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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Imperial Red Ale
Ard Ri (pronounced Ard like hard and Ri like bee) means High King in Old World Gaelic and certainly lives up to its name. Like all Irish Red Ales, Ard Ri gets its distinct color from roasted barley used in the brewing process, but weíve stepped up the malt and hops to make this imperial version of the style.
This brew is slightly sweet with a complex malt character, balanced by a large hop addition to make it perfect for the big beer lovers and hop heads alike. Recipient of a Gold Medal in the 2007 World Beer Championships.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1130) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pour from 122oz bomber. Slightly cloudy reddish brown brew with small head that settles down to be a thin island in the center of the glass. Aroma of ethanol, caramel a little butterscotch and earthy / herbal hops. Taste is sweet caramel from start through the middle, with a rather rough herbal earthy hops and brunt grain taste emerging towards the end, Final taste is very boozy with lots of ethanol. After the first half glass the harsh elements seem to disappear and the swallow is more or less just caramel malt with a little herbal hops and lots of alcohol. Worth a try but not something Iíd get again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ESBob (343) - Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
22 oz Bottle. Pours a browish dull copper with half finger tannish head. Aroma is a subtle pine with slight butterscotch malt. Taste is a combination of malty breads and slightly bitter hops. Thin mouthfeel with slight alcohol warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (980) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Pours a deep amber that turns to glowing crimson in the light, with a sizable fluffy toffee head that descends to a ring, leaving plenty of intricate, soapy lace. Nose involves some fresh, perfumey pine hop notes, toasted grains, some peppery spice notes, a dash of bubblegum, and grassy, minty herbal notes. Taste is really quite sweet but also impressively bitter. Fuller bodied but not too heavy, fairly actively carbonated, with a grainy, drying spicy hop finish. There are some seemingly clashing elements, which I think will be inherent with a big hoppy red ale like this, but for the most part itís enjoyable. Recommended sharing on the bomber...itís a lot by itself.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear copper with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel and some grassy hops. Malty and caramelly flavor with a grassy hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
m_vanderhoff (1) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2012 does not count
A well done Irish red ale might be one of my favorite styles, and even though the Ard Ri isnít exactly true to style, I still enjoyed this ale. The label says Imperial, so you know they amped the malts and hops. The result has a boozier and hoppier taste than the traditional version. Pours murky red-brown with sediment, weak off-white head. Slightly roasted aroma. Comes on like butterscotch or sweet, buttered bread. Just as youíre getting that sweet roasted malt flavor I love about IRAs, in barge the floral hops, followed by the zing of extra alcohol (this is, after all, 9.3 percent abv).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle. Butterscotch malt and light hops aroma. Cloudy amber with a small tan head, suspended sediment. Boozy, buttery caramel malt, burnt toast, herbal hops flavor. Medium body and carbonation. The hops and burnt toast combination was a little too harsh for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3508) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
22 ounce bottle poured a dark red amber color, aromas of toffee, caramel, loads of hops, and some bread. Flavors are the same, big boozy aftertaste. Nice beer overall, but the aftertaste will get you in the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
great brew here! i picked this up fresh in indy along with a brian boru. i like them both but i have to say i like this one better, though i think the boru is more to style. this one is nice and hoppy, just a terrifficly complex malt profile, drinks very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7290) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Buttery toffee malt and light alcohol aroma. Amber color with moderate head. Sweet toffee/butterscotch malt flavor with moderate astringent alcohol finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. This is interesting. Very dry. Hops are very different. Not traditional at all. Tasty, though. Rich malt and it finishes malty and buttery.


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