Five (#5) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-07-2009

"Five is a farmhouse pale ale that was born after enjoying a few small production European brews that use a heavy hand of hops. Ours blends several Mt. Angel grown varieties to create a deep and complex flavor with an underlying earthiness. Pale fruit aromas created during the fermentation brighten the profile and bring the beer balance."

Malts: organic pale,organic caramel
Unmalted: rolled barley
Hops: willamette, liberty, perle
Also: xanthohumol (bottles only)
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
Photo of cbarrett4
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

This is what the guys in Upright's cellar described to me as a Saison/Pale Ale concoction. It is my least favorite of the standard brews (4, 5, 6, and 7).

Pours an average golden/straw hue with mild head and lace. Smells of fresh hops and hop oils, lightly of yeast, and a very slight Saison 'funk'. Really nice flavors focused mainly on the yeast, citrus, and hops. The mouthfeel seems disjointed, like it is almost there but the texture, alcohol, acids, and tannins aren't playing well together.

Overall a very good beer by many other brewery standards, but these guys have set a pretty high bar due to the quality of all of their beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 4, 6 and 7.

The beer pours a murky orange color with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast with some orange citrus notes. The flavor starts off with heavy orange citrus then you get some Belgian funk before ending with grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy, dark straw yellow with a moderately sized near-white head. This leaves irregular lines of stick down the glass.

A mild aroma, though what's here is nice. This is somewhat fruit-forward, with some nice citrus and melon presence, a bit of lemon and grass, along with a touch of pepper and tangy yeast.

The flavor is nice, though very mild. The fruit flavors and yeast character play the dominant roles, but everything is quite faint. There's some lemon, pepper, and melon accents.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A very mild saison.

Photo of lnashsig
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Beer of the Month club rare beer- a hoppy saison, perfect for a warm Houston spring day.

Additionally, this is number 21 #BOTG, sadly after another tough Astros loss today.

Got to give this beer an A+ for presentation. the bottle and label are elegant, and after popping the top, it pours a nice cloudy yellowish orange color, with really nice fluffy head, tight white bubbles. Really nice. Smell- orange peel, lemon zest, champagne-like aroma. This is weird, but I get a waft of lemon jello concentrate. And I really like it, its not a knock at all. Taste- orange peel up front, tangerine, a hint of plastic, and a nice blast of grassy bitterness on the end. This is a delightful beer, absolutely perfect for a summer day. Really nice dry saison finish. I also love its session beer qualities. Small-ish in ABV, I can see being able to drink this whole bottle and enjoying every bit. Bravo. The beer of the month club delivers again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. The script on the label refers to the romanticism of breweries supplying only their own local neighborhood. All fine and good, as I crack this offering many, many miles to the north of the Rose Quarter in central Portland, Oregon.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and yet finely creamy marshmallow fluff head, which leaves a few random swaths of bloated cloud lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet fruity hops - pear, apple, and some sort of foreign analogue of domestic oranges - grainy, somewhat wheaty malt, a softly edgy yeastiness, hints of clove and black pepper, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is more drupe fruit front and foremost, with a extra twinge of Christmas orange, gritty, bready pale and wheat malts, rather ethereal, muddled mixed pepper and coriander spice, a subdued earthy yeastiness, and additional leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is present, to be sure, but hardly noticeable at times, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and generally quite smooth, free of any sort of typical outside interference. It finishes off-dry, the stone fruit still active and engaged, while the yeast and hops seem a little too preoccupied with leaving work early for the long weekend rush.

A decent enough saison, what with the fruity guest stars, but the overall effect seems a wee bit lacking, if we're to compare this to the more stripped down 'Four'. Still good, don't get me wrong, but I'm already wistful for my first brush with this brewery, where they had me, not quite at hello, but certainly soon thereafter.

