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)

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I think I've had this bottle for about six months, having picked it up on a whim, but it stayed hidden in the back of the shelf. Beer pours a dark copper, hazy, with three fingers of billowing fluffy off white head despite my efforts at a gentle pour. Head retention is pretty good, sticking around for a while, leaving some sticky lacing as it recedes to about a finger of head. Plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose has a fresh bit of lemon peel and fresh cut grass and flowers, green apple and pear, biscuit malts. The yeast is also very present, sweeter bubble gum like fruity esters and light spiciness as well, coriander and cardamom. Very nice aroma.

Taking a sip, the lemon peel and floral/herbal hops bitterness hits the tongue at first, before being lightened with green apple and pear fruity esters. Some light malt and grain flavors come through, though the hop bitterness overshadows it a bit. Not too much spice from the nose either.

Light body with plenty of soft effervescent carbonation. Pretty refreshing, though there is a lingering floral and herbal hop bitterness on the tongue that continues to build as you drink. A solid interpretation of a hoppy saison.

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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 henrysunset
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Portland Farmers market in the spring.

hazy amber beer, a bit overcarbonated. smell is a wild, sweet, malty and citrusy.

Taste is really smooth and refreshing. Citrusy and hoppy. fresh and delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent, but satisfactory. Overall drink ability remarkable for this style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber with huge amounts of off white tight head. The nose has a vibrant farmhouse aroma, slightly peppery with some lemon notes towards the back. The taste doesn't have quite the farmhouse punch the nose brought but definitely still there. Well balanced spice, notes of lemon back palate. Fairly crisp, maybe slightly dry, assertive carbonation, medium body. Very well balanced and tasty.

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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 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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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 beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, luminous apricot-golden color with two fingers of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a lone stream of bubbles rises patiently in the column.

S: Yeasty with a strong floral presence that makes for an unusual but appealing combination. Phenolic yeast metabolites add traditional interest as bright aromas fade.

T: Begins dry, with bright citrus that shows lemon at first, followed by restrained grapefruit peel. Acidity is fairly pronounced, appropriately complimenting the aromatic flavors with a citric bite. As early flavors fade they reveal a detrimental absence of other flavors, with malt character found to be missing. Bitterness is only mild in the objective sense, but probably stands out more without other reference points--although some pithy herbaceous flavors linger.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate turning more astringent as it warms, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Without the distinguishing hop presence, "Five" is a forgettable saison--but perhaps its lighter qualities are by-design to be in agreement with the easy-drinking abv. Good citrusy qualities are found here, but they prove to be too fleeting with nothing following in their wake worth mentioning.

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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 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 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 treyrab
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy and I took a nice week long trip to the PNW (Seattle, Vancouver, Portland) this summer and I snagged a few Uprights while I was out there. Upright was a huge want of mine, so I wasted little time in opening this once I arrived back home.

A: The appearance is gorgeous. This is probably the best looking Saison I have ever seen. The cap popped with a nice hiss as the beer slowly rolled up the next (by no means a gusher). Pouring it into the chalice, a huge, fluffy white head appears on top of a beautiful hazy orange. The head is reminiscent of a fluffy white cloud on a summer day, and lasts the entire time until I was finished! The hazy orange just glows, as rapid streams of carbonation flow.

S: Bright Belgian yeast spice (coriander, pepper, orange zest), blended with fresh grain and a hint of pine hop scent. The large head mutes the smell just a tad, but it is still very floral.

T: Starts with a very quenching orange zest (very dry tasting orange), which blends, again, into a dry pepper and coriander. Nice fresh two-row and some pine hop bitterness round it out.

Overall, this was just awesome. One of the best Saisons I have had.

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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 WestValleyIPA
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Stone IRS tulip. Golden, slightly cloudy body and about a finger of very big bubbled, quickly receding head. The low point of the beer. The nose, oh the nose. Honey, lots of citrus hops, and that cornish Saison yeast smell. Hay. This is the first time I've kind of thought to myself, yes, barnyard is a good description. Very pleasant. Bold hops (almost as if it were an American pale), that nice dry earthy corny Saison finish. Kinda grassy. A little thin up front, but nice and prickly, and the finish is so nicely drying. A great beer. My first from Upright. Will not be my last.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

This is what the guys in Upright's cellar described to me as a Saison/Pale Ale concoction. It is my least favorite of the standard brews (4, 5, 6, and 7).

