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Rad Red Amber Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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Rad Red Amber AleRad Red Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 05-22-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
97
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
18.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 97
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As far as looks go this one pretty much nails it as far as the body goes. It is deep ruby amber in tone. Head is light a beige tone that stands two fingers tall and fades slowly leaving a half inch wall of lace. Nose is a special mixture of sweet candied citrus and smooth but rich softly laced malts. Really wonderful nose here. The taste simulates the nose very well with a wonderful mixture of crisp rustic hops and nicely balancing malts. The flavor is so complete and pleasing I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by this one from Upland. The flavor of this on really falls in line with some of my favorite hoppy red/amber ales. The mouthfeel is of a beer you can drink and enjoy all night long. As far as true drinkability goes it just doesn't get any better then this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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

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Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jmich24
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of RickS95
3.86/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BrewIndy
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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...

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Photo of jkrich
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - poured a bright, clear reddish amber with a fluffy, sustained off-white head. Other reviews stated the ale was cloudy with floaters.

The aromas was largely perfumy, sweet malt with very little hop presence.

Like the aroma, the initial flavor is largely malty; however, there is a very nice hop bite that lingers after the malty assault. Overall, it is very balanced. As the ale warms, the malt flavor becomes the dominant flavor.

The carbonation is moderate and the body is slightly thin-bodied with a sweet and slick mouthfeel.

This is very smooth and refreshing with a nice hop complement to keep it interesting; a very good ale for any season.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of drizzam
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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