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Blend Love (Sole Composition Series) | Upright Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
119 bottles, released September 2011.

Added by jdense on 09-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Clear dark orange and light ruby with a small white cap. Dots of white stick.

Raspberry and cherries in the aroma, though somewhat muted by the barnyard funk and grass elements. Funky and fruity--I like!

Good amount of fruit (raspberry and dark cherry) mix with barnyard funk and moderate amounts of sour character. Some distinct lemon and oak as well.

Thin to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Very nice.

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Thanks to Luke for the bottle. Sole Composition series. The label shown in the picture above is not the right label for this beer.

A: Ruby orange with a big white head.

S: Raspberry and cherry with a little pie crust, vanilla, and oak. Prominent fruit character. Restrained leather notes with evident tartness and lactic notes. There's a little vinegar.

T: Cherry flavor with a lactic flair. Raspberry blends with oak and vanilla. Moderately tart with a lower moderate acetic acidity. Dry tannic finish with a final fruit flourish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. Dry tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: A really nice Upright beer. Great fruit character.

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A huge thanks to Matt (bauermj) for sharing this rare tick. Bottle 63 of 119.

Appearance – Pours a hazy brown/light red color into a tulip with about a quarter finger of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Barnyard funk, juicy raspberries, wet hay, some lemon, and earthy plant notes.

Taste – A nice tart raspberry flavor up front that causes one to pucker, though it is not overly acidic/sour. Light brett, straw, and leather. A rather earthy flavor comes through midway though a hint o f lemon finishes up the taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with lower though adequate carbonation.

Overall – very glad to have tried this. We had Four Play (the second batch) right after and I do believe the consensus was that FP was a bit better than this, though this beer held its own most definitely.

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750ml bottle (62 of 119) into a Ranger Creek tulip. Thanks to oregonhopmonster for the trade!

So this is the direction American sours are heading in, and I, for one, could not be more ecstatic. Blend Love pours with a hazy, raspberry iced-tea tone (ironic, isn't it?). A little dark and listless is the body, but the fluffy tangerine-tinted head is attractive in the glass. Big wafts of raspberry pulp in the nose alongside berry vines and melon rind. Fresh wood sharpness is mild but pleasant as a balance in the background.

Flavor brings forward an immediate raspberry sourness that puckers the sides of the mouth and tongue. The finish is fruity and bright with notes of mineral, wood barrel, and a hint of funk. Uber-crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish that's not sour enough to wreck the tongue, but still packs pucker-a'plenty for all you sour-heads. Moderate carbonation. Overall, a fantastic release from Upright. Wish I could get my hands on more of this one!

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Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

Cloudy pinkish red color with pink-white head. Very fruit forward on the nose. Seems like a combination of cherries and raspberries. Lots of funky straw and earth notes, quite a bit of lemon, too. The fruit flavor is similarly intense on the palate, maybe a bit sweeter, though. Still a fair amount of lemon. Medium body and carbonation.

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Blend Love (Sole Composition Series) from Upright Brewing Company
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