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber at volo,6.1% a.b.v. according to the government testers. 32 plus tax and tip. Barnyard aromas, that dissipitate so more amlty by nd of bottle. Big aggressive carbonation that keeps you burping as much as drinking. Very lacey. Citrus tastes and spicyness. Hops, but understated I taste the Williamete hibiscus. OSurness and hops grind down the palette and leave it tender, not ready for beer. Significant table salt residue on the lips.
Second bottle, a couple of weeks later, was better.

Photo of augustgarage
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Glorious cloudy flame colored body suffused with gamboge highlights and capped by a humongous tower of old lace merengue which recedes to a lasting multi-tiered souffle of creamy bubbles. Lacing scatters all over the sides of the glass like a Pollock painting.

Yeasty, bready, floral aromatics, with a delicate array of grassy/spicy hop notes as well.

Toasted malt and very earthy/spicy moderately bitter noble hop notes on the palate, which synergize with the peppery phenols from the yeast utilized. Strong winter fruit (pears, apples), and an herbal/floral note emerge in the finish, which is long, biting, and quite dry. Rustic, complex, and very well crafted flavor profile that is difficult to pick apart.

Effervescent, medium-bodied, and refreshing.

The hoppiness of this saison distinguishes it from it's Belgian predecessors, even though the mix of hops used includes an unusual mix of German and American varieties. The malt bill seems equally unique, though the emphasis is on the hops in the overall profile. One of the best domestic takes on the style I've had which will likely please hop-heads and traditional saison lovers in equal measure.

Photo of ElGordo
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corny a couple of weeks ago for my home system. Pours a pretty golden amber color topped by a substantial bright white head that leaves some very pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of mildly sweet, bready malt with a strong, fruity hop profile. A touch of farmhouse funk from the yeast rounds out the interesting nose.
Palate is bright, assertive, and floral. The somewhat sweet malt and tangy yeast character jump out up front, followed by a good dose of fruity hops with some citrus notes. A mild sour flavor and just a hint of copper come through on the finish, with a lingering hoppy bitterness lasting long after the swallow.
Body is fairly light and bubbly, which is to be expected for a farmhouse ale. It carries the diverse flavors of this beer quite well, and keeps things on the lighter side. This one goes down nice and easy, and although it's not on par with the Four as a session ale, I can easily enjoy a couple or three in an evening.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scalene for this one via the Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a massive 3 finger fluffy off-white head with great retention. Beer is a clear, dark orange/amber. Lacing is patchy and thick with great cling. A fantastic looking beer though the head is just a tad over-the-top.

S: Nose is clove and other spices with a moderate pepperiness and some citrus and lemon rind. Moderately aromatic and sweet. Not as funky as I'd expect from the style but decent.

T: Opens with a slight hop bite. Peppery, clove, and slight citrus fruit in the middle creates a very mellow tartness. Filmy hop bitterness at the end with a hopped up finish. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste with some clove and more spices. Pretty much what I'd expect from a description of a hopped-up saison.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate retention. Beer is oily, silky, and very smooth in the mouth. Slight bubbles on the side going down with a bit of an accented finish and a muted aftertaste. Nice.

O: I'm slowly but surely starting to appreciate the Saison style and this beer is a very unique entry in that style. Hop bitterness is more profound with this one but it takes the style in a nice turn. A solid offering overall.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one by.

(A) Golden, peach color, kind of reddish. Slightly hazy, not clear. Quick diminishing white head.

(S) Very light. Kind of peachy. There's some spice in it. Slightly tart.

(T) Spice and some tartness, like green apple. A slight bit of lemon zest and light malts.

(M) Very smooth, light, and ends on a high note.

(O) Had this on a really hot day and it was quite refreshing. It's a great summer brew.

Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Arbitrator at a tasting.

Slightly hazy golden color with a white head that never totally fades.

Aroma is malt, barnyard, and light fruits. Subtle but nice.

Flavor is solid - pale malt and yeast, not sweet at all, with green apple and a little funk. Some herbal qualities.

Medium-light bodied and very dry on the palate. Lively carbonation.

Good stuff overall. Drinkable.

Photo of bashiba
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy light orange with a huge fluffy white head, lots of lacing and great retention.

