Hard Bop Brown
Upright Brewing Company

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
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3.23 | pDev: 0%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Notes: Upright's notes:
"One of Upright’s hoppiest beers. We picked up a couple bales of hop varieties with the recent harvest that aren’t normally employed here, particularly cascade and centennial, with the intention of making something forward and fun. Gerritt and I decided to make an additional draft-only winter beer apart from the Provision, and settled on a recipe for a strong and hoppy brown ale using our new house yeast strain. It ended up plenty bitter and aromatic, a significant departure from most of our recipes, but still has some semblance of balance from the malty base. 60 ibu’s and 9%"
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3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Billed as an Imperial brown with Belgian yeast. On draught at Bailey's, served in an imperial pint, Hard Bop Brown is hazy brown with an egg-shell head leaving thick, foamy lace.

Smell is faintly tropical, with an acrid spiciness and light herbalness. Caramel comes out as it warms. It doesn't come together in an overly appealing manner, and is overly acrid.

Taste is on the herbal, earthy hoppy side, not pungent, but the taste is clear, and the bitterness firm, accentuated by the peppery saison yeast. There is a prominent flavor of general yeast as well. The acridness mutes anything I should be tasting from the malt, for something billed as an imperial brown.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, and highly attenuated. Yay to saison (dupont) yeast keeping it light and hiding the high ABV cleanly, but hence the lack of maltiness.

Drinkability is ok. Overall, this beer is too disjointed. The concept is good, but the yeast choice didn't work; I'd have preferred a fruitier, higher attenuating Belgian strain to match the malt.

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Hard Bop Brown from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 1 ratings