Rad Red Amber Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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Rad Red Amber AleRad Red Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wagenvolks on 05-22-2009

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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 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 FreshHawk
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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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 robwestcott
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

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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 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 Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 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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Photo of SickGnar
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of koopa
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 grub
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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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 BeerFMAndy
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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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 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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