The smell has a light sweet honeysuckle note with a bit of dry earthy and yeasty spices and some lightly grassy noble hops.

The taste is very much a let down after the very nice smell. The malt is bland with a dry almost coppery flavor that seems to dominate, has a long bitter finish. Not much going on here, tastes a bit oxidized.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with good carbonation.

Not to good first impression of Upright.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Stone IRS tulip. Golden, slightly cloudy body and about a finger of very big bubbled, quickly receding head. The low point of the beer. The nose, oh the nose. Honey, lots of citrus hops, and that cornish Saison yeast smell. Hay. This is the first time I've kind of thought to myself, yes, barnyard is a good description. Very pleasant. Bold hops (almost as if it were an American pale), that nice dry earthy corny Saison finish. Kinda grassy. A little thin up front, but nice and prickly, and the finish is so nicely drying. A great beer. My first from Upright. Will not be my last.

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from Bruery Provisions Store). Pours a hazy dark golden color with massive off-white head. Aroma has some spice, ripe banana, dried apricot and florals. Taste has a moderately sweet malt backbone which is followed by some hop bitterness and then ends with a sourish note. Its seems a bit off. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Finish is dry. Not as good as 7, but a decent saison.

Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Appearance: Orange. Hazy. Thick, foamy head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: Orange. Candy sugar.
Taste: pear. Saison yeast (light). Light esters. Light pepper. Medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: great saison. Balanced well. Mellow. Definitely would buy again.

Photo of Docer
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed my first 5 at the new Whole Foods in NE PDX. I first tried an Upright brew at the Winter beer fest here in PDX. It was the Holy Herb... and I must say, I was seriously impressed, and loved it.

- Pours an ever so slightly cloudy rich copper, huge saison foamy head... a life of its own. Still after taking a snap of the brew with a camera, it has about 2 fingers of head. Very characteristic of an authentic saison.

- Lovely saison smell... just spot on. The herbal qualities are great, and the hops stand up front and say "Hello, I am hop.. and I am here to please you". Light biscuit, bready malts...

- Fantastic grain, biscuit, smokey saison brew... love the authentic take on the style. The yeast really comes through with a blend of light bready malt... slightly sweet, herbal... and hoppy. Hops have a bitterness... pine, and overall zing.

- Thin and light bodied... only slightly oily and resinous... bit drying....

- Overall I must say this is a fantastic saison... great blend of ingredients, including lovely hops... that make this beer special. Though I know the style is supposed to be well carbonated... for me that is the only downfall of saisons.... and ones that have an overpowering yeast flavor which this one doesn't. Upright has my props.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a large, rocky white head that leaves small chunks of lacing.

Smells of slight bready malts and citric notes.

Tastes of grassy notes followed by light fruits, some bread, and spice. Hits pretty hard with some grassy, herbal notes that have a moderate bitterness. Some lemon zest notes are also present.l Malts come in and change the scape with touches of bready malt along with slightly sweet orchard fruits. Some peppery spice comes in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, fine amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good saison that I would have no problem drinking while working the fields.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy medium yellow/orange colour. Opaque. Half a finger of dirty white head.

S - Huge herbal aroma. Lemon, spice, peppery and some yeast esters.

T - Some tartness hits the tongue up front. Herbal and lemony hop profile with some peppery spice and breadiness.

M - Medium body with some chew. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I think I've had this bottle for about six months, having picked it up on a whim, but it stayed hidden in the back of the shelf. Beer pours a dark copper, hazy, with three fingers of billowing fluffy off white head despite my efforts at a gentle pour. Head retention is pretty good, sticking around for a while, leaving some sticky lacing as it recedes to about a finger of head. Plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose has a fresh bit of lemon peel and fresh cut grass and flowers, green apple and pear, biscuit malts. The yeast is also very present, sweeter bubble gum like fruity esters and light spiciness as well, coriander and cardamom. Very nice aroma.

Taking a sip, the lemon peel and floral/herbal hops bitterness hits the tongue at first, before being lightened with green apple and pear fruity esters. Some light malt and grain flavors come through, though the hop bitterness overshadows it a bit. Not too much spice from the nose either.

