Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company
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2.95/5 rDev -24.9%
Poured into a tulip.
3.5 A: Nearly clear golden wheat color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is good and a little bit of irregular lacing is left.
3.5 S: Lemony and wheaty with grassiness all around. Dry hay, musty rotting wood, and a light floral/vegetal combo. Faint corriander. Finally, something between plastic and sorachi ace hops, but thankfully this isn't very strong. I read some reviews before buying this and the beer I'm smelling doesn't have the spiciness that I read about. Oh well.
2.5 T: The strongest flavor might be the one I hated the most in the nose. The sorachi plastic is back and distracts from the good flavors. Lemon rind, wheat, grass, hay follow. Big herbal character in this. Lightly floral with musty dustiness, rotting wood, and apple orchard. This reminds me of Saison du Buff in a few ways, though this is much better.
3.5 M: Lighter body. Higher level, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Smooth enough.
3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of this because of the big herbalness and the plastic thing. I think I'm particularly sensitive to these flavors. In any case, this isn't bad, but far from my saison of choice.
08-08-2012 05:11:47 | More by DavoleBomb
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
Lots of citrus on this one. The lemon on the nose hits hard at first and fades fairly soon. There is a high amount on the flavor profile with a lot of acid on the profile. Also a bit of an earthy woody thing on the backside. Too much citrus on this one, for my taste. Outdoes everything else and nothing else has an opportunity to shine. A so-so saison. Just too one sided.
08-05-2012 22:46:20 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.
A: Pours a pale golden straw color with a very thick and pillowy white head.
S: Lemon, citrus, floral accents.
T: Sightly tart, floral hops, ever so slightly bitter. The flavors are subtle yet complex. Very light and refreshing.
M: High amount of carbonation, light body.
D: A very light yet flavorful saison.
08-01-2012 03:07:39 | More by willjschmidt
British Columbia (Canada)
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Crystal clear yellow with a white head, good retention & lace.
S: Lemon grass, straw, light horse blanket.
T: Lemon zest, wheat biscuit, light tartness with hints of funk, modest bitterness.
M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body with a light acidity and a crisp, dry, refreshing finish.
O: Simple but wonderful. Great summer brew.
07-22-2012 23:03:07 | More by Derek
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a nice cloudy gold with a thick head, Four has a full spicy aroma of grass, cloves, and hops. Wildly carbonated on the tongue, it drinks like a dry champagne: fruity and crisp up front, with a surprisingly full malt finish.
This is a wonderful session Saison (perhaps my favorite to date) that is well balanced and full of character. Definitely a beer worth having!
Thanks to OregonHopmonster for the trade!
07-02-2012 05:05:04 | More by rinhaak
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
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.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though airy and light. Marvelously drinkable. This beer scores major points here.
Gulpable, though not particularly interesting, even considering the ABV.
06-30-2012 04:26:35 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
One of the palest, lightest beers I can remember. Hazy very light yellow/gold with an absurd bubble bath head that settles very slowly; patchy lace sticks to the glass.
Nice nose; nothing too big; yeasty, lemony citrus, floral notes, distinct wheat. In the flavor, the yeast is manifest as a peppery spice note; grainy wheat meshes well with grassy, floral hops (Hallertauer Mittelfruh) and pale malt. Mild tartness and citrusy character; lingering bitterness, dry finish.
Medium light body with lively carbonation. In combination with the assertive pepper it dances on the tongue pretty well. Easy drinking, very dry nature brings you back for more quickly.
06-29-2012 21:18:44 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky orange-yellow with a foamy bone colored head hat settles to an island of film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
06-24-2012 08:34:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a cloudy yellow, fizzy foamy head. Dry, grassy, almost winey at first followed by malty notes that remind you it's beer not wine. Yeast in the finish as well. I like Tank 7, but this seems more quaffable because it is not so sweet. Very refreshing. Would buy again. Maybe a peach/pear note in the finish - not cloying at all.
