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Five (#5) | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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)

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Photo of Tododyaki
1.77/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had this on tap at Moon and Sixpence, July 7, 2009. Had strongly astringent, solvent-like flavor, suspected large amounts of fusel alcohol.

Massive, long-lasting headache afterwards from 3 out of 4 members of party who drank this may confirm the fusel contamination.

It was also extremely hoppy, to the point that one could taste the hops above the solvent. I am assuming that the contamination stems from fermentation at too high a temperature, perhaps in combination with rushing this out the door. I'll wait until the next batch and try again, because I really want to like Upright.

I am sure it is an anomaly, but I'd recommend having a taster before ordering. If it tastes like paint thinner, do not drink.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A harsh mistress of a Saison.

Quite lovely in a big stemmed glass. Amber and well laced, with a pretty head on pouring. But you get only a flicker of flavor before the hops set in. I'd like to call it crisp, but it's more like extremely sharp. If Saisons are meant to be on the dry side, this one is beyond. The piney hops just overwhelm whatever taste might be here. Not a trace of malty warmth or any complexity. "Willamette, Liberty, and Perle hops" are a wicked combination.

This is so austere, so arid, so unforgiving. I say it's the Saison Nazi. I think there's a big difference in beers that go well with food, and beers like this one that need that smoky Ukrainian dry sausage to finish the glass.

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Photo of bashiba
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy light orange with a huge fluffy white head, lots of lacing and great retention.

The smell has a light sweet honeysuckle note with a bit of dry earthy and yeasty spices and some lightly grassy noble hops.

The taste is very much a let down after the very nice smell. The malt is bland with a dry almost coppery flavor that seems to dominate, has a long bitter finish. Not much going on here, tastes a bit oxidized.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with good carbonation.

Not to good first impression of Upright.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Caramel in color. Pours a very thick white head that recedes very slowly.

Smell: Hoppy, spicy, really not a whole lot going on aroma wise.

Taste: Hoppy with saison spice notes. Seems to be a cross between a IPA and a Saison. Some malty caramel notes come through in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: A good but simple beer. No overpowering notes. Not complex, but very drinkable.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours a dark golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit and orange hops as well as a bit of earthiness. The taste has quite a bit of sweetness with grapefruit and orange as well as a bit of caramel. The finish has a light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Definitely way more sweetness than I enjoy in a saison.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split with the ol' ball-n-chain.

Clear amber with a big frothy beast of a head that words can't fully explain. The legend must be seen to be believed. After the head dies down, I was expecting some big webs of lace, but instead I was greeted by none. Huge carbonation bubbles climb to the top.

Smell is fairly weak with mostly nice, musty barnyard funk. Slight spice on the nose, but there could and should be more.

Taste has slight spice and funk. Very standard for the style, and not much effort in making something that stands out. I do pick up the tiniest bit of green apple in the taste, but not enough.

Mouthfeel is great. Insanely able to drink, slightly creamy, but the carbonation breaks up the creamy feeling quite well.

Overall, a very standard saison. It fits the style spot on, but there is nothing that stands out. Maybe this would've tasted better if my girlfriend wasn't making me watch Pride and Prejudice while trying to enjoy my brew.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with 3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention...lasts just about forever in fact. The head is reminiscent of soap bubbles. Nice looking.
S: Pleasant citrus and soft pine hops. Toasted malt. Soft floral and a hint of spice.
T: Funky citrus hops...almost earthy and minerally. Definitely different. Background toasted malt. Hint of pepper.
M: A soapy slick feel...possibly from the massive Xanthohumol addition. Mild hop bite. Light body.
D: An odd, hard to pin down style. A Belgo-IPA-Saison? An interesting brew, but not a great one.

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Photo of impending
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed coppery orange, dense off white head is frothy, nice lacing.

Wonderfully rich complex aroma. Hops are front and center but don't mask the traditional saison below, a tidy balance is held. Citrus, florals, a sweet phenolic base with spices.

Taste is minimally sweet, tiny citrus followed by a rounded dryness. Hop bitters dominate the aftertaste, one dimensional, doesn't evolve. Thin bodied mouthfeel.

The scent promised tremendous depth which the taste unfortunately doesn't remotely deliver.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to oregonskibum for sending me this and a dozen+ other Upright beers.

