Five (#5) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 27
Gots: 41 | FT: 4
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:
"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)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-07-2009)
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4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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 chicagobeerriot
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah... the Saison for hop lovers. In fact, calling this a saison doesn't quite do it justice. True, this is brewed with a saison yeast, but this beer occupies the netherworld between the farmhouse and the hop fields. Call it a saison-style IPA and you'll begin to get the picture.

In terms of looks, everyone has their "good side" -- the side they show the camera if they can help it. This beer is no exception. When viewed from the IPA side, #5 isn't exactly a looker. A semi-controlled gush of foam spews from the bottle when opened and a thick layer of rocky head dwells over a muddy amber body. However, these characteristics make perfect sense when viewed from the farmhouse angle, so I'm not going to give demerits here.

You could take an hour trying to parse out all the wonderful smells that fight through the thick foam. Lemongrass, guava and a slight smell of pine are there, representing some of the more stereotypical IPA smells. But here, they are seemlessly blended with Banana, clove, and biscuit.

The taste is similarly complex. Lemon, clove and pine are present, along with biscuity malt and just a bit of the banana note that was a more prominent on the nose. A slight sour taste is allowed to make an appearance, but is shoved aside to make way for the finish. The unique finish is worth extended pondering. It's spicy and peppery, but dry in that the bitterness stops on a dime.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light with medium carbonation. This is very drinkable in the sense that you are going to want to finish your pint to dissect everything that's going on here.

Can't really "rate to style" a beer that consciously weaves between styles. All I know is this is truly a fun beer that stands out.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.
This beer pours with a ridiculous and lovely rocky, off-white head. As it sloooowly recedes it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Initial aroma is that signature Saison smell, yeast, citrus and a hint of spice and tartness. It is an overall bright aroma. The citrus aromas seem to be from hops and the yeast, fairly hard to place. There is a background of malt, lightly sweet and bready. Some lemon zest and a bit of earthy/pungent hop aroma is noticeable.

Taste is initially... wow, hard to place! Quite good. Starts with a nice symphony of light malt, lemon and a bit of bitterness. This transitions into a hoppy citrus flavor with a bit of spice and some malt sweetness. The finish is smooth yet has the traits of an IPA, some bitterness and citrus fruit. Finish is dry, long and fragrant.

Mouthfeel is medium and very effervescent.

Overall this is a very good beer, I love Saisons and IPAs and though this is much less hoppy than an IPA, it still has a nice hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. The saison roots show quite well with the dry, quenching yeast, zest and a hint of spice. A very good beer indeed!

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, burnt gold with an off-white head that has serious staying power and leaves tons of splotchy lace. Very pretty. Nose is hop fruity (without much citrus... I like!), grassy, piney, flowery and just a touch minty with a not-quite-caramel sweet backbone. Really reminds me of uber-fresh De Ranke XX Bitter. Hops are on the main stage here, but some fruity esters peak their head through as well as some spicy peppery notes. Wow... taste is hoppy, but not smack you in the face hoppy. There is great harmony here as the bitterness is rounded by malty sweetness, yeasty spiciness/fruitiness and just the barest hint of spring barn and a touch of tart (from the open fermentation I believe). Very well done with nods to tradition and ingenuity. Soft, silky, fluffy medium body with minimal prickliness. goes down way too easy. Overall, an awesome beer that really turned my gears. Well done, elegant, creative. What more could I ask for? Fantastic. Winner.

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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Stakem for letting me try this back to back following Four-enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

A color is similar to Four, apricot, light haze and thick cap of white, yet the head remains in the glass and the bottle contains the beer rather than it foaming out. The lace sticks well and beading is fine. The smell is great much like four it has the yeast aroma with strong grape-like white grape tinged nose yet the floral hops and some noble elements come forward with light spice and citrus which is nice. The feel is great balancing the three main elements well. The yeast is fruity and hops are very herbal with light bitterness and subtle citrus tangy while the light caramel and toast in the malt pulls it all together.

