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Blend Love - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 211
Gots: 42 | 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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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.

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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.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.