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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.9
Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

3.7
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
A: The pour is a dark copper color with a fluffy off-white head and plenty of visible carbonation bubbles in the glass. S: A nice balance of sweet, caramel malts and citrus hop notes. Just a touch of pine is in there as well. Perhaps some vanilla and fruit. T: The hop flavor is solid and nicely compliments the maltiness. A bit of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Grapefruit comes through from the hops as does a mild bitterness. M: The body is medium with a fairly substantial carbonation for a barleywine/imperial red. D: There’s nothing bad to say about this one, really. Good balanced flavors, nicely bittered and enjoyable all around.

3.6
Tmoney99 (14863) - 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.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - 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.

2.2
crossovert (13730) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
It is one of those sweet imperial reds that is undeveloped in the hop department and is very one-dimensionally sugary.

3.6
Dogbrick (13547) - 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.

3.5
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted biscuit, raisins, caramel, apple, and toffee. Flavor of mild hops (resin, herbal, earthy), caramel, and bready malt.

3.4
Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Very good malting, with a good bitterness in the finish. Light red bodied, a big bubbly head. Lacey. Interesting.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
750 bottle-thanks hbmason for sharing-pours a tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, resin. Taste is medium malt-caramel, resin.

3.5
deyholla (12033) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a cloudy golden brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was a bit one note with a pine hop note. Pine the main note on the tongue with a nice grain undertone.


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