Five (#5) | Upright Brewing Company

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Five (#5)Five (#5)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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)

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-07-2009

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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 321
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 TheRealBigC
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upright #5 is a unique one. It's got that saison smell and taste, but a little extra hop and, for me, the biggest standout flavor was actually apple. Cider drinking friends may actually find this beer to be pretty good despite its comparatively strange flavor profile, but it isn't a beginner's beer by any means.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat clear amber with a big rocky white head that leaves a sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

S - Bready malt, lemon zest, a bit musty, light honey aroma and grassy hops.

T - Lemon, tangerine, herbal & grassy hops, light spice and grainy malt.

M - Light and refreshing on 90 degree day. Well carbonated.

D - Maybe a bit hoppy to be sessionable but very enjoyable on a warm day.

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Photo of draheim
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL into an Ommegang tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden orange w/ a thick dense creamy head, great retention, clumps of sticky lace, good carbonation.

Aroma is a blend of clean citrusy and floral hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste is earthy, floral, citrusy, spicy, herbal, piney. Hits all the right notes. Belgian yeast gives it a really nice full-bodied roundness, hops give it a sharp bitter bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, just right w/ a nice clean dry finish.

Overall another outstanding saison from Upright. World-class.

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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 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 rdruckenmiller
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours hazy burnt orange with a towering, pillowy, offwhite foam. Head is extremely long lasting and leaves thick streams of lacing down the sides.

S: Fruity esters reminiscent of peaches and a hint of apple up front. Floral and citrus hops play in but all give way to mandarin orange-like esters which strengthen as it warms. Spicy and earthy aromas mix in from the yeast and a light grainy malt hangs in the background.

T: Balance towards bitter with a slightly harsh bitter bite. Orange and herbal flavors up front with some spicy, floral notes playing second fiddle. Bite diminishes as the beer warms but bitterness tends to overpower the other fruity characteristics which detracts from the style.

M: Carbonation high and medium full body. Finishes very dry with slight astringency. Astringency decreases slightly as it warms but still there and detracts from the beer. Slight tingly sensation on the tongue from the carbonation and a slight coating throughout mouth.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer. Complex aromas and flavors fit the style and the floral notes were different from many Saisons I've had, but still to style. Overall the astringency in the mouthfeel and too-high bitterness kept this from being above average. Lack of tart/sour aromas and flavors disappointed, as those are top characteristics of the style for me.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed on 5/23/21 from notes.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with 1 finger of white head. nice lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: lemons, pepper, citris, and wheat.

Taste: mild bitterness from the hops. Orange and lemons. Some tropical fruit and wheat notes. Little bit of pepper.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Really drinkable beer.

Overall: Nice warm weather beer that I could drink a whole bottle of myself. Its a tasty saison with a nice hop balance!

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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 jethrodium
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit and orange hops as well as a bit of earthiness. The taste has quite a bit of sweetness with grapefruit and orange as well as a bit of caramel. The finish has a light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Definitely way more sweetness than I enjoy in a saison.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful pale golden amber with a big, frothy not quite white head that never fully dissipates. Significant lacing all the way down.

S: Tons of fresh lemon zest, unripe grapefruit, pear, bordering-on-funky yeast, mild sweet malt.

T: Lots more lemon, some light peppery spice, yeast. Dry, floral and grassy hops provide a nice addition to the saison style and a pleasant bitter finish.

M: Fairly rich body for such a light and crisp flavor. Excellent fine carbonation keeps it lively, with a mild bitter finish.

O: Very nice beer. Not amazing, but a solid saison with a nice floral hop profile to make it stand out a bit.

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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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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Cloudly looking orange with a full 2 fingers of rich creamy head that reaches the rim of the snifter perfectly. Fantastic retention and quite an impressive amount of lacing.

S) Yeast and pale malt. There is some green grape and apple. A bit of light pine as well. Quite a pleasant aroma.

T) Bready, yeast, malt sweetness provides enough balance for my taste. There is some fruit and some zest to this one. There is also some spice, but it's not peppery. Nice hop presence too, mostly pine/grass.

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. The zest clings to the palate. This is fairly crisp, finishes dry. A somewhat lingering aftertaste.

