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Lavaman Red Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

Lavaman Red Ale
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lavaman Red Ale is a malty, red ale with strong caramel notes and a subtle chocolate malt flavor. The pronounced maltiness is balanced by the delicate blend of Pacific Northwest hops resulting in a smooth, full-bodied beer.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2004)
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Photo of Tone


3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, and caramel malt. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, earthy malt, and slight hops. Overall, decently blended, but too simple to be better than average.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 13:42:40 | More by Tone
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Leilani's in Lahaina, HI.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slight cinnamon-like flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but the cinnamon-like flavor on the finish is a bit odd.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 20:06:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the lovely beachside sushi joint adjacent to our hotel in Waikiki.

This beer appears a crystal clear, medium reddish amber hue, with one fat finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice sea crest vista of lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of mild bready grain, and leafy, somewhat zingy hops. The taste is somewhat astringent grainy malt, tinged by caramel, and some earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a mite bit metallic in their cutting edginess, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of tacky for outright smoothness. It finishes fairly dry for the style, a muted sweetness tamped down by an astringent inherency.

Not bad, not great, just a serviceable pint for the locals when evening falls, and the lack of sun drops the temperature a whole degree or two...

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 07:30:06 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lavaman Red

Reddish in hue, off white head forms, little to no lacing. Light caramel malt aroma. Flavor is simple but good, malty with suggestions of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall I think this is a decent red ale, albiet nondescript.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 04:03:14 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in a shaker pint. Glowing see-thru amber with a fairly dense cap of foam. Scattered patches of lacing.

A little toastiness in the nose that's otherwise centered around caramel and citrus. Pretty nice-tasting brew, hearty but not heavy with a good balance of caramel and juicy citrus. Toasted malt and fleeting notions of chocolate provide additional interest. A small bite of earthy bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 11:58:31 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Chizoad


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pint. 1 finger amber head with tight bubbles that swelled to larger, half-dime sized blobs. Brown-red. Excellent for the style. Malty aroma, but that's about it.

Too cold at first, so I got a metallic tang along with my sweet malt. That went away when it warmed. Not too sweet, not a lot of flavors here, but hey it's better than Newcastle.

Decent mouthfeel, probably the right carbonation for the style. Goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 19:15:38 | More by Chizoad
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Bongo Ben's in Kailua yesterday. Following review written from notes.

Served in a chilled pint glass.

Appearance: A thin, off-white, loose, and sticky cap sits atop a clear, dark(ish) amber body. Gazing within, I see steady, moderate carbonation. Head retains its original form for the duration of the session, and drags light lacing. Nothing thrilling about this red ale. It essentially fits the bill stylewise, though I'd like to see a bit darker body.

Smell: Lemon, whole grain kernels, and grassy hops. Malt dominates, but the overall smell is bland and somewhat unpleasant - smells cheap, if that makes sense.

Taste: Sweet and pleasant, but leaves something to be desired: namely robustness. Caramel and sweet bread greet the palate; piney, grassy hops finish things off. Light bitterness. Flavor profile remains consistent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with prickly, moderate carbonation. Malty with light bitternessand a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: While I didn't care for the smell, this was actually very drinkable. Suited the warm, overcast weather of Kailua perfectly. I ordered a second pint without even thinking about it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 20:29:19 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of irishevans


2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A-transparent amber/straw color, with a slightly off-white head that pours 2 fingers thick but dissipates quickly to a thick film. leaves an alright amount of lace however.

N-almost ALL malt, some floral hop notes but slight. perhaps some banana also.

T-much more hop taste than smell, but still very malty. coriander and banana are the prevailing flavors though.

M-the word "thin" comes to mind, most all of the character comes from the water used. not what one would expect from this style.

D-it'll go down easy, but so will macros. the taste and mouthfeel just aren't there, and that makes this one not too enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 22:51:08 | More by irishevans
Photo of Talisker


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a random restaurant near Poipu Beach on Kauai.

Very nice beer overall. Not too much of anything in it, no rough edges, so hard to review interestingly.

Rich red color, medium head. Certainly malt forward, but not too much - not biscuity or bready, not overly sweet. Feels "round", but not in a flabby way - hops lend some edge.

