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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

awiseman01's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from Crown#6. Pours clear amber/brown with minimal off-white head. Nose is smooth malts and some caramel, bright fruit. Flavor is very smooth and mellowed malts with a slight fruity hop back tone and a slightly over-barring alcohol presence. The alcohol taste really kills this one right now, maybe some age would help as long as the other flavors don’t fade. Has potential, but a little off for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
A decent beer, strong and does the job. Taste wise, it reminds me of a barley wine/old style ale, similar to winter warmer but with a different malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Reddish brown color with an off white head. Flavor is much like a hoppy barleywine. Resinous hops, brown sugar, yeasty and doughy. Its ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by Jay. Bottled on February 2013. Bottle labeled 9.3%. I was worried about this tasting like all old hop and caramel malt, but at this stage it’s drinking like a pretty decent hoppy barleywine. As Jay put it, somewhere between Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard. Some caramel malt in the flavor, but a lot of nice spiciness, too. Still has a good earthy hop character to it. A hint of metallic. Mostly clear red orange color, made hazy by many big chunks of yeast in the body. Good thin khaki head, leaves decent lace. Bigger bitter taste, some light alcohol heat, lightly astringent. Bigger body. Lighter, lightly soft carbonation, more dry finish. Decent, lightly warming imperial red ale. A bit malt forward right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Good beer. I think I like Imperial Reds more than regular ones(small sample size though). Don't love Reds, but the Imperials take the good traits to another level. This one is solid but not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Sample at Pint House during a tap takeover. Dark reddish-amber color with a medium thick foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt, hops and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, earthy hops and fruit. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and cereal malts, some floral hops, and a little bit of spiciness. Flavor the same. Average texture. Nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber pour, light whispy carbonation/lacing and an aroma of light peppery hops. Flavor is definitely that of a hopped up amber ale, nice herbs, caramel and finishes hoppy with a hint of the alcohol coming through. At under $6/bomber, don’t pass it up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1824) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Appearance cloudy amber airh a white head aroma bready and hoppy taste bready with a bitter after taste that lIngers on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6188) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy amber with a fine ecru head. Grassy hop aroma. Nice caramel notes moderating the hops. Bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8108) - Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Draft to taster at Upland. Looks solid; a transparent copper with ample fluffy off-white head. Smells and tastes sweet and MALTY withots of caramel and a bit of hops. Average on the palate. Decent beer.

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