Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 217
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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Photo of boralyl
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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 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 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 jibbyvonjibb
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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 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 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 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 landhoney
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  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.

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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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 shleepy
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of claspada
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.