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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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jconrick1 for the opportunity to try this. Shared with Slatetank and poured into several snifters. The 750ml opens with a boom and slowly starts to creep up the neck of the bottle. Not really an explosive gusher that caused lost volume but a persistent creeper that just wont stop foaming. Poured into a pair of snifters reveals nothing but frothy white head. It takes roughly 6 glasses and 3/4 of the bottle to be emptied before all glasses can be combined into 2 for enjoying. The brew appears a golden color with a huge froth cap of white head that very slowly recedes composed of very large bubbles.

The smell of this brew is rindy with lemon zest and pulp. some spicy yeast and earthy elements are throughout. Quite fruity and floral with a slight alcohol tang across the back. Some sniffs reveal a bit of minerals that quickly dissolve into earthy components. The fruited quality has a hint of lime. Overall a pleasant aroma very well balanced and blended. For less than 5% alcohol, it seemingly has a touch of fusel aspect about it when it gets warm.

The taste is mildly fruity like orange rinds and zest. Some tangy aspect perhaps from the wheat with notes of mineral. Collectively the taste of this brew comes together to mimic something mildly grape-like. Yeast is present with a spiced aspect along with a very mild bitterness to round things out. The alcohol is absent in flavor.

The alcohol inclusion in this brew provides a warmth that seems in excess of the listed 4.5%. It is very well blended, balanced and flavorful. This is a medium bodied offering with an excessive amount of carbonation in the look but as it settles down it is not as prickly as you would expect on the tongue. Very easy drinking, this is one I would partake in again but perhaps I would chill it down much lower than usual before opening in order to make the pour less stressful.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stakem for sharing this with me -750ml into a tulip at cool temp. The bottle might have needed more chilling or the yeast is extremely active -either way this a serious 'creeper' not a 'gusher' since it took over 3 glasses filled twice for us to allow the head to settle and be able to be consumed.

A beautiful shade of golden with a huge cap of 3fingers with huge white bubbles, almost irridescent looking in the light. The liquid is a hazed apricot body with lots of lace stickage in a flame pattern up the glass after the time to stratify occured. the retention is decent too. The smell is malty with a light yeasty scent with some floral hop elements and slight toasted grainy note in the back. The yeast provides a good emphassis the the wheat malt with light pale toastiness. I think the fruit in the saison ester takes a backseat to the malt aromas. The feel is luxurious and supple with soft, slightly creamy malt and mild tang of yeast. There is a hint of spice but very mild with a mild sweet element and slight cereal quality which is chewy and very gentle tinge of alcohol if any. The semi-dry finish is pleasantly yeasty.

The taste is mild but full of malt with light biscuit and creamy essence of wheat with subtle tinge of fruit and light yeasty tinge with some light caramel and the floral essence of low acid hops with gentle wine-like white grape tang in the background. The hops combined with the yeast seem grassy in spots, but generally more of a light tea-like astringent tinge. I like how full of malt yet balanced by the yeast this is. A real enjoyable beer, I could drink glass after glass- it achieves it's goal of high drinkability and then some. I like how it made me picture a farmer would reach for something refreshing and quenching as this is after some honest sweat from working the earth. This is a really quaffable ale with a lot of flavor even at low abv. I love Belgian styles such as this when they are done well.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A - peach colored body, bit cloudy, good white head.

S - citrus, bit of spice, pale malts.

T - nice and crisp, light malts, some spice, bit of tartness/funk.

M - a bit dry, light, medium-bodied

O (D) - a good, drinkable, interesting saison.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Not a huge Saison fan, but seems like an appropriate beer on a hot 4th of July day.

A - Hazy golden-yellow beer with a white head that left behind some decent lace and spots.

S - Smell of pale malts, lightly toasted grain, lemon citrus, some grass and floral notes, slight bit of barnyard funk and yeast. Smells very nice.

T - Grassy, with lightly toasted malts, some drying yeast taste, little bit of lemon rind. This is actually quite light and pleasant, not overly sweet at all. Smell is slightly better than the taste, but good.

M - Light, bubbly, very dry on the finish.

O - A very good beer for the style, and although I'm not a fan, I liked this one. Recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks again to Hopsbreath for yet another bottle of Upright!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color. Produced a nice cap of white foam. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice crisp yet dry almost floral spicy wheat profile. Nice lemon rind fruit and yeast.

