Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Oakes from Brewery Creek. Very attractive pour, warm honey colored beer with a dense, stable white head. Promising aroma has a ton of citrus, pink grapefruit, sour orange, yuzu, kumquat, then some more delicate floral notes, rounding off with several shavings of dense rind. The body seems light if not thin in comparison to the highly complex aroma, but a few swooshes around the mouth yield the same flavors gleaned from the nose, just in smaller quantity. And with the addition of some characterful, pure light sprouted barley. The finish is certainly dry in terms of it not being sweet, but itís also got quite a lot of lingering but mild bitterness from pith and peel. All the floral and citrus tones including the peel harmonize with the subtle, unique undercurrent of nutty cereal. Nothing is overpowering, and everything comes together very well. Itís not blowing my mind but itís very balanced, very sensible, and very drinkable.
cmonster (992) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle served in a tulip. Brilliant pour. Cloudy burnt orange, champagne fizz, and a large fluffly white head that stays then sticks. Bright yeast and lemony citrus hop nose. Not overly complex but quite nice. Very little sweetness. The palate matches the nose and finishes bitter and dry. Now thats refreshing!
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2011. This is an excellent saison. Lots of yeast and citrus in the aroma. Earthy, floral character in the flavor, along with yeast and some citrus. Excellent palate.
Lagerboy (1370) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow orange, foamy off white head. Fruity spicy yeasty aroma. Light citrus hop taste, floral with some spice. Light bodied, softly carbed. Dry bitter finish. LF (Lagerboy Friendly)
Westmeister (1861) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Fanatsia Release. Pours with a cloudy lemon with fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention on top. Smell is instantly pear and apply with some balana, yeast and spice/clove. The flavor is sweet citrus, tart apple, and a little lemon zest, some funk, and a hop bite on the back end. Dry finish. Another very fine beer from these guys.
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL, no date from Best Damn Beer Shop. Clear medium gold with a one finger off-white head, fading to a creamy thick ring and thing film. Herbal hops with some white peppery yeast up front in the aroma, some hay, floral hops and light skunky hop behind with light pear and pale malt. Flavor has a good amount of fruity yeast, turning a bit more appley and tart, hay in the dry earthy finish, bitterness peaked at a 4. Some dry hopping seems to make it self a little more apparent after it warms. Medium body with light to moderate soft carbonation. Pretty tasty--I do think I liked the six better--but again, as this warms/opens up it gets better and better.
Brigadier (3125) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
Whatever this is considered the result is a fabulous beer. Having split this with others I think I may keep my other bottle for myself. How Upright flew under my radar for so long is a mystery. If I ever find myself in Portland they will definitely be near the top of a very long list.
Aroma / Appearance - The gradiated bronze body shimmers and glows like liquid fireflies. A stark white head provides cover like a dusting of fresh snow. Lemons, oranges, and resin give it that West Coast feel despite an earthiness that grounds it along with weeds pulled from the garden.
Flavor / Palate - Grass clippings, lemon zest, orange rinds, and citrus are borderline tropical. In the background is a nice earthy feel accented by bright hops. The floral finish unfolds slowly at first before finally peaking after a few sips. Overall a great release and worth tracking down as an alternative to some of the white elephants in the area.
swoopjones (6326) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, golden orange with touch of grenadine looking pour. Grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit notes. Some tea, saison yeastiness. lighter carbonation, fruit forward with light tartness. pretty unique
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with 5000. Pours hazy burnt orange color with white head. Aromas of bread dough, lemons, some spices and earthy hops. Bready and spicy flavor with lemons and some herbal hops. Light body with average carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Andre.
BK7 (759) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a few bottles of this brew to share with family and freinds on New Years. Light malty sweetness throughout. Hoppy lemon citrus with just a touch of bitterness. Tart and tangy with some spiciness. Dry and crisp finish. Not realy my style, but I enjoyed this as did everyone with me.