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Late Harvest - Upright Brewing Company

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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 107
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 39
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DiabolikDUB on 04-23-2010

An ever changing small batch blend that uses a farmhouse brown ale base with any number of herbs or spices carefully chosen by our brewers to make a complex beer unlike any other. It’s barrel aged for roughly one year and every vintage is different. Cellar for two to four years, depending on vintage.

Released in 750ml bottles
Batch 1: August 2010
Batch 2: January 2011
Batch 3: October 2011
Batch 4: October 2012

This batch was "aged in second-use Big Bottom whiskey barrels and made with cubed pepper, elderberries, and grains of paradise."

Original description (2009):
"A Pinot Noir barrel-aged farmhouse-brown ale brewed with pomegranate seeds, grains of paradise and Tasmanian peppercorns. Late Harvest was brewed August 11th, 2009, and barrel-aged for over 8 months before yielding only 75 cases being cellared at the brewery until its release."
7% abv

Fall 2011 Update:
"The 2011 recipe was brewed in November with coriander, bitter orange peel, and long pepper, and has been maturing in two wine barrels, one Old Tom Gin barrel and one Whippersnapper Whiskey barrel."

Hops: magnum
Malts: organic pale, caramel, aromatic
Unmalted: black barley, rolled barley
Also: grains of paradise, pomegranate seeds, Tasmanian peppercorns
Yeast: French saison
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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 107
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo. Pours dark with lots of lace. Signficantly tart, even sour to the person sharing the bottle. A saison only in the broadest of terms,an one of a kind. Spice kitchen aroma. Tste is Yeasty and peppery, nutmeg, some cinammon and cloves. I found the mouthfeel smooth. Not for everyone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass during the 2012 Rose Bowl.

Pouts a slightly-hazy dark brown color with a nice off-white head and a little bit of lacing. The nose brings some light lactic character with a bit of cherry and stone fruits. Faint earthiness. Favor is pretty similar. Light wine character comes through a bit more here. Light body and good carbonation. Truly solid; not surprising from Upright. Big fan.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition:
Overly spiced, lots of sarsaparilla, ginseng, herbal, earthy, root-like notes. Not exactly tart, more of a weird tangy quality about it that lingers, along with the peppery spice. Can't say it's something i'd pick up again, a little too heavy handed with the spices.

Served in a mini nonic pint.

Murky dark reddish copper, thin ring of white foam, visible carb trails.

Vinous aromas of concord grape and acetic sharpness, mellow sweet grain underneath that reminded me of multigrain bread.

Tart zesty grape fruitiness, crisp with very little sweetness. Akin to a mellower version of La Folie almost, its much less acetic. Dry finish, trace breadiness. Reminiscent of Flanders style ales, this is more wild ale than straight up saison, but it seems intended as a style-bender.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/02/12 notes. Batch 1 bottle shared by yourefragile; thanks Michael. Samples right after Upright's Seven Saison; 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pour a dark reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, wine, oak, sour fruits, grapes, yeast, and earthy notes. A little sourness to it that is great. Really love the nose.

t - Tastes or spices, dark fruits, oak, yeast, earthy notes, and fruity malts. Nice, but not nearly as sour as the nose; a bit of a step down, though I still like it a lot.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good saison; I liked it a bit better than the Seven. The nose is a bit sour which I loved, and really made it for me. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a tulip. I guess this is the most recent version listed (2012 made with elderberries.) It pours a ruby brown mahogany color with a thick khaki head. A full wall of patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is fresh and juicy with an unidentifiable fruity character. Some hops are noted with an herbal element overtop a chocolate malt scent. It is a bit tangy smelling towards the back.

The taste is like chocolate covered fruit. Some tangy alcohol upfront blends into a mild peppery quality. A sweetness like caramel or toffee fades into the aftertaste. Overall it is a unique combination of flavors but isnt bad. The tangy element was a bit of an outlier in the profile.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An ok beer by Upright standards. I would not pass on trying this again but at the same time, I think other Upright offerings are more deserving of your money.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is dark orange with a quarter inch of off white head. The aroma is inviting, with scents of citrus fruit, spice, white wine, grapes. Nice flavor, with prominent grape and tannic characters. White grape juice with a touch of wild yeast. Light bodied, but not thin. Nice feel. Overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for the bottle share. Not sure of batch. From notes.

