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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Found by Upland Brewing Co.

July, 2019
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
24 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Found by Upland Brewing Co. is a very straightforward, uncomplicated American Wild Ale (Cat 28B – Mixed Fermentation Wild Ale as per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines) that is a bit “wilder” than most, using a culture isolated from the Smoky Mountain wilds for fermentation. It appears that this culture is a mixed yeast and Lacto culture. What this offering lacks in the flavor complexity typically associated with the style, it makes up for in a refreshing quaffable character. 

A tart and earthy aroma is quite evident as the beer is poured, with some cereal notes, floral esters, citrus and lemon notes also present behind this. The beer is cloudy with a light golden color and an initial large white bubble head that dissipates quickly, as is normal for the style. 

The clean tartness noted in the aroma comes through very well in the flavor, with light citrus and cereal flavors in the background complementing the flavor from start to finish. Again, not particularly complex, but very well balanced and quite refreshing. There is a light malt and additional cereal character that builds towards the finish, but the body remains on the thin side and maintains its quaffability. The aftertaste is dry and prepared the palate well for the next sip

This is simply a great Summer thirst quencher that I would highly recommend to search out if available in your area. Cheers and enjoy! 

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