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Five (#5) - Upright Brewing Company

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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, licorice, tea, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, floral, and tea flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some unique aromas and flavors that I am enjoying.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

five is easily my favorite of the numbered series, not the most unique of them, simply a funky saison with a great hop profile. but it is so well made it takes the cake for me. hazy orange blonde in color with a tall inch of lasting white foam, nice presentation in a wine glass. the nose is very hop driven over the yeast, with C varietals such as citra and cascade bouncing around. orange melon and lemon cream in the flavor, especially the finish, but more herbal bitterness in smell. the yeast is great too, a lot like the other numbered beers, some fruity esters, peach and apricot, and a soapy feel that gives body where it may be lacking otherwise. it all comes together beautifully, i love the hops here, minimal bitterness but maxed out flavor, summery for sure, and just dripping quality. some upright has been hit or miss, but this is splendid, something i would drink daily if it were available. the best of the series.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to an unknown BA for opening this up at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a Texas Longhorn color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing as it moved down the glass. The nose brings forward some mild citrus rind and stone fruits plus a bit of yeasty spice. A bit tame, but nice. The flavor hits much harder with a good bit of breadiness as well as fruit and spice. Body is medium with really nice carbonation. A solid beer from Upright, a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a huge off-white head that is retained quite well.

S: Nicely fruity with a lot of sweet citrus as well as some pears, apples, and peaches. Mild spiciness on the nose, mostly white pepper but a little nutmeg too. Floral hop aromas and yeast round things out.

T: Flavor is a bit sweeter than expected with lots of wheat and bread malt qualities. Some floral hops are also present on the palate as well. Quite a bit of yeast flavor with a moderate spiciness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: Another good one in this series of saisons.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dark straw-hued body with hints of burnt orange and topped with a tall, expansive, off-white head.

Smell: Upright Cinco smells of faintly bready malts, sliced orchard fruits, spices, moistened herbs, a spoonful of lemon meringue, and a hint of vanilla bean.

Taste: Pale malts with a soft, bready barley character and hint of honey to it. Small sprinkling of cane sugar for added sweetness. Fruity touches of lemon, peach, pear, and even green apple. Teensy bit of vanilla. Spicy yeast character suggesting coriander accentuated by zesty, grassy hops with a medium degree of accumulating bitterness. Ample carbonation on the drying, floral, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A keenly drinkable, tasty tipple. Do yourself a favor for once and snatch up a bottle (or five) when in the Portland area.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A harsh mistress of a Saison.

Quite lovely in a big stemmed glass. Amber and well laced, with a pretty head on pouring. But you get only a flicker of flavor before the hops set in. I'd like to call it crisp, but it's more like extremely sharp. If Saisons are meant to be on the dry side, this one is beyond. The piney hops just overwhelm whatever taste might be here. Not a trace of malty warmth or any complexity. "Willamette, Liberty, and Perle hops" are a wicked combination.

This is so austere, so arid, so unforgiving. I say it's the Saison Nazi. I think there's a big difference in beers that go well with food, and beers like this one that need that smoky Ukrainian dry sausage to finish the glass.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a legit saison. And I say that with keeping in mind that so many American brewers are usually putting out "good enough" examples that don't really come close to the Belgian productions that we see. I'm getting a nice side kind of funky thing. The citrus is there. Mild spicy tone. Nice mix of characteristics. I believe this was meant to be an easy drinking saison, and it pulls it off quite well. I started off with this beer because it was the lowest rated out of the ones I had picked up. Which...makes me interested to see what four, six, and seven are like. Oh, the joys of life.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was just released into the state last month. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a dense cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice dense soapy lacing lings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, melon, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, melon, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of peppery yeast spiciness and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, melon, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very dry finish from carbonation. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall dense white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed. The beer has great head retention.

S: Smells more herbal that I expected (rosemary and basil) and there is only a very light presence of funkiness or sourness. Earthy and floral hop notes as well.

T: There is a moderate amount of earthiness like in the smell. Also there are some hints of the floral hops and some spices in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Wicked dry!

