Lavery Imperial Red Ale | Lavery Brewing Company

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Lavery Imperial Red AleLavery Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
laverybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
BIG. HOPPY. RED. Irish beer gone incognito! Our IRA has a beautiful burnt orange/red color with the unmistakable aroma and flavor of American hops. This beer is brewed to be dry with full flavor of Nugget, Apollo & Cascade dry hopping. With over two pounds of hops per barrel (that's a lot) its like no beer ever brewed in Erie.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with an impressive head (perhaps a bit too massive); great retention and stickage

Smell: Like a pine forest; hints of caramel and tobacco underneath

Taste: The malts arrive first, with a real Irish Red character, followed quickly by the piney hops, bringing a bit of tobacco and earthy character to the fray; very dry and hoppy, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a big fan of Imperial Ambers as I often find them to be sticky, with a huge malt bill to complement the hops; in this case, we have a nice dry finish and enough hops to add plenty of flavor; really like this beer and would call it an Imperial Irish Ale to better qualify the style; kind of like a Conway's with a big hop bill

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red and hazy like a wheat beer. Average head with lots of lacing.

Smell: Not much of anything but dryness.

Taste: A very very dry Irish red.

Mouthfeel: Again dryness is the dominant feature of this beer.

Overall: I waited a long time to finally try a beer from this brewery and I was slightly dissapointed. I might have to drive to Erie and try this at the source.

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Photo of Gavage
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy burnt reddish / orange color with a wispy surface foam that seems to last a while.

Smell: caramel and earthy hop aroma comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, some ripe dark fruits, a moderate pine and bigger earthy bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and very dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting as the bitterness and caramel linger in the mouth.

Overall: this beer didn't look that good and the flavors are not cohesive. It got a bit better as it warmed, but overall this big red ale left me wanting more.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed a bottle of this for 5 bucks at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Looks like a deeper, darker, hazier version of your typical amber (nice) with a rocky 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - From the bottle I could tell it has a decent amount of citrus hops. In the glass confirmed with a nice bit of caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Quite good and very bittering yet balanced. Again I get the citrus hops mid palate and some caramel like malts finishing the sip with some bread. Not bad.

M - Drinks like an IPA with a medium to light body.

Overall I guess I knocked some points off since I expected an imperial strength ABV as well. It's good for an almost IPA like amber.

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Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, citrus to pine like hops. In the taste, mostly pine like hops, with a small caramel like malt all the way through. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like hop in the aftertaste. A really nice presence of hops in an Irish Red.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My uncle and aunt got this from a restaurant while in Erie a while back. They brought it back and surprised me with it at a family reunion this past summer. Thanks a lot for feeding the beer geek guys!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A murky, unfiltered pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, off-white head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a full fill that clings to the top of the glass. A cloudy mahogany red in color with some carbonation evident. A full film remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Some may be turned off by how murky it is, but I like it. Very good looking head and lacing as well.

SMELL: A big hoppy nose for sure. Pale malts, caramel notes, and plenty of floral hops. Red berries, fruits, and a mild grapefruit note in the back. A nice, fruity, hoppy nose for sure.

TASTE: Not nearly as impressive as the nose, unfortunately. Pale malts with light caramel flavors up front, with faint red berries through the middle into a floral and bitter hop finish. Aftertaste is medium in strength and is mainly just bitter for the sake of being bitter. Not as bold and flavorful as the nose had led on. A malty begin and a bitter finish, but is a little weak and lacks complexity in the flavor profile.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down nicely smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Relatively full bodied and creamy for the style. Nice here.

OVERALL: A pretty well engineered beer, with a great look and feel to it, but the flavor was just too bland and one dimensional. The nose made me anticipate a bold and full flavored imperial red, but instead I tasted a relatively weakly flavored brew that lacked complexity. That said, this beer showed a lot of potential, and I will be bugging the family to find more from this brewery when in Erie. Thanks again for the gift guys!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Morey
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled growler at the brewery for $10 on their first day open to the public.

Poured a dark reddish-brown color. Holding this beer up to the light reveals a ruby red color and brilliant clarity. Head is light-tan in color and settled to a thin and spotty layer after a few minutes. There's is some lacing being left on the glass, but it's on the low side.

Nice combination of amber malts and piney hops in the nose. It's on the mild side, but it still smells nice.

Taste a lot like it smells. Malts hit you first, but the piney/grassy hop flavor isn't far behind. Super balanced with some earthiness towards the middle. Hops linger on the back end making for a nice finish.

Medium body with a carbonation that sits a bit on the low side.

A nice Red Ale overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer has been a bit different every time that I've had it. He's still tweaking the recipe in order to get it exactly how he wants it. This is the darkest that I've seen it yet, but the hops are toned back a bit as well.

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Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$8.50 bomber from Abe's.

Dull red orange body, no clarity, topped by two hands worth of dense oatmeal colored foam. Some good stretchy lace.

Aroma full of caramel, some bread, hints of licorice, some citrus.

Huge caramel foundation. Very malt forward. Juicy fruit. Bread. A bitter nip. A squirt of juice.

Thick mouthfeel. Very chewy.

An Imperial Irish Red, not a red/amber DIPA. More malt than hops here. Worth a try, but not a wow.

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Lavery Imperial Red Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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