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Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Four is truly a light yet flavorful beer. The recipe uses a good portion of wheat and incorporates a sour mash into the process to make it slightly tart and extra refreshing. It has delicate aromas and flavors that span a range of floral, grassy and herbal notes. The finish is extra dry and makes the beer a great beverage to pair with food, especially various cheeses and shellfish."

Malts and Grains: pale, wheat, and munich, rolled wheat
Hops: hallertauer mittlefruh
Yeast: french saison

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-02-2009)
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Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 5, 6 and 7.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is lemon and orange citrus with some wheat and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Got this one on tap at the brewery. I walked there from my house. I love living in Portland!

There wasn't a lot of head on it -- foamy and low and it dissipated pretty quickly. The appearance is great: very pale, cloudy (opaque) yellow/straw colored.

The smell is bright, fresh, lemony, spicy… flavors of lemony, spices like coriander, and straw to match the appearance. It's a little bit soapy.

The flavor matches, with a little funkiness from the hops. There's some sweetness in the body but it finishes fairly dry.

I'm a pretty big fan. I wish this was more available in standard 12oz bottles. This is a great spring/summer beer.

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Very light straw yellow in color, with a slight haze, that leaves regular, nearly perfect lines of stick down the glass. Very pretty.

Mild aroma, with some grain and apple notes, along with earth and grass.

A very simple flavor of grass, grain, mild lemon and apple, and just a hint of funk. Very low bitterness and incredibly drinkable.

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This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splotches of scattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, somewhat bready wheat malt, a bit of heady sugar syrup sweetness, applesauce and lemon pudding fruitiness, dry, prickly yeast, a hint of white pepper, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, crackery wheat malt, withered candi sugar, a touch of coriander/black pepper spiciness, aged lemon rind, an ethereally funky yeast character, and some nicely laid-back herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather understated, manifesting in a small, teasing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, kind of crisp, and with an uptick in the tiny, tiny bubbles.

A pretty pleasant farmhouse ale, in the old-world paradigm - nothing really stands out, and that's the point - grain, yeast, spice, and hop all working to do nothing other than quench your thirst, and perhaps warm you up a tad. Success on all accounts here, I'd say.

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Loads of bubbles in a champagne manner with a thick head.

Bright gold color in a hazy lemon-honey hue.

Smells of tart lemon, mild spice, and bright.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Mild citrus notes and yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry and pleasing. Slightly bitter at the end.

I could drink this all day long. This will join my upcoming spring saison lineup. What a fantastic bottle to setup on the patio and share with friends. Coming in at 135 calories per bottle and a 4.5% ABV----drink up. Great respite from a RIS winter.

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A million thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this in a recent trade. Lotsa hype on Upright in the Portland community and beyond. Seems like a great way to get his holiday weekend underway...

With a relatively hard pour I got a three-finger head that looks fantastic. Super-firm, as if made of styrofoam (I hope not!) or meringue, a little rocky on top; a bit sea-foam-looking. Amazing cling from abundant lace. Color is a slightly hazed lemon-yellow absolutely overpopulated with bubbles.

Nose is the real deal...fruity, lots of tart lime-like goodness and some band-aid weirdness in the background (that's a good thing!). Simple, but incredibly alluring. There may be other Belgian-style American beers out there with a smell that matches this one's authenticity, but that beat it? I doubt it...

Characteristics of lemon, lime, straw, saddle-blanket, nut husk, dandelion, white wine, green peppercorn and green apple mingle nicely on the tongue. With all that going on (and more, as other impressions built up as the bottle emptied) it remains a relatively straightforward experience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Insanely refreshing, and with such a low ABV and an unobtrusive, non-heavy, easy-to-love flavor and aroma, it's a no-brainer that this can be considered extremely drinkable. Very well-balanced, and not too champagne-y in feel and flavor either (as some saisons can be). A wonderful example of the style, by a brewer half a world away from Belgium, no less.

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A wheat-forward table beer brewed with French saison yeast? Sounds good, let's see:

Uniformly hazy (though nearly clear) chrome yellow/amber liquid which glows like a golden-yellow lantern. A snow-white head recedes to a lasting colar and membrane. Decent sandy lacing, glassy legs (surprising to see considering the low ABV).

Light aromatics are a pleasing mixture of pale malt and German lager notes (from the hops). Yeast is very subdued.

Bright lactic tartness on the palate, crisp sourness from the wheat, and a crackery malt note lead into the finish where the noble hops persist adding a hard-to-describe dash of flowery spice. Dry yet fruity finish (reminds me of some white wines). Again, the yeast seems to bond everything together, but isn't really perceptible on its own.

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Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and crisp and aggressive going down. Finishes slightly dry with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.