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Six (#6) - Upright Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 319
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-26-2009

"Six is a dark rye beer with layered flavors including chocolate, caramel, pepper, wood, cherry and tropical fruit. It starts semi-dry and smooth and finishes fully dry and tart with a small bite from the hops. The overall balance of the Six makes it easy to pair with richly prepared meats along with many harder cheeses."

Malts: organic pale, caramel, rye, black
Unmalted: rolled rye
Hops: magnum, tettnanger
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Photo of travolta
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A very nice rocky head, off-white in color. Great retention and lacing. Dark red and brown in color. Lacing is nice and rocky.

Nose: Sweet malt with a little raisin. Slightly yeasty. A tiny bit of banana and rum.

Taste: Interesting flash of yeasty fruit up front followed by crisp sweet red apples. The beer then becomes slightly bitter and a tiny bit dry. Carbonation is very well put together...

Notes: The last beer I am drinking before leaving Mount Wilson Observatory.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a large, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of dark fruit, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of dark fruit (raisins, plums), some malt, light chocolate notes, and a slight funkiness (a bit surprising). At times this flavor seemed okay, but then it seemed thin and watery. It feels unfinished.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very uneven beer. It has some good characteristics, but ultimately falls short.

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Photo of babaracas
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark reddish brown with billowing dense khaki colored head. Thick sheet of lace down the glass until the end. Smell: raisin bread, dates, baking spices. Taste: raisin, caramel, soft graininess, moderately spicy, unripe but not tart plum. Medium plus bodied, finished drying and mildly sweet with lingering earthiness. Nice!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich amber-brown with a slight touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours three thick fingers of creamy tan foam. I think it's quite attractive.

Smell: bready malt aroma with a definite rye character: a little spicy and fruity. There is a little cherry here as well as some caramel and toffee. It reminds me a bit of a subtle quadrupel. I like it.

Taste: much like the aroma, with plenty of raisin, cherry and tobacco character. Rye spiciness is definitely there but it doesn't overwhelm anything. This is quite a fine beer.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a huge carbonation yielding a decent creaminess, if a bit rocky. Quite good.

Overall: this beer really appeals to me. I'm very glad I've discovered it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. A really nice looking beer.

Nose is peppercorn, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and a creamy, hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic but a bit awkward.

Opens caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Creamy hop bitterness mixed with some coriander, clove and spice in the middle. End is more caramel sweetness balanced by a smooth nuttiness and anise. Aftertaste of spice and nutty notes. Decent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth on the palate but accented going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Just a touch heavy but still pretty drinkable.

Solid if a bit strange for the style. A nice deviation but I wouldn't revisit this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Not a gusher, but an oversized real light cocoa and even tanned fistfull giant head. Even on slow pour this thing just balloons to stupid sized. Body color is a very dark mahogany red, and you can see a fairly strong rising column of middle carbonation at the bottom. Giant whipped up retention, but just wont go away making for difficult drinking.

Interesting nose. Milk chocolate, dry cocoa powder. Soft floral senses and somewhat perfume like aromatics. Quite nice, hints at porter chocolate roast character but something else is in the mix.

Real interesting palate. Large expected carbonation on the tongue, mineral, and large prickly sensing bubbles that give well to an earthy and peppery finish. Quite dry, but with some dark hinting spices as well. Chocolate milk sensations a bit in the mid palate coupling with a bit of fancy heat in sharp farmhouse goodness.

A real neat drink, but unfortunately seems like it's a little haphazard in its delivery overall.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very rye heavy saison that also happens to be brutally hopped and dark red in color with an inch or so of lasting white head with fine ring lacing as it drinks down. the nose here is spicy from the rye, rich from the darker roast on it, and drying weirdly. i get some caramel malt sweetness in there too though, and finally a huge blast of hops from the pine family with plenty of bitterness. the flavor is a lot like the nose, the rye is dominant and aggressive, almost clumsily so, overcoming whatever interesting saison yeast might be in this beer, its a straight up rye bomb. lots of hops too, which is strange in a saison like this. i don't taste red malt but i can feel its sweetness trying to fight the bitter of the hops, but it can't contend. the is a robustly flavored brew that could perhaps be toned down a bit, especially for it to show any signs of being a saison. apparently upright does open fermentation, which is cool of course, but ti does very little for this overzealous brew. fuller bodied, spicy, and bitter, a strange swallow and mouthfeel. bubbly enough. i respect it, but i won't buy it again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD for about $13. Bottle says its a dark saison.
Poured from bottle into D'Achouffe tulip. Pour is deep brown with massive creamy tan head. This looks so amazing. Aromas of fig and dried fruit with a nice rye spice and hop. Flavors of dried fruit and chocolate, figgy, and raison like. Nice hop spice. Really dry yet creamy...super drinkable and well balanced, a near perfect mouthfeel for a saison. Awesome brew.

