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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

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
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: 56 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by brentk56:
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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

03-18-2012 22:50:02 | More by brentk56
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psujorge

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

02-02-2012 04:09:18 | More by psujorge
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-26-2012 03:44:17 | More by richkrull
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-06-2013 13:50:33 | More by griffeyb
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-10-2011 18:02:00 | More by ALLISON01
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-23-2012 03:55:51 | More by DrDemento456
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-02-2013 01:17:13 | More by ssimpson89
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

06-13-2012 05:52:49 | More by ucsbmullet
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rwshelton2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-19-2014 23:47:09 | More by rwshelton2
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-13-2013 22:24:33 | More by rfgetz
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kpaxfaq

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-03-2013 16:13:49 | More by kpaxfaq
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-05-2013 03:03:50 | More by atone315
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

11-20-2011 01:19:12 | More by foureyedgeek
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-15-2014 13:57:44 | More by outoffocus
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-05-2012 03:46:33 | More by nosavingsaccount
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

03-31-2012 18:13:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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dkboston

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-03-2014 15:35:32 | More by dkboston
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

11-12-2012 03:00:50 | More by TheBigBoy
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

10-19-2012 23:58:08 | More by Gavage
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2011 22:42:57 | More by jaidenjb
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

01-14-2012 22:00:20 | More by Morey
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Lavery Imperial Red Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.