Five (#5) | Upright Brewing Company

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Five (#5)Five (#5)

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)

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-07-2009

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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 DrGonzoDDS
2/5  rDev -48.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of valkyre65
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of ezra9876
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of BltByKrmn
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Sunn
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 gaesori
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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