Five (#5) - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | 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: 114 | Hads: 310
Reviews by weazal:
Photo of weazal
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SMELL: Light, effervescent aroma that reminds me of fresh running water. Smells of pear and candy with a juicy citrus sweetness. It's really nice just not too strong :(

TASTE: Brisk and refreshing, but not too light. The perfect body to be satisfying, yet easily quaff-able. Really delightful! Juicy pungency carries through into the flavor. Like biting into a plump clementine. A small, perfectly balanced amount of bitterness and herbs adds contrast to the end without destroying your palate.

Really nice, easy-to-drink, rounded beer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Five (#5) from Upright Brewing Company
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