O: Very interesting example of the style - i like the herbal notes in the aroma and the spices/floral/earthiness. Very enjoyable but one to sip slowly.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a puffy layer of beige white head. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Apricot and peach sweetness. Floral hops. Fairly fresh and earthy. Some spices.

Taste: Citrus and fruits. More hops. Pine and pineapple flavors. A little bit of bready malts show here.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and bitter. Higher carbonation with a medium body. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was alright, but it wasn't a saison yet it wasn't something specifically hoppy. It was somewhat enjoyable, just hard to fit it in a style.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jconrick1 for the opportunity to try this. Shared with Slatetank and poured into a pair of snifters. This brew appears a clear orange color with 3 fingers worth of frothy yellowish stained head. It leaves a thick frothy coating of patchy lacework on the glass and holds across the top with an island of froth.

The smell of this brew is tangy from a combination of yeast, alcohol and herbal hops. A little bit of alcohol is present. The yeast presents a dry peppery note to the aroma that is mildy spicy and enjoyable. The malt is mildly toasting completing a total package of character for the nose to take in, well done.

The taste is dry and spicy with a modest herbal bitterness. The hops are bitter with a rindy aspect that provides more flavor than bitterness initially. As it gets increasingly more bitter, it picks up more pulp flavors somewhat like grapefruit meets orange. There are faint notes of plastic-like funk mixed through the body. As the brew comes up to room temperature, a very floral flavor of hops comes forward.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a very easy drinking sessionable brew. It had an interesting twangy component that really kept me interested throughout the experience when mixed with the other characteristics that this brew presented. This is one of the more hoppy saisons I have had and it was a pleasure to drink. However, in a back to back tasting with #4, I slightly favored the other. Still not a bad brew, it is worth a taste if you have the chance.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2011
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour produces a four-finger thick, palely tanned colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip; the head leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a murky haze to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a nice mix of fruit, herbal notes, spice and grain. The spiciness leans towards white pepper and a touch of musty almost woodiness, while the fruit contributes notes of fresh apple cider, pear and perhaps a touch of melon. The grain character contributes a nice toasty pale malt character, a hay like grain note and even a malt / grain spiciness; the malt / grain aromatics get stronger and more dominant the longer I spend focusedly on the nose. The hops contribute a hint of green grassiness and perhaps a hint of lime zest, but really this just has a general herbal character to it that melds in with the other aromatic notes found in the nose. This definitely smells like a Saison, it is a touch more grainy / malty than the Dupont archetype, but I like what that adds to this beer.

A big bitter herbal character is definitely the dominant flavor during my first sip (much more than the nose would have suggested), but there is also a fair amount of fruitiness to this beer that accentuates a sweetness. The finish lingers with a peppery notes, some musty grain character as well as a nice, clean, biting bitterness. The fruitiness almost has a ripe plum like character to it, but not the tart side of the plum), as well as some aromatic apple flavors. The hops are definitely the dominant character here, firm pine notes, a touch of menthol, a biting, somewhat green herbal character and really just a big bitterness that grips the palate; the herbal character really has a green, sort of raw peppery character to it that I am sure is accentuated by the spiciness from the yeast. The yeast character certainly contributes a mustiness and contributes to the spiciness. The malt character here has a touch of toasted malt & dry caramel character that detracts a bit from the clean grain character that is usually part of a Saison, but it is pretty light here so doesn’t detract too much. The body of this beer has a certain viscous character to it (is that some specialty grain) without being sweet or under-attenuated. The malt does contribute a nicely complex mix of whole grain spiciness, brown cracker notes and hay like pale grain notes.

I like the peppery spiciness that is in this beer, it is not nearly as complex as the Dupont yeast strain achieves, but it doesn’t come of quite as simplistic as this yeast sometimes can. The malt character is a bit out of preference for me (with the crystal malt notes), but this is fairly light and not too distracting. Still this is quite a tasty Saison that I am quite enjoying.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by Halcyondays at Beachwood BBQ. On to the beer:

Yellow orange colored with solid head and lace. The smell is....different. It has a cheese rind aroma, but in a somewhat plasant way. Like the cheese rind of brie. Still, I hoped for a more enthusiastic nose.

