Saturday, September 8, 2018

Upland Brewing Champagne Velvet

Fill date: ?

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 27 Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager

AROMA: Noticeable corn adjunct character reminiscent of American macro lager. Rather low presence of grainy-sweet pilsner malt base. Faint earthy/spicy hop presence. Slight yeast character. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Banana skin yellow hue (1-2 SRM). Slightly hazy body eventual clarifies. Headstand is large and white and retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Pilsner-like malt base with grainy-sweet impression, although attenuation seems quite high. Corn adjuncts are less pronounced than aroma would have it seem. Adjunct flavor is a little less than that of a modern American macro lager; enough to notice and nothing off-putting. Hops are much more present in the palette than the nose with a noticeable spicy/dry bitterness and an earthy/spicy flavor (akin to rye bread). There's a faint background presence of lemonpeel, but the beer is not citrusy per se (likely due to yeast character). Finishes with a slight starchy/hoppy aftertaste. Fermentation appears to be clean and complete. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-high carbonation. Texture is smooth. Refreshing and tempting to be sessionable at 5.5% ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A nice craft alternative to a macro lager. Seems to be a faithful recreation of a pre-prohibition lager. 9/10


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