GarrettB (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Of the four beers available from Upright Brewing Co. down here in San Diego, the five is the last one I’ve had the pleasure to try. These are a stellar line of beers. And while I remember the Six to be a little humdrum - both times I had it - the Four and especially the Seven were excellent, and really turned my beer lust and attention to Upright’s efforts. And so I have high hopes for the Five, which to all appearances is just as beautiful and epically sculpted as the Seven. Is a lovely amber, with a small, morphing plug of thick foam sealing the beer off from the atmosphere of the room. A light, floral and lightly herbal scent comes off the top of the beer once the head recedes far enough down the glass to release vapors - verbena, oregano, lavender, figs and a spoonful of strawberry jam. This is what Downtown Abbey must smell like, which a richness and elegance that money itself can’t buy. It requires class, too. High class. The flavor reflects the aroma, but with a deeper edge of lemon and verbena in the beginning with a natural, jellied or crystallized fruit flavor in the beginning, and a sudden transition a couple seconds later to a lighter, dandelion flavor, but only the sweet parts, not the bitter bits. This is the taste of Spring, in some unnaturally beautiful, iconic landscape that I can’t describe. Maybe a River Cottage style setting? Its like the flavors of an afternoon of a hammock hooked between two trees next to a quiet brook, or the kinds of flavors Brian Jacques’ worked so assiduously to capture in his Redwall books. Whichever tortured analogy you choose, this is a fantastic beer with a long aftertaste that leaves me reeling, picking apart the flavors, and putting them back together again to experience and re-experience each sip.
Beerhunter111 (7194) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes orangegoldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig fruchtig, Citrus, würzig. Geschmack würzig malzig, Citrus, minimal bitter, hefig.
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Copper in color with a monster beige head. Lots of carbonation pushes this above the rim in no time. Nose of citrus and tropical fruits, melon, and light hints of grain. Good florals in the flavor, citrus, and grain. Yeast plays a minor role. Really drinkable, despite the constant head issue with pours.
Concealer (764) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Hazy gold pour with a thin off white head that laces. Aromas of citrus, light pine and spice, yeast and straw. Flavor is citrus, straw, light spice and some herbal notes. Light bodied, crisp with a dry finish.
jcnielsen (2058) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with white head. Very foamy. Grainy, yeasty, pear, citrus, earthy aromas. Spicy, yeasty, grainy, husk flavors. Very tasty saison.
Ontape (282) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Always enjoy this one. My favorite of the Upright "number series". Slightly underwhelming aroma but solid otherwise. Almost a bit nutty in a weird way. (Maybe that’s just me.) Hops are there but the yeast seems especially expressive. Solid hoppy saison for the money, I’ve definitely picked this one up a few times.
One weird note. There’s something in here reminiscent of apple cider vinegar. It’s subtle, but once you taste it... it is there.
dfearnley (944) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to tulip
Fruity esters, pepper, a little barnyard and leaves and finally light yeast.
Pours an opaque amber with a huge 4 cm creamy white head that soon reduces to 1 cm with lots of lacing. Taste is a touch of lemon, spruce, pine, a little wood, hay, and grass.
Yorker (1172) - Herning, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy golden with some sediment and a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are herbs, yeast, spices, and citrus - with a slightly dry finish.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with light notes of candy sugar, dried mango, fusel alcohol (insecticide).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This is only my second experience with Upright, but both this and Four have kinda the same problem that No-Li’s beers do...the aromas are very light and are barely able to escape the glass. While this is slightly more aromatic in the hop department than Four, it has a surprising fusel note in the background so I can’t really score it higher. Bit too sweet and a touch flabby/syrupy as well. Quite disappointing for such a lauded brewer.
BLADT (603) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 750ml bottle. Golden color. Thin head. Smells and tastes of melon. Creamy. Fruity. Some honey.