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Straight Up Saison | Epic Brewing Company

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Straight Up SaisonStraight Up Saison

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mrandypandy on 02-16-2011

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by im4beer:
Photo of im4beer
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle purchased at the brewery with a small head that dissolved quickly leaving micro lacing. The nose is crisp and light with hints of citrus and wheat. The taste is citrusy and fresh with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation is pleasing and crisp. Overall, I really like this beer. It's light and citrusy with a moderate amount of farmhouse funk.

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Photo of pat61
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is taken from tasting notes.
A: Pours a cloudy straw color producing a stiff, finely bubbled meringue-like white foam cap that lings to the side of the glass leaving thick lace.
S: Over ripe fruit, slight funk, spice, citrus.
T: It starts spicy and then moves to citrus with a slight funk. It has an underlying sweetness throughout.
F: A big velvety bodied saison with average carbonation to a little below average.
O: A pleasant saison that could use a little more attenuation and carbonation.

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Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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 causing no problems whatsoever. Yeah, Epic has gone, well, more or less straight up epic with this particular offering.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 40ontarget
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of KathyG
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EgadBananas
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.


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Photo of FreshmanPour77
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Laklimell
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

batch #16

A: poured into a tulip to a hazy light yellow topped by a dense and soapy three finger white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: smells of peppery yeast, some dry malt, fruity esters and a slight herbal note
T: taste starts off with some fruity esters and then moves to some peppery and spicy yeast, slight phenols as well and some light bready malt. swallow is slightly alcoholic with more fruitiness spice, and herbalness
M: this beer is somewhat light with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: this beer is clean, refreshing and very drinkable. It's very well made and it hits the marks that I'd expect to find in a saison. Alcohol content might be a little high but it's still pretty solid

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Nmgreen
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dikebrewery
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rjcoy06
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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