Lavery Imperial Red Ale - Lavery Brewing Company

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Lavery Imperial Red AleLavery Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2010

BIG. HOPPY. RED. Irish beer gone incognito! Our IRA has a beautiful burnt orange/red color with the unmistakable aroma and flavor of American hops. This beer is brewed to be dry with full flavor of Nugget, Apollo & Cascade dry hopping. With over two pounds of hops per barrel (that's a lot) its like no beer ever brewed in Erie.
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by RonfromJersey:
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.50 bomber from Abe's.

Dull red orange body, no clarity, topped by two hands worth of dense oatmeal colored foam. Some good stretchy lace.

Aroma full of caramel, some bread, hints of licorice, some citrus.

Huge caramel foundation. Very malt forward. Juicy fruit. Bread. A bitter nip. A squirt of juice.

Thick mouthfeel. Very chewy.

An Imperial Irish Red, not a red/amber DIPA. More malt than hops here. Worth a try, but not a wow.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed a bottle of this for 5 bucks at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Looks like a deeper, darker, hazier version of your typical amber (nice) with a rocky 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - From the bottle I could tell it has a decent amount of citrus hops. In the glass confirmed with a nice bit of caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Quite good and very bittering yet balanced. Again I get the citrus hops mid palate and some caramel like malts finishing the sip with some bread. Not bad.

M - Drinks like an IPA with a medium to light body.

Overall I guess I knocked some points off since I expected an imperial strength ABV as well. It's good for an almost IPA like amber.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've formally reviewed in quite some time. I feel like I should do something to help a start-up in the state.

Bomber into imp. pint.

Nice looking beer, good tall head that sticks around for the duration. Hazy amber red color.

Smell is a combo of piney hops and sweet caramel. Not really overwhelming aroma.

Taste brings it home. Hops tip the balance with the maltiness. Its an amber ale with just a bit more.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nicely drying on the finish.

I would definitely drink more of this beer. Put it in 12oz bottles (or even better cans!). Glad I took a chance on this new brewery, now to find it on tap.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, citrus to pine like hops. In the taste, mostly pine like hops, with a small caramel like malt all the way through. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. A really nice presence of hops in an Irish Red.

Photo of Gavage
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy burnt reddish / orange color with a wispy surface foam that seems to last a while.

Smell: caramel and earthy hop aroma comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, some ripe dark fruits, a moderate pine and bigger earthy bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and very dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting as the bitterness and caramel linger in the mouth.

Overall: this beer didn't look that good and the flavors are not cohesive. It got a bit better as it warmed, but overall this big red ale left me wanting more.

Photo of Morey
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled growler at the brewery for $10 on their first day open to the public.

Poured a dark reddish-brown color. Holding this beer up to the light reveals a ruby red color and brilliant clarity. Head is light-tan in color and settled to a thin and spotty layer after a few minutes. There's is some lacing being left on the glass, but it's on the low side.

Nice combination of amber malts and piney hops in the nose. It's on the mild side, but it still smells nice.

Taste a lot like it smells. Malts hit you first, but the piney/grassy hop flavor isn't far behind. Super balanced with some earthiness towards the middle. Hops linger on the back end making for a nice finish.

Medium body with a carbonation that sits a bit on the low side.

A nice Red Ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer has been a bit different every time that I've had it. He's still tweaking the recipe in order to get it exactly how he wants it. This is the darkest that I've seen it yet, but the hops are toned back a bit as well.

Photo of ErieGreg
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lavery's Imperial Red Ale has gone through minor changes over the years, but all for the better. They have really perfected the recipe. A hoppy/malty flavor bomb that will satisfy the taste buds.
On tap or in 22 oz bomber bottles, this is one of my all time favorites.

Photo of fscottkey
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Copper to red in color. The beer is not clear and looks slightly cloudy. (it is unfiltered). Produced a bubbly head. The bubbles were large and irregular. The bottle lists the ABV 8.2%. There is no evident dating.

S: [3.50] Nice floral and piney hop nose.

