Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 216
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: boralyl on 04-01-2012

A mix of barrel aged Four and Six using cherry and raspberry along with souring yeasts and bacteria. It's fruit forward in the nose with a balanced flavor bringing the malts and oak together. Named for friend and colleague Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing Company.


Released March 2012 (750ml bottles)
Second Release - March 2013

From Upright's blog:
"...essentially the Four Play but with barrel aged Six with raspberries mixed in. The inaugural release... used 25% of the Six. It's an evolution of the Four Play, giving it added layers - more malt, more alcohol, deeper color, and more fruit (but still in check with the malt profile)."
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Ratings: 258 | Reviews: 39
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Could have been more sour, the fruit is present but not that much.

Photo of MarcWP
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latest batch into wine glass.


Appearance is cherry wood in color sporting an active off white head that settles quickly to nothing. Body is quite clear for such a dark beer with plenty of light coming through. I'm guessing the yeast sediment will make for a murkier pour from the bottom half of the bottle.


Aroma is of sweet cherry juice, raspberry purée, a touch of oak, and a vinous sweet pink wine. Not the most complex aroma but quite pleasing.


Flavors of cherry skins, raspberry seeds, cherry pulp, oak tannins, with a hint of cranberry acidity. Again, not the most complex flavor but pleasing and easy drinking. Slightly acetic but not distracting.


The beer sports a "heftier" light body, low level of carbonation, and pretty dry mouthfeel. A hint of fruity sweetness is present but finishes dry with a tannic feel. Acidity is in check and makes this very drinkable.


Overall a pleasant but partly underwhelming beer. The finish lacks a strong flavor presence and the overall profile is pretty one note (well maybe two, cherry/raspberry). Though it lacks complexity and flavor punch it drinks really nicely and offers up good fruity flavors with a nice level of sourness and clean finish. Recommended to try at least once but not necessarily to search the corners of the earth for one.

Photo of KevSal
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Decided to crack this guy, I remember trying the first batch and was hoping to try it again. Boy oh boy!
Upright did it right with this one.

Looks better than I was expecting but lets go to the nose, one sniff and you can tell this goin to be good. Im talkin Belgium good. Funk, sour and fungus right up front, very reminiscent to my memory of Zomer. That dirty fungus is right up front and im loving it.
Most shocking part, taste follows suit. This stuff is fantastic, really if I knew it was going to be this great I would have shared this guy.
mouth feel is spot one, nice carbonation o a medium body.

Overall this beer is stellar, I put it up with aged 3F (although I guess this guy is somewhat aged.)

I hope to try this guy again in the future, if Upright keeps it up (there anniversary ale was great) they are going to the top. track this one down

Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2014 release, poured into a Cantillon degustation glass.

The beer pours a medium burgundy color, hues or bright reds, hazy and opaque with a nice finger of white head that has moderate retention and yields no lace. Lots of berries on the nose, raspberry, cherry, lightly tart, oaky, brown sugar, light spice, pie filling comes to mind, light malty base. The berries translate well on the tongue, tart cherry and raspberry, very seedy with some wine like red grain and tannins, subtle funkiness, soft oak, pie filling and spices with a bit of brown sugar while the base saison plays a small role, although its darker flavor wise than expected. The mouthfeel is zippy, nice lively feel, creamy at times towards the finish while coating the mouth very well.

Verdict: A nice fruited sour/saison beer. The berries are expressed very well, the base fades out and gives way to the tartness/sourness and the fruit, but that doesn't detract from how enjoyable the beer is. Very pleasant balance and it steers clear of biting sourness, definitely a successful and delicious beer.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rouge-tinted orange gold. Bone white hazy foam.

S - Green apple and nectarine with a lemon sourness which attacks the nose.

T - Tart pucker up front followed by sour fruited wood. Some oak but I'd like more. Highly comparable to Cascade's offerings (which I find to be good yet lacking depth and interest), although with a vague - rather than specific - fruitiness.

