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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

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

TheBigBoy, Nov 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

mmsimmons, Mar 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

DeutschesBier, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ALLISON01, Dec 10, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

clfrost, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

ejimhof, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of bigdeuce
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

bigdeuce, May 11, 2012
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Oct 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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!

Jeffo, Aug 16, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

WaterCzar, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

atone315, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

lccrunchy, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaybags, Dec 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JCarey, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

$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.

RonfromJersey, Oct 14, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

burnstar, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TimoP, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

erialbill, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

griffeyb, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ssimpson89, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rwshelton2, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rfgetz, Sep 13, 2013
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Lavery Imperial Red Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.