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Review of Upright Brewing Seven

Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review.  Today, I’m going to be trying the Seven produced by the Upright Brewing Company located in Portland, Oregon.

This will be the last of my “numbered” Upright brew reviews.  It’s been a lot of fun trying each one and I’m really excited to see how the Seven stacks up to the other three that I’ve had.

From the website, uprightbrewing.com, we get this bit of information about the Seven.

Seven is the most Belgian-esque of the numbered beers, where the house yeast is fully expressed with a big fruitiness while the hops provide spicy and herbal elements. The beer has some heft mid-palate but finishes dry.

Time for a sip.

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This beer came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it produced an ABV of 8.0%.

It poured a hazy, golden/orange color with a wonderfully sized white head.  The texture was rocky, soapy, fluffy and soft.  The retention time was choice and the lacing left behind was splendid.  It really seemed to hang around for a great while.

The nose began with a very favorable orange citrus intermingled with tones of lemongrass and peppery spice.  It was quite yeasty, floral and bready smelling.  A very feasible amount of funkiness was discovered as well.  All in all, a very proper and well balanced bouquet.  Nothing too crazy, yet boisterous enough to keep me interested for the duration.

The flavor seemed to let the orange citrus protrude a bit more than it did in the aroma.  The lemony characteristics were dialed back a touch, yet the grassy and bready savors remained solid.  It was kind of like a sweeter tasting wheat beer in that regard.  The musty funk and the pepper began on the light side, however they gradually became more pronounced and defined as the beer opened up.

The mouthfeel was a sturdy medium.  Dry, zesty, crisp, refreshing and snappy.  The carbonation was of medium/high consistency.  Just a touch of bite and warmth was felt from the spice and the alcohol.  A noble amount of flavor was left coating the tongue and roof of the mouth after each sip as well.

Well, I thought this to be a very, very nice beer.  I really liked it.  It had plenty of attributes to critic and the drinkability was quite good for a beer with an ABV of 8.0%.  In fact, I made my way through this bottle rather quickly.  I’d love to always have an extra bottle of this sitting around for the Summer that’s for sure.  I’d recommend it without any hesitation.  So, if you guys can get the Upright Brewing Seven in your area… pick it up and give it a test drive and see what you think.  I’d be willing to bet that if you like the Belgian Saison/Farmhouse style that you’d like this one.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5

Grade:  B+

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Review of Upright Brewing Six

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to continue with my journey through the “numbered” beers produced by the Upright Brewing Company situated in Portland, Oregon.  This time I’m going to be sampling the Six.

Let’s just go ahead and get to the website, uprightbrewing.com, so we can find out what the Six is all about.

Six is a rye beer displaying the great spicy notes the grain is known for along with a deep caramel core and delicate bubblegum note rooted in its open fermentation. Despite being dark in color, the beer finishes quite dry and refreshing.

Time for the pour.

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This beer had an ABV of 6.7% and it came in a 25.4 oz. vessel.

It discharged a hazy, deep burgundy color with some ruby highlights showing when held toward the light.  The cap was an egg-shell/light tan color that was frothy, soapy, and rocky.  The girth was excellent and the retention time was more than adequate.  The lacing was patchy, however prominent.  A nice looking beer in my opinion.

The nose released hints of dark fruit.  Mostly black cherries and plums.  Light touches of peppery spice and a deep, yeasty rye bread fragrance were noted and enjoyed immensely.  The funkiness was very, very, very light. After it warmed I also began to notice a slight waft of red apple skins or something.  Very nice.

I also found some of that apple in the taste too along with tones on non-sweet cherries.  A fine shot of rye bread and yeast combined with a solid dose of pepper really added some spice and bite.  Toward the end I started to detect some savors of caramel malt with a very light earthy hop bite.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, somewhat crisp, however smooth at the same time.  The carbonation was of medium strength and I also received a touch of warmth from the spices and alcohol.  A solid shot of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

Overall, I found this to be a very good beer.  I really liked the rye bread mixed with the darker fruits.  The drinkability was rather good as well.  In fact I believe that it could be enjoyed year round.  It was crisp enough for Summer, however the spices and slight alcohol bite would lend itself nicely to the cooler months of the year. Either way, if you happen to see the Upright Brewing Six, pick it up and give it a try.  Be sure to let me know of your opinion also.  I’d be interested in hearing what you thought of it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5

Grade:  B+

 

Review of Upright Brewing Five

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Five brewed by the Upright Brewing Comypany located in Portland, Oregon.

As you may recall, I posted my review of the Four a couple of days ago.  I thought that was a very nice little beer, so I’m pretty eager about trying this one.

Let’s get back to the website, uprightbrewing.com, and see what the Five is all about.

Five blends three hop varieties with pale caramel malt to create full flavors. Subtle pale fruit aromas produced during the fermentation brighten the profile and provide contrast to its bitterness.

Alright.  Let’s channel the spirit of Charles Mingus and turn this bottle “upright”.

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This brew came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 5.5%.

It poured to a hazy orange color with an off white head.  The cap was sized great, rocky and quite foamy.  The retention time was outstanding and the lacing looked awesome.  It was really a nice looking brew.

The nose presented tones of herbs and earth along with a decent citrus hop profile.  Hints of hay and grass intermingled with a very light and manageable barnyard funk.  It had a solid little bready profile too.  I also picked up on some sort of deep spice that I couldn’t quite distinguish.  As it warmed it became more balanced and harmonious.  All in all, I felt that it was a somewhat complex and very nice aroma.

The flavor released a solid bitter hop profile.  There seemed to be more in the taste than in the aroma, but still not a tremendous amount.  It seemed to be more of a complimentary, albeit nice, characteristic.  Favorable savors of ripe pear and herbal tones.  Becoming suggestions of bread and yeast stepped up while a very minute amount of funk showed itself toward the end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, mostly smooth, but crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was medium to medium/high.  A good dose of flavor was left behind after the swallow for me to enjoy between sips also.

In conclusion, I thought this to be a very delightful and well balanced beer.  It had a lot of intricacies and the drinkability was great.  It would pair superbly with the warmer weather of Spring and Summer, however it could be enjoyed at just about anytime of year in my opinion.  I’d suggest trying it if you can get your hands on it.  I’ll probably grab it again sometime that’s for sure.  So, if you happen to taste the Upright Brewing Five, drop me a line and tell me of your opinion.  I’d really like to hear from you.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.1 out of 5

Grade:  A-

 
 
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