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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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boralyl

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a small white head that fades pretty quickly. The beer has a medium amber color with a little pink-ish hues mixed in.

S - The nose is full of raspberries and acidity. Upon further examination there are some bretty notes apparent as well. Very nice fruity/sour aroma.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got a pretty dry finish. I feel like it's slightly under-carbonated, but could become more so as it ages.

T - The taste if full of raspberry fruit flavor. There is some sweet malt character mid-taste followed by a nice lactic sourness with a hint of vinegar. The beer finishes with a sour bite and a small amount of lingering malt sweetness.

Yet another excellent release from Upright. The fruit flavor from the raspberries is perfect and the sourness complements it w/o it being overpowering. There is a little malt sweetness present too, which makes for an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:46:57 | More by boralyl
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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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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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jibbyvonjibb

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

traded for Beat
bottle 750mL

A: dark amber. hazy. no head.
S: raspberry jam. seed bitterness. fresh.
T: slight sweetness. no bitterness.
m: nice body from the acids. slight amount of residual sugar left. dry crisp finish
O: delicious. i may be biased becuase i love raspberries.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:55:27 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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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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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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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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landhoney

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent sour, nice bright raspberry aroma and flavor, that came through more in the flavor. Slight funk, but not much. Nice and sour, I imagine a lot of it coming from the raspberries. Mouthfeel was very good, not too dry and no real bitterness. Very easy drinking, and fairly complex, just a very delicious beer, pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 19:35:40 | More by landhoney
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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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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

750ml bottle thanks to Kelton.
Enjoyed on 4.29.12.

A - Pours a medium, cider brown with a one finger light tan head, very fizzy but fades pretty quickly.

S - Funk, wild flowers, old fruit.

T - Tart cherry and raspberries. A nice subtle funk.

D - Great carbonation with a light body. Just about right.

O - Another great Upright Sour. Keep'em coming.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:25:21 | More by HuskyinPDX
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FosterJM

California

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

1295th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750Ml

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- A ruddy looking red/brown with only a slight amount of bubbles behind it. Looked okay in the glass but just didnt seem right.

Smell- A lot of fruit and malts on the nose of this one. A good amount of sour vinegar and earthy notes behind it. The flavors meshed well and didnt overpower eachother.

Taste- My god this was good. So many layers behind each one. The additional cherries and raspberries add a sweet tingly touch with the oak adding the vanilla and earthy notes. As some have mentioned the nose is better. I found the opposite.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium dry carbonation. A lot of the fruits and oak remain on this one.

Drink- I really enjoyed this one. Upright wasnt messing around with this one and it showed. Layered brilliantly with outstanding fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:15:31 | More by FosterJM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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shleepy

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 750 bottle info tulip glasses. Writing based on ~3-week-old notes.

A: Copper, opaque, virtually no head.

S: Heavy raspberry jam, some funk and sourness. Very framboise-like (the Lambic style, that is), not surprisingly.

T: Rasperries, plenty of sourness, funk. Some smooth mocha oakiness towards the end (which barrels+cherries sometimes contribute).

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Not much carbonation, but not flat.

O: Excellent stuff. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:01:55 | More by shleepy
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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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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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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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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Thanks to Starrdog for sharing a pour of this at a recent random Thursday. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy head, low retention, some carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma is all raspberries, a little surprising but very strong.

Beer is light in body and quite tart, it is strong and has a lot of raspberry. The finish is tart in the corners of my mouth and dry. It is good but it is not their best beer but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 16:19:18 | More by drabmuh
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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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bauermj. Served in a Närke tulip.

A - Minimal off-white foam settles to some wisps, big-bubbled collar, and minimal lace. Murky dark cider body, with lots of visible bubbles adhering to the glass.

S - Hefty raspberry aroma, some lactic yogurt flavors, vanilla, perhaps a touch of cherry, stone fruit malts, hint of oak. Mostly musky overripe fruits though. Quite intricate, potent, and enjoyable.

T - The taste isn't quite as strong, as it seems to be dominated by dry oak and under-ripe 'green' raspberries. There's also a mildly seltzer flavor. Significantly less fruity and sweet, with some mild tartness present.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry and tannic from the oak and fruit. Could use a tad more spritz, but otherwise as expected.

D - It's quite easy to drink, but doesn't live up to the extremely enjoyable aroma. Enjoyable, and a beer I'd certainly drink again, but not particularly memorable among the increasingly crowded field.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:56:32 | More by MasterSki
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of GuruDel.

Pours a murky honey brown with no head and no lacing. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with sour berry and slight vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same but is not as sour as the smell would lead you to believe. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wild ale but I am enjoying the aroma more than the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:58:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.