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Rad Red Amber Ale - Upland Brewing Company

Rad Red Amber AleRad Red Amber Ale

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%

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 BeerFMAndy


2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Mug. Bottled June '09 notched on label.

A - Lightly hazy coppery-amber color with a moderate one-finger cream-colored head on the pour but went down to a foam somewhat quickly. Specks of lacing stay on the glass but very minimally.

S - Low to moderate aromas overall. Nothing stands out exceptionally or pours out into my nose. Pale and amber malts with a moderate hop presence. Lacking any sort of character, this just smells. Not good, not bad, just smells.

T - No malt hints on the flavor. A hop presence dominates the palate. Probably dry-hopped. Very floral. A citrusy splash with a pine kick. Strangely I got a low caramel hint once when I cleared my throat but it's still completely lacking malt presence. It shouldn't taste like a Pale Ale/IPA combo.

M - Smooth going down with a harshly dry finish that parches the throat. The citrus and pine compiled with the hop bitter kick is a bit harsh for this style. A bit slick and light-medium bodied.

D - If the mouthfeel wasn't so dang dry it wouldn't be so rough but it feels like an Irish Red and tastes like a hoppy Pale Ale. Not a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 23:14:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Sean9689


3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours reddish/copper color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Light bread, pretty malt-forward with the hops taking a back seat. Not really how I prefer my Red Ales. Could use some more hoppy notes and less malty sweetness.

T - Carmel malty sweetness, light citrus hops, some toasted bread in there as well. Again, too syrupy and malty for me.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, malty finish.

O - Not a Red Ale I would really revisit again. Too much sweetness, too syrupy, and not enough hops. It's just not refreshing and enjoyable, even at 5.6%. Drinks like 8-9%. Right around average for me, and I'm being nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 18:09:46 | More by Sean9689
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: Bottle 12 oz
Glass: Pint
From: Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN
Price: $8.5 for a six pack

Appearance: a dull orangish-red. slightly hazy. a finger or so off-white head that leaves a lacing

Smell: kinda dull but not awful. bready

Taste: complex but not well done. bread, caramel malts, piney hops

Mouthfeel: start from the fridge its started off crisp but quickly gave way to a sticky resiny bitterness.

Overall: Not impressed with this one. Maybe its old, but this is all i got to go off of.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 22:38:30 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of robwestcott


3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a cloudy amber from the tap at the brewpub into a pint glass with a full finger toffee color tight head leaving lace to the rim of the glass.

very mild, almost non-existent aroma.

hoppy taste upon the first sip leavig a slightly bitter after. later, more of a malty balance. average, not great.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 19:33:23 | More by robwestcott
Photo of sweemzander


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for yet another trade!

(A)- Pours a clear red amber color that produced an off-white to gray head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Sweet malts of honey and caramel with a corn afterthought.

(T)- Faintly sweet raisin and corn husk with a light bitter bite on the finish.

(M)- Great carbonation with a fair depth to it. Straightforward.

(D)- A fine amber with fine taste. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a simple beer that doesnt demand anything or seek attention.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 17:36:09 | More by sweemzander
Photo of hoosier3334


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an average brew here. Nothing to write home about. This beer was considerably more hoppy than I thought it would be, which really threw me off guard. I actually liked that part of the beer, but to me it just didn't seem like this is what a "red" should be. Upland does put their own spin on things. Seems like a spicier/hoppier version of a fat tire. more carbonation as well. I don't usually get this beer when I go to upland..just a little boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 17:29:47 | More by hoosier3334
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled oct 11/09.

pours lightly hazy orangey amber with a thin layer of off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. caramel. bit of toffee. multi-grain bread and cracker. alcohol. bit earthy. light grapefruit.

taste is ok. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. white bread. cracker. bit of citrus. orange and grapefruit. bit of other fruity character. bit earthy. touch of lemon. bit of grain.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-light body. medium carbonation level. hint of astringency.

drinkability is ok. mostly balanced. fairly uninteresting and a little odd for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 23:12:22 | More by grub
Photo of heliosphann


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in June '09. Served in a pint glass paired with a nice T-bone steak.

A: Pours an amber/orange. Has a very small amount of head. Good active carbonation.

S. Crisp, grainy malts. Some roastiness and a tad bit of sweetness.

T: Big malts and grains. A small amount of hops dominate the finish.

M: Light bodied. Carbonation is on par for the style

D: Goes down very easy. You could knock back quite a few of these if it was to your liking.

Pretty run of the mill for the style, but I'm not a huge fan of Amber ales to begin with. I've heard the beer is significantly better out of a firkin.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:56:27 | More by heliosphann
Photo of SickGnar


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Finger plus head that settles to patches that stick around and fairly coat the glass in lace. A dark, warm amber with burnished copper highlights at the edges. Now the bad part. Lots of floaties - not hazy, but huge chunks. Some settle out, but many keep floating around. Really takes away from what otherwise is an attractive brew.

