweet with lingering Catawba juiciness.

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
8
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Aged German Spalt, German Tradition
Malts: 
Pale, Pilsner, Raw White Wheat, Bonlander Munich, Vienna, Flaked Maize, Abbey, Cara Ruby, Special B, Candi Sugar
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Oak & Red by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. Acidity is dominant in the aroma with a strong lactic presence and undertones of acetic acid. Fruit and oak both emerge as the beer warms but are subtle overall. The fruit presence is reminiscent of raspberry and red grape. The color is unique: a vibrant copper with hues of pink. There is a small white head that struggles to build and slowly fizzles away. The flavor has more to offer than the aroma; bold notes of oak harmonize with bright vinous flavors with a champagne like dryness and body. Acidity dominates the balance throughout even after the palate has had time to acclimate to it. A good beer that highlights sour character first and foremost. More fruit expression and less tartness would be welcome in this complex ale. 

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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