T: [3.75] Bready maltiness up front. The midpalate is a nice bitter piney hop flavor. The finish is dry almost astringent. The bitterness lingers on the palate.

M: [3.50] The carbonation is smooth. The main mouthfeel is the linger hop bitterness at the end.

O: [3.50] The don't list the IBU but I bet it is pretty high. This is not a hop bomb - but hops is the main characteristic. There is something sweet in there also which really helps with the balance. Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I am not sure how fresh it is - but I want to get some more beers from Lavery.

Photo of ejimhof
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red and hazy like a wheat beer. Average head with lots of lacing.

Smell: Not much of anything but dryness.

Taste: A very very dry Irish red.

Mouthfeel: Again dryness is the dominant feature of this beer.

Overall: I waited a long time to finally try a beer from this brewery and I was slightly dissapointed. I might have to drive to Erie and try this at the source.

Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. Poured a beautiful Burnt Orange, 1 inch head, and slight lacing. Smells like an IPA. but I notice a nice roasted malt aroma as well. Tastes Like an IPA too, but with the Toasty Malt. Nice combination, well balanced. This is my idea of a "Red Ale"

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with an impressive head (perhaps a bit too massive); great retention and stickage

Smell: Like a pine forest; hints of caramel and tobacco underneath

Taste: The malts arrive first, with a real Irish Red character, followed quickly by the piney hops, bringing a bit of tobacco and earthy character to the fray; very dry and hoppy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a big fan of Imperial Ambers as I often find them to be sticky, with a huge malt bill to complement the hops; in this case, we have a nice dry finish and enough hops to add plenty of flavor; really like this beer and would call it an Imperial Irish Ale to better qualify the style; kind of like a Conway's with a big hop bill

Photo of bigdeuce
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great looking beer with a top notch head and a ruby like dark, dark look. The glass gets laced and this is a great looking beer. Now don't get me wrong, this one was enjoyable, but the beer was not "raspy" enough for me. Lacked the hoppy kickback of a Nosferatu, Laguanitas, Arrogant bastard, or a hopback amber. Fell a bit short on style. To me this was more like a double octoberfest or something like that. It did go down easily just wasn't very complex and not something I will seek out again.

Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My uncle and aunt got this from a restaurant while in Erie a while back. They brought it back and surprised me with it at a family reunion this past summer. Thanks a lot for feeding the beer geek guys!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A murky, unfiltered pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, off-white head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a full fill that clings to the top of the glass. A cloudy mahogany red in color with some carbonation evident. A full film remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Some may be turned off by how murky it is, but I like it. Very good looking head and lacing as well.

SMELL: A big hoppy nose for sure. Pale malts, caramel notes, and plenty of floral hops. Red berries, fruits, and a mild grapefruit note in the back. A nice, fruity, hoppy nose for sure.

TASTE: Not nearly as impressive as the nose, unfortunately. Pale malts with light caramel flavors up front, with faint red berries through the middle into a floral and bitter hop finish. Aftertaste is medium in strength and is mainly just bitter for the sake of being bitter. Not as bold and flavorful as the nose had led on. A malty begin and a bitter finish, but is a little weak and lacks complexity in the flavor profile.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down nicely smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Relatively full bodied and creamy for the style. Nice here.

OVERALL: A pretty well engineered beer, with a great look and feel to it, but the flavor was just too bland and one dimensional. The nose made me anticipate a bold and full flavored imperial red, but instead I tasted a relatively weakly flavored brew that lacked complexity. That said, this beer showed a lot of potential, and I will be bugging the family to find more from this brewery when in Erie. Thanks again for the gift guys!

Photo of burnstar
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky copper with a medium sized but very dense and persistent head. Smell is grapefruit hops. Taste has a big hit of honey and toasty malt which I'm not quite sure how I feel about. Grapefruit hops flavor. Relatively low bitterness. Great creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I like this one but I'm not crazy about the upfront almost toffee-esc malt combined with the big hops. Still pretty unique and enjoyable.

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Lavery Imperial Red Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.