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Ard Ri Imperial Red Ale by Upland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Red
9.00 % ABV

Review by rhoadsrage on 05/28/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 15 4 6 2013
(Served in a dimple mug)
Bottled in Feb ‘13
A- This beer pours a slightly dense body of reddish-brown with a deep beige head that is supported by lots of big bubbles.

S- The slightly woody toffee note to the clean aroma takes on some woody pine hops in the finish that take on an enamel paint quality as it opens.

T- The sweet toffee note has a slight buttery quality to it that is cut by a dry pungent pine hop finish there is a pungent bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The woody hops compliment the malt nicely but the big bitter pungent hops start to dominate the other flavors and there isn’t much depth in the malt to begin with. It would help to have more hop flavor and less bitterness.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Big Red Bloomington

Bottled 2/08

This is an Irish-style imperial red ale. A somewhat aggressive pour produces a fingers worth of dirty white head over the top of a rusty red body. The body has some haze to it and the head leaves some thin patchy lacing on its way down. Not a bad looking brew.

I can't pick up much in the nose until I swirl and it comes alive for a minute or two until the next swirl awakens it again. You don't usually hear it too often from Irish-style reds but this is robust. Caramel drizzled biscuity malt is big throughout. Somewhere in the middle a sweet bread of some sort pushes its way in but fades just as quickly. There is some sugary pineapple hoppiness on the backend but it's faint and comes through just enough for some balance. There's a ghost like alcohol on the finish.

The flavor follows the nose in stride. Toasty, biscuity, and caramel malts all mesh together nicely. Some of the pineapple and citric hoppiness show up mid-palate through the finish but just to balance things out. I have to give Upland credit. There is zero alcohol noticeable in the flavor, which is quite an accomplishment for a beer weighing in at over 9%.

Healthy carbonation gives this beer an incredibly fluffy, velvety mouthfeel that's unusual for such a monster. The body is on the bigger side of medium and really fits things nicely.

Ard Ri goes down far too easy for such a big beer. The mouthfeel makes this a pleasure to imbibe. This drinks like a standard Irish red. Watch out, these could catch up to you in a hurry!

Ard Ri ended up being a solid seasonal (St. Paddy's Day) release. I'd pick this up again. I just wish I would have had it on St. Patrick's Day, would have made the night even more fun!

Reviewed: 3/22/08

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 07/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Pours a hazy deep red with a hint of copper. Some yeasty chunks floating around the glass. Smooth off-white foamy head atop settles fairly quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing on the walls of the ping glass.

Deep caramel malt with a nice smooth sweetness. Hints of toffee and biscuit. Slight hint of fruity hops. Touch of roasted malt.

Super smooth malt body. Creamy toffee and caramel. Very nice sweetness slides across the palate and coats it with a touch of roasted malt and a bit of fruity hops. Hints of apple mingle with the toffee nicely. The 9% ABV doesn't make itself apparent in the aroma or flavor. More toffee comes back in the aftertaste and sticks around for a bit.

Served In: Pint Glass

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