Four (#4) | Upright Brewing Company

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Four (#4)Four (#4)

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Four is truly a light yet flavorful beer. The recipe uses a good portion of wheat and incorporates a sour mash into the process to make it slightly tart and extra refreshing. It has delicate aromas and flavors that span a range of floral, grassy and herbal notes. The finish is extra dry and makes the beer a great beverage to pair with food, especially various cheeses and shellfish."

Malts and Grains: pale, wheat, and munich, rolled wheat
Hops: hallertauer mittlefruh
Yeast: french saison

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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Bottle purchased at the brewery tasting room]

Appearance: pale straw to gold, slight haze, medium layer of pure white fine-beaded foam, decent head retention

Aroma: chamomile tea, braeburn apples, sun-warmed strawberries, wheat, honey, and band-aids

Flavor: light maltiness like a wheat cracker or a slice of fresh-baked bread; the yeast phenolics are subdued hints of clove; mild acidity; touch of lemon and grassy hops; finishes dry with a tartness and lingering herbal note

Mouthfeel: light body, pert carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: This is like Saison Dupont's little sister or something. Or if Saison Dupont moved to the US and had a baby with an American hefeweizen. Really looking to Six and Seven being released in bottles.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A casual tasting of this clouded wheat beer suggests a Belgian-style wit, though apparently the cloven phenolics that might otherwise suggest coriander are the product of Upright's signature saison ale yeast. Aside from unmalted wheat, no flavoring adjuncts are used.

Four is sunny yellow and modestly clouded with a thin white head and modest lace. Its flavor is snappy, peppery, and crisp though not tart. The aroma is delightfully spicy.

A nice little farmhouse beer though a bit thin in the finish.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a corny keg from the brewery last week for the holiday weekend. It was a surefire hit among my guests for the Independence Day party, for sure.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped by an energetic creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Assertive aroma of wheat, allspice, lavender, and a touch of citrus. Palate is nice and easy-going - light wheat and malt provide the backbone for mild fruity hops and notes of citrus and light herbs (thyme?). Body is light, bubbly, and silky, just great for a light summery ale.
I've had a number of light, easy-drinking summer ales over the last few weeks, but I think this takes the crown for best summer session ale. A thirst-quenching, satisfying brew that I can (and do) drink all day.

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Photo of Floydster
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a few glasses of this at the brewery, first stop after first arriving at our hotel in Portland, poured by Alex himself, what a great guy, and to boot he makes fantastic beers, reviewed from notes, served in an old GABF flute glass, color is a golden yellow with some orange tint, about a one inch soapy white head, decent retention, some lacing too, aroma consists of mild spice, wheat, citrus, floral accents, light fruits, Belgian yeast, some mellow funk, and light straw, flavor starts off with an chewy wheat flavor, citrus in the middle with a lot of lemon, finish is pretty funky and that is in a good way with dried apricots, gets a little more citrusy as it warms, not very acidic but glimmers of tarty fruit at times, cannot believe how complex this is for a beer under five percent, slightly dry, funky, and chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, moderate carbonation that was perfect which caused this beer to be even more drinkable and flavorful at the same time, taste lingers a long time for the style, could have drank this stuff all day long, light as can be, refreshing, full of great flavor, most sessionable beer I had all trip, I cannot wait to have more of this in the future and see what else this great brewer comes up with, also really look forward to the cherry version of this that is currently sitting in oak barrels, highly recommended

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Belmont Station. Light gold and semi-cloudy with a small white head. The retention is good and there's a little lacing.

Aromas are of wheat, spices, and some tartness. Yeastiness and some light fruity esters are present. The flavor has some spiciness up front with light fruits: lemon and apricot. The beer has a low level of acidity. This is very flavorful for a 4% beer. No alcohol is noticeable.

The beer is light bodied. It's flavorful while having a low ABV and being light on the palate.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
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