06-11-2012 21:04:55 | More by OldMar
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
A: Cloudy pastel yellow in color. Forms a enormous pillowy white head that slowly reduces to about a quarter inch or so. Light lacing.
S: Green apples, grapes, herbaceous, and mildly vinous.
T & M: The first thing you notice about this beer is the extent of the wheat coming through. Then flavors of bubble gum, banana, apple, lemon and grassy herbs. Dry on the palate with medium-heavy carbonation. Flavor is very light
O: This beer reminded me of some sort of odd bastard child of champagne and a dry Normandy cider more so than a Saison. In the end, I think it's a decent beer, but I find Upright's other Saison's to be more enjoyable.
06-03-2012 00:19:11 | More by Florida9
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Light yellowish...at least one noticeable particulate floating! Small lingering head. Rich aroma of plum, apricot, other fruit...lemon zest. Minimal sweetness, malts, or alcohol. Overall really tasty and easy to drink...could easily do a big bottle with happiness and joy.
05-27-2012 23:16:17 | More by DenverLogan
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
This Upright Co has been so intriguing to me and thanks to Ian and Chelse I finally get to check one out! Their year round beers are all brewed with french Saison Yeast, but with a different base. Four is wheat, Five is hoppy pale, Six is rye, and Seven is dark. Stoked to try the rest when I get a chance.
Four was good, but not great, acidic saison. Low alcohol is great ‘cuz you can drink more : ) Very clean wheat base with almost no fruitiness besides a hint of green apple peel. It has fairly assertive bittering hops, lemon scent, and a tart taste mixed in with the saltine cracker base. Low on funk, but that is ok. Only complaint is that the bitterness comes across like aspirin in the background a bit, which I don’t like.
05-02-2012 22:04:11 | More by JimmyTango
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
poured into tulip glass.
Appearance: Pale straw yellow bodied beer with a solid 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Thin cap with some small bubbles on top of the beer.
Smell: Mildly spicy wheat and hay notes. Bright citrus notes of oranges and lemons. Grassy and earthy; floral and mildy funky.
Taste: Starts off as a wheat beer with mild lemon tartness. Then the beer unfolds into spice and peppery notes with more hay. Oranges are quite noticable as well. Finishes with a tart dry mild funkiness really solid beer right here!
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with mild to moderate carbonation. Rediculous drinkability and a really refreshing beer. Nice semi-dry finish that is not overly dry.
Overall: I have always been a big beer drinker, but now I am beginning to appreciate sours and saisons much more these days. This is a solid beer and really enjoyed this beer far more than I expected that I would. This beer really gives you a perspective of what beer was like back in the older days and makes you think of all things great about summer!
04-30-2012 01:07:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours a very pale and hazy straw color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.
Smells terrific. Rustic and slightly funky. Earthy and grassy with a slight lemon twist.
I have to think this is what saisons tasted like a hundred or more years ago. Just what I would like to drink while working in Flanders farm fields. Dry and refreshing. Low ABV. Mildly tart with earthy and lemon notes. A hint of barnyard funk.
Light body with semi-mild carbonation. I would like the bubbles to pick up the body a little more but I am not complaining.
Wow. I have largely been disappointed by American attempts at the style. Upright hit it squarely and brought something even the Belgian brewers do not supply us with.
04-15-2012 19:11:50 | More by morimech
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
750 mL bottle poured into a Russian River -tion glass. No bottle date.
Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow-orange body with a huge white head. No lacing on the glass, but the retention is good.
Smell - Citrusy lemon-orange yeasty character. Strong bready malt. Nice and light smelling.
Taste - More yeasty in the taste than the aroma. Slightly tangy flavor that builds into the finish. It somewhat masks the other flavors. Bready malt character that faintly comes through and a earthy hop finish that's a nice counter point to the tang.
Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated. Easy drinking. The tartness perhaps detracts from the drinkability, but it's still nice.
Overall - I like sours, but I don't know that I like the sour character of this beer. It's a very nice saison otherwise. The sour flavors just mask what I think would be a very nice beer.
04-14-2012 23:34:15 | More by Alieniloquium
Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.