M - I didn't make any notes on the mouthfeel which means it was unobtrusive. I remember it being quite sticky and with medium body and carbonation.

O - A pleasant sour but not mind-blowing. Simply did not have the complexity, depth, and oak character which I was expecting. Sourness rendered it fairly one-dimensional, although it was a little funkier than some of the most simplistic wild ales I've had.

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was courtesy of 22uesday in a recent trade. Thanks Sam!

Blend Love pours a lighter bodied and bright, rosy copper in color with light effervescent lacing around the glass. The nose features aromas of slightly sweet raspberry, light but tart cherry, oak, light acidity, and subtle wild yeast. The fruit becomes more prevalent in the nose as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The flavors are very clean. It's clean and racy with tart raspberry and tart cherry with a moderate amount of brett. It also has a subtle rose water esque character to it as well that leads into the slightly oaky finish. This bottle is approaching a year old but the fruit still has a nice presence. The mouthfeel is light and clean. An initial rush of flavor and carbonation swarm your palate, leaving you with a slightly dry wild yeast flavor after each sip. Overall I think that this beer is a lot of fun and a spectacular American wild. The cherry and raspberry work very well together. I wish that there were more beers like this. It's definitely one of the better barrel aged saisons out there and well worth your while.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2013
Deschutes TEKU

A: Hazy pinkish orange color. Highly carbonated. Later of light pinkish white color. Sticks around a while. Lots of little bubbles coming up sides of glass.

S: Really nice tart raspberry on the nose. Pulling the cherry too. Oak tannic quality. Dry and musty. Mild funk.

T: Punch of tart fruit up front. Raspberry and dark cherry flavors. Continues to the mid palate. Oak tannic dryness. Funk from the yeast. Not as "sour" as I was initially expecting. Dry finish. Some lingering fruit flavor.

M: Lighter side of medium. High carbonation.

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

Thanks to Michael for this bottle. Pours a gloomy burnt orange color, like a dark tequila sunrise (sunset?). Sublime aroma, perfectly lactic and milky with sweet cherries and a nice raspberry tartness. Flavor follows in kind, bursting with soft fruit, about 60/40 cherry to raspberry. Creamy lactic mouthfeel, pillowy on the palate, sourness is modest but appreciable. Basically the beer version of a nice lean Greek yogurt with perfectly ripe fruit on top. Fantastic beer.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pour is mostly transparent amber with a white head. Nose is nice, barrel and vanilla, strong berry, dusty Brett and a hint of leather. Taste is less barrel, more raspberry and cherry, light dusty note. Lighter body with a moderate carbonation, slightly sour dry finish.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a light pink color head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma consists of fresh tart raspberries with some oak and light acidic notes. Taste is dominated by tart raspberries notes with some oak and light tart cherries with a light vinous finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Loads of complexity in this beer while retaining a great level of drinkability with great refreshing notes.

Photo of AlexFields
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a dark amber, almost reddish in color, not much of a head. Pretty average in appearance.

Smells of bright sour berry fruit, especially raspberry, some sweetness to balance the sourness, a hint of funk.

Lots of sweet fruit flavor, pretty damn sour too. Really yummy.

Pretty good mouthfeel, nice carbonation, refreshing.

8.4/10

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's taken me long enough to get around to checking out Upright. Bottle from Beer Mongers. Supposedly the last one they had.

A mildly hazy reddish pink with a dense, pink-tinged white head that falls off to a wispy disk leaving no lacing, this is what you'd expect for an AWA. The nose is pleasant and refreshing. It's nice to see a brewer recognize that Brett can be quite refreshing if given equal footing to the sourness. Cherry skins, raspberries lend a fruity acidity, Brett adds funk/hay/ a faint bandaid aroma that actually *really* works, and there's a moderate lactic and yogurt-y tartness that rounds out the nose. There's also some wheat on the nose, and coupled with the hay, this really does smell rustic

