Seven (#7)
Upright Brewing Company

Seven (#7)Seven (#7)
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #300
Ranked #5,531
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Seven (#7)Seven (#7)
Notes: "Seven is our most aromatic beer. The brewery's saison yeast is fully expressed in the aroma with lots of fruitiness while the hops provide light spice notes. The beer has some heft mid-palette but finishes dry with a lightly lingering bitterness. Seven is satisfying on its own but pairs great with a variety of typically fragrant cuisines such as Thai or Indian."

Malts: organic pale, pilsener, organic munich
Hops: magnum, mt.rainier, hallertauer mittelfrüh, liberty
Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 479 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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iguanodon from Utah

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2013-06-14] Draft at Henry’s 12th St Tavern Portland OR. Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head that fades quickly leaving nice lacing. Aroma is spice, straw, sweet caramel. Taste is spice, black pepper, sweet malt. Nice palate thicker than it looks.

Oct 24, 2018
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cellared 2 years, 3 months. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: extremely carbonated. After pouring only a few ounces, the head overflowed out of the glass, despite the beer being refrigerated. The head has excellent retention. The body is a light-golden with a slight haze.

Aroma: sweet, bready malt with Belgian yeast aromatics. Nothing spectacular.

Flavor: sweet malt and bready with a mildly sweet dinner roll flavor. Minimal if any hops and no alcohol.

Mouthfeel: light - even more so considering this beer is 8% abv. A 750 ml would be no difficult feat to drink by yourself.

Overall: so-so. This beer was underwhelming. No aspect of this beer was impressive: this beer was average A to Z. There are better saisons readily available. This will no be a repeat purchase.

Nov 24, 2016
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dabeerbuddha from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colour. Initial head is expansive and lofty dropping down to a lacey rim.
Much more aromatic than I'm used to from a saison.
Taste is gratifying. Subtle, flavourful, bitter with a dry finish. Spicy and rustic.
Great mouthfeel. Substantial body and good carbonation.
Nice beer overall. Very enjoyable.

Oct 31, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright blonde color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral rustic malt notes with light spicy yeast undertones is just about perfect for the style. Taste is a wonderful mix of floral rustic notes with some spicy yeast undertones and light hay notes with limited residual sugar notes. Body is full for style with the right amount of carbonation. Super good drinkability with great level of complexity. Excellent choice of yeast strain for this beer.

Aug 25, 2016
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OregonGrown7 from Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh bottle into my stemless tulip. Super hazy and dense color, looks amazing, like a meal in a glass. Amazing display of bready malt, belgian yeast, and floral hops. Huge flavor, with a nice medium-thick mouthfeel. Seek this one out, it is a refreshingly good beer.

Dec 16, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle served in a wine glass cold.

Appearance: honey gold with a nice white fluffy head, lots of sediment in the glass towards the end of the bottle.

Nose: peaches, apricots, Belgian funk from the yeast, malty and bready, honey

Taste: nice and refreshing, slight Belgian funk from the yeast but not a Brett character, honey forward with tons of stone fruit character as well. Plenty of residual sweetness in there and a lot of honey in the finish. Some bitterness but I think it was from the yeast that got kicked up in the bottle.

Overall: nice Saison. I could use a more dry mouthfeel and less sweetness. The stone fruit character was very nice and I did like the creamy head. I feel this beer could benefit from the addition of some strain of Brett at bottling or maybe some barrel aging like GI Sofie. Overall, this is a nice saison and I'd drink it again.

Nov 10, 2015
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 poured to tulip

Pours a nice orange-gold, significant haze. One big finger of fairly dense white head settles to a persistent sticky film.

Smells of citrus, malt, bread, pepper

Flavor is bright lemon-peppery with a honey like sweetness, and a lightly bitter grapefruit tang on the back end

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing for the abv

My first time trying anything from Upright. Very nice take on the style, pretty big on the alcohol but still crisp and refreshing. Classic peppery sais nose, with equally classic flavor notes. Surprising hop bill, as it doesn't strike me hoppy in any dimension other than a neat grapefruit-bitterness on the backend. A lovely introduction... next time I fly to PDX my tray table will totally be in the Upright position.

