Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2010
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 it’s down to a centimeter level. Of course, tall, raging flares and jagged splotches mark the glass, resembling the waves from Hokusai’s masterpiece Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura. It’s 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 don’t 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 (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
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
Yellow-white, clear whitish head. Pear, floral aroma. Taste is spicy, more fruit, pear. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
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
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 (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2011
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 (2554) - , Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Thanks to Hopscotch for supplying this bottle at a local tasting. A lager ah.. well I didn’t know what to make of this one, but anything that’s got The Clash on the label has to have some balls. This one didn’t 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 didn’t 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
2010 pre-Brewer’s 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. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2011
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, they’re the leader, brewing Oregon subtly intstead of Washington bullets. For me, it’s the right profile.
In the supermarket, I stumbled across this beer, turned it over and over, and couldn’t figure out what it was; "What’s my name?" it practically screams; heck, I’d even like a clue as to the style. Though I tempted to be a cheapskate, Upright’s 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--I’m not overpowered by funk. I’m not down with the sticky imperial-pilsner feel, but I can’t deny it, this is a good beer and it’s sure to land atop the premium lager category, even though I think it’s a bit of cheat to push that to 6.7%.
(Alright, that was a really stupid review. Apologies to anyone who actually read it.) beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
One of the more subdued offerings from Upright. Delicate with quite a few blonde characteristics to it. Dare I say plain.