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Elector Imperial Red Ale - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Elector Imperial Red AleElector Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

38 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 119
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viking on 01-31-2003

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 119
Photo of bobhits
2.19/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of machostacos
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,677 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
2.84/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (624 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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. (763 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 (592 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (921 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (575 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (859 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Pizzeria and Public House. Served in a "footed ale" type glass.

A - Color is a deep red with some amber hints. Minimal head that quickly gave way to a thin lace.

S - Very mild with some grains and light hopping.

T - Very bitter initially with malt on the tongue with a long lasting bitter finish.

M - Very smooth with good carbonation level.

O - A very good beer to have with pizza that I will have again when I return to this place. (455 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. I got this bottle from a trade at Dark Lord Day.

Appearance: A lot of carbonation here. I don't know anything about how fresh this is, but it tastes good so I'll keep going. There is a whole fist of tan head. The beer is a slightly cloudy reddish amber. The head left some lacing on the glass once it decided to go down. Nice color, too much carbonation in this bottle.

Smell: Sweet and malty, hints of bread and perhaps some honey. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste: This is where the beer shines, which is what you hope for. Bitter citrus peel hops are there, but still let the malt do it's work. There is a nice malt sweetness with some fruit notes. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: The taste of this one really wowed me. When I poured the beer I was worried, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'd have another to see how it compared to this bottle. (994 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of grain, yeast, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Red Ale better than an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight grain, and slight yeast. Overall, body is stronger up front then mellows out, better than average red, but weak IPA. (484 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep dark red with a nice foamy cream colored head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is a bit of piney hops, quite a bit of dark fruits, toffee, and bready malts.

T- Hops are more apparent than I expected, and creates a good balance between the hops and malts. A nice amount of toffee, light on the dark fruits and a great amount of biscuit.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and on the lighter side of carbonation.

O- Not too bad of a brew by any means. (516 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small white collar and scattered spots of lacing that are left around the glass. Tiny streams of CO2 slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of honeysuckle, yeast, nuttiness, fruit, tea leaves, and freshly baked cake.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with the yeast being the standout in this one. In fact, there is some hearty yeast sediment left at the bottom of the growler and even some left in suspension.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, fruity up front with medium bitterness hanging on till the finish. (591 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Tall portion of head, and the dark chestnut color is clear enough for the light to shine through. Big aroma of toffee, baked apples, ripe plums, raisins, brown bread and alcoholic esters. Malty body is not too thick, but certainly is very smooth. Massive toasted malt foundation, so lush, with a broad stroke on the palate. Hints of toffee and ripe fruit within—modest hopping drops some herbal flavor in the back ... broth as well? Warming esters in the sweetish finish. Bold flavors and big malt profile may take away from the drinkability, but it still ends up being a good sipper. (646 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a plastic hotel cup, the beer is a hazy, deep nut amber in color, sporting a thick khaki head with great retention - props to plastic

s: rich malt syrup nose, lots of dark caramelization, heavy toffee, nutty grain sugar, earthy pine tea hops, fruit esters, almost a sweet raw wort aroma at times

m: carbonation brushes with life smoothly across the tongue, weighty medium-full body

t: body loaded with rich, heavily caramelized malts that bring flavors of sweet, nutty grain and thick, raw malt wort, heavy hop flavors come in about halfway - long-steeped, earthy pine tea flavors dominate, pungent and acidic, sugars continue through but dial back a bit as a moderate bittering balances things out a touch,

o: rich and unrefined, lots of pure caramelized grain character, a nice beer that does well as the rustic type, though scores lower as a result, drinks fine (882 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Deloch's in Indiana, 650ml into a tulip.

Unfiltered brown with some redder/ruby hues. Modest retention and thick lace. Nose has berries, a big red ale malt (heavily caramelized), toffee, light citrusk and spicy hops (although perhaps a bit faded). Taste has and earthy, caramel backbone. Moderate sweetness, toffee, citrus and some general hop bitterness. Malt is quite forward, and quite a nice profile displayed at that. Medium full feel, moderate bitterness. A decent red ale, with nice malt character but the hop flavours aren't as forward as I would've desired - still not a bad beer by any stretch. (618 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of /r/beertrade with guytyping

Pours deep copper, fluffy off white head.

