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Ard Ri - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"High King" is an Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-09-2007)
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AGED REVIEW

Bottled Feb 2011, cellared at ambient basement temperature in Wisconsin, consumed Sept 2012.

Pours out a murky clouded copper color with a single finger of off-white fine foam for a head that sticks around for about three minutes, leaving concentric rings of lacing. Semi-sticky full body, light carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes of plenty of sweet toffee / caramel , pine resin, and grapefruit pith with a minimal level of oxidation... Yet honestly, it hasn't really gotten any better with aging. Even though all of the boozey hotness has been removed, the interesting roasted and nutty malt aspects have been removed as well... and there's not quite enough complexity or new traits developing with this (last) bottle to justify the cost of further experimentation with more bottles. I seem to have started with something just simple enough to be appealing, and inadvertently dumbed it down until it became -boring-.

I think I'm going to just call it a 'learning experience" and move on from here.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 07:46:50 | More by WastingFreetime
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A - It has a rust colored appearance with amber highlights. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

S - It has a floral, tea smell. Some bread smell wafts from it, as well.

T - That tea and floral hops is also in the taste. I get a little alcohol from time to time, and a bit of caramel malt.

M - Medium with a chalky coating on my tongue.

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A: Hazy copper, with a finger of off-white head and relatively low visible carbonation.

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Ard Ri from Upland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.