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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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

what makes this saison special is its mouthfeel. its so frothy and thick, but well carbonated and light in that way, that its entirely a stand out from the crowd. i love all the body and bubbles, and would love to see more saison do that. the beer itself is maybe a little on the generic side, but it is extremely well made. blonde and sunny but cloudy, with a tall and lasting bone white head. the nose is their classic saison yeast at epic, same one thats in the other saison beers or a near cousin of it, and a big dose of fresh and sturdy wheat malt. its simple but delicious, with some light tropical fruit notes, balancing hop bitterness, and a long white wine yeast profile to the finish that fades into a white pepper complex on the swallow. it would be a B+ without such a wonderful mouthfeel, which pushes it easily into the A range for me, its just so frothy and creamy and refreshing at the same time. like drinking a beer cloud, i love it. amazing how they can bring us beer this good this cheap, under 7 bucks on shelves for a bomber of this beauty, its an easy choice.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/24/2012. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 3 finger fairly dense white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, grass, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with nice complexity. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, pepper, grass, wheat, clove, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Light citrus tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pepper, grass, herbal, clove, wheat, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of flavors; with a lightly cloying earthiness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly chalky, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good saison. Nice amount of complexity and balance; and smooth to sip on. Definitely enjoyed this.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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 pat61
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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 JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great cloudy straw with a massive amount of pure white head. The foam settles nicely leaving some great lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is decent. It's funky, spicy, and crisp. I get hints of fresh-cut grass, yeast, all-spice, and coriander.

T: It's big and sweet up front, but immediately turns into a funky mess. It's gets tangy and spicy in the middle, and finishes bitter and dry.

M: Light bodied beer. It's sweet and wet to start but finishes super dry and biting. The bitters linger on the palate for a quite a bit.

O: This beer is ok. It's really nice up front, gets a bit off in the middle, and finishes too bitter. With that said, it's pretty darn drinkable, and the citrus notes throughout are nice. I'd drink this again if the price was right.

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Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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