Lots of caramel and sweet malt on the nose- very much like liquid malt extract for those of who you have smelled it. Citrusy hop as it warms.

Not what I was expecting in the area of taste. Burned caramel, very dry, pine resin hop finish.

Kind of a weird beer. The nose, especially when cold, doesn't really hint at the taste at all. The taste- well that was like what I would expect in an imperial irish red, but sort of not too. A little lacking in the area of malt. (561 characters)

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had a few issues with this brewery in the past. Namely, over-carbonation problems in quite a few of my previous bombers. Elector surprised me with seemingly spot on carbonation and a great appearance. Alright, New Albanian, we're off to a good start.

A rich copper, almost barleywine color, sits fantastically with dark ruby highlights. Head adorns my pint glass perfectly with 1/3 inch of off-white foam that just doesn't leave. Perfect viscosity from all those oily hops and great looking legs.

Cascade hops come through nicely in the nose. Plenty of citrus on top of a light crystal malt aroma. This is definitely a Red that's been dry-hopped. Citrus echoes in the flavor as well, but a bit of pine comes through as well, especially playing its part in bittering and aftertaste. The malt bill gains more complexity with a bit of warmth. In fact, the malt and hop bill almost begin to become somewhat reminiscent of a DFH 90 Minute IPA... Almost. Alcohol is masked nicely and the Caramel malts provide a nice, mild sweetness to the brew. A bit over-carbonated (here's that again) in the mouthfeel but at least it doesn't detract from the overall impression of the beer as other offerings have.

All in all, a decent representation of an Imperial Red/Amber. The semi-aggressive hop bill sits well in the bouquet as well as in the flavor. This is, by far, the best offering from New Albanian that I've had to date. I'm hoping for more of this as time goes on. I'd definitely be willing to buy another bottle of this in the future. Good job, NA. (1,551 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear golden red beer with a short off white head and significant lacing.

S - Flat, muted nose, with a mild hop vegetal note.

T - Crackery malt, with a strong hop bitterness.

M - Clean, clear, crisp brew with significant bitter line that builds.

O - Simple, straightforward red ale. Nothing too complex, but pleasant and drinkable. (339 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark copper amber with a 1/2 finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smell is very faint little biscuit malt

taste is solid - biscuit caramel malt semi sweet with a little hop bitterness to balance

mouthfeel light medium body with ample carbonation

overall throw out the score on the nose this amber is very good and this is coming from a guy who is not an amber fan (396 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up across the border at Papa Joe's in Richmond; my official Indiana beer. I was on the hunt for Three Floyd's but am quite pleased with this. To start with, the label grabs you. I've read the intro five times and I'm still not sure what election night has to do with democracy being pointless or with a hot female devil in a business suit. And don't get me started on the possible implications of the background being a ballot from the historic 1896 election. I know, it doesn't matter. Review the beer, idjit.

Pours an attractive translucent tawny orange with a mountain of creamy beige head that shows impressive staying power. Lacing is likewise stellar.. Nose is a mystery as the label plainly says English yeast but this sure smells Belgian to me. Otherwise, I get pear and grapeskin.

Still definitely feeling that Belgian theme, especially early in the sip. Some late herbal hops return it briefly to familiar territory but I'm having trouble thinking of this as a red ale. Some fruity flavors, a little booze. Something of a champagne texture. I'm not getting the strong caramel malts and piney balance that I'm expecting.