A nice light tan brown, kind of a mix of dark chestnut and mahogany body. Head unfortunately disappeared before I could see what color it was. Otherwise straightforward and appealing.

Bouquet is a nice light tannic sour quality. Hints of light brown toasty bread hide in the back with a spicy yeasty character, and brown ale like nutty malts. Pleasant aroma and balanced and somewhat distinct.

Good tannic nutty mid palate on first sip, with a nice mighty funk. Caramel really washes over the mid palate nicely particularly on the finish. A nice medium carbonation that supports the flavors nicely. Feel isn't particularly impressive, but it's perfectly fine and not distracting from the palate.

Overall this was quite a unique saison and it is one that I will remember.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, Batch 1, sent by msubulldog25, shared with some friends.

Pours a dark, clear amber brown with a tan tight head that has nice retention and streaks of lacing. Earthy, vinous aroma with dark fruit, wine and grainy spice. Flavor is similar to nose, but slightly more tart and vinous. Medium full body with fine carbonation and dry finish. Wow, aging nicely, big fan of this.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to hophead 84 for crakin this bottle out at barrel blast

A: poured a chocolate brown in color with yellowish highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma did saome spice, floral, vinegar, and slight raspberries notes but I was able to sniff out pomegranate, peppercorn, tart, and acidic notes with hints of citrus.

T: the wine barrel and vinous character was more apparent on the palate with pomegranate, peppercorn, spice, tart accents and a touch of acidic citrus; pretty complex flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a spice, slight fruity, citrusy, acidc, and tart finish.

D: I really enjoyed their take on a saison farmhouse style brew which was tasty and drank quite well. Definitely had more dimension than your average farmhouse style beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks, Luke! Bottle opened by me at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Deep crimson and based with a small off white head.

S: Plum, grape, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorn with a decided spiciness. Quite vinous. Olives... Some bready malts. Olives!

T: Olive, cinnamon, nutmeg, grape, plum, peppercorn, lactic notes. Interesting.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting blend of spices and vinous notes.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light brown color with good carbonation leaving a light brown head and some bubbles

S: Pinot for sure. Wood, tartness

T: Pinot very evident on this brew, nice tartness, spices tended to be masked by the Pinot and tartness. Had a tad of funk too

M: Lighter booze, plenty of yeast and lots o carbonation here

D: Good indeed, easy to drink. Try it

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. 2012

pours a mahogany brown with a nice head. smell of coriander..cinnamon..a ton of spices honestly. taste is super in your face with a huge rush of tons of different spices. real hard to describe. one of the most different beers I've had. medium bodied, medium carbonation..ABV undetectable.

overall a real interesting beer that will have a lot of differing opinions on.

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Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with amber edges and an off-white one finger head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Vinous, earthy aroma with lots of spices and dry oak.  Strong rye presence with pepper, coriander, ginger and clove.  Really unique but the barrel, spice and spirit notes dominate and overpower everything else.  

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a strong vinous barrel presence that lingers over the spice and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish.  Hints of ginger, pepper, clove, coriander and juniper compliment the dry oak barrel but overpower the rest of the flavor.  As it warms, the malt profile becomes a bit stronger with some caramel and toffee but the barrel presence still dominates.  Lots of boozy spirit flavor but not much heat.   Vinous fruit notes add some complexity but the barrel is just to strong for my preference.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.26.12
I am assuming this is Batch 4

A - Pours a light brown with an explosive tan head, pretty active but fades rather quickly.

S - Lots of barrel tones, wood, spices - dark.

T - Dark spices, earthy barrel notes, woody.

D - Great carbonation with a light body.