Aug 19, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a recent saison themed tasting poured chilled in a willybecker chilled.

The color is more amber than gold with thick whipped looking white head. The smell has a nice noble hop quality with earthy smell and mild malt. The feel is very soft with low sweetness and gentle bitterness with slight yeast in the texture.

This is a very good tasting saison, perhaps a little age yet the malt still has a fresh taste with less hops than the aroma hints at, very easy to quaff with slight creamy yeast combined with the breadiness of the malt. I would drink this again a very enjoyable ale.

Aug 16, 2015
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My second time having this.

A - 750ml pours fall-leaf orange with some floaties+haze and a big ol white head to start. Retention is excellent, a thin-but-full cap with a thick ring around the edge, great lacing too.

S - Apple, green grape, pale herbally fruits, wet hay, yeast, baked bread, light spice, grains, bit-o-honey.

T - Pleasant citrus coming through here, kind of a creamsicle thing going on. More green grapes give this a slight chardonnay feel, a bit more in the way of herbal hops as well. Grains, bread, earthy straw, lightly spicy yeasts.

M - Kinda big-feeling and smooth with medium-high carbonation. A solid mix of yeasty/farmy/hoppy flavors with just a light tartness. No real alcohol taste but you can tell it's a higher-ABV saison.

O - Similar to their Four, which I got in a trade a while back - a solid, kinda straight-up saison, a bit on the hoppy side, farmy tones there not overbearing. Maybe a touch on the sweet side. Pretty solid all-around and one I'd probably enjoy anytime.

Jun 26, 2015
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid citrus-forward saison...mostly orange zest & a little bit lemon...not as earthy as a lot of the Belgian saisons, more light and refreshing with a lingering bitterness...medium carbonation and mouthfeel

Jan 23, 2015
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Hopdaemon39 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours an hazy golden orange color with a finger of head, great retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smells sweet. Definitely grain, perhaps candi sugar, a little yeast.

Tastes nice- definitely sweet but with a nice balance of hops and yeast. Definitely floral.

Feel is medium body with modest carbonation. I like it- it's not great but it's certainly pretty good.

Sep 25, 2014
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draheim from Washington

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

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden orange w/ a thick, dense, creamy head, sticky lace.

Aroma is grassy, earthy, citrusy, sweet, floral. Orange peel, juicy hops, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is a blend of fruity and dry biscuity pale malt, bright clean hops, and estery Belgian yeast. Maltier and sweeter than other saisons, with a commensurately elevated hop presence. Juicy. I believe there's some candi sugar in here. An imperial saison? Almost a tripel.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an interesting, heavier take on a saison. Nice balance between more malt and more hops; an undeniably tasty beer.

Aug 09, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Selkrik Abbey tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam. I think it's quite pretty indeed.

Smell: lightly grainy and grassy with just a little hint of acidic bite. Simple, but nice.

Taste: rather malty right up front, there's a sweetness and just a hint of classic farmhouse funk. The hops are indeed grassy, but bitterness is quite low. Sweet, but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a bit sweet and malty, this saison is a little bit on the mild side when it comes to funk. That said, it's still a rather nice treat. I like it.

Jul 30, 2014
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Phelps from Arizona

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Find the closest teddy bear, cut it open and bunch its fluffy guts together -- that's what Seven's head looks like. A beautiful, dense crust of eggshell-white foam caps the beer for what seems like hours. Below, the liquid is burnt orange and mostly clear.

Strange nose. Highly aromatic, I get hints of pumpkin spice, bread crust, honey, musty cereal, anise. Red apples mix with the other mulling spices to give this an almost cidery quality.

Impressive malt character. Packed with toasted bread from bready start to quenching, bitter burnt finish. In between, I get red apple again, biscuits, toasted wheat, earthy hop contribution. Pepper, sawdust, a good amount of toasted wheat. Dry as a crusty loaf of bread. Musty.