It's definitely not bad, but it just defies easy pigeonholing. I definitely like this beer and applaud their way outside the box thinking. That said, a simple re-branding as a Belgian pale might dispel some of the confusion, although I suspect confusion may be part of the point. (1,426 characters)

Photo of Badbobx
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Tomlinson Tap, I received this brew in a glass tulip. The color was a light amber. There was about a 1/2 inch of foam. An intense lacing followed this well carbonated beer.
The aroma was rich with hops. I was sensing grapefruit and some ginger.
The taste was an intense tangy citrus with a bit of a bite. I could taste a bit of the malts initially, but the hops overwhelmed.
The characteristic I most enjoyed was the mouthfeel. There was a lot of carbonation to this beer that gave a full foamy sensation that was very pleasing.
This was only my third encounter with New Albanian beers, but I am certain to try more. I especially liked the finish. (651 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply malted and assertively hopped, this bolsterous ale balances hop bitterness of IPAs up against imperialized Red Ale flavors for a culmination that puts it on par with American Strong Ales.

Redish brown hue carries a mild dry-hopped haze that allows for a mystic glow of crimson and bronze. Creamy sandy-colored foam builds a dense and formitable head before reducing to a thick sheet across the glass while leaving an interconnected weave of islands along the glass.

Malty-rich aromas of caramel, toffee, sun kissed barley malt, peanuts, medium toast, and soft butterscotch notes accompany a light citrusy grapefruit scent that balances the nose and offers an element of intrigue.

Flavors are moreso balanced because of the on slaught of hop flavor at mid palate and sharp bitterness late. But the beer begins much like the aroma: malty rich with bold malt sweetness that takes the shape of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, bread crust, and sun dried barley for flavors that even remind me of maple syrup. But the malt flavors lessen underneath the penetration of grapefruity hops which carry a pungent grassy, piney, orange, resiny taste before the biting bitterness to finish off the taste profile. A spicy note of woods and cinnamon also decorate the peripheries of flavor and continue to develop as the beer warms and the carbonation subsides.

Very rich for both an IPA and for a Red Ale, the imperialized design has an immediate impact on the mouthfeel. Robust textures of malt, creaminess, and density play on the tongue with an expansive bready feel. All that makes a quick transition toward dryness, bitterness, and aggressive bite in a warming and malty-dry finish. A moderate linger of malt and hop bitterness reside on the back of the tongue and usher in the next sip.

Elector is a very good American Strong Ale that borrows flavor profiles from both American IPAs, American Amber Ales, Irish Red Ales, and with the balance of American Barleywines. A delightful beer for cooler evenings and a great alternative to Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Re-review 11/18/10:

Much more of an Amber or Red Ale in color and malt character, the beer represents a hearty bread crust or toasty malt flavor and aroma without the char of a brown or porter. Hop content is certianly on par with an IPA and weaves into the malty boldness very well. But without dominating the beer as IPA's should, the beer is better suited as an American Red Ale. Solid and true throughout, the beer has a bolder toffee/butterscotch flavor that is as rewarding as distracting. Definately a better beer than I remember having six years earlier.

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A solid IPA with a strong malt balance. Fruity, spicy nose typical of using American Hops. Malts and yeast combine for a bready aroma. Looks lightly bronzed and clear in color with just a trace of foam and lacing. Flavors are a little bready and caramelly on the sweet side, but is rounded nicely by strong hop grapefruitiness and orange rinds. A good beer with little complexity. Body is fair, nothing to brag about, but nothing to complain about either. Finish is mildly drying and bitter. (3,126 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with very slight hints of deeper toasted malts. Also present are solid amounts of medicinal hops - similar to those found in beers a bit past their prime – and hints of deeper herbal and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry caramel malts up front are joined by herbal and citrus hops. Midway through the citrus hops fade, and more bitter leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a good beer, however I have to imagine it would be better fresh (assuming of course that it is indeed past its prime). Yet another example of how bottle dating is helpful. (812 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would add some sort of "imperial" or "double" designation to the red ale categorization for this beer, as it is bigger than the average bear. Nicely hopped, with both citric and herbal hops notes. If I was to compare it to antoher beer, I'd say a bigger Troeggs Nugget Nectar. Malt sweetness was on the lower side, and the hopping was very bright and engaging. (362 characters)

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Elector Imperial Red Ale from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.