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Photo of anarchia
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown/burgundy ale with a thick & sudsy white head. Heavy cherry aroma along with some hints of smoke and spice. Thick mouth feel, crisp and dry finish after a sweet explosion of flavor--cherries, cinnamon, vanilla, smoke, spice. Ridiculously easy-drinking for such a complex beer. Finishes acidic, not sour but noticeably tart. I order this every time I can, at the brewery or elsewhere around town, and it never gets old. Amazing with almost any food, especially fatty meats / burgers. One of those beers that is just as good on a snowy day as it is on 80f and sunny days. Spectacular and I hope Upright brews another batch with cherries added soon...

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a very impressive ecru head that leaves a few streaks along the side of the glass

Smell: A deep whiff reveals some caramel and chocolate hiding underneath a tart fruit (rotting apples and cherries) and woodsy aroma; toasted rye elements add a spicy character, too; it all comes together in what I can only describe as tamarind

Taste: The tart, woodsy and herbal flavors co-mingle with spicy rye creating an interest melange; underneath, there is chocolate and caramel, too; overall, the net effect I get is of a slightly sour tamarind flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A very interesting beer, but tamarind is not something I would want as the dominant flavor in my beer; glad I tried it but doubt I would re-visit

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Photo of jlisuk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with nice tan head. More complex than I remember from previous tastes. Chocolate, toasted malt, and slight tartness are in the forefront, but are followed by a long, dry aftertaste that is reminiscent of match heads and sulfur- oddly enough, this is not unpleasant. Complex, many flavor notes, but the mineral aftertaste is perhaps the most distinctive. Hop bitterness is noticeable underneath rich flavors of dark fruits, coffee and caramel. So much going on here.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, a surprising find during a quick pop-in to see an oldish chum at a downtown wine store.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, dark red brick amber hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and densely foamy ecru head, which leaves some incredibly attractive honeycombed lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of grainy, biscuity caramel malt, with a certain spicy, dank rye interloper, a bit of dark tropical fruit, a hint of earthy yeast, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is grainy, bready rye and caramel malt, in equal doses, in a manner that diffuses the extremes of both, with some additional bittersweet chocolate, a bit of dark demarara sugar, a hint of gritty yeast, and more leafy, subdued grassy hops.

The carbonation is pretty understated, with barely an initial peep, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the malt persisting somewhat, the yeast doing a bit of hipster lingering and posturing, and some dank, earthy hops rounding things out.

A pleasant enough rye-tinted saison, the heady caramel maltiness sort of cutting through the middle, with the proclaimed titular yeast and spicy grain falling by the wayside, once they've spent their load. More saison chicanery from this Portland upstart, which, while interesting, is starting to mess with my impression of the style - I'm ready for something else now, methinks.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big, fluffy head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace. A spicy, peppery aroma with a touch of clove and coriander. Some grainy malt and spicy yeast with pepper and clove. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a Fairly sweet finish. Not my favorite example of the style. The yeast character is unpleasant and there really isn't anything else going on. Overly sweet.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upright is always appreciated - thanks, Kevin. Six pours a deep shade of woody brown, almost appearing black once it finally piles up in the glass. It's fairly volatile and the head grows pretty quickly and rests for a while at about a quarter-inch. It's light tan in color and leaves behind some generous strips and streaks of lacing and foam all along the top of the glass.

Six smells like straight up rye, at least at first. Very, very dry and piled up with boat loads of spicy rye. It's also quite woody in character, and only at the very end of the sniff can I detect the hops, which are kind of leafy and ashy all at once. As time goes on, I swear I can smell a faint hint of cherry sweetness somewhere in there, too, but the rye does its best to obliterate all else.

