Amber Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber (leaning towards brown) with a nice, cream-colored head of reasonable height. Head does fade but leaves a lasting covering.
The smell is crisp and clean. No, really, I mean it's strong and yet what I get out of it is "crisp and clean". Well, and maybe the smell of chocolate cookies (like Oreos - not the ones you make at home). No, not Oreos. But a chocolate cookie. Really.
Crazy flavor, man. I wish I could make something like this! I mean, it tastes like chocolate but not chocolate malts. Oh, well, duh. So, they must have used chocolate in it. Maybe a little bit of caramel malts to balance out that chocolate.
The body is ok - seems quite normal for what you can buy - but I'd just like it a bit heavier.
And, hey, I'd drink this stuff as a session beer. Any day. Oh yeah. I'm so very happy to have had this after the miserable experience that I just had with (xxx) beer!

So, as for constructive, or whatever... If Upland wants to make a brew just for me (beermail me - I'll send you my address!) they could increase the body a little, maybe go heavier on the caramel malts and add a few more bittering hops. Sound like a plan???


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More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy peach body is topped by an immense almond head. Excellent retention and creamy and chunky lacing. Nice looker. Aroma is underwhelming, with grassy hops and grainy caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit overcarbonated. Taste is well balanced with a grassy hops bitterness melding well with the toasty caramel maltiness. Nicely drinkable, but not a lot of excitement here.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a sompler 12 pack while driving from KC to NY stat this summer. 12 ounce bottle, with bottled on dating info notched onto the side of the label (Feb 08) Pours muddy/cloudy darker amber, and an equally darker khaki head. Just spots of lace. Bread infused nose. Middle of the road/respectable amber. Malt/Hops evened out. Not the style of beer I seek out. However its a quality product and would work fine as a sessioner in a pinch. For me this type of brew is best put use in a marinade for pork or me crazy...

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.1/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A firm but small cap is khaki in color, and quickly reduces to a collar and haze. The brew is a ruddy brown/red russet potato hue and it's really cloudy and opaque. This is a really dark color for an amber ale! A swirl brings back a big cap and leaves a small amount of wet lace on the glass.

S - Toasty toffee and caramel. Whole wheat toast with a touch of butter and the slightest hint of apricot jelly. Smells nice and toasty, but it's not very assertive or complex.

T - Lots of hidden hops come out in the flavor! This didn't smell hoppy in the least, but the German-ish noble hop profile is really powerful and somewhat out of place here. Dirty and sandy like a riverbed, and there is an almost "fresh sprig of mint" flavor too. All of the lovely toast and toffee aromas are completely absent in the taste. Tastes a lot like SA lager honestly.

M - Super-carbonated, light bodied, but gritty and sandy too. I like grit and sand textures in a beer, so this ain't bad. The problem is the overwhelming carbonation.

D - This looks pretty and smells decent, but then falls flat on it's face. Where is smells toasty and sweetly malted, it tastes like a bad bottle of SA Boston lager. This is just a cluster-f*ck of odd flavors and over-done carbonation. Not good.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured from 12oz. bottle to pint glass. Makes one inch head, leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing as it goes. Dark brownish-ruby color, a light cloudiness shows off its richness

Smell- Mostly of sweet malts, a little alcohol harshness comes through too which was surprising

Taste- Most of the taste is the sweet caramel malt, leaving very little bitterness in the aftertaste. A good creamy sweetness throughout. Although not complex, it is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Probably the highlight of this brew is the mouthfeel. It has a creamy yet light feel, juicy in the mouth, and still crisp. Really enjoyable and what would draw me to this beer again.

Drinkability- Pretty good, I'd say. Nothing crazy going on here with this brew, just a tasty/sweet amber ale that's refreshing and easy to drink, which is good enough reason for me to but it again.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beers looks good. it is a dark amber with a tan head. at first the head looks a little too creamy for my taste, as it settles smaller bubbles appear to form a small creamy head.

the aromas on this beer are so faint i'm not even going to bother.

taste? very weak, tastes watered down, slight metallic taste maybe?

for over seven dollars a six-pack, i am very dissappointed.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
1.95/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ver bad ale all around. An orangy-cloudy appearance topped by a dirty grey head. Musty, slightly sour aroma. Drank like thin near beer, Somewhat sweet, thin, with little body or hop bitterness. Just blah.