O - Dark, spices, barrel. Good but seems a bit like all the others.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; split

I think this is batch #4. all batches are different and the internet is of very little help in distinguishing

appearance: pretty sweet label design - served in my great lakes chalice, muddy garnet body, foamy off-white head with a ring of lace

smell: tart yeast, barrel, vinous

taste: a barrel aged farmhouse brown - nice vinous notes (pinot?), oak barrel, tart cherry, orange peel, juniper, bread, pepper. A real nice beer for the season.

mouthfeel: light, crisp carbonation, delicate

overall: very good

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2013 release, consumed fairly fresh. "The 2013 installment of this annual seasonal release is a brown ale spiced with cinnamon, allspice and cubeb pepper, then aged in rum casks from Bull Run Distilling."

A very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with solid retention and nice lacing. The nose is rather spicy. Christmas spices abound, there's plenty of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, along with QUITE a bit of brown sugar from the rum barrel. As a result, this smells sweet and floral, rather potpourri-like, along with some cola-like aromatics. The base beer is hidden.

The palate opens with the rum barrel characteristics dominating, lending brown sugar, cola, some vanilla and charred wood. The cinnamon and allspice (I swear, it tastes like there's some mace as well) meld really well with the rum barrel sweetness. This beer really does bring to mind a nice winter warmer/Christmas beer. Toasted pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, toffee are present. Medium in body with medium-low carbonation, this beer finishes with rummy sweetness and cinnamon. Not wholly my cup of tea, but nicely done.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure of the vintage, but believe it might have been the 2012. Pours a hazy amber-brown with a light tan head. Nose is very much reminiscent of pumpkin pie - it reminds me very much of a winter warmer. Taste is also similar to a winter warmer; however, there's also a peppery quality and the grains of paradise are also discernible in the spice and malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy carbonation. Overall, I'm not really clear on how this beer can be classified as a farmhouse ale. In that regard, it falls a bit short; however, as a winter warmer, it's quite pleasing.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to writerLJBerg for a lovely-looking extra from Upright, a new brewery for me. Busted open with the wife holding out an empty glass for a pour.

Hard to get a traditional bottle opener under the lip of the cap, had to resort to one of the fancy ones from a beer festival to release the liquid. Pours gorgeous, spit-polished bronze, only 2/3 of the bottle out due to the unknown state of the potentially mucky bottom. Smell is lemon Glade with a dash of wild bass line, & a light, airy tartness. Nice start.

Late Harvest gives off an immediate, distinct champagne vibe; this could almost pass itself off as not belonging to the extended family that is 'beer'. Trumpet notes of lemon tang, spicy wine (I'm a Pinot fan, good call Upright), pepper, light champagne-style yeasts. No hint of brown here, indeed, barely any indication of malts at all, the body is light, sheer, carefree. For all it lacks the stereotypical attributes of 'beer', I find my left hand frequently leaving the home row of ASDF to sneak to the glass. I don't dissuade it. Not sure what the right is doing.

This is an unexpected, excellent beer that mixes genres like a mash-up artist, & doesn't taste like anything I've sampled previously. I have one more Upright in the cellar. Looking forward to it even more, now.

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Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Light and fruity saison yeast, some nice barrel wood and a little lactic sourness with some light sweet spice.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and red wine tang with a good hit of barrel wood. There's a little malt, not caramel tasting but somewhere along those lines, fairly dry. Some peppery spice and maybe a little sweet spice as well, but it's very faint. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine but fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. I've passed this one by many times like many others. This is one of those cases where I feel dumb for doing so. Great beer that I'll be buying again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Muddy reddish-brown body with a half in chi of coarse tan foam. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Wow. Spicy, funky wild yeast and plenty of vinous, tannic oak. Pleasantly tart and extremely complex. Wonderful sour aroma.

T: Spicy (rosemary?) pinot noir, lightly tannic + acetic tartness, and a cleanly sour finish. Great.

M: Oddly smooth medium body with moderate, fine, late-developing carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: Intense, but balanced. The alcohol doesn't show up at all.

Notes: This is my second Upright sour/saison (the other being Four Play), and Late Harvest was equally weird, fascinating, and delicious. I'll definitely be seeking out more from this brewery. Huge thanks to Matt for bringing this bottle back from Portland and sharing it with us.


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to piclee for this.

4.0 A: Hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and some lacing.

4.0 S: Quite interesting. The barrel comes through very strongly with this one. Lots of oak, lots of Pinot with an acid-like twang, and some tannins. Some peppery spiciness, but only a touch with a small amount of herbalness as well. The barrel components cover up a lot of the subtleties.

