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Rad Red Amber Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Rad Red Amber AleRad Red Amber Ale

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 05-22-2009)
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Photo of BennyThon
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish

Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice amber/ruby-red color with some very nice lacing, and star hints throughout from the backlights; quite nice head. Decent scent, a nice sweet malty aroma on top with a decent hop tinge at the end; very deep. Excellent malty flavors, with nice two row, sweet crystal, and a nice chocolate undertone; finished with a nice semi-citrus and piney hop ending. Goes down very smooth and decently rich. On tap at Indy's Red Lion Grog House.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear crimson with a small off-white head dissipating almost immediately.

Bready aroma with some caramel, pine and spice.

Flavor is much hoppier than your average red. That bready caramel thing is still present making it a bit sticky, but a nice underlying pine flavor asserts itself before finishing spicy and dry.

Medium to light bodied a touch of creaminess and good carbonation.

Probably my favorite "every day" Upland beer. Nothing radically or fantastic about this one, but a solid easy drinking red good for days of sitting on the patio with a plate of nachos.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. There is some suspended sediment. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast/bread, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, hint of roasted malt, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hop, slight pale malt, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, and hint of grain. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, blend, and body.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan ‘12
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a hazy reddish brown body with a slightly sticky oatmeal tan head that last a good bit.

S- The light dry toasted malt has a mellow woody aroma to it with some green hops in the finish.

T- The dry toasted malt taste has some green herbal hops to follow in a slightly dry finish. There is a nice lightly toasted biscuit malt flavor that comes through as the beer opens.

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

O- This beer has a nice blend of hops and a good support of malt. There is also a nice depth to the malt that makes this very drinkable.

Photo of stinadez
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nicoga3000
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mbiang
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of kbwolfe
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Lemke10
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Pours a semi-clear reddish/orange color with a decent and long lasting head of light brown foam. Scent has malts mixed with some spices that stand out the most. Tast has a mix of burnt malts and mildly bitter hops to it. A little bit of sweet carmel hints as well. Could be a little heavier in the texture and is just slighty watery. A decent find from a pretty well known Indiana brewery. Can't wait to try more of their stuff!

Photo of secondtooth
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, rich, amber as promised upon pouring into my ale glass, with decent, if unremarkable lace.

Nose says grains, malty sweet. Not outstanding.

It's all followed by a hoppy (but balanced) flavor. Rad Red's not flashy, showy, or "extreme" (by a long shot), but with hints of maple and citrus, this one's got a nice and complex flavor profile. Maybe I'm being pretentious for deciphering those flavors, but this one's unquestionably steady, sturdy, and brings joy to my palate.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a nice red body with a nice off-white, thick, dense, 2 finger head that had good retention. Noticeable yeast floating in the body. Some lacing and a thin cap remained throughout.

Bready malty aroma with a slight hint of citrus hops.

A malt bomb, much stronger than anticipated, but exactly what I would expect from a red. The beer had a slight apricot hint to it as well.

Medium body, smooth and easy to drink. A very nice offering from B-town.

Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper amber with a fluffy eggshell head that leaves some fine lace behind on the glass. The nose is toasted grain, caramel and floral hops. Nice caramel maltiness balanced with a decent fruity hop kick, I definately prefer this over the old amber it's way tastier IMO. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. One of the better amber ales I've had.

Photo of jmich24
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz Bottle

A: One finger head. Clear amber. Stciky lacing.
S: Nice smelling amber ale. All malt, carmel sweetness and some faint burnt nuttiness.
T: Way more balanced than expected. Nice earthy hopiness to go along with semi sweet carmel malts.
M: Light creaminess, crisp bitter finish.
D: This is perfect for this evening cool fall day. Could easily finish a sixer.

Nice amber ale over all.

Photo of zrab11
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with nice lacing

S-Has a good amber smell to it with some carmel notes with some nuttiness

T-Was better than expected. Has a nice eathy flavor with a good sweetness

M-Light bodied with decent carbonation

D-I haven't had alot of ambers but wasn't excpecting much from this beer. but i can say this is a underated amber. Very good beer with good flavor. will get this again

Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger and a half of fluffy white head, but the beer looks like iced tea.

The only thing I could smell was smoke, but it smelled nice.

Taste is interesting, nothing jumps out, but an Earthy smoky flavor was noticeable, with some hops in the background.

There was a bitterness in the mouth that stayed with you til the next sip, something I've gotten used to with Upland beers.

This was a very enjoyable, highly drinkable beer.

Photo of BrewIndy
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice amber red with a small head that dissipated quickly.

S: The aroma smells a bit more brown to me than a normal red but I don't have a good smeller.

T: A dark maltiness flavor comes through on this with some bitterness in the end.

M: Great mouth feel. Nice and creamy.

D: Overall not bad. I'd drink another... and another...

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a plain pint glass
Served at the brewpub in Bloomington, for whatever reason this is the only one of their bottled brews that I've never seen in my area.

This beer pours a nice looking red, very clear and a slightly off white head. The smell is very clean, dry and malty. The taste and the smell compliment each other well. The taste is very malty with a complex grain bill, decent bitterness but no notable hop flavor. This is a staple of a red ale. If you like red's this wont treat you wrong.

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MikeIN
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NumberNone
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kuestegg
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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Rad Red Amber Ale from Upland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.