Straight Up Saison
Epic Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,871
Ranked #40,913
3.66 | pDev: 10.11%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Straight Up SaisonStraight Up Saison
Notes: Brewed with barley, oats and wheat, this hazy yellow offering’s silky texture is offset by its high level of carbonation. More spice complexity and malt sweetness refresh the tongue as the wheat and yeast work together to finish dry and slightly sour.
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MFMB from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy bright straw yellow. Smells of Belgian yeast light apples and pear. Tastes of sweet malt, apple skin, pear, Belgian yeast and clove. A bit of asilky smooth mouthfeel, medium body. It's good not great. Refreshing.

Aug 20, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty aromatic, showcasing white pepper, considerable honey and bananna, light ginger and some noticeable clove. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet.

While the flavor profile provide some of the sweetness I was expecting, there is considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish that helps to counter it. Otherwise, the flavor profile was fairly pleasant in this beer, if just a bit simple and one dimensional as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderately long, sweet and bitter finish. The bitterness is sufficient to dry this beer out at the end, though the sweetness still dominates the flavor profile. Also, the flavor really seemed to drop off on the finish in this beer, which was not something I was expecting. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

A nice enough beer, though not something I thought was so wonderful that I need to try it again any time soon. Also, I'm wondering if the brewer is tinkering with the recipe a bit. The bottle I obtained in Minneapolis listed the alcohol in the 7% abv. range.

Oct 24, 2011
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Zorro from California

3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly chill hazed sunny yellow gold beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and coriander with sweet honeysuckle and flowers aroma. Lesser lemon and pepper scent. Faint hint of mint.

Starts out semi-sweet and herbal spicy. Crush pineapple fruit flavor. Drys out after a bit and the pineapple turns to lemon. Green spice taste of cardamom. OK but it's no Hennepin.

Mouthfeel is Good.

Overall an OK Saison if you want one with a citrus bent to it.

Mar 23, 2014
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, sun is out, let's crack this mutha open!

Golden pour, a bit murky. Head is pretty darn big and puffy white.

Spicy aroma with a relatively strong push of sweet malt. Tingles my nose. No more, I'm just gonna drink it.

Crisp pop to it, carbonation is cleansing. Spicy up front, bubble gum and some medicinals. I like the malt undertone, gives it a nice sweetness and not a yeast-bomb. That said, the flavors are foremost yeasty. Some unripe apple skin and orange zest. Spicy. It is fairly clean, and I'm gonna drink it pretty quickly.
A touch thin--if I wanted to shake a stick at something.

May 27, 2011
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release #2.. I think it says 6.0% now... Purchased at the Boise COOP.. poured into my small tulip glass. Big bubble white head doesn't stick around for too long and leaves only okay lacing.. the brew is hazed lite golden/yellow....

Nose is pretty damned phenolic and not necessarily in a good way... a mild clove and more than a bit of bandaid.. pale malts are present... but the odd phenols are giving me a tough time.

On the palate the phenols turn more into lightly cloved pink bubble gum... still not a big hit for me... plenty of pale malt sweetness.... a touch too much... needs to be drier for sure...

Body also seems pretty big for the style... carbonation is medium but big bubble and doesn't seem spritzy enough..

Despite all my above negatives, this is not a BAD beer... maybe needs some work... and I know that some of my Saison preaching brethren would really like the bubble gum.. okay... seems more like a lesser BPA to me.


Apr 16, 2011
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of biglobo8971. Pours a somewhat clear, light gold color with a large, fluffy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is clean, honeyed malts and hefty grassy hops. Yeast is white bread and full of melon-y fruit esters.

Taste is interesting, decent amount of hops on the front and back along with a light malty sweetness that is more sugar-honey than actual graininess. Yeasties are fighting for attention and actually throw a moderate amount of esters, but they cant quite hang with the sweet grains and hops. Pretty good brew for my first EBC offering, a little too sweet for me and lacks enough yeast presence to push it into 'A' range, but a solid offering nonetheless. Thanks B-dawg!

Aug 14, 2011
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 23, 2015
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mrandypandy from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery. Release #1.

A- Pours a clear golden/straw color. Thin white head upon pour quickly dies down to a ring around the edges. Good lacing.
S- Srong belgian yeasty esters, fruity.
T- Taste continues where the aroma leaves off with strong Belgian fruity flavors. Sweet, with just a hint of spicyness.
M- Medium body but a bit on the sweet side as it warms.
D- Decently drinkable saison. A bit one-sided, but good.

Overall - Not bad. No real flaws or off-flavors, just a slightly sweet saison. Worth a shot.

Feb 16, 2011
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iguanodon from Utah

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Original rating 2012-08-11] Pours gold with a thick white head. Aroma is straw, spice, yeast. Taste is pretty much the same with a bitter finish. Lively carbonation. A good attempt at a saison but not quite there.

Oct 03, 2018
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Halcyondays from California

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, Release #4,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a medium full white head, solid retention, nice lace.

S: Pears, yellow apple, very estery, floral.

T: Pear and banana, floral and very yeasty flavours. Some peppery spice on the back end.

M: Fairly light-bodied for the style, crisp, lightly bitter aftertaste.