(T)- Again, a nice crisp yet dry almost biscuit-like wheat. Some very subtle tart lemon and spicy yeast. Some green apple starts to show as it warms.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well. Overall, a clean and bright beer.

(D)- A solid to great Saison. Clean, fresh, and crisp with some good flavors. An excellent beer for summertime. Went great with the tomato basil pizza we made.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side of four and fatali four. An interesting comparison

Both pour a clear golden orange with lots of carbonation. The regular four has a crazy amount of head. Fatali four is fairly minimal headed. Both smell a bit funky. The fatali has a nice kick of pepper on the nose. Both have a wheaty saison scent that is great. Both taste nice and wheaty. A nice funk. The fatali has a huuuuge pepper on the back of the tongue. They are both really solid saisons! The moth feel is solid. Smilar carbonation on both. Overall both are tasty. Fatali is incredible compared to the base beer. Overall base four is solid both nothing special

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by 321Jeff. Thanks!

The beer is a hazy, straw yellow hue with a couple inches of thick, white head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings lemons, spice, grass, fresh celery. The flavor is refreshing with crisp, zesty carbonation. Light floral and citrus notes are quite enjoyable. The feel is light on the palate. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liked the Six I tried from them, so let's so what Four offers.

The basics: $10.49/750ml bottle and 4.5% ABV...Pricey...

Very pretty pale straw to pale Amber (depending upon the light)...Lots of effervescent bubbles...Beautiful, soapy head billows up and leaves sheets of lacing...Very nice looking...

Aroma carries a little skunk, but just a hint...Very crisp and fresh. Definitely a Saison-y thing going on here...Lots of floral notes, some hint of rosemary, some jasmine, fresh cut grass...Nice...

Flavor is very vibrant, almost sour...Like drinking sour cherry juice at first...This carries for quite some time...The lighter malt components, pale malt and wheat according to the bottle, with unmalted rolled wheat added per the website. Very well-balanced between the barrel aging and the crispness of the beer. I'm digging this a lot even though it's a rather sessionable and light offering. It carries a lot of fresh and, again, vibrant flavors. Many people would end up liking this. Would be perfect on a warm Summer day with some grilled chicken...

What I like most: The crisp, balanced and vibrant flavor profile. These guys have something special going on in Portalnd, OR.

What I like least: The price, and that's about it...

Verdict: Very nice and crisp offering from what is rapdily becoming one of my favorite producers. Very expensive, and that brings overall value down, but worth tracking down...

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

Hazy golden with a white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is zippy wheat, pale malt and German-style hop with just the slightest hint of yeasty spiceiness. taste has a tiny blast of lactic tartness with a zippy wheat character and a pleasant, mild, hoppy zing that is wrapped up by very light esters and phenols. very well balanced and extremely tasty for such a small beer. medium-light body with a clean finish. very impressive and entirely too easy to drink. another awesome beer from Upright!

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A wheat-forward table beer brewed with French saison yeast? Sounds good, let's see:

Uniformly hazy (though nearly clear) chrome yellow/amber liquid which glows like a golden-yellow lantern. A snow-white head recedes to a lasting colar and membrane. Decent sandy lacing, glassy legs (surprising to see considering the low ABV).

Light aromatics are a pleasing mixture of pale malt and German lager notes (from the hops). Yeast is very subdued.

Bright lactic tartness on the palate, crisp sourness from the wheat, and a crackery malt note lead into the finish where the noble hops persist adding a hard-to-describe dash of flowery spice. Dry yet fruity finish (reminds me of some white wines). Again, the yeast seems to bond everything together, but isn't really perceptible on its own.

Lightly effervescent (perhaps a bit flat for the style), crisp, bright (not quite puckering) mouthfeel.

Hard to rate to style, as it is has a lot in common with a Bavarian lager despite being a farmhouse ale - perhaps inspired by the true "table beers" of old (these days most examples of saison are higher in alcohol), this is a creative effort which would go well with sushi or (as they suggest) shell-fish. Has some similarity to Dupont's "Avril" saison - though I prefer the yeasty/creaminess of the latter.

