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August, 2017
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
5 / 6
39 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Upland Pawpaw is a delicious well crafted American Sour that has the potential to improve with age, though is fantastic as is. The sample was evaluated as a 28C Wild Specialty Beer (according to the 2015 BJCP guidelines), and was bottled on January, 2017 according to the label. 

The aroma of this brew is a cornucopia of fruit, with sweet pineapple, overripe citrus and a heavy peach character coming through in the end. Lacto character is quite evident though not overpowering and marries well with the fruit aromas. Visually, this moderately-carbonated quite turbid light golden-colored brew has a fair head that lingers a reasonable amount of time for the style.

The flavor mirrors the aroma quite well, with pineapple, raw kiwi and a melange of juicy fruit type flavors bathing the palate.  The middle and finish is moderately sour and never becomes overwhelming, complementing the fruity flavors quite well.  The finish is quite dry, with the moderate sourness cleansing the palate quite well to prepare you for the next sip. The body is medium. 

Pawpaw is among the best of Upland’s fine offerings in the Sour Beer program. The overall balance between flavor and sourness is quite exceptional. Cheers and enjoy!!