This is one of the reasons I usually avoid anything marketed as amber ale. The brewer put such little effort into this ale, one wonders why they even bothered.

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Photo of Skidud313
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This must be one of those beers thats really dependent on the batch from the reviews i'm reading. I personally really enjoyed the pack I picked up.

Poured a light brown slightly orange color with about a finger of off white head. Minimal lacing.

Smelled pretty typical of an "amber" ale whatever you want to make of that.

Tasted slightly sweet on the tongue at first and then the malt character really came out and spread its wings followed by a clean, subtle hop finish.

It was drinkable enough that I had 3 in one short sitting. A relatively "soft" amber ale.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 13 from Qarre. Thanks for the opportunity, I think...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, where it formed a 1/2" beige head over the darkish amber brew. Head retention is average, and lacing is pretty good. Aroma is biscuity malts. Taste is lightly malty, with a slighty citrus tang. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay. Average brew, nothing to go out of your way for, yet would work if available easily at hand...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with an off white head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose brings caramel, bread dough, and a bit of a nutty character. The taste is some lightly roasted malt and a bit of bread. Slight caramel characteristics. Good body with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well, but there isn't anything terribly unique about it.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at upland brewery. This is a brownish gold color, much like an apple juice. About a finger head that then reduced down to about a thin layer that stayed during the drink.

Smell is grainy and malty. I get a scent of maybe some toffee.

Tastes sweet, with a slight bitter finish, I can taste the malts mostly.

It's a good beer if you're drinking local or going to upland, I'm not going out of my way for it, but enjoyed it.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid around $1.59 for a single...

This beer pours a slighly hazy brown somewhat amber base with a medium white head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is very malty and fruity, but no real distinct qualities.

The taste is heavy, chewy was the first thing that came to mind with a heavy malt flavor and also a heavy fruit flavor, but no real distinct fruit, maybe grapes? Not real sweet nor hoppy as this beer has two defining elements. The M&D are pretty good; it's feels nice in the mouth and this beer is very drinkable, as I drank it at a faster than normal pace...

Final Thought: I am very impressed with this beer, granted it's not as distinct as other beers, I would gladly drink this whenever offered...

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Photo of mattyb319
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first review. 12 oz. bottle, bottled on date September of 2005. From a mixed micro case.

Pour produces minimal head. Nice ruby color. Fairly murky. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the pint glass. Tastes nice and malty. Don't know what it is about this beer, but I love the way if feels on my tounge and the way the feel of the beer stays in my mouth, if that makes sense. Taste is nice and refreshing, but at the same time not exciting enough to have more than a couple before moving on to something else.

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Photo of bgramels
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HopHeadKen
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big PPFFffttt ! when the bottle comes open; Pours with tons of Ivory cream colored head, could only pour half a bottle into pint glass due to overcarbonation. The head dissapates after several minutes to a fine lacing with a solid ring at the edge of the glass.

The color is clear rich amber red copper.

The smell is malt without any hint of hops.

The taste is rich malt with hints of carmel; there is no trace of hops in the first taste, and barely any perception of hops on the trailing end of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good but has a crispness that I suspect may be from a bit of wheat in the mix; this might explain the big head at the beginning.

This beer is apparently bottle conditioned, and has a solid layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of ahalloin
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled Dec. of 08 according to the label.

It has the look of apple cider. Kind of dull colored with a reddish brown cloudy look. Head was decent with a finger width of creamy off-white foam topping the beer from a moderately aggressive pour. The head receded to a thin layer atop the fluid.

Smell is grainy sweet, malty, with hints of toffee. There is a slight tinge of sour hanging out in the periphery. Hints of dried apricots show up as well.

Taste is sweet malty toffee in the nose which quickly gives way to a sour astringency that kind of dominates the overall taste.

Mouthfeel is adequate with semi-low carbonation and silky smoothness.

