Ives Blend 4
Upright Brewing Company

Ives Blend 4Ives Blend 4
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Style:
Belgian Lambic
ABV:
6.5%
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4.14 | pDev: 0%
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Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't describe this any better than @Lingenbrau. I completely agree with his description. This beer is tart, winey, a bit funky, and overall wonderful. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've used the term "shimmer" before when describing a beers appearance, but this might be the new pedigree of such. Little specks floating around radiate and reflect like glitter floating around the brass yellowish body. The endless supply of tiny shining bubbles only enhance the beauty. Unfortunately, they don't hold up much of a cap as the bubbles above pop one by one as they surface.

As expected from the masters of funk and barrel, Ives 4 is bringing with oak, acidity, and farmhouse goodness. The usual lemon and lime citrus is absent allowing more of a simple vinegar to get comfortable. Herbal, dried grass and a burned mushroom earthiness pave the way for the long lasting oak and grape skin finish.

Initially, white wine elements dominate with green grape skins and heavily tannic oak. The oak tastes both new and old oddly enough, but exactly as the style would imply. Imagine a virgin oak barreled influence combined with that funky, musty old barnyard siding. Wonderful. A hint of butter and white pepper, grapefruit, zest, and then finally that freshly milled wheat and pilsner blend of liquid bread.

Tart, but not at all puckering. Just right in fact, to be quenchable without being poundable. The most unique combination of oily and spritzy, sweet, sour, and dry. If that tartness wasn't there, I'd almost say this is velvety smooth.

It is no secret that I am an Upright fan. They keep producing beers like this, and that will never change. These beers are in their wheelhouse, and I'm pretty sure they know it. Every single one is a true treat, and I'm glad I'm a recipient.

Cheers

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Ives Blend 4 from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 2 ratings