Ard Ri | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"High King" is an Imperial Red Ale

Added by Bitterbill on 10-09-2007

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Matt for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy copper, with a finger of off-white head and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet toasted malts and light pine hops - but there's minimal aroma overall.

T: Boozy hit on the first sip. There's a lot of flavorless bitterness here with the toasted rich malts. Finishes with a moderate bitterness from the hops. This doesn't have any complex flavors.

M: A nice roundness and heft to the body. Average levels of carbonation, and the alcohol is noticeable.

O: I'm not impressed with this one. Definitely needs some more dry-hopping, which would give the beer a lot more depth of flavor, as well as aroma. There's nothing terribly off about it, but it's not something I'd be in a hurry to repeat.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky, dark rust color. Body is pretty dark amber to brown towards the middle, but the edges have a fair amount of light getting through, promoting a red look. Medium to thick, tan colored head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also pretty good.

S- Some caramel malts and other semi-sweet, yet bready/biscuit scents. Hops are very noticeable, through and with the caramel malts. Reminds me of the scent of a Stone beer, specifically Levitation.

T- Starts with a dull, less sweet flavor of caramel malts. The caramel is somewhat bitter and morphs into a bread/biscuit flavor about midway through. Really dry with the bready flavors before a low to moderate hop profile kicks in with a little bit of bite. Strong by no means, the hops balance the somewhat dry caramel flavors into a succinct finish with little lingering flavors.

M- Quite light for an "imperial." Medium level of carbonation, with the body being moderately thick. About as smooth as average for a red ale, maintaining its ease of drinking.

Overall, an above average effort from Upland. It's no Brian Boru from Three Floyds, but for $5.99 a bomber, it's an acceptable substitute.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
Bottled in Feb ‘13
A- This beer pours a slightly dense body of reddish-brown with a deep beige head that is supported by lots of big bubbles.

S- The slightly woody toffee note to the clean aroma takes on some woody pine hops in the finish that take on an enamel paint quality as it opens.

T- The sweet toffee note has a slight buttery quality to it that is cut by a dry pungent pine hop finish there is a pungent bitterness that lingers.

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

O- The woody hops compliment the malt nicely but the big bitter pungent hops start to dominate the other flavors and there isn’t much depth in the malt to begin with. It would help to have more hop flavor and less bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very enjoyable hoppy red ale, that drinks like its 5% abv. pours clear amber in color with lots of rising carbonation and a frothy white head with decent retention. lots of bitter citric hops on the front end, totally overpowering any gentle malt sweetness that might exist in the background. fortunately, the malt does come in a lot more in the taste, tempering the hops just a bit. the hops also take on a pine tree flavor, and there is some metallic quality to the finish. the finish is long, with the malt sugar and the hop bitter going back and forth. I cant find the alcohol in this hardly at all either, which is dangerous with an entire growler here before us. I love the mouthfeel, its like the aerated milk they but on a good cappuccino. very light and delicate for how big this beer is. its also a unique format for a beer so hoppy, where thick sticky brews are the order of the day. overall this is a creative and well executed brew, freakishly easy to drink, and as fresh as it gets. the red malts might figure a little more prominently in the flavor, but this is more than adequate in its current form.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Ard Ri from Upland Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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