Raspberry

Indiana
United States
Raspberry by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our Raspberry fruited ale has a fresh berry aroma with a touch of floral and wine-like notes, followed by a rich raspberry flavor. Reddish in hue with a pink foam appear upon pouring, with zesty amounts of carbonation. Finish is dry, with mouth-watering tanginess and raspberry flavor.

Profile

ABV: 
6%
IBUs: 
10
Hops: 
Aged German Spalt
Malts: 
Pale, Pilsner, Raw White Wheat, Bonlander Munich
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is another category 28C, Specialty Wild Beer. The reason this category is chosen is because of the use of souring bugs, barrel aged, and fruit added. It's a good candidate for that category.

The beer pours a deep candy red color with a light haze. We aggressively poured the beer but no head to be found other than a light fizzy cloud which quickly disappeared like what you see on a soft drink. I feel the aroma is exactly as it states, it’s a sour raspberry ale. Looking at the color should tell you it’s loaded with raspberries, and the aroma confirms it. There is a very strong aroma of fresh sweet raspberry that dominates the aroma. If you search for it, you will find a grainy malt aroma but you really have to hunt for it. I also picked up a low level of oak as the beer warmed. Flavor wise, the beer is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Maybe it’s because of the high carbonation, but the beer has a nice medium dry finish. However the raspberry flavor dominates here as well. Picking out the malt is difficult but you do get some bready and lightly toasty impression if you really focus on finding malt. As the beer warms up you may notice a little bit of an oaky flavor as well, just like the aroma. But finding hops or any other flavors of depth are very difficult as I get mostly raspberries and a bit of lactic tartness. The beer is medium bodied and due to the high carbonation, it comes across a bit “poppy”.

Again, it’s a solid sour from Upland, but I found it very one dimensional with excessive raspberry character. I would like to taste a bit more of the base beer in this sample, but when all is said and done the beer is exactly what the name suggests. It’s raspberry.

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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