Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-18-2013 06:33:48 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev -6.5%
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
4.49/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-10-2013 05:06:03 | More by standardcherry
3.83/5 rDev -10.5%
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
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
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.)
02-22-2013 03:55:23 | More by writerLJBerg
Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.