Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, fairly fresh. Opening clean, with a loud hiss, the bottle brings forth a downright cloudy, light golden-straw liquid with an absolutely massive, billowing head of off-white froth. Tall and rocky, that foam takes ages to settle, and never fully goes away. Twenty minutes go by before itís down to a centimeter level. Of course, tall, raging flares and jagged splotches mark the glass, resembling the waves from Hokusaiís masterpiece Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura. Itís an absolutely beautiful beer, but the first whiff brings worry, as there are initial notes of plastic or bandaid, suggesting infection. Though it did not gush those telltale signs of something gone afoul are unmistakable. I walk away for a while to see if it will blow off, and indeed it does. Having gained some clarity, the nose now reveals its true character, which is a harmonious blend of clean pilsner malt, golden wheat, cream, and peppery, lemony hops. Wildflowers bring spicy zest and vigor, as fresh spring water and mountain air lend an earthy, mineral-rich contingent. Nickel offers a sharp metallic element that slices through the softly sweet, doughy yeast. As more time goes on, the more I am glad I let this one sit. Flavors ring true, showing just a tiny bit of caramelized pils malt sweetness, with notes of raw bread dough and some lemon meringue. From the mid point on, biting, zesty, peppery hops take over. Bitter, bone dry grasses are accompanied by oily citrus rind and some lemon pith. Distinctly Belgian yeast is both doughy and earthy, hinting at a wide range of elements, from flour crackers to stone and metal. The palate, much like the flavor, quickly transitions from a very lightly sugared forefront to an absolutely bone dry, desert-like finish. Scratchy carbonation bounces from roof to tongue and back again, sizzling like a drop of water on a hot pan. This will be one polarizing brew. I can see two distinct sets of beer fanatics both loving and hating it. Me? I fall somewhere in the middle. I love the fully attenuated dryness and the play between the lemony hops and the clean pils malts. I donít like, however, how temperamental the beer is overall, and I do ultimately feel that there is an infection setting in that will ultimately ruin the beer. As it stands, in the state at which I consumed it, I liked it a good deal. My recommendation, however, is to drink this puppy as soon as you can if you have a bottle, and to allot a good amount of time for it even though the gravity is fairly low.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Notes of grass, wet graines, burnt toast, rye, and wet cat. Real nice pale lager.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow-white, clear whitish head. Pear, floral aroma. Taste is spicy, more fruit, pear.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pale yellow with a monstrous white head. Nose held citrus and lemon grass along with some cereal grains. A little less carbonation would have been nice.....
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bu11zeye. Clear, light yellow pour with a big white head. Aroma is lemon, spicy hops, grassy, and grainy. Taste is still some citrus, grain, and niceness.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour with a fluffy head and spotty lace. Lemon, light spice and grass on the nose. Lemongrass, grassy hops, corn and dough. decent stab at a boring style.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Hopscotch for supplying this bottle at a local tasting. A lager ah.. well I didnít know what to make of this one, but anything thatís got The Clash on the label has to have some balls. This one didnít disappoint. It had almost a honey lemon zest to it when I took a whiff. The color was on the lighter side, gold and yellow, but that didnít really sway me in the slightest. The pour was foamy and bubbly with a good head retention. The flavors were a bit saison-ish, which, for me, made for a good drink. Could possibly be a good session beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 pre-Brewerís Jam tasting. Cloudy straw yellow with whitish head. Aroma is grainy with some lemon and a hint of saltine cracker. Flavor is nice and dry with some hay and leather notes. A little bit of lemon comes out from time to time. Refreshing finish. Pretty good stuff.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One of the more subdued offerings from Upright. Delicate with quite a few blonde characteristics to it. Dare I say plain.
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, fresh, 48 hours after purchasing.
There was definitely a career opportunity waiting to be made in brewing saisons for an audience so bored of the USA over-the-top IPAs and such. Upright capitalized; on this coast, theyíre the leader, brewing Oregon subtly intstead of Washington bullets. For me, itís the right profile.
In the supermarket, I stumbled across this beer, turned it over and over, and couldnít figure out what it was; "Whatís my name?" it practically screams; heck, Iíd even like a clue as to the style. Though I tempted to be a cheapskate, Uprightís reputation carried the day here; one more time Pours straw-yellow with an explosive white riot of whipped eggwhite head. Peppery, lemon, definite saison tones, though relatively subtle--Iím not overpowered by funk. Iím not down with the sticky imperial-pilsner feel, but I canít deny it, this is a good beer and itís sure to land atop the premium lager category, even though I think itís a bit of cheat to push that to 6.7%.
(Alright, that was a really stupid review. Apologies to anyone who actually read it.)