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Lavery Imperial Red Ale - Lavery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2010)
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

ucsbmullet, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

psujorge, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

HurricaneCamille, Apr 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

innotdc, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of ErieGreg
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

ErieGreg, Jul 31, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +16%
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"

beergod1, Dec 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

zekeman17, Jul 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

WDJersey, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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

brentk56, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

richkrull, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

kpaxfaq, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

outoffocus, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

dkboston, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

jaidenjb, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Starkk00, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Peyton5410, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

athomasPSU, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

DrDemento456, Sep 23, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

foureyedgeek, Nov 20, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Morey, Jan 14, 2012
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Lavery Imperial Red Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.