The palate opens with plenty of fresh, juicy fruit, tart and sweet with the raspberries a little more prominent than the cherries, with their acidity blending well with the cherry sweetness. The fruit does whelm the Brett character some, especially the grass/ hay aspects, but the mild clove/bandaid character does lend a mild bitterness on the finish. Wheaty, lactic and yogurt-like sourness are present on the mid-palate. Clean, drying, and lactic on the finish with cherry sweetness and creme fraiche, this beer is medium-light in body, medium-high in carbonation (arguably a little too much, but not enough for me to ding the score) and pleasant on the palate. No tannins are present/noticeable. An enjoyable fruited AWA.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a small layer of off white head. The smell is light and fruity. Raspberries dominate the smell, but once I was told there were cherries I could smell them. The taste is tart but smooth with more raspberries than cherries. This was a nice sour beer and a good use of fruit.

Photo of standardcherry
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Murky but vibrant red/orange/slightly brown beer with a small white head.
S: Funky and acidic. TONS of raspberry, with citrusy sourness. Lots of lactic acidity.
T: BURST of raspberry. WOW, this is like a kick of raspberry to the face. Mild funkiness and lots of lactic sourness. A bit of oakiness.
M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.
O: This is a very nice sour. I loved the raspberry flavors in this. Upright is doing some excellent stuff.

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Stormking47 for the share. The brew appears a clear burnt copper color with a tan finger atop. A webby finger-like pattern of lace sticks to the glass.

The aromatics are sweet and seedy smelling with a natural raspberry essence. A soft touch of earth comes across that blends the lines between what I think might be hops and the natural scent of raspberry.

The flavor is tart from a combination of bacteria and also an unripe sort of raspberry character. Like the nose, this comes off very natural feeling with that previously mentioned seedy aspect. A bit of lemony tartness is also present with a mild note of plastic into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking with what I feel are some minor flaws but the natural character of this keeps it interesting. Not the best wild ale from this brewery but pretty respectable and worth a try.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL purchased from Bottles last year. Split 2 years. This is the 3 year anniversary (since this is the blend of cherry and raspberry unlike the Sole Comp.)

A: Murky clay-brown. Lacing ends up with a ring of Saturn torn out of the middle. Not pretty by a long shot, but it'll do.

N: Stinging raspberries, acetone, vinegar, cherry, and oak. Oak is composed of a general woodiness. Not a penetrating smell by any mans. Floral elements abound as dust an attic mustiness.

T: Quite sour. Cherries are in concert with the raspberries - neither dominate. Lemon juice concentrate, tannic oakiness, some soapiness, and a lot of horse blanket and attic dust. Clementine oranges that were soaked in vinegar.

M: Surprisingly light and somewhat watery.

O: An enjoyable beer, but it's not a stand out in an crowded field. I miss the original's burst of fruit, so this might get unfairly downgraded because of that aspect. A balanced beer and not one to disappoint, but it's not their best. (Though, I don't find most of Upright's sours to be top tier.)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks metalgdog for sharing
The beer pours a hazy copper with no head. The nose is slightly tart and sour, with a touch of fruit, but the fruity aroma is not as distinct as in four play. The taste is semi-sweet with tart sourness and a huge punch of distinct raspberries in the aftertaste. it's light-medium bodied sour with an excellent, lingering, fruity and tart aftertaste. The beer is damn tasty and deserves to  consumed now before the raspberries fade!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this one. Served in a cervoise. Pours a nice pinkish red color with a nice white head that falls to a collar and leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose is loaded with fresh, tart raspberries and some background earth. Flavor has a nice acidity and good raspberry, though it’s not quite as lush as the nose. Light body with good carbonation and a moderate acidity through the finish. Quite nice.

Photo of Rutager
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep peachy-amber with some haze and a thin white head.

Smell. Floral, sour berries, cherries , and even some peaches with a bunch of nice woody funk. Yum.

Taste. Sour fruits, mainly red berries, cherry, and vinegar. Some dank funk and old wood. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. Not as tasty as I had hoped. I liked Four Play much better, but still a fine sour.

