Elector Imperial Red Ale - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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2.23/5 rDev -38.2%
Well after a night of talking politics, hearing the thoughts of one of our Republican candidate's staffers, well this beer feel appropriate. With the elections burning and the political talk peeking...just a great time for beer and good discussions!
Pours red and very cloudy. There's a yeast haze that I really really can't see through and this is a thin glass. Nice head and great lacing.
Really just a big red aroma. Caramel, hops, fruity esters, and well just a red. This doesn't give off a huge hop aroma as the bottle indicated.
Bready biscuit like taste dominates. A bit of hops at the end and they add a fruity element throughout.A bit of bitterness lingers but this is a pretty simple imperial red.
Way way too thick! There's something about this that is making this really hard to drink. It's odd as it is well carbonated and should be very drinkable.
This one needs more hops or less body...the blend here is just not working in anyway shape or form. There aren't any real bad tastes but I can't get into this.
11-19-2011 17:03:15 | More by bobhits
2.25/5 rDev -37.7%
Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass. No freshness date to be found.
A: Pours a nice rich amber/copper with some ruby highlights and an absolutely massive, mountainous beige head that just simply will not give up. Took me at least 5 minutes just to be able to fill my glass 3/4 of the way, and i was being perfectly gentle (yet undecided if that's a good or bad thing.) Crazy lacing.
S: Umm...I think either this has been mislabeled or New Albanian needs to re-categorize this brew. My first honest reaction was wondering whether this was a bad batch, but judging from the most recent reviews, it doesn't seem to be. Smells decidedly Belgian pale ale-esque - in no way do I get "Imperial Red" from this. Sort of yeasty and herbal, with a sour vomit-like tang. Maybe a little grapefruit rind and spoiled vegetables. Not that great for a straight-up Belgian beer, and certainly not within bounds for an Imperial Red.
T: Same as the nose - tangy Belgian funk with some caramel malt sweetness cutting through in a nearly failed attempt at balance. The flavor is more pleasing than the aroma, and I can *maybe* catch a tiny glimpse of a perfectly decent Red Ale that's been bastardized.
M: Quite full, creamy, with champagne-like carbonation. This and the appearance are the only things going for this one, sadly.
O: I think it's safe to say this convoluted, politically-charged experiment didn't really work, if it is indeed an experiment. The label is confusing and honestly, quite misleading. When you spend $9 for an Imperial Red you expect an Imperial Red, not a Belgian somethingorother. I'm not an unreasonable guy, but I'm sorry to say that this just ain't worth it.
05-15-2011 04:35:51 | More by machostacos
2.58/5 rDev -28.5%
No bottle dating. Poured from bomber into NB tulip glass... Huge props to the bottle art- I love New Albanian labels so far!
A- Deep ruby red, approaching dark mahogany with a finger of beige head that only appeared after an incredibly aggressive pour.
S- I think something is off here. This is just full of soap and DMS. There are some sweet toffee red malts hidden beneath the vegetative aroma, but it is just too taxing to try and get to what may be part of the imperial red smell. Some pseduo-belgian hints in here also.
T/M- Ok, taste isn't as bad as the aroma led me to think this would be. There is a soft sweetness instantly that is quickly broken up by a medium level of bitterness and a grapefruit/citrus flavor. As the bitterness floats away, a toasted biscuit flavor comes in full force that transitions to a smooth coffee finish. Definitely a large spectrum of flavors present in this; some are typical of red ales while others are atypical. Also, still a bit of vegetative flavor comes through here and there; but not present throughout the entire tasting. The feel is medium to full bodied with a slick oily feel and just on the short side of a moderate carbonation level.
O- This beer is the epitome of hit or miss. Some sips were decent, others bleh, others not great. Many different flavors came together to form the overall profile, but it had too many instances that kind of made my palate twitch. The coffee finish is definitely the best part of this; but with flaws and other flavors that are not becoming of the style... ehhhh, I'm not sure I fully enjoyed this beer and I definitely would not purchase again. Lastly, though it isn't bottle dated I know it isn't old because I got this bottle the day after the bottle shop got it in stock which was just over a month ago...
