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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 we’ve 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Poured an attractive ruby color with a creamy off-white head and average lacing. The aroma was spicy with some light pine and citrus. The flavor was spiced malts and a touch of hops. Almost medium in body with a fairly dry finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4976) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2010
22oz bottle pours a translucent copper red with a creamy white head. Aroma is malty, spicy. Flavor is very spicy, malty, sweet. Finish is medium bodied and malty.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2010
22oz bottle, thanks chriso. Small beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cola, light orange. Medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1354) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bought a variety pack at Payless while in West Lafayette. Hope all the rest are as good as this scottish ale, amber brown clear with a modest head but nice lacing, plenty of malt with just a little hint of soap.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bomber - Pours a muddy brown. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and some herb. Taste is caramel with earthy hops in the background. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2010
This is the most impressive Upland brew for me yet. I’m normally not a big red fan, but this is very hoppy with enough malt to be delicious, potent, and flavorful, yet not a malt bomb, like many others I have tried. Nice balance, basically. Goes down very easily for high ABV. Good value as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at DC local tasting. Bright, light copper color, highly carbonated, edge head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is bitter, smoky, dark cocoa and pepper. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4051) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bomber bought at Louisville Beer Store. Some of that malt and caramel associated with the style. Hopped well. ABV doesn’t bother me. But the overall balance is not very complex. Drinkable and nice, but not among the best. A good red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Sample from upland... Pours a medium caramel brown with a thin off-white head... Aroma of grassy hops and caramel malt...Flavors are a bitter hopped up amber. Not bad out of what I tried.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Sampler on tap at the brewery (Bloomington, IN). Lunch at the brewery while picking up Lambic reservations. Pours a solid dark amber, some copper notes sneaking in with a good tannish head that dies to a thick film, laces well. Aromas are a caramel and toffee base, citrusy and floral hops, a touch of toastiness. Initial is a more inviting beer, caramel and toffee sweet malts, citrusy hop with orange as the driver, so not a real bitter beer, quite easy going. Toffee and toasty biscuits are a malt dominance, citrusy hops that are actually playing second fiddle to the malt base. Finish is sweet and fruity bitterness, as this goes down a little too easy. Not bad at all, but could use a bit more of a hopping.


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