Not a hint of the eight percent alcohol. Carbonation is quite high, assaulting the to gue with bubble daggers to the point that it's painful. Medium-light body, fluffy in the mouth. A bit of fizz as it moves.

Not exactly the flavors I'm looking for in a Saison. Worth a try, though.

Jul 29, 2014
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one has been in my cellar for about two years and I thought it might be a good opportunity to break it open on a cool summer day after running around the house powerwashing and fixing stuff.

A: Pours a Massive frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. There is some mild white sediment that settles on the bottom of the glass on the first pour.

S: Aroma of sweet lemons, stale drying grass, pale malt, and a mild light funk that reminds me of what a saison should smell like.

T: Overwhelmingly great, tons of pale malt, munich and pilsner malt flavors, making this crisp, light and flavorful. After a few sips, it is very clear that this is extremely well balanced and the light lemony citrus flavors go well with the crisp pilsner malts.

M: Light crisp and with a good body. the malts in this saison are well chosen and I will have to brew a similar beer soon. After finishing off my Cornelius keg of saison that I had been storing for a while, I am ready for a new fresh batch.

O: Overall, probably one of my favorite saisons I have ever had. I enjoyed the other Upright saisons that I had tried before however I do not know if the age really helped this one come to full flavor or subdued the hops. In either case, this was thoroughly enjoyed. Well done Upright.

Jul 20, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 6 June 2014.

Pours clear golden. Massive dense fluffy head, 3+ fingers. Excellent retention and boatloads of lacing. Fantastic, and demonstrative of how fine-looking saisons can be.

Smell is floral, but dense floral. It's on the simple side, and that one element is good, but not amazing. A lot of Upright's beers smell like this - like someone juiced flower petals. It's pithy and robust, despite being sort of high-in-the-nose aromatic.

Taste has those same floral notes, but a little sharpness. Pretty basic, lacking the depth, variety , or subtlety I want. It's fine.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, but definitely on the flat side.

A decent saison. I find that in general, Upright's takes on the style don't completely agree with me, as they all have a heavy flower character that dominates more than I'd like. Perhaps it's their yeast strain, perhaps their choice of ingredients. I'm still waiting to be wowed by them.

Jun 09, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a huge, continually frothing 4 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a pale, clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and patchy with great stick. Awesome!

Nose is hugely aromatic. Notes of lemon rind, yogurt, peppercorn, spice, cane sugar and yeast. Very appetizing.

Opens lemon, cane sugar, yeast, coriander and spice. Light tartness in the middle with a foamy body and a sweet cane sugar backbone. Ends crisp, peppery and slightly floral. Same aftertaste. Nicely complex. A very good beer.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and aggressive with a relatively clean finish and slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

This is possibly the best of the series. Intensely aromatic with great balance and an excellent body. Definitely worth having.

May 24, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip

light yellow pour with a big head. smell of crisp lemons, yeast..funk. taste about the same. super refreshing and easy to drink. lemon flavor is strong. real aromatic and flavorful saison. just excellently brewed. if you like saisons youll like this... medium carbonation and mild body. upright knows saisons and this is no exception!

Apr 18, 2014
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Fader from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy dull orange beer, massive head out of the bottle, very foamy.

S - A very refreshing, clean citrus smell, great hop smell balances it all out.

T - The taste lives up to the nose on this one, very clean, hoppy front, citrus flavor throughout, great pine finish.

M - Very bubbly at the start, somewhat bitter after.

O - Awesome brew, first beer I've tried by this brewery, will try them all, and this one again. Definitely a must try.

Feb 22, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, white grape, banana, orange peel, bread, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, banana, white grape, orange peel, bread, biscuit, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, banana, white grape, orange peel, biscuit, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 06, 2014
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TheMultiYeast from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange with about three fingers of bubbly eggshell white head.

Pear and apple fruit notes combine with grassiness to create a very pleasant nose overall. Pepper and farmhouse aromas are restrained to allow the sweeter herbal notes of the yeast take over and create an exceptionally bright aroma.

