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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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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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 DAllspaw


3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

03-06-2012 22:37:17 | More by neckbracesub
Photo of areich6


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-26-2012 19:22:11 | More by areich6
Photo of Sean9689


3/5  rDev -13%

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.

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

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2012 17:01:57 | More by MordorMongo
Photo of CarterSeaton


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-25-2011 18:52:06 | More by CarterSeaton
Photo of jheiss


3/5  rDev -13%

12-18-2011 20:18:15 | More by jheiss
Photo of kbwolfe


4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-13-2011 01:52:23 | More by kbwolfe
Photo of mbiang


4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-22-2011 02:42:06 | More by mbiang
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +22.3%

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

11-05-2011 14:27:30 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of cagocubs


3.65/5  rDev +5.8%

Found a single at a nice liquor store in South Bend, IN. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours substantially red with lots of cloudy sentiment floating around. White clingy head that sticks.

S: Real bready with some citrus and hops.

T: Good hop bite and bready finish. Pine and sweet caramel also present.

M: Medium bodied with great coating.

O: An interesting red/amber that showcases unique traits. Definitely worth a try.

10-11-2011 22:43:21 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

08-29-2011 19:38:44 | More by JamesS
Photo of Tone


4.03/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

07-26-2011 18:26:01 | More by Tone
Photo of Lemke10


3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

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!

07-25-2011 20:47:11 | More by Lemke10
Photo of drizzam


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

A - The body is a cloudy orange/red color with dark chunks of sediment hanging in suspension. The head is a frothy dimpled almost orangey white in color, about one finger in height with average retention. Spotty lacing presents itself on the inside of my glass as I drink this brew.

S - Sweet malt and bread...a very slight citric hop aroma. Not overly aromatic but what I do get smells good.

T & M - Sweet caramel malt is accompanied by an earthy hop presence that arrives more heavily than the aroma would let on. That bread is there as well, but seems to arrive a little later to the game. Medium bodied, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

D - Not a bad Amber...better than some I've had but there are many better. Probably not the best offering from Upland but one that could be a decent session brew.

07-24-2011 22:45:46 | More by drizzam
Photo of tavernjef


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

06-16-2011 20:29:49 | More by tavernjef
Photo of bluejacket74


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-11-2011 23:40:08 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of hoosier3334


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

04-26-2011 17:29:47 | More by hoosier3334
Photo of zrab11


3.9/5  rDev +13%

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

03-05-2011 19:05:48 | More by zrab11
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

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

11-27-2010 23:39:24 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

10-24-2010 14:59:52 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of jmich24


3.9/5  rDev +13%

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.

09-23-2010 00:25:47 | More by jmich24
Photo of FreshHawk


3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

07-28-2010 19:27:03 | More by Kegatron
Rad Red Amber Ale from Upland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.