Six (#6)
Upright Brewing Company

Six (#6)Six (#6)
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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #60
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,550
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
353
From:
Upright Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  26
Gots
  46
SCORE
87
Very Good
Six (#6)Six (#6)
Notes: "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
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 353 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tpd975 from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love what these guys are doing. If you have not had anything from them do yourself a favor and type ISO:

A: Pours a nice dark amber hue that boarders on a lighter shade of brown. A very tall fizzy tan head that lasts and lasts. Nice big sheets of lace as well.

S: Nice sweet fruit aromas up front. Hints of yeast, chocolate, and a touch of spice.

T: Love the taste. Wonderful spicy yeast. Hints of chocolate and notes of cola with grenadine. There are mid lightly tart cherry flavors as well. Real tasty, to put it simply damn good!

M: Medium in body, carbonation is a bit prickly. Nice blend of yeast, sweet, and fruit.

D: Very good. Shared with my wife but could have consumed this one solo rather easily.

Aug 17, 2010
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a massive tan foam head that lasted for about 20 minutes with four fingers. Eventually I had a glass that was a third full that I could drink.

S: Aroma of musty saison yeast, leaves, brown malt, earthy hops and molasses.

T: Lots of brown malt and molasses flavors along with a grouping of damp earth and fall flavors. Some rye mixing with more chocolate flavors and earthy crystal malt sweetness. a bit of oak and rye spices.

M: highly carbonated and a heavy body for a Saison. This is classified as a Rye beer, and even at that I would still consider this relatively thick for the style. Tongue stinging presence from carbonation.

O: Overall this is a tasty beer. Different perhaps from what I had expected but very good and worth a try.

Mar 30, 2013
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark reddish brown, though it comes off looking more like a reddish tinted charcoal gray. Forms a large light tan colored head that reduces down to a sizable ring around the edge. Leaves some large patches of clumpy lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic with lots of rye malt. Peppery, grassy, earthy, with just a bit of yeast.

T: Creamy and smooth with a mild maltiness on the front end. Flavor fades a mild earthiness before the rye comes on strong on the back end. Finishes rather spicy with lots of earthy black pepper.

M: Starts of oddly creamy, but finishes dry and peppery. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice, interesting beer. Fairly complex with a range of flavors.

Jul 20, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich amber-brown with a slight touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours three thick fingers of creamy tan foam. I think it's quite attractive.

Smell: bready malt aroma with a definite rye character: a little spicy and fruity. There is a little cherry here as well as some caramel and toffee. It reminds me a bit of a subtle quadrupel. I like it.

Taste: much like the aroma, with plenty of raisin, cherry and tobacco character. Rye spiciness is definitely there but it doesn't overwhelm anything. This is quite a fine beer.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a huge carbonation yielding a decent creaminess, if a bit rocky. Quite good.

Overall: this beer really appeals to me. I'm very glad I've discovered it.

Jul 02, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle pours a mahogany to burnt copper color. A robust yellowish stained tan froth sits atop with a full wall of lacing effect sticking to the glass as the cap fades.

The aromatics are comprised initially of citrus and fruity hops. An overall minor tropical feel along with a slight vegetative inclusion. That familiar scent of fruity to bready rye comes out more as the brew warms up.

The taste includes notes of caramel and toffee. Slight sweetness blends into more of a toasty rye bread flavor. It has almost a mineral-like bitterness and then a vegetative to dirty fruit character reminescent of unripe cantaloupe.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not bad but pales a bit in comparison to the other upright offeringd I have enjoyed so much. This has potential, I am just not completely sold on this particular batch/bottle I opened.

Mar 05, 2013
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mhaugo from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Aug 20, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown color. A 2 finger dark beige, creamy head adorns and leaves a nice spongy lace.

The aroma is ok; nothing too special. Some slight sweetness, spiciness, chocolate and some earthy yeast.

The taste is quite the myriad. Chocolate, caramel, spices, pepper, slight herbal hop notes, and you can definitely pick up on the Saison yeast.

There's a bit of creaminess to the feel, albeit with a bit of prickly carbonation. Maybe medium in body.

Interesting and quite enjoyable.