O) Really nice take on a Saison / Farmhouse Ale, which frankly is a style that does not always work for me. This one however, is pushing all the right buttons. Enjoyed the bottle start to finish, and would gladly recommend.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Libbey for this tasty Upright offering. Pours hazy orange with some tight-bubbled off-white head. Decent lacing but fades pretty fast.

Nose is honeyed grains, grassy and leafy hops that are vibrant and fresh smelling. Yeast is not funky or farmhouse per say...rustic - thats the word Im looking for.

Taste is hoppy...but not your typical citric or tropical kind. More herbal and slightly piney, very nice. Malts are very light, maybe just a little bit of toast to go with the graininess. Light bodied and uber-refreshing! The saison yeast really doesnt do a whole lot on this one, If I didnt read it on the label Id have guessed a more neutral yeast was used. Id love to have a keg of this and just pour a draught whenever I got home from work. Its a session beer, and a damn fine one..unfortunately a cost prohibitive one, even if it were available on shelves to me.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Standard yet cleanly transparent amber color with a whopping huge frothy sticky head that stays around for several minutes, leaving behind great sheets of lacing.

S. Honeyed orange peel and cloven spice hit me on first sniff. Later on I manage to sniff out some mild fruity esters and faint vanilla on top of a non-toasted light bread malt aroma.

T. Full of saison yeast pepper tones laid over the top of a pale malt canvas. Also contains orange peel (and pith included) with this being the bittering focus of the finishing fade-out. Lots of grassy herbals complete with hay-like graininess round out the complexity of the flavor quite nicely.

M. Medium body and medium-high carbonation, almost but not quite on the verge of being gassy.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright but lightly hazed golden orange color, moderate plume of frothy white bubbles, settles quickly. Scent a nice bouquet of fruit... lemon, apple and pear, blending with floral and grassy notes, straw notes, earthy grain, light honey, faint spice. Taste brings a little less of the fruit found in the nose and an increased presence of floral and grassy hop notes, earthy and grassy dried grains. Medium bodied, smooth and bubbly, dry. A nice compliment to a meal with some nice flavor notes, not overly deep or complex, just good.

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

750ml served in a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a glowing burnt orange with a 2 fingers of cream colored head that looks like rocky meringue. Plenty of thick lace.

S - Candied orange, sweet pale malt, pears, golden raisins, honey dew, green grass, doughy fruit bread.

T - Citrus and floral hops flood the palate. Orange, lemon, mango, golden raisins, perfumey, pears, honeydew. An herbal bitterness comes through with some spicy notes.

M - Excellent feel, moderate soft carbonation, super smooth and silky across the tongue.

Very fresh and clean fruit flavors with moderate bitterness. This is an excellent beer with lots of character. It reminds me of a hoppy Pale Ale mixed with fruity saison yeast. If this was readily available and priced right, this would be my go to summertime beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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Photo of gkunkle
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip glass. Beer poured a true amber color with a aggressive off-white head. Though it was exaggerated by the shape my glass, it stood about 2 inches tall. I had to let the beer settle before I added more then drank. Some raining carbonation is visible in the body. Smell is of yeast-funk, apple, lemon. In the taste I detect less of the lemon citrus than I expected, I get some grassiness. There is a slightly off grassiness and malt flavor as it crests my tongue. Mouthfeel has assertive carbonation, which lifts the medium body giving it a lighter feel. This is a good beer, but my favorite of the style or brewery, I'll stick with four and seven from upright.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of impending
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

C+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed coppery orange, dense off white head is frothy, nice lacing.

Wonderfully rich complex aroma. Hops are front and center but don't mask the traditional saison below, a tidy balance is held. Citrus, florals, a sweet phenolic base with spices.

Taste is minimally sweet, tiny citrus followed by a rounded dryness. Hop bitters dominate the aftertaste, one dimensional, doesn't evolve. Thin bodied mouthfeel.

The scent promised tremendous depth which the taste unfortunately doesn't remotely deliver.
cheers
jd

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Photo of henrysunset
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Portland Farmers market in the spring.

hazy amber beer, a bit overcarbonated. smell is a wild, sweet, malty and citrusy.

Taste is really smooth and refreshing. Citrusy and hoppy. fresh and delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent, but satisfactory. Overall drink ability remarkable for this style.

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Five (#5) from Upright Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.