Rad Red Amber Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Rad Red Amber AleRad Red Amber Ale

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 5.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 05-22-2009

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 96
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (860 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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 (429 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,513 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way in the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear orange, light reddish hue in the corners, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, some lace chunks stick. 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, a little weird but I enjoyed it. Thanks Michael! (617 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (495 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, one finger head

S-Caramel, toffee, some grass, tad bit of hops.

T-Caramel, toffee, some roasted malt, ends with grass, no bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-A bland boring Amber Ale. Nothing special here. (255 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of grub
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Upland.

A- Poured a semi-hazy deep amber color. One finger off white head stays around for a long while until it falls to a cap on the beer. Light streaking lacing left on the glass as I drank away.

S- The aroma was muted more than I would have liked but that is just me. Sweet caramel malts make up the base of the aroma with some light toasted qualities to the nose of this. Light earthy hops in the backing of the aroma.

T- Taste follows the aroma almost perfectly. Big caramel malts rush toward the palate with a light toasted apperance. This finishes with a light earthy hop bitter bite before it is all done. Like a one two punch and then the beers done for the count flavor wise.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Left malty slickness everywhere in the mouth and some light bitter hops in the aftertaste. Flavors were muted but still clean.

D- This was a very drinkable beer that I would have had more of but I didn't want to drink a lot before a 4 hour car ride back home. Plus there was some other stuff that I hadn't had that was on tap. (1,097 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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. (403 characters)

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Rad Red Amber Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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