Six (#6) | Upright Brewing Company

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Six (#6)Six (#6)
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Six (#6)Six (#6)

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Six is a dark rye beer with layered flavors including chocolate, caramel, pepper, wood, cherry and tropical fruit. It starts semi-dry and smooth and finishes fully dry and tart with a small bite from the hops. The overall balance of the Six makes it easy to pair with richly prepared meats along with many harder cheeses."

Malts: organic pale, caramel, rye, black
Unmalted: rolled rye
Hops: magnum, tettnanger

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-26-2009

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Reviews by freduardo:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky deep roasted chesnut brown with a fizzy-like beige colored head.big sour cherry-like aromas,sherry vinegar and some wood come thru as well.I gotta admit I was looking for caramel and milk chocolate on the palate,they are both there but far underneath the sherry vinegar tart flavors.The mouthfeel is a bit sharp and fizzy,its full on tart and thats ok for what it is,I personally would have liked more complexity to the beer.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upright is always appreciated - thanks, Kevin. Six pours a deep shade of woody brown, almost appearing black once it finally piles up in the glass. It's fairly volatile and the head grows pretty quickly and rests for a while at about a quarter-inch. It's light tan in color and leaves behind some generous strips and streaks of lacing and foam all along the top of the glass.

Six smells like straight up rye, at least at first. Very, very dry and piled up with boat loads of spicy rye. It's also quite woody in character, and only at the very end of the sniff can I detect the hops, which are kind of leafy and ashy all at once. As time goes on, I swear I can smell a faint hint of cherry sweetness somewhere in there, too, but the rye does its best to obliterate all else.

I was almost fearful to sip this one at first - I thought the rye might just burn a hole in my throat. While the taste is still incredibly rye-heavy, it's not to an abrasive or unpleasant degree. Very dry rye spice is backed with musty and woody notes of funk, almost like a forest floor. A delicate touch of hops provides a nice little snap mid-palate, but they don't add much flavor-wise.

It's definitely a malt and rye heavy beer, and warmth opens up a few more flavors of cocoa powder, light caramel, and some heavily toasted bread. I can sense a light, fruit sweetness, almost tartness in the background, but I'm having an incredibly hard time putting my finger on exactly what fruit it is. The bottle says cherry and tropical fruit - neither of which I necessarily agree with - but there's certainly some kind of tame fruit in there.

Needless to say, rye is the king here and pretty much takes a barbed wire covered baseball bat to any other flavor that even starts to trespass in its territory. The finish is quite spicy and tastes of toasty, rye bread. I wasn't surprised to find out that this beer is insanely dry, and left my palate feeling like it had been polished with some 60-grit. Lots of biting, snappy carbonation, too.

Pretty good beer, but I must confess and be completely honest - I'm not the biggest fan of rye beer that's ever lived, so my expectations for this beer weren't too high to begin with. Still surprisingly easy to drink when you consider the relative amount of rye that makes up the flavor profile. I'll be excited to soon try the rest of this Upright series (that is, Four, Five, and Seven).

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 4, 5 and 7.

The beer pours a dark, brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit, dark malts and rye. The flavor is wheat, pepper, candi sugar and rye. I don't get the same fruit characters in the flavor as I got in the aroma. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of lostandwandering
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

Dark ruby, chestnut brown in color with a very large, small-bubbled, tightly formed head that lasts and lasts. Eventually, it dies down and leaves thick spider-webbed lacing down the glass.

A sweet and dark-fruit forward aroma, with lots of raisin and fig leading the way. There's also some caramel, biscuit, and rye bread aromas.

The flavor is a powerful combination of raisin, fig/date, and lots of rye. The rye flavors linger and linger long after swallow and the level of sweetness is masive. I can't drink much of this, though it's not a bad beer.

Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

A tasty, interesting, rye saison, though the overbearing fruit sweetness doesn't make for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of elliot23
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Appearance of burnt caramel. Also some dark amber. Some good cloudy yeast in the bottle of the bottle.

S. Some tart sourness and some good solid spice to behold. Definitely great yeast. I'm enjoying this one.

T. This is good stuff from Upright. Lots of spices upfront. A hint of sweetness in the middle. And a fantastic finish of bitterness and a nice tart sour to round this thing out.

M. My thought here is that it's nice and dry. Great carbonation makes this one very crisp.

O. One of my favorite offerings from Upright. Definitely their best of the # series. I will never miss a chance to grab a bottle of this. No problem tearing a whole 750ml bottle apart myself. Great stuff!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a wide flute)

A- This beer pours a pretty dense hazy reddish caramel color. There is a thick foam of light tan head that last a good bit and a slow cascade of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. The second pour produces lots of jetsam suspended in the body.

