Ard Ri - Upland Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I saw this new release at my local beer store and picked it up especially for St. Patrick's Day. Looking forward to trying my first Imperial Red Ale.
I poured it ito a tulip glass, and the appearance is beautiful. Very full red/brown with a nice fine white head. This beer seems to glow, and there is a good bit of carbonation bubbling up through it.
The hops make the nose quite appealing with a good deal of sweetness in the backbone as well. The taste is much different than I expected. It has a good strong alcohol burn throughout (which I enjoy), with a great sweetness at the end (almost Belgian in a way). Plus, the hops are very well done; a bit subdued, but very delicious.
Overall: This beer is incredibly well balanced. Probably the best beer I've ever had from Upland.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2008 00:49:56 | More by bassmantin
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The Ard Ri, Bottled, I found in a Fort Wayne beer store for a pricey $14 plus a six is really my first upland. I've been wanting to get ahold of some Uplands, but oddly enough this limited St. Patty brew was the only offering.
So I start at the top, Imperial Red. It pours a nice dark, slight hazed red. On top, A nice, light tan inch&half head. Lace does web the glass.
The aroma stirs at the nose with a mild but sure fired hop.
The taste is hopped but really well balanced so its not as bitter. The malts calm this 9.6% abv. brew and sweet'n things enough to allow this brew to be enjoyed and drank easy. Easy dose it, 9.6, you would never guess its that strong. Very smooth.
The mouthfeel feels soft, not chewy. The body i would say is heavy medium or a shy full.
Drinkability, pretty easy with a slight hop dryness toward the finih.
Well worth the money!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2008 01:30:27 | More by chilidog
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
This is more of an Imperial Red, as it's brewed a lot stronger than normal reds. It has an excellent look to it, a very beautiful burnt red/copper color. It had an excellent head and great lacing. Not only did it have a good red ale scent, nice and almost-sweet, but it also had a wonderful hoppy aroma with it. It had an excellent taste, but much more hoppy than the usual red ale, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. It goes down fairly smooth, with just a bit of roughness from the high ABV. Excellent imperial and red ale mix.
Serving type: on-tap
10-09-2007 13:50:39 | More by JamesS
Ard Ri from Upland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.