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)."

Added by boralyl on 04-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
268
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.92%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
36
For Trade:
3
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this one. Served in a cervoise. Pours a nice pinkish red color with a nice white head that falls to a collar and leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose is loaded with fresh, tart raspberries and some background earth. Flavor has a nice acidity and good raspberry, though it’s not quite as lush as the nose. Light body with good carbonation and a moderate acidity through the finish. Quite nice.

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL purchased from Bottles last year. Split 2 years. This is the 3 year anniversary (since this is the blend of cherry and raspberry unlike the Sole Comp.)

A: Murky clay-brown. Lacing ends up with a ring of Saturn torn out of the middle. Not pretty by a long shot, but it'll do.

N: Stinging raspberries, acetone, vinegar, cherry, and oak. Oak is composed of a general woodiness. Not a penetrating smell by any mans. Floral elements abound as dust an attic mustiness.

T: Quite sour. Cherries are in concert with the raspberries - neither dominate. Lemon juice concentrate, tannic oakiness, some soapiness, and a lot of horse blanket and attic dust. Clementine oranges that were soaked in vinegar.

M: Surprisingly light and somewhat watery.

O: An enjoyable beer, but it's not a stand out in an crowded field. I miss the original's burst of fruit, so this might get unfairly downgraded because of that aspect. A balanced beer and not one to disappoint, but it's not their best. (Though, I don't find most of Upright's sours to be top tier.)

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3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pour is mostly transparent amber with a white head. Nose is nice, barrel and vanilla, strong berry, dusty Brett and a hint of leather. Taste is less barrel, more raspberry and cherry, light dusty note. Lighter body with a moderate carbonation, slightly sour dry finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Stormking47 for the share. The brew appears a clear burnt copper color with a tan finger atop. A webby finger-like pattern of lace sticks to the glass.

The aromatics are sweet and seedy smelling with a natural raspberry essence. A soft touch of earth comes across that blends the lines between what I think might be hops and the natural scent of raspberry.

The flavor is tart from a combination of bacteria and also an unripe sort of raspberry character. Like the nose, this comes off very natural feeling with that previously mentioned seedy aspect. A bit of lemony tartness is also present with a mild note of plastic into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking with what I feel are some minor flaws but the natural character of this keeps it interesting. Not the best wild ale from this brewery but pretty respectable and worth a try.

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Blend Love from Upright Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 268 ratings.
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