Tasting better than the nose, though still relatively simple. You never know what you're going to get from a saison, so here is what I got; a slightly sweet and spiced like rye with brie cheese, green apple, and even some lavender. The body registers as lighter medium.

It wouldn't surprise me if the bottled version is significently different that the draft version. Even Jon admitted that this did taste different from what he remembered. I'll find out for myself one day.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, for a moment my review total and the year will be the same (2011),

A: Pours a virtually opaque burnt orange with a voluptuous full white head, leaving lots of lace.

S: Dominated by pine and grass, smells like a forest. Green.

T: The woodsy flavours attack immediately, hoppy like a pale ale is hoppy, so it's not over the top. Pine, cedarwood, grass clippings, really no citrus to speak of. Direct hop oil flavours (xanthohumol?). As the beer warms some great yeast notes and esters come out adding notes of yellow apple and white pepper, but also opening up the hop character to bring in some lemon peel and green peppers. Complex, great flavour, right up my alley.

M: Very frothy, but with a smooth carbonation. It still doesn't have that easy soft carbonation that you get with Belgians like Dupont, this is American and it shows. Still the structure is elegant and it could trick me on a blind tasting. Medium-bodied, crisp, a very refreshing drink, a palate cleanser.

D: At it's core this is a food beer. The hops are attacking and to the forefront, wetting the palate. If you're not eating you'll be wanting some food by the end of the first glass; it's like Orval in that respect which is good company to be in. All and all, a fantastic introduction to Upright, at $11 the price is fair, and it's a beer that really makes me want to try their other "numbered" beers.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Belmont Station. The description says this is a Hoppy Saison. The beer is golden with a small white head.

The aroma is peppery phenols with a low level of acidity and lemon notes. A medium level of floral hops is present. The flavor is bitter up front with some citrus to the hops. It quickly turns yeasty and spicy with some pepper and clove character. It's slightly tart.

The beer is light bodied. A beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one inch head retention for the most part. Good collar left.

Very fresh, floral, lemony. Citrus.

Bright citrus, borderline lemon overkill...will drink more. Could grow on me. Hops, for a saison. Hides ABV well.

Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Drinkable but would want to split with others. Bright, clean, like I said before. Try to tag along on a tasting of this, as opposed to trading for it. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Gypsy Dancer wine glass...

The beer pours a honey orange color with considerable lacing and impressive head retention. The nose is likewise impressive, with honey, clove, nutmeg, light ginger and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, although there is a goodly dollop of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The beer is at most moderately sweet, but the hoppy bitterness dries this beer out completely, leading to a long, spice infused finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though I have to say I'm amazed by the amount of flavor I get in this 5.5% beer. Drinkability is excellent... this is clearly a very well crafted beer from the folks at Upright.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to oregonskibum for sending me this and a dozen+ other Upright beers.

Pours an amber/orange color with a huge head--I'd say the glass is 60/40 beer to head ratio and I didn't go out of my way to pour for a big head. The head dies down a bit but a good half inch head remains throughout. The color is unremarkable but the head is nice.

Smells lightly of spicy hops and heavily of yeast.

Taste is something of a cross between a pale ale and a saison. Light spicy hops, not as strong of a hop flavor as I expected but it's definitely there. Saison yeast is also there and contributes further to the spicy flavor from the hops. Not super flavorful overall, light and refreshing except for a mildly distracting bitterness.

Good mouthfeel, smooth and very well carbonated.

It was a crazy hot day and I need something refreshing to cool off with. This served that purpose but it's a pretty average version of a hoppy saison overall. Not as good as, say, Sorachi Ace.


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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, citrus hops, yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, citrus hops, yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, slight dryness was beneficial, almost a Euro yeast flavor, great appearance, a refreshing Saison.

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Five (#5) from Upright Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.