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Lavaman Red Ale - Kona Brewing Co.

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Lavaman Red Ale
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 28.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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: 16 | Hads: 94
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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3.51/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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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.
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