3.5 T: First sip was mighty puckering, but mainly due to shock. Lightly sour, but astringently so. Earthy overall and reasonably spicy with pepper on the forefront. Wood, Pinot, lemon, and light funkiness. Not bad, but it's missing depth at the malt level.

3.0 M: Light body. Carbonation seems to dissipate quickly with this one. I know it poured with plenty of carbonation, but by the end of the glass, I wish it had more. This could really use a bit more body. It would cut the sourness a bit, but it would improve overall.

2.5 D: Mouthfeel and lack of malt depth make this one not too drinkable. Indeed, the 750 of this was way more than I wanted. The barrel aging in this case seemed to be fine, but the base beer could use some work.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason! 750ml bottle in Narke tulip.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, cream-colorhead head, thin ring, wisps on top.

S - Lots of herbal/medicinal notes, some slightly sweet fruity notes in there as well, some oak, and a light amount of sourness.

T - More of the same...herbal/medicinal, fruity barrel notes. I pick up more whisky then gin, but I'm not really digging the combo of both in the same beer.

M - Medium, good carbonation, earth oak finish.

O - Meh, not really impressed. I would say slightly above average and really had to force myself to finish my pour. Upright usually kills it, but not into this one. Not sure if it's the combo of barrels used or what, but I'll pass.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick 750ml brown bottle, one of several cellared since the August 2010 release. Opened and poured to a wide-mouthed goblet a couple weeks back, so this review comes from notes.

Another fine label by SamuraiArtist1 (Ezra wrote several interesting posts about the design process on his 'The New School' blog), this one a handful of tossed grains.

A: Sultry auburn-tinged chestnut, deeper reddish glow at the core. Look closely and find the finest hanging silt (after 8 months spent stewing in a pinot barrel, you'd be foggy, too). Brief khaki head, maybe a 1/2 finger at best, that drops to a perky film and lasting ring. Tons of streaming carbonation; fractured lace.

S: Musty tartness (crushed apple, cherry) and a sweeter grapeskin tannin/'wine barrel' oak aroma. Green herbs and spicy pepper. Twitches in the nose, grows more complex as it warms. Strong and appealing.

T: Brash and tangy right away, lots of rad wine and woodiness intermingled with pit fruits. It's a big roasted brown ale with indistinct spices/malts (rye bread? a little sourdough?). Nutty middle, a very dry finish (sugars minimized).

M: Nice carbonation, active and creamy. Yeasty coating lends a little lip-smacking stickiness, but enough to really detract. Medium build.

D: Took a long time to finish, truth be told. Sure it's a big bottle, but even with dinner and some leisure time it's a sipper. Give it time, let it warm, sniff, savor. Big flavors and aroma and interesting throughout; do yourself a favor (Portlanders) and find a bottle before it's gone (still seen at several Whole Foods in the past week ~ but at $15 per...).

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Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Murky dark brown and dark ruby with a small cap of brown bubbles atop. Leaves the glass spotted with stick.

There's some definite lactic sour character, which surprised me, in the aroma, along with dark cherries, earth, lots of sharp oak notes, and a very mild wet hay character. Complex, and slightly sweet.

The flavor follows the aroma, with more lactic sour character than I was anticipating, some tart cherry notes, mild earth funk, brine, olives, and sharp, somewhat tangy yeast. Unique, complex, and overall enjoyable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Unique, interesting, and evolving. I'm glad I shared this a few ways as I don't think I could drink a ton of this, but overall I liked it very much.

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with the faintest tinge of mahogany in the light, fluffy off white head, good lacing on the glass all the way through. Nose is spicy with notes of black licorice, alcohol and a bitter presence. The palate is funky with dark malt, pepper, root beer a wonderful sourness that leads into a nice acidic property that you would find in red wine. Medium mouthfeel that is so very smooth, the grape notes from the barrel aging show up big time here. It feels like red wine in your mouth. Overall this was extremely drinkable and possibly my favorite of the night, incredible stuff here. If you have the opportunity to try this you really should.

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Late Harvest from Upright Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.