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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Oak & Rosé by Upland Brewing Co.

June, 2018
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Oak & Rosé by Upland Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. An extremely vinous aroma rises from the glass with ripened dark grapes and notes of red cherries. There is a prominent presence of oak that adds depth and even greater reminiscence of wine. The beer pours an attractive light red with hues of purple and a resilient tightly packed light pink head. The flavor is grape forward but very delicate overall. Freshly picked strawberries meld with ripe raspberries and oak in a nuanced manner. There is a light acidity that is very complementary to both the dry finish and to the overall flavor. In a way, this drinks more like a carbonated rosé than a beer. It is very mild overall but has a great deal of fruit expression and complexity if you’re concentrating on what is in your glass. This is a great gateway beer for the wine lover that is intrigued by the world of beer but doesn’t know where to begin their journey. It will also be enjoyed by beer connoisseurs that appreciate an understated wild ale with delicate berry flavors.