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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 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 landhoney
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of boralyl
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
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