S: A bit floral and fruity, and I think those are C-hops. There is some diacytal in here, and in the background some faint yet complex and slightly sweet malts.

T: Those are C-hops. This is quite hoppy for an amber. I dare say it is more hop forward than Upland's Dragon Fly IPA. But it also has a robust grain bill. Starts with a multi-grain, caramel sweetness that is quickly doused by the hops. Here we have mostly grapefruit peel with some resin and a touch of spicyness. There also seems to be some grain-based based spicyness, perhaps rye, as the malts pull back through with the same caramel multi-grain sweetness, but some biscuit and toasted grain also become apparent. Then the hop bitterness returns and sticks around.

M: Just a hair beyond medium body. A touch sticky. Medium carbonation that has a lush character from tight small bubbles. But here again, the floaties really detract. I don't care for dregs in my beer.

D: The floaty dregs hurt this beer. Otherwise it is a good effort and I really like the idea of it - a robust, complex amber/red that packs a bit of a punch. A nice change versus ubiquitous session oriented versions. It does seem a bit rough around the edges, and all different things it has going on don't quite work together seamlessly. Also, with its tilt towards hops it the interesting things it seems to have going on in the grain bill are a bit overshadowed by the alpha acids.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 02:56:00 | More by SickGnar
Photo of macrosmatic


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Hearthstone in Indianapolis. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, bland red with a one-finger light tan head.

S: Grapefruit & pine hop aroma with biscuit malt. No particular depth to the smells here, nor do I find that it changes as it warms.

T: The taste follows the nose well, but neither is really particularly exciting.

M: Mouthfeel seems a bit on the thin side. Alcohol nearly undetectable. There is a mild bitter hang.

O: Not overly impressed with my first foray into Uplands brews. It's not bad, but strikes me more as a decent homebrew rather than an offering from a brewery with an up-and-coming reputation. This one gets an overwhelming "Meh" from me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 23:28:09 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from a nice BA thanks!

Appearance: fairly translucent copperish red body with a one finger khaki crown that shows a touch of retention and some lacing.

Smell: Smells a touch yeasty

Taste: Bready malt with a fairly harsh/prickly hop profile.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable sans the harsh taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 23:00:39 | More by koopa
Photo of buschbeer


3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer is amber with golden highlights. When held to the light I see chunks of suspended yeast. It is topped with two inches of tan head.

S - I get a nice balance of caramel malt and floral hops.

T - It starts out with a slights caramel/toffee taste and finishes with a mild bittering.

M - Medium

O - Of the Upland sampler that I purchased, this is sadly the best. It is an average red ale. I will not be seeking anything from Upland unless it is a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:25:55 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Beejay


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish amber color, slightly cloudy, with a tan head that is dissipating as I type this.

S: Malty, a little bit of burnt caramel, and a little earthy hop aroma, but not a lot here.

T: Malty, with a bitter kick, and a touch of citrus hops at the end. Fairly well balanced, though the hop finish is a little strong.

M: Medium bodied, with rather strong carbonation.

D: Overall I am not very impressed, drinkable, but not something I would get a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 03:36:19 | More by Beejay
Photo of DAllspaw


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a solid head with copper color. Decent looking beer. A bit of malt and hops in the nose neither very prominent.

Taste is a bit sweet and tea like tannin aftertaste but a nice easy drinking beer. A filler perhaps in a 12 pack sampler but ok nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:17:04 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of FreshHawk


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, slightly hazy amber copper color with a decent sized, foamy, off-white head. Ok retention that finally gives way to a good layer of patchy lace.

S - Not that strong and nothing really stands out. Some typical caramel and amber, toasted malt aroma. A touch of earthy and floral hops as well.

T - Caramel and amber toasted malt flavor provides a backbone and a lot of the flavor. Touches of apple also there. Hop presence is decent and stronger than the aroma. It provides a nice floral and earthy kick to the beer. A bit of a zesty spiciness is also present.

M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth and slightly slick feel.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but it didn't necessarily peak my interest and make me want to keep drinking.

