Five (#5)
Upright Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #962
Ranked #17,609
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Five (#5)Five (#5)
Notes: "Five is a farmhouse pale ale that was born after enjoying a few small production European brews that use a heavy hand of hops. Ours blends several Mt. Angel grown varieties to create a deep and complex flavor with an underlying earthiness. Pale fruit aromas created during the fermentation brighten the profile and bring the beer balance."

Malts: organic pale,organic caramel
Unmalted: rolled barley
Hops: willamette, liberty, perle
Also: xanthohumol (bottles only)
Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 335 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unclear orange with absolutely massive head. Took a while to pour everything...

Smell is crisp and fruity with notes of Seville oranges, chamomille and a hint of bitterness.

Taste is like a bitter chamomille tea with hints of yeast and soap.

Mouthfeel is medium, with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a nice farmhouse pale, drinkable and effervescent.

Jan 20, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in trade from Solidfunk, thanks for the opportunity!
Bottle straight out of the fridge had huge carbonation. Murky deep yellow color with a huge frothy off white head that eventually recedes. Lemony tart earthy spicy hoppy nose. Lemon and orange peel in the flavor with earthy spicy resinous to counter. Pretty tasty farmhouse ale.

Feb 09, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Clear amber color with creamy, off-white head. Aroma is very floral with a quite clean yeast profile, also slightly malty. Taste is also really floral, slightly malty at first but gets more bitter and earthy on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation and slick mouthfeel. A really clean and floral saison, very easy to drink.

Oct 30, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this in November, 2015. It ended up being my last beer of 2015 and my first beer of 2016. Hoppy new year!
This beer looks amazing. It pours a warm, almost glowing golden-orange amber with a tremendous cap of foam. Wonderful aroma, like an intense dried orange peel and cracked pepper note, along with some dried hay and a squeeze of tangerine. It's a tasty brew, with a drying orange and straw character and a long lasting finish. Stunningly delicious.

May 23, 2016
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Tele from California

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.15.15

A: 4.5 Pours slightly hazy reddish gold with a large off-white head. Good retention.

S: 4.25 Smells like a pretty standard saison with a bit more hops and mild funk. Starts with some sweet Belgian yeast and esters, while hops add a bit of tropical fruit and grapefruit.

T: 4 Hops don't deliver as strongly on the palate; more yeast and esters take over introducing some spice as well. Sweetness is countered by hop bitterness that leaves a dry finish.

M: 4.25 Nice body and carbonation. The dry finish is also very good.

O: 4 This is a very nice saison with some interesting elements on the nose. Not super complex, but very drinkable and tasty.

Nov 30, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was just released into the state last month. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a dense cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice dense soapy lacing lings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, melon, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, melon, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of peppery yeast spiciness and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, melon, pear, apple, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very dry finish from carbonation. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 10, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from ABV.

A beautiful light yellow with a dense, white head that lasts a while leaving spidery lacing, this looks fabulous. The nose is bright, hoppy, grainy and mildly yeasty. Citrus (kaffir lime leaf), a little culantro-like hop character. Honey, floral hops, lightly toasted grain, a little bread and a beautiful yeast character are present. The palate opens bright, resplendent, grainy with honey, mild mint, herbal and lime like hop character. The mid palate has honey, earth, a little grain, some spice - grains of paradise and a little allspice? - before a wonderful, drying finish, bitter, creamy and refreshing. A beautiful beer.

Oct 03, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, citrus hops, yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, citrus hops, yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, slight dryness was beneficial, almost a Euro yeast flavor, great appearance, a refreshing Saison.

Sep 28, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25oz bottle. Poured a cloudy, golden color with a large, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of wheat, yeast, spices and orange. Nice spiciness with sweet caramel and hints of orange zest.

Sep 06, 2015
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5pmsomewhere from Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if perhaps I got a bad bottle or a bad batch, but this beer was way over carbonated. Beer shot from the bottle on opening, so I let it settle for a while, then proceeded, but every pour resulted in a four inch head, even the last pour from the bottle. The taste was decent - root type bitter, which is unusual for a farmhouse style, and had a nice lingering earthy finish. I'll have to try this one the meanwhile, I'd recommend the Four over the Five any day.