I was almost fearful to sip this one at first - I thought the rye might just burn a hole in my throat. While the taste is still incredibly rye-heavy, it's not to an abrasive or unpleasant degree. Very dry rye spice is backed with musty and woody notes of funk, almost like a forest floor. A delicate touch of hops provides a nice little snap mid-palate, but they don't add much flavor-wise.

It's definitely a malt and rye heavy beer, and warmth opens up a few more flavors of cocoa powder, light caramel, and some heavily toasted bread. I can sense a light, fruit sweetness, almost tartness in the background, but I'm having an incredibly hard time putting my finger on exactly what fruit it is. The bottle says cherry and tropical fruit - neither of which I necessarily agree with - but there's certainly some kind of tame fruit in there.

Needless to say, rye is the king here and pretty much takes a barbed wire covered baseball bat to any other flavor that even starts to trespass in its territory. The finish is quite spicy and tastes of toasty, rye bread. I wasn't surprised to find out that this beer is insanely dry, and left my palate feeling like it had been polished with some 60-grit. Lots of biting, snappy carbonation, too.

Pretty good beer, but I must confess and be completely honest - I'm not the biggest fan of rye beer that's ever lived, so my expectations for this beer weren't too high to begin with. Still surprisingly easy to drink when you consider the relative amount of rye that makes up the flavor profile. I'll be excited to soon try the rest of this Upright series (that is, Four, Five, and Seven).

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a burnt orange/brown color with a couple inch light tan head that actually kept growing slowly for a few minutes after the initial pour. It took a while for the head to settle down before I could start drinking it. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is yeasty and fruity, it smells like pears, rye/dark bread, herbs, cloves, and apples. The brew tastes like dark bread/rye, pears, apples, cloves, caramel malt, and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. The carbonation is soft which helps make it easy to drink. I liked this, and I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sturdy brown ale turned more complex and rustic. Lotsa body (thick, creamy, slick), strong English maltiness and chocolate, very earthy, spice and wood, slight tartness and surprisingly dry.

Lots of sediment.

Well made.

Reminds me of Jester King's Commercial Suicide but stronger.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark dirty brown color ale with a generous head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with light spicy notes and some herbal notes are also discernable. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with light chocolate presence, some spicy notes probably originating from the rye with some herbal notes and dry at the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Somewhat dryer then I was expecting with quite a bit of complexity.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a massive tan foam head that lasted for about 20 minutes with four fingers. Eventually I had a glass that was a third full that I could drink.

S: Aroma of musty saison yeast, leaves, brown malt, earthy hops and molasses.

T: Lots of brown malt and molasses flavors along with a grouping of damp earth and fall flavors. Some rye mixing with more chocolate flavors and earthy crystal malt sweetness. a bit of oak and rye spices.

M: highly carbonated and a heavy body for a Saison. This is classified as a Rye beer, and even at that I would still consider this relatively thick for the style. Tongue stinging presence from carbonation.

O: Overall this is a tasty beer. Different perhaps from what I had expected but very good and worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours a mahogany to burnt copper color. A robust yellowish stained tan froth sits atop with a full wall of lacing effect sticking to the glass as the cap fades.

The aromatics are comprised initially of citrus and fruity hops. An overall minor tropical feel along with a slight vegetative inclusion. That familiar scent of fruity to bready rye comes out more as the brew warms up.

The taste includes notes of caramel and toffee. Slight sweetness blends into more of a toasty rye bread flavor. It has almost a mineral-like bitterness and then a vegetative to dirty fruit character reminescent of unripe cantaloupe.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not bad but pales a bit in comparison to the other upright offeringd I have enjoyed so much. This has potential, I am just not completely sold on this particular batch/bottle I opened.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, light tan head the fizzes loudly, put is resiny and persistent. Nice grapefruit-like hop aroma. A deep amber-red color. A slight sweetness mixes with floral hops and booziness in the start. It builds into a surprising hoppiness, and the rye peeks through as the hops peak in bitterness. The finish lets the malt spice show through, and now the toasted malt makes an appearance, but is dominated by a pine/citrus-rind hop bitterness, which transitions into a fruity character.
The mouthfeel is fantastic; this is rich and has a full body.

