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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2009
12oz - Aroma is very malty. Red licorice, caramel and crystal malts with a touch of hops. Pours garnet with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is also very malty with chewy caramel. The hops show up to balance it out. There is a bit too much alcohol. Palate is bitter. Drinkable but neither tasty or refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2155) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottled on Feb. 09. Medium amber/orange body, slightly hazy. Fizzy, off-white head, mostly lasting. Aromas of lightly toasted malts, biscuit, caramel, citrus orange and floral hops. The flavor is moderatley sweet and lightly bitter and finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Fusel alcohol drives the taste which, at first, reminded me of orange-flavored cough medicine. Chewy malts in the finish. The aftertaste has remnants of peppery alcohol. Medium body, watery texture and lightly carbonated. A sipper. The alcohol seems dominant and is tamed only so much by the caramel malts and hops. Still, an interesting Irish red and I wouldn’t hesitate to drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009

5/26/2009: Upland Ard Ri pours a dark amber color. It has an aroma just like canned pineapple. Caramel, fruity, and sugary malt are most of the flavors along with a slight bitterness. This beer has a medium body. Overall I like it better than most Irish Ales that I have had...

12 fl. oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks! Rating #42 for this beer.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Hazy reddish brown color with a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Dry flavor with hints of toffee, biscuits and a slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
pours a deep copper with a beige head. notes of caramel, dark fruits, and chocolate with a creamy mouthfeel. ok

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
12oz bottle: Deep orange pour that teeters on red. Nice foamy cap. Very nice toasted aroma meets the nose - softer notes of caramel, unsweetened cocoa, toffee and fruity hops blend well. The body is thick and creamy - nicely done. A heavy dose of bitterness leads the charge as sugary sweet honey, white cake, dough and cereal keep the beer balanced. Finishes with a nice, rindish bitterness on the back of the tongue. The yeast is sufficiently malty and gives the beer the back it needs to balance the hops. I am not crazy about lower ABV Irish Reds, but this is something I would pick up from time to time.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle from Keg Liquor. Poured clear rddish copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where more then met.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2009
12oz bottle split. Nice creamy malt/hop aroma. Dark orange-brown, looks filtered. Says Imperial Red Ale so that’s the category I’ll rate from. This beer is excellent. Reminds me of the Belgian Bierre de Corsaire, pretty impressive. Hops are ever present, but the thick malt more than holds it’s own. I’d love to pick up a six-pack of this in the future.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle served in a Guinness pint glass. A clear copper pour was capped by a big, frothy head of light tan foam that showed some very good retention. Heavy lacing coated the sides of the glass. The aroma consisted of caramel, fruity English yeast esters, along with some light butterscotch. The flavor was malty and bready. Big notes of caramel and bread followed by some faint notes of fruit and butterscotch. The diacetyl/butterscotch wasn’t severe, but it did detract from the overall enjoyment just a bit. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slightly sticky. Light carbonation. An interesting take on a style that can be pretty mundane.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmd (310) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz bottle into snifter. Pours a red amber with small off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is all sweet malt, burnt sugar. Flavor is very sweet up front - light brown sugar, maple syrup, alcohol, bready malt and finishes with bitter hops and more warm alcohol. Booze are not well hidden in this one, may get better with age.


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