Notes: Bottled Nov. 09. Overall this is a pretty typical Amber Ale. Nice autumn flavors and pretty easy to drink; it's just doesn't have that something to peak my interest to go drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 14:56:21 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serviceable beer. On the darker reddish side. A story of malt and tart to sour taste. Hopping did not come through. Faint hop in the aroma.Above average carbonation and mineral traces. Earthy, though nothing will executed or worth seeking out. Maple Sugar bar.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 03:23:47 | More by Sammy
Photo of bluejacket74


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle bottled in January 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/red color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, bready malt and some light grassy hops. The brew tastes like caramel malt, grassy hops, toasted malt and a little bit of spicy hops. The hop flavors are stronger than I thought they would be, at least in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. It's a solid amber ale overall, I'd buy this again on occasion. I think it's a nice drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:40:08 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of dirtylou


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, been sitting on this single for a while...must move the stock

consumed during favre-gate 09

appearance: served in a guinness pint, dark amber body, copper hues, frothy beige cap and wavy lacing

smell: distinct aroma of leaves, caramel, toasted malts, light grassy hops

taste: rustic flavor profile - pretty decent red...very autumnal - toasted grain, toasted malt, caramel, apple mildly soured.

mouthfeel: medium body, a little spicy in the finish

drinkability: pretty strong

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:41:56 | More by dirtylou
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With richer and maltier undertones than expected, this Red Ale allows the sweet and sun-kissed barley to govern taste while the hops stop just shy of balance.

Assertive malt aroma and flavor give the impressions of buttery toffee, peanut brittle, medium toast/bread crust, and slighly burnt caramel. A quick rebuttal of spicy/piney hops crispen the beer and gives a much needed reprieve from the medium weight and sweeter upstart. The toffee-buttery notes turn to more butter as the flavors fade and the beer turns in its creamy carbonation to a fleeting finish. Lacking in dryness and crispness, the beer carries a somewhat fatty body because of the uptick in butter flavor and feel.

A slightly better than average Red Ale could be drastically improved without the yeasty/butter notes throughout. Though subtle early, the flavor wears throughout the session

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 23:39:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of tavernjef


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter rusty orange. Soft beige crown of about finger high stature that settles slowly to a good skim and droopy sheeted lacing stuck about the glass.

Aroma is light of some burntish toffee, buttery bread crust, and airy caramel.

Taste is mediocrely set in about the same tone as the aroma but has a bit more complexity to it. Burntness of toffee and herbal hops kinks in late, by far the best part of the session. Simple and quick buttery front, some crunchy bread tones underneath most of its structure as it developes the nice finish of burntish things; caramel, herbal grassy hops, toffee, toast, and a bit of coffee.

Mild medium body with a bit of harsh undertone it its carbonation which brings in just a nudge of metalic notes as it lingers on the palate. Which gets in the way of the flavors at certain points.

On OK Amber that could be fairly sessionable with pretzels and other slightly salty snacks.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 20:29:49 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cylinsier


3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear amber red, yellowish head retains as a lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, buttered biscuit malt, and a mild nutty hop.

Tastes of buttered biscuit malt with a nutty dryness and a light dry vegetal hop bitterness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Above average ale, good flavor, very nice aroma, and drinks easy. Nothing spectacular but decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:03:04 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Cresant


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bottled Sept. 09. The body was a pretty amber/copper color, clear and bright. Moderate sized off-white head.

Smell was sweet citrus and maltiness.

Taste was leafy and organic. Tobacco. Sweet maltiness was tempered by the coarse bitterness. Overall a solid hoppy amber ale. I would drink this one again.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Adequate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:49:44 | More by Cresant
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a light head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some amber malt and light bread as well as some citrus hops. Nice blend. The taste doesn't quite bring the citrus flavor and relies on a bit of bread with some moderate caramel. Light-ish mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nothing really stands out, but it drinks fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 14:59:52 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of WoodBrew


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber, light reddish hue in the corners, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, nice lacing. Smell is alright, caramel, very citrusy, grapefruity, sweet and sugary, some floral, strawberries, crackers, kind of neat. Taste is alright, caramel and sugary sweetness up front, lightly fruity, citrus, a bit spicy, some grapefruit and biscuit, a little light but nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:32:34 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Kegatron


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear copper (there seems to be a good bit of suspended oils present) with a finger of foamy slightly off-white head. Retains with a thin layer of froth, which leaves a cascade of spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite sticky and sweet in the nose, with resins, tropical fruit, and bready caramel all being surrounded by some gentle feeling floral and spicy textures. This has a nice robust tang to it in the nose.

The taste is has an assertive hoppy bite to it of dry spice and pine to it, with an under layer of grapefruit adding some extra juicy bitterness to this. A VERY tangy tasting backbone of sweet fruit, caramel, and toasted malt does a great job of balancing things out, while the hops return in the finish with a dryly bitter and resinous end to things. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of thick creaminess to the carbonation up front that then sharpens up nicely as you ready for the swallow and nicely accentuates the aggressiveness of that finish. Some oily slickness underneath keeps this moving very well and I'm getting no sense of the ABV here at all, making for a very drinkable affair here.

Quite the assertive and tasty little American Red Ale from Upland here, with an aggressive hop profile that was well balanced by the kind of deep sweet stickiness that I really like in these. Really easy feel and drinkbility on this as well. This was definitely one of the more solid ones from the Upland mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 19:27:03 | More by Kegatron
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Rad Red Amber Ale from Upland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.