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Blend Love | Upright Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
uprightbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A mix of barrel aged Four and Six using cherry and raspberry along with souring yeasts and bacteria. It's fruit forward in the nose with a balanced flavor bringing the malts and oak together. Named for friend and colleague Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing Company.


Released March 2012 (750ml bottles)
Second Release - March 2013

From Upright's blog:
"...essentially the Four Play but with barrel aged Six with raspberries mixed in. The inaugural release... used 25% of the Six. It's an evolution of the Four Play, giving it added layers - more malt, more alcohol, deeper color, and more fruit (but still in check with the malt profile)."

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,627
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
269
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
Wants:
208
Gots:
35
Trade:
3
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Latest batch into wine glass.


Appearance is cherry wood in color sporting an active off white head that settles quickly to nothing. Body is quite clear for such a dark beer with plenty of light coming through. I'm guessing the yeast sediment will make for a murkier pour from the bottom half of the bottle.


Aroma is of sweet cherry juice, raspberry purée, a touch of oak, and a vinous sweet pink wine. Not the most complex aroma but quite pleasing.


Flavors of cherry skins, raspberry seeds, cherry pulp, oak tannins, with a hint of cranberry acidity. Again, not the most complex flavor but pleasing and easy drinking. Slightly acetic but not distracting.


The beer sports a "heftier" light body, low level of carbonation, and pretty dry mouthfeel. A hint of fruity sweetness is present but finishes dry with a tannic feel. Acidity is in check and makes this very drinkable.


Overall a pleasant but partly underwhelming beer. The finish lacks a strong flavor presence and the overall profile is pretty one note (well maybe two, cherry/raspberry). Though it lacks complexity and flavor punch it drinks really nicely and offers up good fruity flavors with a nice level of sourness and clean finish. Recommended to try at least once but not necessarily to search the corners of the earth for one.

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4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a small white head that fades pretty quickly. The beer has a medium amber color with a little pink-ish hues mixed in.

S - The nose is full of raspberries and acidity. Upon further examination there are some bretty notes apparent as well. Very nice fruity/sour aroma.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got a pretty dry finish. I feel like it's slightly under-carbonated, but could become more so as it ages.

T - The taste if full of raspberry fruit flavor. There is some sweet malt character mid-taste followed by a nice lactic sourness with a hint of vinegar. The beer finishes with a sour bite and a small amount of lingering malt sweetness.

Yet another excellent release from Upright. The fruit flavor from the raspberries is perfect and the sourness complements it w/o it being overpowering. There is a little malt sweetness present too, which makes for an interesting beer.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 269 ratings