This is pretty good, but I wish the hops were toned down a tad to better allow the malt to take a more dominant placement; there are a lot of nice malts here, and they work well with each other, but the hops easily overpower those subtleties. This is likely my Midwest bias. For a bier from the West Coast, this is surprisingly balanced.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brownish orange in color with a nice finger worth of head that left plenty of bubbly head sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the head consisting of caramel, some sour character coming through as well, hints of apples and cherries but with spices, a bit of funkiness to it, oaky undertones, and plenty of malty sweetness.

T: Really big on the caramel upfront on the palate alongside spices, apple sauce type flavor with tart apples, signs of cherries, funky character with oaky accents, a touch of rye showing its face, bready malty sweetnes and ever so slight vanilla; very complex.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, spice, bready mild funky, slightly fruity, and tart finish.

O: very interesting beer all around and was pretty tasty as well

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass at 50 degrees. 750mL bottle with no bottle date. I bought it the first day it came in at my local bottle shop, so I'm assuming that this bottle is fresh.

Appearance: Pours a very murky brown color body, a small tan head with a very moderate carbonation to it.

Aroma: Bready, earthy rye malt with an interesting saison yeast that comes through nicely, assorted pitted fruits, cherry, toasted malts, roasted coffee and cocoa, bitter hops, and a dried out oak.

Taste: Wow, very interesting, this is much different from what I expected! There is a strong combination of roasted coffee, roasted barley, dark bittersweet chocolate, and rustic rye bread characteristics that really stand out here. I get dark pitted fruits, citrus, lemon, and bready and earthy qualities from the yeast. Also getting some smooth caramel and butter scotch overtones, wheat, oat, sharp bitter hops, wood, and a black pepper spiciness. It also finishes off semi-dry in the end.

Mouth Feel: The carbonation is very minimal for a Belgian-style saison but the carbonation is moderate overall. It’s pretty drinkable, and you can easily go through a bottle pretty quickly.

Overall: I was really impressed by Upright’s #VI, I was surprised by all of the flavors throughout and by the overall complexity. I expected this to a light sessional saison with some rye and it ended up being a dark, robust, and complex rye beer with saison and porter-like qualities together. I am able to get the three other saisons from Upright, and I can’t wait to purchase them and try them as well. I decided to start on #VI because I’ve feeling a nice rye beer ever since fall came around. This was right up my alley and I will definitely be getting this again in the future.

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Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany w/ a monstrous fluffy beige head, great retention, big clumps of webby lace. Another gorgeous beer from Upright.

Aroma is spicy caramelly rye malt, floral hops, fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste is rich, malty, complex. Spice, fruit, bitter hops, caramel, warming alcohol. Me likey!

Mouthfeel is full bodied, satisfying. Finsih is clean and dry.

Overall, surprisingly good. Is it a rye beer? Is it a saison? I don't care. It's delicious.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head. Dark reddish. Just shy of an ugly beer.

Smell - Oxidized wet cardboard. Deep caramel. Not really a sweet caramel. More of an earthy aroma.

Taste - Slightly tangy. Oxidized. No rye. Some malt, but the yeastiness has dried it out and given it a sour character.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Dry and tangy. Not great, but not terrible to drink.

Overall - The worst Upright I've had. Maybe it's an old bottle, but there's not bottle date on it. Not pleasant and where's the rye?

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

5.0 A: Lightly hazed deep mahogany color. Two fingers of creamy/pillowy beige head. Retention is very good and a thick, juicy ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big caramel component to start things off. Spicy earthy rye, earthy hops, and pepper follow. Toasty with berry, orange, and apple notes. A touch of cocoa powder.

3.5 T: Starts off with caramel, cocoa powder, and plenty of earthy hoppiness. Spicy earthy rye follows with toasty malts and pepper from the yeast. Orange and apple fruitiness. The berries don't manifest in the taste. Moderate bitterness. Good flavors, but it's a little dry for my tastes and the overall flavor intensity is on the lower end.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. The carbonation is aggressive without being very spritzy. Otherwise, this has a good creaminess.

3.5 D: It's hard to pick one between Five and Six as which one I like better. They are both tasty, but they are fully different. This has some good flavors, but is missing something in the taste. Worth a try, but probably not another buy.

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Six (#6) from Upright Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.