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Photo of peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden colour, tinges of orange come through, thin white head with subtle lace forming on the glass. The nose has a citrusy orange smell, a slight funky sourness there is also a yeast like note and some spice. Tastes of sour fruit, tart citrus and finishes with sour apple. Mouthfeel is decent, though a little on the thin side and finishes quickly. Overall very drinkable, something I would love to revisit.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to womencantsail for sharing this bottle while on my recent trip to Cali! Served from bottle into a sampler mason jar glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, slight tart, and very subtle saison spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely had a really nice flavor and aroma going on here for a Saison (which I usually dislike). The sour/tart aspect was a very nice touch here. The flavor was better than the aroma for me. This is an absolute must try! Thanks again Andrew!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is pale straw in color with a big, fluffy, white head that slowly dies down but clings to the glass.

S: There are some decently spicy esters to open up, but that quickly gives way to a more wild character. Lots of grass and lemon, particularly lemon zest. Quite a bit of lactobacillus notes to it.

T: This is surprisingly tart, mostly from lemon zest and lemon juice type of lactic flavors. Grassy hops and a very slight bitterness to the beer. Just a bit of pale cracker malts as the base. This is very dry, almost always good.

M: The body is light to medium, appropriate for a table beer. Quite high in terms of carbonation with a drying finish.

D: I quite liked this. Surprisingly strong in terms of the lactic traits, but I enjoy that. Quite complex and interesting for a "table" beer.

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Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I hadn't reviewed this one yet.. bottle tasting at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA..

- Light golden ale, fizzy big fluffy white head.. bubbly goodness.

- Tart and zesty brew with a huge biscuity bready grain bill.. grassy zesty hops... pleasant and not overpowering yeast..

- Light, zesty, herbal... smooth grainy breadiness.. super good beer.

- Light bodied, well carbonated, bubbly, zesty and mouth watering.

- My favorite of the 4-7 year around series. Light, sessionable... and damn good. Big win.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to some old reviews from my BC trio. On tap at Alibi Room.

Pours a lightly hazed yellow/golden, a few straw highlights, thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, some lace spirals stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, light and malty, some oats, a bit of lemon and orange zest, lightly yeasty, some wheat, toast, very faint barnyardy funk, a touch of spice, pretty nice.

Taste is similar, quite light but flavourful, toast and some oats, a bit of honey sweetness, biscuit, orange and lemon, coriander, has a bit of citrusy zing to it, a bit of yeast, lightly funky, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A nice light saison, approachable with enough funk to keep me happy, refreshing stuff.

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Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with abundant white foam head that quickly deflates to sparse patches. Almost no lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright fruit, yeast funk, and faint ripe, runny cheese (or possibly rancid butter).

T: Begins smooth with noticeable wheat, then quickly develops bright acidity bordering on lactic sourness. A snap of pepper also emerges in the middle, before the finish demonstrates a brisk grassy bitterness alongside the return of rich wheat.

M: Light, velvety (wheat) texture with fairly high carbonation really suits the style, leaving the palate refreshed after every sip.

D: A sophisticated collection of flavors in a sessionable package distinguishes this beer. Food pairings may be the preferred application here, considering the eager presence this beer imparts upon the palate with its smooth mouthfeel and scrubbing bubbles. Also, the challenges presented by this beer are not insignificant and probably better moderated when accompanied by other sensory stimuli.

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Photo of philbertk
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Upright Brewing Company--FOUR--2010 Dark Green 25.4 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Saison / Wheat Ale? Huge foamy lacy white head. Clear bright gold color hazes creamy orange with light sediment. Delicate floral wheat ester weak hop front. Fizzy dry sweet thin smooth slightly fruity Saison grassy herbal refreshing wheat body. Light citrus zesty end. Clean & Smooth. Light, but Tasty. Thin, but not Bland. Sampled 7/30/2010. 2 @ $10.99 Each.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bailey's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's a pretty noticeable "wheatiness" to this beer, though there's also some attractive spice, including lemon zest and light ginger. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but with some attractive hoppy bitterness on the finish that tames the modest sweetness in this beer quite nicely. Consequently, the finish on this beer is pretty much on the dry side, and mouthfeel is light and a bit crisp. Still, for such a low alcohol beer, I have to say I'm pretty impressed by the amount of flavor in this beer. Drinkability is excellent, and I couldn't help thinking what a great beer this would be for the warm, summer months on the East Coast (except, of course, this beer unfortunately is not available on the East Coast).