Pours an average golden/straw hue with mild head and lace. Smells of fresh hops and hop oils, lightly of yeast, and a very slight Saison 'funk'. Really nice flavors focused mainly on the yeast, citrus, and hops. The mouthfeel seems disjointed, like it is almost there but the texture, alcohol, acids, and tannins aren't playing well together.

Overall a very good beer by many other brewery standards, but these guys have set a pretty high bar due to the quality of all of their beers.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one by.

(A) Golden, peach color, kind of reddish. Slightly hazy, not clear. Quick diminishing white head.

(S) Very light. Kind of peachy. There's some spice in it. Slightly tart.

(T) Spice and some tartness, like green apple. A slight bit of lemon zest and light malts.

(M) Very smooth, light, and ends on a high note.

(O) Had this on a really hot day and it was quite refreshing. It's a great summer brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled June 2011
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour produces a four-finger thick, palely tanned colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip; the head leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a murky haze to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a nice mix of fruit, herbal notes, spice and grain. The spiciness leans towards white pepper and a touch of musty almost woodiness, while the fruit contributes notes of fresh apple cider, pear and perhaps a touch of melon. The grain character contributes a nice toasty pale malt character, a hay like grain note and even a malt / grain spiciness; the malt / grain aromatics get stronger and more dominant the longer I spend focusedly on the nose. The hops contribute a hint of green grassiness and perhaps a hint of lime zest, but really this just has a general herbal character to it that melds in with the other aromatic notes found in the nose. This definitely smells like a Saison, it is a touch more grainy / malty than the Dupont archetype, but I like what that adds to this beer.

A big bitter herbal character is definitely the dominant flavor during my first sip (much more than the nose would have suggested), but there is also a fair amount of fruitiness to this beer that accentuates a sweetness. The finish lingers with a peppery notes, some musty grain character as well as a nice, clean, biting bitterness. The fruitiness almost has a ripe plum like character to it, but not the tart side of the plum), as well as some aromatic apple flavors. The hops are definitely the dominant character here, firm pine notes, a touch of menthol, a biting, somewhat green herbal character and really just a big bitterness that grips the palate; the herbal character really has a green, sort of raw peppery character to it that I am sure is accentuated by the spiciness from the yeast. The yeast character certainly contributes a mustiness and contributes to the spiciness. The malt character here has a touch of toasted malt & dry caramel character that detracts a bit from the clean grain character that is usually part of a Saison, but it is pretty light here so doesn’t detract too much. The body of this beer has a certain viscous character to it (is that some specialty grain) without being sweet or under-attenuated. The malt does contribute a nicely complex mix of whole grain spiciness, brown cracker notes and hay like pale grain notes.

I like the peppery spiciness that is in this beer, it is not nearly as complex as the Dupont yeast strain achieves, but it doesn’t come of quite as simplistic as this yeast sometimes can. The malt character is a bit out of preference for me (with the crystal malt notes), but this is fairly light and not too distracting. Still this is quite a tasty Saison that I am quite enjoying.

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Photo of dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a smooth white head. Fair head retention.

Lightly tart note with some lovely fresh fruitiness. Slightly floral. Really good.

Soft malts with mild bitterness and a nice floral character. Well balanced.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A silky soft saison with really nice flavour and a crisp bitter finish. A great table saison.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into FW pint glass. Thanks to augustgarage, my first upright beer.

A- Hazy burnt orange, huge rising head that takes several pours to fill the glass. Nice lasting slightly off-white head. Sticks to the glass in big clumps.

S- Sweet vegetal greens, peppermint, basil, dandelion.

T- Bitter greens, oranges, pineapple and pepper. Lots of stale bread (good though). Big yeast character and kind of chalky in the finish.

M- Bitter, crisp, good lingering flavors. Easy drinkin'.