10-03-2011 00:06:58 | More by TheGordianKnot
2.83/5 rDev -21.6%
Picked up at a liquor store near 3 Floyds
Poured into a FFF pint glass
The look is a cloudy reddish brown color that has a finger of off-white head that leaves lots of lace.
The nose is extremely malty. Nothing but malt. No hops or booze scents. Sweet and caramel-like malts dominate.
The taste is just the same. Biscuit-like malt, caramel malt and a bit of butterscotch. A tad bit of hops leave a bitter tingle.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall, not very pleasant due to the malt overloads. I doubt this was fresh but there is not a bottle-on-date so who knows. Malt bomb.
03-28-2012 06:28:04 | More by ChugginOil
3.19/5 rDev -11.6%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, deep reddish amber, with a one-finger off-white head, and moderate visible carbonation.
S: Toasted caramel, some pine bitterness, with vanilla and citrus in the background.
T: Follows the nose. Big bready malts with some spiciness. There isn't a particularly hoppy flavor here but there is some hop bitterness in the hang. Overall though, the taste seems thin and not overly pleasing.
M: Light bodied for an imperial-anything, moderate carbonation sensation, alcohol very well-hidden.
O: I bought this on a whim - a new brewery to this area, and it does have a pretty cool label. That said, I'm not impressed with the beer. It was drinkable, but I won't buy another one.
03-31-2013 18:41:41 | More by macrosmatic
3.31/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, with a thick, foamy head; nice persistence and quite a few strands of lace
Smell: Toffee overwhelms, with vanilla and herbal tones in the back; a hint of pine
Taste: Toffee and vanilla, up front, with apple and a husky, grainy bitterness building in the middle; subtle hints of pine blend with the sweeter tones to bring together the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: I am less than enthused about this beer; way too sweet for my palate and the mouthfeel is too thick, as well
Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity
03-29-2014 20:52:58 | More by brentk56
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with a huge light tan head. The head lasts forever, and there's a good amount of lacing. I bought a bottle of this for one of my friends, and he warned me that it was a gusher, so I made sure to open the bottle as carefully as I could. It didn't gush out but even after a slow pour the glass still ended up being 80% head and 20% beer. So once the beer finally settled enough to drink, the aroma is bready and caramel malt, cloves, yeast, and some earthy hops. The taste is the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, but has way too carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, but the way too high carbonation hurts it. I'll have to try this again in the future, maybe this bottle was a bit bad. I don't think it was supposed to be quite as carbonated as it was.
05-20-2011 23:15:15 | More by bluejacket74
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Deep gold, few swarths of lace.
Nose reminds me of a creaky floorboard, pennies, and insanely penetrating herbal hop-leaf, coffee. The malt underneath is altogether odd-ball, instantly reminding me of homebrewed English strong-ales. Looks and smells a bit like an English take on Lost Coast's Indica IPA. More chlorophyll tastes - canned greenbeans.
Taste redeems the beer, quite hoppy, but also quite English in nature. Spicy and peppery too, which seem sort of out of place for an IPA of this type.
Smooth, and relatively drinkable. I highly prefered the Hoptimus.
04-17-2006 21:05:30 | More by GreenWBush
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a dark amber, reddish hue with a foamy creme colored head. My bottle exploded upon opening, which means it could be ill-preserved or it could be excessively carbonated. Or maybe I shook it on accident, but I’m sure it’s the bottle’s fault.
S: Smells of sweet caramel maltiness and pine and earthy hops, almost barleywine like.
T/M: There is a low amount of carbonation (from the bottle exploding possibly, which of course, wasn’t my fault), thick biscuit malt, rum raisin, some graininess and a clean bitterness. Not a hoppy bitterness, but but something from a long boil that lingers in the finish, like a pilsner or German lager. The alcohol is well disguised.
It’s not a complex beer, but is still a good, weighty brew. Serving this beer at congressional meetings would work wonders.
11-10-2011 02:51:15 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Elector Imperial Red Ale from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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