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Lavaman Red Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Lavaman Red Ale
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2004

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
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Reviews by Talisker:
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3.65/5  rDev +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.

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3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

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3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Lavaman Red Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.