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Upland Castle Rock Irish Red Ale

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   ABV: -
A caramel malt accentuated ale made from crystal, chocolate and roasted barley malts, molasses and noble european and american hops. 2005 Award Winner, World Class Beverages Ultimate Beer Geek Challenge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lorenasa (159) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours a dark mahogany with small head. Aroma of malts caramels and honey. Malty sweet with a bitter finish that is unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - JUL 26, 2011
Nose is dry malt, some caramel, vegetables, little sugary at the end, feel and carb are medium, taste is dry, bitter hops, sweet raisin, notes of grapefruit, leaves

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Said to be a bottle from 2005, got a sample at the 2009 UpCup. Reddish brown body with a slight little beige head. Lots of caramel and chocolate and a viscous, swimming malt backbone that is both complex and richly tasty. Smooth feel, medium-full body. Still somewhat hoppy but with a touch of oxidation, still, holding up wonderfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with merlin48. Poured a medium mahogany color with an average sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, roast, light chocolate, and a light earthiness. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Malty and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2006
A pleasant surpise from Upland here. Attractive clear body is red mahogany, topped by a modest beige head that retains well and leaves some patchy lace. Toffee and caramel to the nose, accented by some spicy hop. Well carbonated medium body. Taste is malty with toffee and molasses notes. Spicy hops sneak in to provide a balancing hop bitterness. Very well done for style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5800) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2006
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy off-white colored bubbles that was and left behind a transparent strong bubbly carbonated brown colored body and a very good lacing. The aroma was malty hoppy caramel malty and mild Irish Red malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow bubbly finish. The smooth flavor contained notes of red malts and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2006
This beer poured an attractive ruby red color out of the 12 oz bottle, with a fizzy beige head that shrank to a lasting ring along the edge of the glass. Grainy nose that reminded me of the powder that you make malted milk out of. Burnt toast taste with some chocolate and what feels like cinnamon. Caramel and white sugar sweetness. I would never identify this as an Irish Ale. Finish has an almost grassy bitterness. Nice but odd beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2006
12oz - Aroma is subtle, carmel, hops, and toasted malt with a little staleness. Pours red-brown with a huge head and great lacing. Flavor is nuttier but otherwise matches aroma. Palate is sweet and creamy. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottle marked Bottled January 2006. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, sparse lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a ruby hue with some orange peeking through. Malty, caramel, sweet, hops and fruit (apples?). Flavor was sweet, malty, caramel, and some light bitterness. Rather bland tasting. Tingly mouthfeel. Light body. Very quaffable. Almost a guzzler.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
(draft) My first impression was that this beer was simply a relabeled Smithwick’s. After a bit, however, I did begin to notice a slight hint of bitterness. More like a hint of a hint actually. Smithwick’s is better.

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