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Brian (msubulldog) for supplying me with this bottle.
I opened it for a Nov. '12 Philly 'burbs bottle share.

Poured a rose-mahogany color with a small bubbly head that retained in the form of a few stray bubbles on the liquid surface. Aroma of fruit and wildflowers, mild sensations of lacto and funk. Taste was delightful and not too tart/sour, raspberries and maraschino cherries, slight vanilla/almond sweetness, with a touch of grassy funk and earth. Crisp and clean, flavorful, medium-bodied, and just a great drinker all around. Kind of wish I had more (ISO?), because I could easily polish off a bottle (or more) of this myself. But I was glad to share it with the group, and it was a definite highlight of the session for me.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pinkish in color with amber brown highlights and a nice half finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront I could detect some funkiness to it with acidic character, plenty of raspberry fruit coming through, a little lemony citrus, and sour notes.

T: the acidic lactic notes were more apparent on the palate alongside great raspberry fruit flavor, nice funkiness to it, slight lemon twang, but mildly dry.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, funky, slightly acidic, citrusy, sour and slightly dry finish.

O: this was a damn good beer and very impressed from upright. I'll definitely be seeking out more of the wild ales from these guys. Good lookin out beezler

Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle signed (and doodled!) by the brewer.

Beautiful pour: hazy brown/red hue, plenty of tan head, stubborn lace clings to my glass. Fresh, fruity aroma showcases raspberries amongst the funky yeast with mild black cherry accents. Deserves a 4.25 on aroma, rounding up. Mmmmm.

Fruit and oaky wine characters lead the way. Persistent tartness start to finish. Cherries seem to vanish as the puckering raspberry flavors take over. A handsome, well-rounded sour that's firmly of the American style.

Another stellar fruited sour from the guys at Upright. They need to produce a 100-barrel batch of this stuff soon so I can buy a case. Bravo!

Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, cavemanlawyer!

Dark raspberry in color with a quickly forming, persistent, light pink head that leaves irregular spiderwebs and spots of lace down the glass. A gorgeous beer.

A very well rounded, integrated, lovely aroma: fresh raspberries, some mild hay and barnyard funk, along with some definite lactic sourness.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, and is delicately layered, intricate, and well-rounded: fresh raspberries, earth, moderate sourness, and some very mild barnyard and hay. No flavor is particularly dominant, and this is exceptionally drinkable.

A master of mouthfeel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but velvety. The flavor melt away yet come together exceptionally well.

I was very impressed with this one.

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this to the recent slatetank stout tasting. Many thanks to Harry (drabmuh) for trading me two bottles of this delicious stuff.

The beer pours roasy peach color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is very impressive and outrageous, showcasing considerable sour funk, light rose petal, light vanilla and some underlying raspberry. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but isn't quite as intense. Still, considering the low abv., this beer delivers plenty of flavor, on a light sour frame. The beer is quite light and refreshing, and there's something of a sweet tart finish to this beer that I really like. Absolutely delightful... the flavors come across as clean and bright, and drinkabilty is just exceptional.

Very, very nice...

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to johnmichaelsen for sharing this at my birthday, enjoyed with abru17, tenderbranson69 among others.

a very hazed and rose colored mix of golden with thick white band of cream with fine bead, retention is good and there is lots of fast moving carbonation visible. The smell is very tart with sweet notes of cherry and a vinous note that is pleasant. The feel is very tart with slight tannin and mild juicy sweet element mixed with the sour tinges and finish is dry w/ mildly astringent element.

The taste is nicely blended (pun intended) with tart raspberry and subtle cherry sweetness with a mild vinous element with a nice juxtaposition between the sweet and sour. The taste is juicy at times and also has a mild bit of malt to add to the fruit with a lot of lactic acid, a very nice blend of the base with the wild yeast. I really enjoyed this and was thankful to John for sharing this unique beer, a real pleasure to sip and savor.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.