Feb 09, 2015
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almostjay from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a beautiful beer. It's a close call between this beer and the 7 as to which is my favorite of Upright's number series, but fortunately the two are very different. This beer is just perfectly balanced. The hops are present, but in no way dominate, slight bitterness and a very dry, refreshing finish. I feel like I can drink this all day.

Jan 23, 2015
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jellikit from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance: Orange. Hazy. Thick, foamy head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: Orange. Candy sugar.
Taste: pear. Saison yeast (light). Light esters. Light pepper. Medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: great saison. Balanced well. Mellow. Definitely would buy again.

Oct 25, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Foggy orange-amber body capped with an awesomely thick frothy head on top. The first thing I notice in the smell is the pale malt base, which is always a great sign for me when it comes to Saisons. Sugar cookies, a pale fruitiness of apples and fresh orange, straw, and light green herbs. The yeast is beautifully mellow, complimenting the other ingredients rather than taking charge. Pale malt comes through nicely in the flavor as well, revealing some honey and dough before transitioning to floral and straw notes. Spiced fruit, citrus rind, a crisp pear juice sweetness, and soapy floral hops. Soft, simple, and lovely. Crisp and moderately bitter resulting in high drinkability. What a delightful beer…no barrel, no funk, nothing to hide its flaws, just a well-crafted Saison that leans a little towards the hoppy side.

Jul 28, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium-gold hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured four creamy fingers of pretty but inconvenient foam. Enticing!

Smell: a light funk with a malty sweetness and a really nice grassy character. It has a real vernal feel to it; I'm a fan.

Taste: mildly funky but with a nice sweetness and a little bit of a chalky taste. There's also a decent bitterness at the end. I rather like it; it's somewhere between a saison and a tripel -- good stuff!

Mouthfeel: surprisingly, not all of this beer's carbonation went into creating that mammoth head! There's still plenty left in the body to yield a delightfully creamy mouthfeel. Kudos!

Overall: I'm digging on this beer. I'll have no trouble quaffing the whole 750.

Jul 01, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, licorice, tea, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, floral, and tea flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some unique aromas and flavors that I am enjoying.

May 26, 2014
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Fader from Canada (AB)

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color, cloudy, huge head, slowly melts away, leaving nice trails of glistening lace.

S - Amazing balance of hops and citrus, very fresh nose.

T - Hoppy at the start, fading into an amazing orange finish that sticks around, very good.

M - A carbonated bubbly drink, that keeps it's form throughout.

O - Overall this is an amazing beer, my favourite so far with this brewer, have to try them all now.

Feb 23, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

five is easily my favorite of the numbered series, not the most unique of them, simply a funky saison with a great hop profile. but it is so well made it takes the cake for me. hazy orange blonde in color with a tall inch of lasting white foam, nice presentation in a wine glass. the nose is very hop driven over the yeast, with C varietals such as citra and cascade bouncing around. orange melon and lemon cream in the flavor, especially the finish, but more herbal bitterness in smell. the yeast is great too, a lot like the other numbered beers, some fruity esters, peach and apricot, and a soapy feel that gives body where it may be lacking otherwise. it all comes together beautifully, i love the hops here, minimal bitterness but maxed out flavor, summery for sure, and just dripping quality. some upright has been hit or miss, but this is splendid, something i would drink daily if it were available. the best of the series.

Feb 18, 2014
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with three fingers of rocky off-white head.

Faint aroma of tangerine, melon, lemon zest. and stone fruits with a light maltiness.

The tasted matched the aroma. A bit washed out with tangerine, melon, lemon zest, stone fruits, and saltine cracker, and an earthy yeast note.

Medium bodied and dry with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A decent Saison from Upright. Though I wouldn't go out of my way to have again.

Feb 05, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013
HF stem

A: Very pretty bright light yellow orange. Big fluffy bright white head, sticking around a while. 3 fingers. Lacing. High carbonation.