Pours an amber/orange color with a huge head--I'd say the glass is 60/40 beer to head ratio and I didn't go out of my way to pour for a big head. The head dies down a bit but a good half inch head remains throughout. The color is unremarkable but the head is nice.

Smells lightly of spicy hops and heavily of yeast.

Taste is something of a cross between a pale ale and a saison. Light spicy hops, not as strong of a hop flavor as I expected but it's definitely there. Saison yeast is also there and contributes further to the spicy flavor from the hops. Not super flavorful overall, light and refreshing except for a mildly distracting bitterness.

Good mouthfeel, smooth and very well carbonated.

It was a crazy hot day and I need something refreshing to cool off with. This served that purpose but it's a pretty average version of a hoppy saison overall. Not as good as, say, Sorachi Ace.


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Photo of rdruckenmiller
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours hazy burnt orange with a towering, pillowy, offwhite foam. Head is extremely long lasting and leaves thick streams of lacing down the sides.

S: Fruity esters reminiscent of peaches and a hint of apple up front. Floral and citrus hops play in but all give way to mandarin orange-like esters which strengthen as it warms. Spicy and earthy aromas mix in from the yeast and a light grainy malt hangs in the background.

T: Balance towards bitter with a slightly harsh bitter bite. Orange and herbal flavors up front with some spicy, floral notes playing second fiddle. Bite diminishes as the beer warms but bitterness tends to overpower the other fruity characteristics which detracts from the style.

M: Carbonation high and medium full body. Finishes very dry with slight astringency. Astringency decreases slightly as it warms but still there and detracts from the beer. Slight tingly sensation on the tongue from the carbonation and a slight coating throughout mouth.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer. Complex aromas and flavors fit the style and the floral notes were different from many Saisons I've had, but still to style. Overall the astringency in the mouthfeel and too-high bitterness kept this from being above average. Lack of tart/sour aromas and flavors disappointed, as those are top characteristics of the style for me.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark orange with a dense crisp white head that hangs around awhile.

Aroma is orange, apricot, lemon and lime. Mild spice and musty funk.

Taste is unusually strong bready malt (for a saison) with a definite mineral presence. Orange peel bitterness, with some apple and a lingering lemony quality. Finishes with an herbal musty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little chalky at times.

Overall, an underwhelming saison. Flavor is rather muddy, which is unfortunate after the pleasant nose. Spice has a presence, but not as bright as it should be.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

we journeyed to the upright tasting room to attempt their saisons after hearing so much hype about them at belmont station. this one was their "hoppy" one. it looked light and lively, like a featherweight boxer. bit of hop in the aroma, but more lemon tart. tastes zesty with a bit of hop balanced delicately quite light. little bit of funk but the hop/lemon thing overshadows it. overall pretty good but overpriced in the bottle. just right at the tasting room.

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Photo of julian
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with a slight haze. Golden orange. Really a very beautiful color. Lots of bubbles and frothy white head like a boss! 4.5

S: Peppery, spicy hay. A mixture of grassy hoppy aromas with some alcohol barely noticeable. 3.5

T&M: Highly carbonated and effervescent. Noticeably dry. Very mild citrus tones in the background, some peppery spicy, grassy notes up front. Nice malt balance. No one flavor is dominant or in your face. 3/3

O: I think this is a solid Saison, but I could probably pick it out of a lineup and tell it wasn’t Belgian made. A little too carbonated and less flavorful than I would like. A Saison should be crisp and refreshing and this feels a little too dry, with not enough “zest” to be refreshing on a hot day. 3.5

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Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a puffy layer of beige white head. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Apricot and peach sweetness. Floral hops. Fairly fresh and earthy. Some spices.

Taste: Citrus and fruits. More hops. Pine and pineapple flavors. A little bit of bready malts show here.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and bitter. Higher carbonation with a medium body. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was alright, but it wasn't a saison yet it wasn't something specifically hoppy. It was somewhat enjoyable, just hard to fit it in a style.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip glass. Beer poured a true amber color with a aggressive off-white head. Though it was exaggerated by the shape my glass, it stood about 2 inches tall. I had to let the beer settle before I added more then drank. Some raining carbonation is visible in the body. Smell is of yeast-funk, apple, lemon. In the taste I detect less of the lemon citrus than I expected, I get some grassiness. There is a slightly off grassiness and malt flavor as it crests my tongue. Mouthfeel has assertive carbonation, which lifts the medium body giving it a lighter feel. This is a good beer, but my favorite of the style or brewery, I'll stick with four and seven from upright.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium sunny orange color, with a near bright white head of about a finger. Nice lace. Aroma is a bit hoppy, pulling out some herbal, slightly floral citrus hops. A hair sweet and nutty. Taste has a slight bitter edge, but a good deal of sweet fruits. Maybe some light caramel but the former makes up the lot of it. Feels slightly slick and creamy, but is light to medium in body.