Jun 09, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sourish, musky soup.

Beautiful appearance and nice dark amber color. Very long lasting head and lacing. First sip is off-putting, though, with sour note predominant. Astringent and oddly bitter. No hint of sweetness, but some faded fruit like a very, very dry cider. Salty aftertaste. Harsh medicinal bitterness that fades somewhat to a dry, muddy finish.

Upright makes a lot of sours and odd ducks, so they probably have plenty of strange yeast and bacteria floating around. I just wish they'd say if they intended to include brettanomyces or if it's just an afterthought. Otherwise I have to wonder if this is on its way to being spoiled. Has some interest, and lovely to look at, but I find it virtually undrinkable.

Apr 26, 2011
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to hopsbreath for yet another!

(A)- Pours a dirt brown mahogany color. Produced some tan colored froth. Some lace.

(S)- A deeper spicy earthy clay quality. A bit woody with some yeasty qualities.

(T)- Spicy. I can definitely see the rye/carraway seed. Lightly earthy with plenty of yeast components. Ever so mildly tart.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A nice balance too. A bit unique, yet engaging take on the style. Mildly tart and spicy.

(D)- Definitely a unique take on the style with some definite Saison characteristics poking through the rye. Not sure if this is for the better, but I enjoyed the experience nonetheless.

Jul 24, 2011
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 28, 2014
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to Chris for opening this crazy, amazing beer.

A: Dark reddish-brown body with a fluffy finger of tan head. Very nice.

S: Spicy and sour, with rye + yeast working together perfectly. Straightforward and spectacular.

T: Starts out with rye spice, then moves on to a bit of sourness and a peppery, phenolic slap of yeast. Weird and wonderful.

M: Soft medium body with a rich, upwelling wave of effervescence. Delightful.

D: Captivating.

Notes: I think that sours might be the best use for rye malt; I'm usually not a huge fan of it, but here the natural characteristics of the rye are utilized to their utmost potential. This is the fourth beer I've had from Upright, and it might be the best yet. What a great, creative, inventive, brewery.

Cheers!

Mar 07, 2011
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mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Aug 19, 2012
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very confusing, if I tasted this blind I wouldn't have a good guess of what style this is exactly. It rides the line of a fruity beer with a herbal beer, maybe saison and a little rye.

The beer pours a nice mahogany color and nice lacing and head, fluffy head at that. Pretty nice overall look.

The smell and taste both confuse me. The smell is at once very metallic and dead and then also has some nice dark fruits and brown sugar, maybe a peppery spicy note. The taste follows suit and seems to be tart or spicy and then also kind of fruity and chocolatey. I honestly almost feel like this is a blend of two different beers, once a spicy peppery herb beer and one a almost porter like fruity tinged beer.

The feel is very light and Over carbonated, not a great effort here.

Overall I'm not digging this, but it's not terrible either.

Feb 19, 2012
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bauermj from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 22, 2011
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

May 02, 2013
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pixieskid from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Sep 24, 2013
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Neffbeer from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

May 23, 2014
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Kopfschuss from Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%

May 03, 2013
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moonknight31 from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Aug 18, 2013
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vermilcj from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Dec 23, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Sep 12, 2014
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nathanmiller from New York

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

Feb 20, 2015
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lostandwandering from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Feb 07, 2014
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beagle75 from Iowa

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Hopside-down pilsner glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium brown color with over one finger of mocha-tinted foam that diminishes to a persistent residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Tannic and slightly roasty, this beer's smell is a musty old puzzle that suggests wood and brettanomyces, phantom phenolics, lactic acid, and molasses.

T: Begins almost dry, with brown malt and lactic tartness that is steady but polite. The middle dries up and cleans up considerably, but then husky roasted grain and funky, herbaceous flavors develop in the finish. Musty wood and rye bread linger on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, drying and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer has plentiful complexity as well as appeal, combining varied elements of dark malt, rye, and wild ale yeast qualities. Musty wood and sugar impurities outmaneuver simplistic cider in a pro-rustic campaign, leaping well over any assumptions or expectations one might bring with them. This is a beer for the jaded palate.

Feb 01, 2012
Six (#6) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 353 ratings