Not a world-beater by any means, but I enjoyed it so much I ordered a second.

Very good, almost sessionable beer. Good alternative to the macro/import scene that seems to dominate in Hawaii.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 23:35:55 | More by Talisker
Photo of dippy


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in the brewpub... in HI... very nice, so the review might be favorably skewed as i was in hawaii when I drank it and everything is better in hawaii.

Amber/ caramel in color. thin white head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like fields of barley. Light fruity sweetness.

Some malty sweetness up front that disappates and leaves a nutty taste. Some bitterness like chocolate.

Some hops balence this brew and make it feel dry, if that makes any sense.

I enjoyed this brew and would have it again, but I feel that the awards at this brewer go to the porters first.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 21:51:47 | More by dippy
Photo of Floydster


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the Sports Page Bar and Grill in Kihei a couple weeks ago for $5.25, reviewed from notes

A-Deep red color with some brown, 1 1/4 inch off white head, did not settle for a while and then left a fluffy residue, decent retention, some lacing
S-Bready malt, figs, dates, prunes, tons of caramel, floral hops, a little pine too, and a little citrus
T-Very hoppy at the beginning with a nice dry texture, middle was sweet with caramel malt and a hint of citrus, well balanced and not too much malt, enjoyed the hop profile and it made it more refreshing and easy to get down
M-Chewy, sweet, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, not enough carbonation for me and a little syrupy, taste did not last long
D-Drank a few pints and that was enough, not too heavy, ABV is fairly low, could have been smoother though

Had never heard of this beer from Kona and once I heard it was tap only I jumped all over it, had a few of these while in Maui, I only saw at the place I reviewed and Outback Steakhouse, would probably drink again when I am in Hawaii, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 18:04:53 | More by Floydster
Photo of Danny2321


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at a restaurant near Poipu beach in Kauai

First of all, this was fantastic with a pulled pork sandwich. Now that we have that out of the way...

Poured a hazy copper red with a creamy looking head, and smelt great with the sweet hints of an amber ale in the glass. If the taste had lived up to how good it looked, would have been fantastic but fell flat. Malty or hoppy? Couldn't really tell, it was well balanced but nothing about it stood out other than it was a little bit sweet. One thing is for sure, it quenches your thirst on a hot day in hawaii with some beer when you are sick of all the fruity drinks.

Overall, a very respectable offering from Kona that would probably pair well with anything due to it's subdued flavors. Session beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 14:45:17 | More by Danny2321
Photo of GClarkage


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/12/08- Had on tap at a local restaurant in Kauai.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 12oz glass.

Appearance- Off brown, approaching red in color. 1/4 inch head as received with lace patching left after each sip.

Smell- Lightly scented, but what I could smell was a mild hopped brew with a light malty and bready nose.

Taste- Very well blended together with equal amounts of hops and malt. Not a hop monster like other red ales. Medium toasted malt and a handful of pine/grapefruit hop notes. Bready, but not to the extreme.

Mouthfeel- Not creamy, but very smooth with a medium to slighlty less carbonation level.

Drinkability- Impressive beer from Kona. One of the more drinkable and well blended red ales I have had. Was very quenching as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 23:14:01 | More by GClarkage
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. Lavaman Red pours a predictable copper color that shines very nicely in the sun. The aroma is light and is primarily malty. The taste is heavily malty with a hint of chocolate in the background. There is a slight hop bitterness that helps to balance the malt. The beer is surprisingly light bodied for the maltiness but works well. Overall, I would say this is a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 03:42:01 | More by drseamus
Photo of atigerlife


3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap a the Hawaii Kai brewery restaurant.

A deep, dark red. Quite striking. A light head with good lacing. Smell was quite light, mainly sweet [not sure what] and malt.

The taste was suprisingly sweet, creamy with a nice malt taste. Some hops at the end, but not overpowering. The mouthfeel was quite light. Somewhat cleansing.
Overall, I found this beer interesting, rather unique. I would like to try it again to see if it shows any more character.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2005 20:30:32 | More by atigerlife
Lavaman Red Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
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