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Judge's Review: 82 Rating - Oak & Red by Upland Brewing Co.

June, 2018
Judges Rating: 
19 / 24
4 / 6
33 / 40
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.