Drinkability is fairly good. This beer is not offending anyone, but at the same time isn't challenging taste buds.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Charlie's Ale House in Munster, Indiana on 8/4/05. Pour was of a clear amber color, very bright, topped with a smallish white head and nice lace on the side of the glass. The nose shines with crystal malt tones and some slight yeast aromatics. Flavor is predominately malt with a nice balance. A shot of hops comes in as the flavor starts to dry out. Leaves a nice long finish asking for more. Nice beer

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland Amber arrived in a pint glass, dark rust colored and lightly hazed. The head was creamy and dense, tan in color. The lace was thick and sticky.
The smell was nutty, sweet malt, caramel, grassy hops and faintly grainy.
The taste was nutty and earthy with sweet caramel malts, a faint bitterness, and a bit of grassiness with a lingering grainy twang.
The body was medium-light and the carbonation was moderate.
This is definitely a sessionable beer. I did not find it to be earth shattering, but respectable Amber and another solid offering from our friends at Upland.

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Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice amber color, a bit of brown color. a massive head settles down to a lacing and a full top.

aromas of nutty, caramel malty vanilla.

a fantastic balance between its nutty, bitter hops and its creamy, sweet malt. caramel and butterscotch.

slightly dry mouthfeel but passes as good.

highly drinkable and about the best damn Upland bottled beer I have ever had.

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Photo of JamesS
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really liked this amber. It came out in the glass with a nice copper color. Not much head, but good lacing. It had a very pleasing scent, nice and clean with a great malt/hop balance, and kind of reminded me of a fruit and nut chocolate bar. Good taste, again a very nice malt/hop balance. It goes down smooth and is well worth a try.

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Photo of MKEHophead
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Noticed on the bottle I had that it was bottled in September 2008 --way past its freshness date. A fresh bottling probably would yield a better experience.

A: Nice rich reddish/brown color. Head was short lived, due to the age of the beer.

S: A faint aroma of toasty grains. Not much else I could smell.

Taste: Rich creamy flavors of caramel, butterscotch/toffee, and oak with a nice light dry hopped finish. Taste wasn't bad considering the age of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation. A bit chewy with a slight sweetness.

Drinkability: This was a nice amber not the best I have tasted. I know a fresher batch of this brew would have yielded better results. My fault for not looking at the born on label before I bought it. It looks like they have discontinued it so don't know if I'll have a chance to try it again. In comparison to new Belgium's Fat Tire I would give Fat Tire the edge in a taste off, but not a bad session brew.

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Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a quickly dissapating head. Very malty nose... some carmel hints. Flavor was very weel balanced... very malty, with some carmel, biscuity/bread-like flavor, and enough hops to keep it from being sweet. As the beer warmed, there was some butterscotch, and more bitterness. An interesting amber.

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Photo of Viking
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-amber body, slightly hazy with plenty of apparent carbonation. Thick, creamy, long lasting head. Rich and malty caramel aroma with some underlying spicy hops. Caramel malt provides a nice creamy, sweet flavor. I really didn't notice the hops much, but the malty flavor was enjoyable on its own. Kinda chewey, and slightly rough mouthfeel gave the impression of homemade caramel candy. Really, though, its not as sweet as that may sound. It's actually pretty well balanced and an excellent session brew.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy dark amber color with a huge frothy slowly receding 3 finger head. Smells earthy with pines and malts dominating the nose. First sip is very balanced with the malts complimented by some caramel and citrus notes. Mouthfeel is quite good and well carbonated as bubbles lovingly dance on my tongue. Very flavorful for the style. This is my first exposure to Upland's products other than their fine lambics. I am not disappointed.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tan, but is mostly egg white and spongey. Leaves some light, and equally spongey lacing. Lots of tiny suspended yeast particles to give the beer a slightly hazey affetct for what is usually a more clearly perceived beer style. The aroma is a light creamy malt aroma with hints f caramel flavoring and Pilsbury biscuit dough. The taste makes me think of Mishawaka Brewery. Very syrupy in its malts. But a very nice balanc eof medium bitterness and medium caramel and toasty amber malts. Smooth and mild bodied makes this a very sessionable beer.

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