Hearts’ Beat
Upright Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #463
Ranked #5,571
4.19 | pDev: 9.31%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Hearts’ BeatHearts’ Beat
Notes: Hearts’ Beat was brewed first using Chelan cherries from Baird Family Orchards. Those are very dark and intense fruit, so the route on that beer was to showcase the fruit above all else. To achieve that, Upright brewers started with their usual process of using a very basic grist with aged hops for minimal bitterness, then ran the wort directly into eight casks that contained over 100 pounds of fruit in each. A blend of two different brettanomyces strains with some lactobacillus was added and the barrels sat for one year before blending and bottle conditioning which began in July of of 2016. The high tannin level lends the beer a distinct edge that holds up well against the acidity, and the amount of fruit makes the beer drink much like a cherry wine, a character that is enhanced at cellar temp over typical beer serving temperature. The Hearts’ Beat is not intended to mimic Belgian Kriek or any defined style, but rather to follow in the path of Fantasia as a beer combining elements of Belgian lambics, saisons, and our the brewers own whims.

Grains: two-row, wheat, melanoidin, special roast
Hops: 2012 harvest Columbia, aged at room temp
Also: Chelan cherries
Brewed: June 14th 2014, bottles on July 1st 2015
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jheimbigner
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2018 vintage

L - gorgeous deep cherry red, reminiscent of a red berry pie.
S - cherry, slight acidity and metallic. Some cinnamon as it warms. Very muted for a cherry beer.
T - follows the nose. Light jammy cherry pie, acidity and light cinnamon
F - light and dances on the tounge. Could be a little more carbonated.
O - not blown away by this. It is good, but not for a $15 for a 375. Could get a bottle of Rodenbach for about the same. Because every aspect of this beer (besides look) is so muted, I am wondering if it has developed off flavors.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 Hearts’ Beat

This pours a malty cherry color with thin lacing. Light aroma, bested by an extremely tart kick. Lots of sour cherry and a drying finish. Opens as it warms, releasing even more cherry goodness.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

All right! Like a Stevie Wonder single, this one is speaking to me. Super tart, nice acid like London in the 90's... Beautiful red Hue like Moreen O'Hara on a Saturday night...

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at bottle share. Pours out a nice burgundy color with small pink head. Aroma kicks off with big tart cherries, and some earthy wood notes. Cherries follow through to taste, a fair amount of pucker, more of the barrel coming through.

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Photo of Benish
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a translucent ruby red color with very little head that disappeared quickly. No lacings around the glass. Very heavy aromas of tart cherries and raspberries. It smells very funky with little notes of barnyard and vinegar. Taste instantly sour but it doesn't take over and wrecks the palate. It allows the sweet, tart cherries to flourish in the mouth. Its depth is very rich and sweet with a lactic tartness. It also has a sweet vinous quality of red fruit wine. Tart cherry pie is left at the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall its comparable to the New Glarus Belgian Red beer for its intensity and depth of the tart cherries yet it's still different for its sour and funky characteristic.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Upright.

A blood red with a thin off white head with no retention or lacing, this looks OK. Great color, though. Similar too Shades, this has a big Upright funk, earth, grass and hay, but also the huge cherry character. Big fruit, fleshy red cherries with more skin tannins, juicier, fruitier, beautiful. The palate opens with cherry juice, lemon juice, a little lactic acid and grassy hay in great balance. The cherries really shine on the mid palate lending a big fruitiness with minimal cherry pit character. Lingering sourness with a blend of mostly lactic acid with some lemon, a lot of cherry fruit and a hint of vanilla, this is excellent. Carbonation is a little higher, clashing a little with the intense fruit character, resulting in a little poorer moutfeel. Marginally better than Shades? Maybe.

**Edit Sept 29 2017**
Bottle, 2015 vintage.

Deep, funky cherries, leathery, earthy, mild vanillin and with a ton of lactic funk, this is beautiful and refined. Vinous, earthy, this is a fruitier Supplication. Excellent. 4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 21 Nov 2018**
Growler of the 2018 vintage from The Growler Guys.
Really reminding me of Supplication but with a less lactic sourness, this beer is spice and fruit forward with clove, white pepper, cinnamon, fleshy cherries, cherry skin and cherry pit tannins. A touch of biscuit. Sharp and piquant on the palate. Excellent. The Brooks cherries used in this vintage are less leathery and tannic than the Chelans used in the earlier vintage; these have a brightness that remind me of sour cherries. Vinous, alright, but the spice notes stand out on this vintage.

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Hearts’ Beat from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 43 ratings