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Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 261
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 216
Gots: 42 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 261
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.61/5  rDev -14%
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.)

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of MarcWP
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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Photo of claspada
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of shleepy
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

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Photo of Duff27
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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.

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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!

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Photo of kevanb
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1295th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

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.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.