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Special Herbs (Sole Composition Series) - Upright Brewing Company

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Special Herbs (Sole Composition Series)Special Herbs (Sole Composition Series)

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.53%
Wants: 70
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Reggae Junkie Gruit, aged in Ransom Old Tom gin barrels.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-28-2011)
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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Another #1 beer hooray! Shared by Thorpe and served in a snifter.

Yellow, hazy, lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is surprisingly Brett-y, with spice and herbs in there at as well.

Beer is light in body, oaky and bretty on the finish, nice tasting, very strong flavors, nice spice palate, overall a nice beer and I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle comes from Inflatablechair (23/166) .. Thanks for this one-off Sam!! Pours a lightly hazed pale yellow with a good white head that drops quickly .... no real retention or lacing.

Nose is very spicy... juniper and sage... something that I associate with geraniums... green apple.. tart and a bit floral.

Flavor is herbal and a bit sour... tannic underripe pit fruits.. lemony... obvious juniper.... some "turkey herbs"... I swear I get sage and even rosemary.. nasturtiums... peppery and a bit floral.

Boutique Gin for sure... Loved this one... inviting and very drinkable.... sorta like an aperitif.. God, I would love to be able to try this one again over a long evening.

3.5/3.5/4.5/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -9.9%

sideshowe, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6/24/2011

Thanks a lot, Jason!

Poured into a sniffer. A gin barrel aged Gruit? Right up my alley.

A: Looks like white wine, like a Chardonnay. Small bubbly white head. Good clarity.

S: Lactic peaches with a moderate sour quality with accompanying juniper. The gin is pronounced. Slight musty quality. 

T: Moderate lactic sourness with notes of peach and apricot. Citric acidity is at a lower moderate level. Very dry. Less gin than I detected in the flavor. A little juniper.

M: Sticky and dry. Light in body. Upper low carbonation. A little thin.

Overall: An interesting beer with unique attributes. Pretty damn good for a Gruit.

HopHead84, Jun 25, 2011
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Special Herbs (Sole Composition Series) from Upright Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.