Light body with plenty of soft effervescent carbonation. Pretty refreshing, though there is a lingering floral and herbal hop bitterness on the tongue that continues to build as you drink. A solid interpretation of a hoppy saison.

Photo of DearthVader
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split with the ol' ball-n-chain.

Clear amber with a big frothy beast of a head that words can't fully explain. The legend must be seen to be believed. After the head dies down, I was expecting some big webs of lace, but instead I was greeted by none. Huge carbonation bubbles climb to the top.

Smell is fairly weak with mostly nice, musty barnyard funk. Slight spice on the nose, but there could and should be more.

Taste has slight spice and funk. Very standard for the style, and not much effort in making something that stands out. I do pick up the tiniest bit of green apple in the taste, but not enough.

Mouthfeel is great. Insanely able to drink, slightly creamy, but the carbonation breaks up the creamy feeling quite well.

Overall, a very standard saison. It fits the style spot on, but there is nothing that stands out. Maybe this would've tasted better if my girlfriend wasn't making me watch Pride and Prejudice while trying to enjoy my brew.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium sunny orange color, with a near bright white head of about a finger. Nice lace. Aroma is a bit hoppy, pulling out some herbal, slightly floral citrus hops. A hair sweet and nutty. Taste has a slight bitter edge, but a good deal of sweet fruits. Maybe some light caramel but the former makes up the lot of it. Feels slightly slick and creamy, but is light to medium in body.

Overall, nothing I'm quite impressed with. Hop elements are there, but it doesn't work brilliantly well, and the saison elements are average. Still a decent beer, just nothing to run home about

Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Foggy orange-amber body capped with an awesomely thick frothy head on top. The first thing I notice in the smell is the pale malt base, which is always a great sign for me when it comes to Saisons. Sugar cookies, a pale fruitiness of apples and fresh orange, straw, and light green herbs. The yeast is beautifully mellow, complimenting the other ingredients rather than taking charge. Pale malt comes through nicely in the flavor as well, revealing some honey and dough before transitioning to floral and straw notes. Spiced fruit, citrus rind, a crisp pear juice sweetness, and soapy floral hops. Soft, simple, and lovely. Crisp and moderately bitter resulting in high drinkability. What a delightful beer…no barrel, no funk, nothing to hide its flaws, just a well-crafted Saison that leans a little towards the hoppy side.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Made in Oregon. Duvel tulip.

Foggy honey orange body. A generous off-white head that jiggles like Jello. Attempts to even top it off are thwarted, as it simply runs off the sides. Pretty, but half a point off for making me wait. :P

Smells of tangerine rind, floral, menthol, earthy yeast. -Edited to note that I do smell the pear others have mentioned, though only when taking in shallow, open breaths.

Crisp & chalky. The pale ale malts are throwing me off, but the mellow tartness & grassy yeast sort of put things back in place. Toasty sweetness & some sharp rind on the drying finish. Faintly metallic. Bitterness is right there, without being vulgar. Frothy. Bright & refreshing. Just lacks a bit for a saison.

Really easy. Enjoyed it, but it gets a lower overall score, because it seems like it would be more rewarding in 4-packs.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of earthy hops and herbs in the nose—basil and rosemary stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the smell, the taste is rather earthy and has flavors of herbs along with lots of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
O: This is a very interesting saison due presence of the earthy and herbal flavors.

Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with 3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention...lasts just about forever in fact. The head is reminiscent of soap bubbles. Nice looking.
S: Pleasant citrus and soft pine hops. Toasted malt. Soft floral and a hint of spice.
T: Funky citrus hops...almost earthy and minerally. Definitely different. Background toasted malt. Hint of pepper.
M: A soapy slick feel...possibly from the massive Xanthohumol addition. Mild hop bite. Light body.
D: An odd, hard to pin down style. A Belgo-IPA-Saison? An interesting brew, but not a great one.

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Five (#5) from Upright Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.