S- The clean aroma has notes of bread crust and a slight caramel malt aroma that fades into a soft woody dark hop aroma. The finish has a hint of iodine that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The earthy woody dark hops finish with a spicy character that is enhanced by the fizz. There is some soft hints of malt but nothing comes through.

M-- The tight fizz boost the spice from hops or rye and the beer is just a bit dry but there is no alcohol heat in the medium mouthfeel.

O- The nice hop flavors are soft but they don't have a lot of support from other flavors and I don't get any saison yeast character. It is not offensive in any way just a bit drab. Especially compared to the bottle description.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JMS1512
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PopGun
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, a surprising find during a quick pop-in to see an oldish chum at a downtown wine store.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, dark red brick amber hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and densely foamy ecru head, which leaves some incredibly attractive honeycombed lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of grainy, biscuity caramel malt, with a certain spicy, dank rye interloper, a bit of dark tropical fruit, a hint of earthy yeast, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is grainy, bready rye and caramel malt, in equal doses, in a manner that diffuses the extremes of both, with some additional bittersweet chocolate, a bit of dark demarara sugar, a hint of gritty yeast, and more leafy, subdued grassy hops.

The carbonation is pretty understated, with barely an initial peep, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the malt persisting somewhat, the yeast doing a bit of hipster lingering and posturing, and some dank, earthy hops rounding things out.

A pleasant enough rye-tinted saison, the heady caramel maltiness sort of cutting through the middle, with the proclaimed titular yeast and spicy grain falling by the wayside, once they've spent their load. More saison chicanery from this Portland upstart, which, while interesting, is starting to mess with my impression of the style - I'm ready for something else now, methinks.

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Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite an active head, light but persistent. Pours a hazy brown tinged with ruby.

S: Sweet caramelized breads, musty books, dried dates.

T: An opening sweetness bordering cloying gives way to some dry rye loaves. The sweet beginning was a bit dryer that expected. Otherwise, it is a bit muddled and dark fruits swirl around but it isn't that clear what should be going on. Nice fruit esters and a touch of lemony sourness.

M: Strong carbonation plays well here with the light viscosity. Neat dry finish leaves some grain on the tongue.

D: There is a lot of potential here but the grain bill isn't really able to distinguish itself. A great sipper and an interesting use of saison yeast.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than expected working through the private imports,Bottle at Volo. Way overcarbonated which we handled by creating an exeptional head.Dark coloured body yielding a taste fruity, lemoney, peppery, chocolate, some rye. Caramel, decent malting. easy drinking, average mouthfeel.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Rosewood body, dark by quite clear, reveals crimson highlights when held to a strong light. A full creamy finger of buff/cream soft peaks rests up top. Superior retention, full sandy lacing.

Caramel, toast, and peppery hops fill the nose. A touch of grain, wort, and then phenolic yeast rounds things out.

Tart yeasty palate entry with a distinctive rye quality throughout. A grassy/floral/earthy hop flavor emerges next leading into the dry almost dusty finish. The rye and hops linger for a long time in the aftertaste...quite pleasant.

Effervescent, faintly puckering, rich, yet stil light-bodied mouthfeel.

Flavorful, well crafted, yet relatively simple (if not rustic) in many ways. Something of a thirst quencher despite being fairly dark.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zaphodchak
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at the Press Club in Portland, OR.

Miserably thin trace of head. Super hazy and brown... almost suspect.

Nose is very faint. Apple, grape and maybe musty raspberry.

Faintest hint of tart at the front. Then a wisp of light, biscuity malt and a drop of lemon. Everything is... subtle. Stylewise, drinks like an English mild (NB: it's not supposed to be, I learned after reading up on it). Palatable, but light.

Even, average texture.

Pretty average but drinkable. Maybe this line was not clean.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. A really nice looking beer.

Nose is peppercorn, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and a creamy, hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic but a bit awkward.

Opens caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Creamy hop bitterness mixed with some coriander, clove and spice in the middle. End is more caramel sweetness balanced by a smooth nuttiness and anise. Aftertaste of spice and nutty notes. Decent.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth on the palate but accented going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Just a touch heavy but still pretty drinkable.

Solid if a bit strange for the style. A nice deviation but I wouldn't revisit this one.

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Six (#6) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 352 ratings