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Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.53%
Wants: 211
Gots: 47 | 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:
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)."

(Beer added by: boralyl on 04-01-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

05-19-2012 22:58:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-16-2013 22:38:45 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%

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.

12-15-2012 16:04:45 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-14-2013 21:09:08 | More by nmann08
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-23-2014 04:48:57 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-16-2013 22:40:16 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-12-2013 00:34:06 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-26-2013 02:36:40 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

04-17-2013 06:22:11 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-03-2013 18:15:18 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-03-2014 15:27:41 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

11-06-2012 07:17:17 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

03-10-2013 05:57:07 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-20-2013 13:44:23 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-10-2013 17:06:51 | More by mendvicdog
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-21-2013 19:43:10 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

05-25-2012 12:12:04 | More by barleywinefiend
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-17-2014 06:26:19 | More by drewone
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-09-2013 21:06:29 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-29-2013 13:17:34 | More by BARFLYB
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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
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