S: Getting a good amount of hops in the nose. Some melon. Some pine. Some white grape. Strangely like IPA.

T: Getting that hop bitterness up front. Right in tip of tongue. Mild. I guess I'm getting those stone fruits. Hard for me to place. Finish is fairly dry. Not as barnyard and funky as I was expecting from a saison.

M: Medium bodied.

Feb 05, 2014
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Hopinion from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a special place in my memory. Every time I drink this beer I have a great time, whether it's with a random co-worker, hanging out with my wife, or hearing hilarious stories from my brother-in-law.

The head on this bad boy resembles a sea of froth and clouds. The appearance of the beer is a beautiful amber with low carbonation.

I detect pear, orange, coriander, and hops in the nose. For a saison, this might be a bit too hop forward, but I tend to enjoy the combination here.

It is not as good as its counterpart, Four, but I have better memories with this beer.

Dec 27, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. The script on the label refers to the romanticism of breweries supplying only their own local neighborhood. All fine and good, as I crack this offering many, many miles to the north of the Rose Quarter in central Portland, Oregon.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and yet finely creamy marshmallow fluff head, which leaves a few random swaths of bloated cloud lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of semi-sweet fruity hops - pear, apple, and some sort of foreign analogue of domestic oranges - grainy, somewhat wheaty malt, a softly edgy yeastiness, hints of clove and black pepper, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is more drupe fruit front and foremost, with a extra twinge of Christmas orange, gritty, bready pale and wheat malts, rather ethereal, muddled mixed pepper and coriander spice, a subdued earthy yeastiness, and additional leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is present, to be sure, but hardly noticeable at times, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and generally quite smooth, free of any sort of typical outside interference. It finishes off-dry, the stone fruit still active and engaged, while the yeast and hops seem a little too preoccupied with leaving work early for the long weekend rush.

A decent enough saison, what with the fruity guest stars, but the overall effect seems a wee bit lacking, if we're to compare this to the more stripped down 'Four'. Still good, don't get me wrong, but I'm already wistful for my first brush with this brewery, where they had me, not quite at hello, but certainly soon thereafter.

Sep 01, 2013
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zeledonia from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 13 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy medium orange. Eruptive head, flowing up so quickly I had to stop my pour to let it settle. Lasts so long I want it to hurry up so I can drink! Boatloads of lacing and a thick cap. Wow.

Smell is kind of a gentle pungent fruit, like a barrel full of over-ripe apples. A bit weird for a saison, though some musty notes and a hint of spice remind me there's saison yeast in there somewhere.

Taste is, hmm, bland. Very vegetably, like chewing on green plant stalks. Some grainy notes mix with the plants. A shade of bitter, a dash of spice, but mostly it's dull.

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium-bodied, a fizzy burst of carbonation. Vibrant and enjoyable.

In the lower-middle tier of saisons that I've had. Mostly, it's unremarkable, with little offensive or impressive about it. Middle of the road, but tilting towards boring.

Jun 28, 2013
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lighthabit from Oregon

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

ack! more a note for myself than anyone else. had tried Billy the Mountain in a growler, did not do well, but to be fair I tried another of Upright's offerings a few days ago . . . #5 was much better. flavor was the biggest issue i had with BtM, and i think #5 shows i had a questionable sample earlier. a brewery to check out in the future.

Apr 17, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy medium yellow/orange colour. Opaque. Half a finger of dirty white head.

S - Huge herbal aroma. Lemon, spice, peppery and some yeast esters.

T - Some tartness hits the tongue up front. Herbal and lemony hop profile with some peppery spice and breadiness.

M - Medium body with some chew. Moderate carbonation.

Apr 02, 2013
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Wakey from California

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely color--cloudy and darker than most cloudy beers, like a slightly redder hefeweizen. Very hoppy but not "look how hoppy I can make this!" Nice restrained bitterness. A very competent effort, which is not meant to be damning with faint praise--in these days of beer trickery, I appreciate a good solid plain old beer.

Mar 14, 2013
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