O: An interesting saison. The filtered clearness through me for a loop, but the overall flavours are quite nice. Worth a try for sure.

Jun 02, 2012
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belzo35 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

Aug 14, 2014
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twelveinches from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Dec 24, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, @7.9% ABV, and release number, I'm gonna say '35', because, y'know, printing issues, and all. More single-batch, yadda yadda yadda release 'goodness' from this pan Rocky Mountain brewing concern.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and slightly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves but a few examples of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and slightly crackery pale malt, a touch of gritty wheatiness, muddled domestic citrus flesh, mixed pome fruity notes (so, apples and pears, yeah), edgy white pepper and coriander spice, and a subtle earthy, leafy, and grassy green hoppiness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lessened wheaty joint, some muddled citrus and apple/pear fruitiness, loitering yeast, ephemeral white pepper and clove spice, and more plain leafy, weedy, and somewhat perfumed floral hop bitters.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their muted and otherwise don't give a shit frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of yeasty intransigence making unwelcome waves here. It finishes off-dry, the base mixed malt keeping the party going, amongst the lingering yeasty and fruity hop esters.

Overall, this is one heady and engaging New World Saison, as the uptick in both the hop and alcohol measures cannot be denied. Easy to drink, especially with the pretty much obfuscated near 16-proof booze quotient causing no problems whatsoever. Yeah, Epic has gone, well, more or less straight up epic with this particular offering.

Jun 10, 2016
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BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight up--Release #2--is from the exponential series of Epic Brewing. The beer exits the Bomber a surprisingly light golden color with thick creamy cap of white foam. The aroma is tame saison: sour, yeasty, spicy, and peppery. Very dry on the palate--sourish with a very dilute texture. The flavor of sour orchard fruit up front moves to sourness through the center. Watery through the finish as it turns a tad toward the off side from the sourness. This is not the boldest of Saisons, but very drinkable.

Sep 21, 2011
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CPAles from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 21, 2016
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jun 05, 2016
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koopa from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Jun 21, 2014
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tommyguz from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

May 25, 2014
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 07, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Release #15

Pours a cloudy, bright golden yellow color with banana-like hues and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with a decent musty farmhouse presence along with zesty spice, sweet citrus, bready yeast and ester-y light fruit notes. Funky yeast along with straw and hay followed by a strong yeast character. Lots of bread along with some bubblegum and banana. Peppery spice with hints of ginger, coriander and clove. Citric acidity with strong lemon pith and grapefruit. Decent balance in the nose but feels very American with lots of wheat beer characteristics mixed in there.

Slightly watered down and light bodied with crisp carbonation. The earthier farmhouse notes are a bit toned down and the bitterness/hop presence is stronger than expected. Dry and earthy with hints of grass, pine, wet hay and straw. This is complimented by a prominent zesty spice presence that lingers throughout giving off hints of white pepper, ginger and coriander. The citrus presence stands out but it tastes less like a wheat beer than it smells. Some bready yeast but the banana and bubblegum notes found in the aroma are muted. Strong lemon acidity in the dry, slightly tart finish. Refreshing and pretty easy to drink but it lacks some depth/complexity. I prefer for the funky saison/farmhouse flavors to be stronger but they are pretty tame here.

Apr 21, 2014
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tlazaroff from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very bready, doughy, yeasty, and it has a light funk to the nose that is mixed with apples and pears. It's unlike any other saison that I've had before, and I like it. It smells fresher, less oderus and more intriguing.

Light and pale straw in color with a full, bubbly, frothy, crisp, white head that just sticks to the glass and never dissipates. Wonderful head retention, and a lot of carbonation bubbles holding it in it's place.

Moderate funk and fruit is what I immediately pick up. Yeast, and sourdough bread on the midpalate to finish. Light to moderate body with a big dose of carbonation makes this effervescent but it doesn't foam up on my tongue like I would expect. It's smooth, and somewhat creamy. I like it a lot.

Nov 02, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, hazy, sunny color with a big fluffy two fingers worth of head. Lace was nice and retention was good. Aroma was heavy of the sweet fruity esters, yeast, herbed bready notes. Tastes was sweet and fruity, yeasty and bready. Had a bit more citrus rind than the aroma, but sweeter than I really like my Saisons. Feel was creamier than crisp, carbonation was median. Not a bad saison but just run of the mill at best.

Jan 27, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like the classic Saison, American style. Clean but full of yeasty Belgian flavors. Lighter bodied, with just a nice touch of malty sweetness. Crisp without being acidic.

Pours an attractive pale yellow in the Leffe goblet. Thin veil of foam that lasts nicely as you sip. Pleasant carbonation with tiny bubbles. Malt is light but has a bready flavor. Lemony and fruity, perhaps a hint of apples and green papaya. Plenty of bitterness of the funky sort. Dry finish. Quite drinkable, if a little austere. I certainly wouldn't call it as sweet as many Saisons.

From the 22 oz bottle.

Sep 10, 2012
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FreshmanPour77 from Minnesota

2/5  rDev -45.4%

Nov 18, 2011
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Kopfschuss from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

May 11, 2013
Straight Up Saison from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 80 ratings