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Ard Ri - Upland Brewing Company

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136 Ratings

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

asweet, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ADTaber, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

tesla92, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

cosmonick, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky, dark rust color. Body is pretty dark amber to brown towards the middle, but the edges have a fair amount of light getting through, promoting a red look. Medium to thick, tan colored head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also pretty good.

S- Some caramel malts and other semi-sweet, yet bready/biscuit scents. Hops are very noticeable, through and with the caramel malts. Reminds me of the scent of a Stone beer, specifically Levitation.

T- Starts with a dull, less sweet flavor of caramel malts. The caramel is somewhat bitter and morphs into a bread/biscuit flavor about midway through. Really dry with the bready flavors before a low to moderate hop profile kicks in with a little bit of bite. Strong by no means, the hops balance the somewhat dry caramel flavors into a succinct finish with little lingering flavors.

M- Quite light for an "imperial." Medium level of carbonation, with the body being moderately thick. About as smooth as average for a red ale, maintaining its ease of drinking.

Overall, an above average effort from Upland. It's no Brian Boru from Three Floyds, but for $5.99 a bomber, it's an acceptable substitute.

boilermakerbrew, Jun 01, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

imbuckeye, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

mynie, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Theniz, May 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

amcaleh, May 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

BrianSherry, May 01, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very enjoyable hoppy red ale, that drinks like its 5% abv. pours clear amber in color with lots of rising carbonation and a frothy white head with decent retention. lots of bitter citric hops on the front end, totally overpowering any gentle malt sweetness that might exist in the background. fortunately, the malt does come in a lot more in the taste, tempering the hops just a bit. the hops also take on a pine tree flavor, and there is some metallic quality to the finish. the finish is long, with the malt sugar and the hop bitter going back and forth. I cant find the alcohol in this hardly at all either, which is dangerous with an entire growler here before us. I love the mouthfeel, its like the aerated milk they but on a good cappuccino. very light and delicate for how big this beer is. its also a unique format for a beer so hoppy, where thick sticky brews are the order of the day. overall this is a creative and well executed brew, freakishly easy to drink, and as fresh as it gets. the red malts might figure a little more prominently in the flavor, but this is more than adequate in its current form.

StonedTrippin, Apr 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tswater, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Boilerfood, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

MSandahl23, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Flipmytop, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

ridglens, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

WoodburyMN, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

outrage213, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Mcvs1507, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cleonile2000, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

WastingFreetime, Sep 19, 2012
Ard Ri from Upland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.