Fruit notes carry into flavor but with more complexity. A bit of funk comes in to balance the sweetness. Very clean malt flavors offer an ideal balance. Clove and banana flavors take hold. Grassy flavors are stronger and nearly bitter with a dry finish.

The body on this beer makes it ideal for midday in early spring, or in a slightly less traditional manner, in the middle of the night in the winter. Carbonation is not as tight and punchy as some Saisons but the lingering dryness brings this one home.

Overall a great beer and an unforgettable introduction to Upright Brewing.

Feb 02, 2014
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beagle75 from Iowa

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Heavy--nearly continuous--lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely fruity and somewhat yeast-affected. Belgian malt is detectable, but hardly stands out in the presence of white pepper and fruit that cannot decide if it's a mixed bag of temperate rosaceous fruit or stolen straight out of a pina colada. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with pear/apricot fruit and crystal malt. Yeast phenolics are mild, serving to round out the profile rather than send a chemical or hard spice signal. Acidity is mild into the middle where soft fruit left over from the beginning encounters bread that is well-established by the delicate finish. The beer sweetens on the palate over time. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a remarkable and delicious American version of Belgian strong pale ale. Similar to Goose Island's Matilda, this beer exceeds the other by really nailing the details. In the end it bears no rough edges and remains infinitely approachable.

Dec 31, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredibly fresh, fruity, tangy and subtly sweet- Upright's Seven is a fruit-forward Saison that welcomes confection malt sweetness over that of spice or dryness. Resembling more of a stronger Belgian-style Pale Ale, this Saison is quite unique.

As the ale pours, a creamy orgy of bubbles, cream, ale and fruit align to give the beer a starburst of peach, gold and orange while its eventual separation of foam yields a tall and pillowy column of froth that's stubborn in its retention and blanketing in its retention. Do ales really look much better?

Soft and delicate aromas capture the quintessential Belgian scents: orange, apple, white grape, and pear reveal the common "farmhouse" scents but complementary fruits of tropical mango, pineapple and apricot suggest something more hop-derived. Counter to the fruit comes the spiciness of delicate white pepper, clove and mild cumin and leaf. Medium vinous notes seem of reisling as that first taste draws near.

Its early taste is much sweeter than the typical Saison. A candied tartness ensues as the sugary taste of candy shops align with tart fruitiness for a taste that's orangy, tangy, and lemony- surprisingly like saltwater taffy, sherbet and cream sickle. Line that up with grassy hop bitterness and flavors like lemongrass, orange blossom and tropical fruit punch results across the middle. But as the ale finishes, it balances nicely with fresh grated white pepper, clove and coriander.

Medium-light, the beer's bready sweetness retains its malt structure late into taste- this keeps the ale creamy, sweet and bready far longer than Saisons typically exhibit. But as that slow quiver of malt develops, it opens up to dry spice, vinous white wine and pungent fruit tartness. Nearing astringency, its bitter flavor results in a softly tannic texture. Aiding its dryness, its alcoholic feel is warm and lightly spicy.

I really like this beer- but much more as a Belgian Pale Ale of extraordinary strength. Its sherbet character is surprisingly charming and is totally unexpected. Despite such acclaim, the ale really misses the mark of Saison from its lack of dryness, elevated fruit and suppressed spice.

Dec 11, 2013
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wethorseblanket from California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seven fifty ml bottle.

A: Pours clear golden with a solid 1-inch white head which fades slowly to a thin cap and leaves sheet, ring and splotchy lace.

N: Floral, saison yeast, earthy, grass/hay, lemon zest, peppery spice.

T: Yeasty and earthy, green mossy grass and damp hay, some cracked pepper spices, estery.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, yeasty and lingering black pepper finish.

O: Easy drinking, refreshing, compliments food very well. Enjoyed.

Dec 09, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Golden hue. Pours a large, frothy, white head. Settles slowly, and craters unevenly. Plenty of lacing.

S: Floral and hoppy. Lavender and coriander.

T: Light hop, fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, crisp, and a little fruity. Bitter-ish finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and plenty of lacing. Floral and hoppy. Crisp hope with fermented fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Nov 30, 2013
Seven (#7) from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 479 ratings