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Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.54%


Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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)."

(Beer added by: boralyl on 04-01-2012)
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aasher

Indiana

4.34/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:21:53 | More by aasher
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:20:19 | More by inlimbo77
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illidurit

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:12:05 | More by illidurit
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 15:59:21 | More by cpetrone84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:29:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:58:44 | More by AlexFields
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 06:33:48 | More by DefenCorps
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:57:07 | More by oline73
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:06:03 | More by standardcherry
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 20:30:57 | More by stakem
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:55:23 | More by writerLJBerg
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:41:54 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:04:45 | More by Thorpe429
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:29:55 | More by Rutager
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 07:17:17 | More by Rifugium
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Gobzilla

California

4.45/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:36:07 | More by Gobzilla
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 17:55:23 | More by brystmar
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ehammond1


4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:30:20 | More by ehammond1
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 19:22:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 14:19:02 | More by Slatetank
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. Hooray beer.

The appearance is autumn leaves, light ruby hues. Fairly hazy with a small, tan head that fades rapidly. Looks acetic.

The nose brings a healthy dose of raspberries, followed by wild yeast. Some lactic presence.

The flavor is pretty tasty. Yeasty raspberries with an acetic and lactic character.

A healthy sour and funk character, but nothing overwhelming.

A solid beer. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 01:13:59 | More by Huhzubendah
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claspada

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pinkish color with a little white soapy head that leaves some nice spotty lacing. Ugly amounts of fruit pectin, protein haze and yeasty goodness.

Aromas are really fruity; raspberry, light cherry, sour funk start things off. I get a little light vinous white grape presence as well.

The tastes are equally as impressive as the nose. A balanced light pale sweet malt flavor coupled with a great deal of tart berry fruitiness. Light earthy, mustiness is there in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finish is really pleasant as the tart flavors linger just enough on the palate.

Overall this version was not as good as the original sole composition release I sampled last year. Flavors were still quite solid and complex with tart berry fruits and nice light funk. Still top notch but I expected a little more.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:52:13 | More by claspada
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a pinkish raspberry color with a nice white cap, some bubbles stacked on top with lacing. The head sticks around for a minute before it fades away.

S: Lacto sting on the nose with fresh raspberries and some must, wood and Earthiness

T: Fresh raspberries, much like a puree, raspberries and cream? Some oak, Earthiness with a wild funk and lacto tartness. Pretty tart but tasty. Not a fan of raspberries but this is good.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation seemed pretty high, the tartness and raspberries linger on

O: It's good, easy to drink and hits the mark

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 12:12:04 | More by barleywinefiend
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks toArchEnemyBrew for this brew! Thanks Hollis!

reviewed from notes taken 5/23/12.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: orangish/amber/brown bodied beer that is fairly murky. No head on this beer to speak of. Little peices of fruit are noted in the beer.

Smell: Tart raspberries and vinegar.

Taste: This beer starts of moderately sour with the fruit joining the party about mid palate. Lemon, raspberry, and tart cherry.

Mouthfeel: lite to medium bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation. The beer is tart and refreshing. Really clean finish while still being sour.

Overall: A sour with raspberries and cherries is a great idea and it made a really great sour!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:38:28 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not the most appetizing appearance. A murky light brown with weird floaties on the top. Some lacing left.

Sour vinegar/raspberries scent.

Raspberries is the most prominent flavor. Hard to detect any barrel aging. Sour is a 7 on the 1 to 10 scAle, very nice.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, carbonated but not overly.

Good offering from Upright. Sourererer than your average wild, wish it looked better. Worth seeking out if you can. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:15:08 | More by Duff27
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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
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