Very nice beer...

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a saison with low ABV as quite a few of the style are above 7% and eventhough the taste is light the alcohol can catch up with you.

This is a fruity light take on a farmhouse beer with enough complexity to make things interesting but really it considers drinakbility a priority. I do wish this would come in six packs of small bottles to do it justice for a nice summer beer on the patio or with a plate of food

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Photo of Patrick999
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

lPoured into a tulip, Four shows the foaminess and hazy golden body typical of the style. Pretty good lacing noted too. It's about as good as it gets, near Duvelian, Saison Dupont-ian, etc, etc.

In the aroma, a good deal of tangy lemon, some witbier-like mustiness.

I get the sensation of lemon on the palate without much of the acidity. Certainly peppery, like a lemon-pepper chicken. Slight goosey farmhouse funk. Flavor profile true to style, subtle but not lacking.

Thin mouthfeel, as might be expected for a "table beer." High carbonation and general crisp character makes this a real palate-cleanser.

An obvious choice for a Miami summer beer, the kind I wish we could get more of down here. This is a very solid, true to style traditional farmhouse ale. Hugely drinkable low-ABV quencher and/or food beer. So Upright, I can't say I'd ever heard of you guys before, but I think I'm now a fan of your beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Briken
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a cloudy brown with a highly carbonated white head. A yeasty and slightly earthy aroma is slightly subdued. Tastes are very well balanced with wheat and malt presence taking turns with a nice hop bitterness that lingers lightly. A very high carbonation feel leads to a medium dry finish.

I may have had a bad bottle because this thing exploded in as soon as I opened it and didn't stop frothing for 10 minutes. I didn't jostle it, it didn't move but from the fridge to being opened. I served it chilled as was recommended to me. That being forgiven, the appearance was so cloudy it almost looked muddy. The taste is very approachable and even but the high carbonation destroyed any enjoyable flavors. Unfortunate at $11 a bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 5, 6 and 7.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is lemon and orange citrus with some wheat and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, golden-straw colored body. Large, fluffy, creamy head. Good retention as the head slowly crept down the sides. Nice coating of lacing.

S: Wheat, hay, lemon zest, light pepper, and a touch of tart barnyard funk.

T: The presence of wheat is undeniable. Nice lemon blast. Less peppery than the nose. Good, manageable funk. Slightly tart in the finish.

M: Smooth, ideal weight in the body. Carbonation is spot on. The finish is nice and satisfying.

D: While there was nothing "stellar" about the aroma or the flavor profile, this was a very enjoyable brew. Upright describes it as their "table" saison... I think thats the perfect description. At 4.5% and pleasant from start to finish, this is the kind of saison you need a case of at all times so you can crack one every night with dinner.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried in the basement that is Upright. Of the saisons that I tried, this was my personal favorite. Poured a hazy light golden color with a foamy off white head with some light carbonation. Some lace but limited.

The nose is complex. Some malty undertones with a hint of pilsner malt but some spicey wheat notes. The yeast notes are prevalent. Some pepper notes, a light plumy and a noticeable ester profile that really is complex. Some citrus notes with more of a lemon peel thing than anything. Very nice.

The taste really compliments the nose. The malt backs off a touch versus the yeast notes coming out. Some pils flavors as well as wheat but they take a back seat to the yeast notes. Pepper notes as well as an citrus taste that really come out and balance well. There is a tartness that reminds me of a lemon or orange, but leaves a dry finish that is nice. There is a touch of sour on the back end that leads to a drier finish. Touch of grass in the finish but limited.

The body is moderate to low and carbonation is light. The sourness helps out the body a touch. Overall this a great beer. Saison's are all over the board but this is a good example of a light saison.

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Bailey's, Dry-hopped Four (it's not clear if they always dry hop it, or this is a special batch) is a cloudy gold with a white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is big bright tropical fruity saison esters. Love this yeast! There's a bit of minty hops, but they're really not particularly strong for being dry hopped.

Taste is great, classic saison - clean grain, big esters, actually a bit hoppier on the palate then the nose, which is weird. Nice little sour citrus component.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry, but slick. Nice carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability is good, the quintessentially refreshing session ale. To nit-pick, compared to the most classic examples, it could use a drier, more mineral laden snap.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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