Fatali Four
Upright Brewing Company

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Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Chile Beer
Ranked #1
Ranked #5,583
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
Oct 30, 2020
Nov 15, 2009
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Notes: A blend of barrel aged Four that has fresh homegrown fatali chiles added for a couple months before bottling. It also incorporates light use of brettanomyces yeasts providing a contrasting earthy backdrop for the bright chile flavors. Cellar for up to three years.
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Found a chile beer in 2020, I'm tickled. Been awhile, appearance of chile beers are always so subjective, oh wait that's all beers! Anywho cloudy gold with a white cap and tons of lacing. Smell has the chili peppers but they are not the star, lemon curd and zest, flowers, bready grains, straw, and dry earth, it is quite beautiful. Taste sees that pepper step right up to the plate, gets spicy as it warms, met by the nose elements but more dull in comparison, slight wild funk and oak are neat though. Feel is bright, spicy, grainy, and oaked. A unique beer for sure, honestly hard to rate but certainly one of if not the best chile beer I have had as it elevates the style

Oct 30, 2020
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Drank at the end of June 2015. Notes indicate and I still maintain this is the most unique and best Upright beer I've ever had. Pours a golden color with 3/5" white head and good clarity.

Aroma pops bright brettiness, smooth pepper heat, hay, grass, lemondrop, relatively clean barnyard and wheat notes. This is nice, real nice, I am impressed (finally) with an Upright beer.

Taste has a respectable tartness that doesn't just sneak on you like a wild ale in saison clothing. Good wooden presence to it, light body, brett chewiness. This is one of those complex, full on flavorful but yet ever so light you can drink it on a 100 degree day and it is still fitting. The fatali chiles are real nice, warmth on the backend, paired with crisp carbonation and pilsen like malt levity, not scorching everything, but enhancing the taste and mouthfeel.

This really borders on just being a saison with chiles as opposed to a "chile" beer, but either way you slice it, this is a fun drink that I hope to run into again in the future. Best stuff I've had from 'em.

May 11, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from tap into a wineglass, minimal head, good lacing. Hazy pale yellow in the glass. Smells slightly acidic, somewhat earthy. Taste is initially a acidic, tart, lemony, sweet tart, then the finish is super dry, earthy with the chili heat. Supurb ride on a sip. Great drinking beer on the patio. Not super with the heat, but it lingers on the palate.

Jul 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of slightly caramelized malt with some floral chili notes and very little heat. Taste is a nice mix of rustic Belgian style saison malt with some floral chile with mild heat also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I’m not a big fan of chile beers usually but this was quite good with balance heat.

May 13, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brenn79 from Idaho

750 bottle, thanks bro- Pours mostly clear with a medium white head that doesn't last long, leaving a thin collar and some islands of foam. Aroma is sour, tart, granny smith apples, bit of brett, dust. The taste is granny smith apples, dusty books, earthy, light on the mouthfeel, the peppers don't amount to really any heat, there is a slight vegetal flavor assuming from the peppers. Very good easy drinking sour.

Sep 03, 2018
4 by XicanoBeerRun from Texas on Jun 06, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Roustabout from District of Columbia

Drinkable for a chili beer; paradoxically, the lighter base balances the capsaicin, letting it dovetail with the thyme-y hop presence. Still probably wouldn’t go for a full pour of it.

May 27, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

750ml bottle - hmmmm, chili pepper heat AND bad ol' Brett, that's a new one for me.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and creamy bone-white head, and lots of rising effervescence that just keeps on adding to a spoon-necessitating experience. Eventually there is some random limestone arch lace left around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sassy stone fruit (apricot and nectarine), blended domestic citrus rind, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, indistinct earthy chili pepper spice, a mildly funky yeastiness, and some tame vanilla-forward oaken barrel notes. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready pale malt, sharp blood orange, white grapefruit, and lemon/lime citrus zest, equal to the task musky stone fruit, a still subtle but you know it's there chili heat, thankfully understated musty and earthy Brett funk, and more weak white wine-like barrel woodiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back after its opening frothy-assed gambit, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, that is if your cognitive dissonance meter is working as it should be in cases like this. It finishes off-dry, the malt and big fruity essences having a minor slap fight with the lingering chili spiciness.

Overall, this is one pleasantly rendered chili beer, the multi-vectored fruitiness going a long way in balancing out the heat, while the other sundry players look on in amazement. Surprisingly easy to drink, given everything that is going on (and once the pour settles the hell down). Worth checking out, if you like this sort of thing.

Mar 17, 2017
3.81 by festizio from California on Dec 25, 2016
4.21 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Oct 22, 2016
4.17 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 05, 2016
4.16 by Intlpostman from California on Jun 02, 2016
3.95 by GoBeerGo from New Hampshire on May 02, 2016
4.23 by South2NW from Oregon on Oct 14, 2015
4.72 by kristinc from Canada (BC) on Sep 26, 2015
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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is fruity, oak and a white wine, lemony and a touch of acidity, chilli pepper is ever present but certainly shows restraint. Taste is acidic and tart with a chilli heat at first followed by a bit of a puckering sourness, dry oak and white wine, lemony with some heat in the aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, medium body dry. This was quite enjoyable, despite my reservations this certainly exceeded my personal expectations, never too much heat, certainly worth trying.

Sep 09, 2015
3.9 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Jul 12, 2015
3.63 by BeerOps from Illinois on Jun 05, 2015
4.35 by BarrelAgedG from California on May 26, 2015
4.31 by toothirsty from New Mexico on May 26, 2015
3.5 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on May 17, 2015
4.75 by 01001111 from California on Mar 23, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Pale gold, minimal lacing with sharp clarity, austere.

Aroma is killer. Oak in spades, light dried fruit, no hint of the chile onslaught ahead.

Taste is unique and very nice. Bright fruitiness with a building moderate chile heat on the back end. Peachy and peppery. Like a nice mango chile salsa but barrel aged. Feel is fairly light bodied, though the heat makes you slow down a bit.

Overall this is a very unique chile beer, one that I'd seek out to try again for sure.

Mar 22, 2015
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3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by kscaldef from Oregon

A little buttery. Wouldn't mind more heat.

Mar 14, 2015
4.09 by Eternal218 from California on Feb 12, 2015
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3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Hazy yellow with a low white head and some lacing. Aroma is yeasty with mint notes, lemony and light spicy notes. Taste is lemony and yeasty at first with light fruity notes, but when the peppers are in there and take all over the place. Light body. Good carbonation. Hot mouthfeel, too hot for my liking in fact. I strongly prefer the regular version of the Four.

Feb 03, 2015
4.16 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Jan 29, 2015
4.34 by SeeingMeansMore from Oregon on Jan 17, 2015
3.87 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2014
4.75 by Rish907 from California on Dec 11, 2014
4.12 by anteater from Oregon on Dec 07, 2014
4.25 by teddyarrowhead from Oregon on Nov 13, 2014
4.25 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Oct 30, 2014
4.3 by BeersAndBears from Georgia on Sep 24, 2014
4.25 by guajolote from Oregon on Aug 30, 2014
4.75 by dimitrov from Oregon on Aug 30, 2014
4 by Phobicsquirrel from Oregon on Aug 11, 2014
4.25 by mikeincharleston from North Carolina on Aug 10, 2014
4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jul 27, 2014
3.5 by cmgray03 from Colorado on Jul 19, 2014
Fatali Four from Upright Brewing Company
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