This tastes great, no other way for me to describe it. I just love a nice herbal hoppiness and the subtlety with which the hops are utilized is exceptional blending well with the depth of the French saison yeast which gives a slight tinge of spice and the aforementioned grape-like fruit tanginess. The malt is well blended in a mildly toasted way which brings out some of the spice the hops have, but the more lemony tea like hop character is what seems to linger and some of the flavor is probably the hop oils coating the mouth since I was able to taste the hops long after the swallow. I loved this saison. I think this achieves what four sets out to do but even more so since the hops give a little edge to the yeast and malt and light bitterness keeps bringing you back. I found this a highly drinkable ale and one I would recommend to anyone who likes saisons with some moderate hop flavor.

Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle that over-foamed a tad, in spite of being fridge temp, where it's been for a week or so. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Five is a hazy copper with a big, pillowy off-white head that is slow to recede, leaving decent lace.

Smell is nice and citrusy, pithy, very saison like, I'm really impressed with the authenticity, it is very appealing to me as a classic saison fan.

Taste is really nice, classic saison esters that are nicely accentuated by the floral, spicy noble hops. Really nice quinine like mineral brightness that I look for in a saison, and I particularly dig the esters.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick from the hop oils, but on the lighter side.

Drinkability is pretty good, a really nice saison with loads of flavor but still highly quaffable. Very impressed with my first Upright brew. Way to go Alex!

Photo of treyrab
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy and I took a nice week long trip to the PNW (Seattle, Vancouver, Portland) this summer and I snagged a few Uprights while I was out there. Upright was a huge want of mine, so I wasted little time in opening this once I arrived back home.

A: The appearance is gorgeous. This is probably the best looking Saison I have ever seen. The cap popped with a nice hiss as the beer slowly rolled up the next (by no means a gusher). Pouring it into the chalice, a huge, fluffy white head appears on top of a beautiful hazy orange. The head is reminiscent of a fluffy white cloud on a summer day, and lasts the entire time until I was finished! The hazy orange just glows, as rapid streams of carbonation flow.

S: Bright Belgian yeast spice (coriander, pepper, orange zest), blended with fresh grain and a hint of pine hop scent. The large head mutes the smell just a tad, but it is still very floral.

T: Starts with a very quenching orange zest (very dry tasting orange), which blends, again, into a dry pepper and coriander. Nice fresh two-row and some pine hop bitterness round it out.

Overall, this was just awesome. One of the best Saisons I have had.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Fader
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color, cloudy, huge head, slowly melts away, leaving nice trails of glistening lace.

S - Amazing balance of hops and citrus, very fresh nose.

T - Hoppy at the start, fading into an amazing orange finish that sticks around, very good.

M - A carbonated bubbly drink, that keeps it's form throughout.

O - Overall this is an amazing beer, my favourite so far with this brewer, have to try them all now.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange with caramel undertones. Very thick off-white head.

S: Earthy and funky yeast as well as a hint of spice.

T: Quite a bit of spice, a bit of funky yeast as well. Pale fruits in the form of apple and pear. The finish is bone dry, as any saison should be. The hops are earthy and spicy.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, perfect for the style.

O: A very nice saison. Complex, great flavor and very tasty.

Photo of Airyk12
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy copper with big, foamy white head that leaves lots of lace.

Fruit, spice, and a little bitterness are the dominant smells here, with the hops really giving this beer some good complexity; a little tartness, as well.

definite fruitiness, as well as some hop bitterness. Citrus, and some sweeter malts as well as a solid bit of spice. Again, a little tartness never hurts.

Crazy smooth and clean; easy to drink. Medium-light body, with some carbonation dancing on the tongue.

A solid saison, with a twist from the hops. Not quite an APA, but more than a simple wheat beer. Tasty.

Photo of HipHop5
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy golden color. 3 finger head that is super creamy and sticky. Insain retention. The result is incredibly full on chunky lacing on my Fin Du Monde tulip.
Great hop hint on first sniff. Grassy and doughy underlines with rich spices all the way in the back.
Taste pretty hoppy for a saison. I love it though. Still dry in the finish with some how crispness to it. Surprising brew. Full of undertones and very complex.
Medium body with medium carbonation work real well here. Hops combination is forwarded in every sips but the ghost of malt structure used in this beer carries you in new land of Saison. Beligique meet Oregon with a yeasty Hoppy perfection.
Enjoy if you can.

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Five (#5) from Upright Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.