Overall, nothing I'm quite impressed with. Hop elements are there, but it doesn't work brilliantly well, and the saison elements are average. Still a decent beer, just nothing to run home about

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Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours a light apricot with a central dome of fine off-white foam with a fine rim of the same. This doesn't smell particularly hoppy, but grassy with some hints of metal and little bits of clay. Flavor is nice and sharp, a good balanced bitterness with some spicy character, nice catered yeast and a wee bit of tartness (faint lemon concentrate). Medium on full bodied with tight carb and a slick finish. Nice beer, but I feel like it could be better (fresher?).

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by Halcyondays at Beachwood BBQ. On to the beer:

Yellow orange colored with solid head and lace. The smell is....different. It has a cheese rind aroma, but in a somewhat plasant way. Like the cheese rind of brie. Still, I hoped for a more enthusiastic nose.

Tasting better than the nose, though still relatively simple. You never know what you're going to get from a saison, so here is what I got; a slightly sweet and spiced like rye with brie cheese, green apple, and even some lavender. The body registers as lighter medium.

It wouldn't surprise me if the bottled version is significently different that the draft version. Even Jon admitted that this did taste different from what he remembered. I'll find out for myself one day.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.44/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Concordia Ale House 5/17/09.

Murky leather brown brew under tan head, quickly dissipating head. Spices (cloves?) with not much hop presence in the nose. Chewy brew heavy on the malt side but with hops on the back end. A funky brew, but not very drinkable. A different take on farmhouse style, but to be honest not very drinkable. Worth trying once. It will be interesting to follow this brewery as it matures

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber at volo,6.1% a.b.v. according to the government testers. 32 plus tax and tip. Barnyard aromas, that dissipitate so more amlty by nd of bottle. Big aggressive carbonation that keeps you burping as much as drinking. Very lacey. Citrus tastes and spicyness. Hops, but understated I taste the Williamete hibiscus. OSurness and hops grind down the palette and leave it tender, not ready for beer. Significant table salt residue on the lips.
Second bottle, a couple of weeks later, was better.

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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma is very lemongrassy, with both the spicy hops and phenolic compounds contributing. Also some pepper and a somewhat solvent-like note, like pine sol. Flavor is pale malty with herbal hops, earth, and pepper. Not quite dry enough for a saison but still pretty good. They chose a nice hop profile that complements the style.

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Photo of teamizm
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split the bottle with danscott at The Shack in Sacramento. Poured into a standard tulip.

A - Pours a dark orange color with a huge head. Looks beautiful in the tulip class. The head just hangs around for sometime.

S - Tropical fruits, hops, citrus, pepperiness as well. Where's the grass notes??

T - Tropical fruits, hop bitterness, citrus and black pepper as well. Much more hoppy than I had expected for a saison.

M - Decent mouthfeel, not a lot of body to it. Went down easy and great for a warm day/night.

O - Kind of an interesting saison. A bit too hoppy for me for a saison. I didn't dislike it, but I was really hoping for a bit more funk and dimensionality. It's missing a certain amount of "pop"

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Photo of Phelps
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Holy head, Batman. Huge, pillowy froth explodes as soon as the beer hits the bottom of the glass. The beer beneath the bubbles is deep amber-orange with good clarity. The off-white head has a texture like a marshmallow and recedes about as slowly as one would.

Odd nose. It showcases the musky cellar character, spiced apple and black pepper natural to saisons, but biscuits, caramel and banana skew the adherence to style somewhat.

The flavor begins with floral honey, flowers and oranges. Sweet apples and pears blend with white pepper in the middle, before the saison yeast explode all over the swallow. Very dry finish. An intriguing, bright flavor I’d call a pale ale with saison yeast.

Carbonation is mild, peppering the watery body. Medium light, maybe. Moderate bitterness.

Though Five showed occasional flashes of greatness, the flavors never really came together enough to propel it into the upper tiers. Drinkable enough, but passable – especially at an $11 price point.

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