O- Nice hoppy snap and low ABV make this one delicious and refreshing. Would def. seek out again. The hops are very flavorful but don't overwhelm the senses.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy dark pastel orange. Forms an absolutely enormous head that quickly overtook the glass and began to billow like a soufflé over the top of the glass. . Head is so large, I was beginning to think this one might be infected (thankfully not). Head has a rather incredible staying power that results in a full glass of beer taking about 10 minutes to pour. Not surprisingly, this one leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Smell is rather pungent. Lots of spice, though mostly black pepper. Some grassy herbal hops and a bit of alcohol tickles the nose.

T: Starts with a mild candy sweetness before moving to more grassy and herbal hops then a little lemon. Black pepper, some spice, and a little bit of yeasty funk. Mild bitterness. Quick finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a little high. There is a slight tanginess to the mouthfeel.

O: This is an interesting beer, almost a blend of a saison and a very hop forward pale ale. I like the results: hoppy and complex, different, yet familiar, easily drinkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks yet again to hopsbreath for the wealth of Upright!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced some white froth. Some lace.

(S)- A lightly spicy green clay yeasty earthiness. Bits of lemon and green apple.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A yeasty green spice character. Mildly tart green apple and lemon characters.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Light. Spicy, yet fruity as well. Crisp.

(D)- Another solid Saison from Upright. Crisp and refreshing with a nice mild tartness in the background. So far each one of these have been just as intriguing as the next.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jconrick1 for the opportunity to try this. Shared with Slatetank and poured into a pair of snifters. This brew appears a clear orange color with 3 fingers worth of frothy yellowish stained head. It leaves a thick frothy coating of patchy lacework on the glass and holds across the top with an island of froth.

The smell of this brew is tangy from a combination of yeast, alcohol and herbal hops. A little bit of alcohol is present. The yeast presents a dry peppery note to the aroma that is mildy spicy and enjoyable. The malt is mildly toasting completing a total package of character for the nose to take in, well done.

The taste is dry and spicy with a modest herbal bitterness. The hops are bitter with a rindy aspect that provides more flavor than bitterness initially. As it gets increasingly more bitter, it picks up more pulp flavors somewhat like grapefruit meets orange. There are faint notes of plastic-like funk mixed through the body. As the brew comes up to room temperature, a very floral flavor of hops comes forward.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a very easy drinking sessionable brew. It had an interesting twangy component that really kept me interested throughout the experience when mixed with the other characteristics that this brew presented. This is one of the more hoppy saisons I have had and it was a pleasure to drink. However, in a back to back tasting with #4, I slightly favored the other. Still not a bad brew, it is worth a taste if you have the chance.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Stakem for letting me try this back to back following Four-enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

A color is similar to Four, apricot, light haze and thick cap of white, yet the head remains in the glass and the bottle contains the beer rather than it foaming out. The lace sticks well and beading is fine. The smell is great much like four it has the yeast aroma with strong grape-like white grape tinged nose yet the floral hops and some noble elements come forward with light spice and citrus which is nice. The feel is great balancing the three main elements well. The yeast is fruity and hops are very herbal with light bitterness and subtle citrus tangy while the light caramel and toast in the malt pulls it all together.

This tastes great, no other way for me to describe it. I just love a nice herbal hoppiness and the subtlety with which the hops are utilized is exceptional blending well with the depth of the French saison yeast which gives a slight tinge of spice and the aforementioned grape-like fruit tanginess. The malt is well blended in a mildly toasted way which brings out some of the spice the hops have, but the more lemony tea like hop character is what seems to linger and some of the flavor is probably the hop oils coating the mouth since I was able to taste the hops long after the swallow. I loved this saison. I think this achieves what four sets out to do but even more so since the hops give a little edge to the yeast and malt and light bitterness keeps bringing you back. I found this a highly drinkable ale and one I would recommend to anyone who likes saisons with some moderate hop flavor.

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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 cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Upright Five – nice murky copper with a little bit of head. mmm…earthy smell (nice to have something a little bit different). Grassy, almost saison like crossed with a pale ale. Good malt presence. very earthy flavor…a bit too much for me, kind of sour, but bitter at the same time so it is kind of weird. Bitterness is just too much for me might be a good beer to have on it’s own, but mixed in with the lineup at this release it is too bitter for me. Reasonably medium body feel.

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Five (#5) from Upright Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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