Lavery Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,553
Ranked #10,303
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 198 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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EMH73 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a solid old school IPA. Pours a mostly clear light orange with a fairly well retained one inch white head that left sticky lacing. Smells and tastes of citrus (grapefruit), pine, grass, some herbal notes and a bit of bready malts in the background. Light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation and bitterness. Smooth and goes down real easy.

Oct 25, 2019
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Fee from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clean crisp hoppy IPA. This is a really solid choice. Hoppy without being overbearing this is an extremely well balanced beer. It doesn't have a strong flavor profile with lots of fruit, flowers, or anything else. Just straight up solid IPA.

Jul 18, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Somewhat cloudy medium golden pour. Thick foamy white head. Falls fast with thick sticky lacing.

S: Herbal hops and pine. A bit of spice.

T/F: Crackers and grains... spicy, with peppercorn and thyme. Resinous pine, lemongrass, and a bit of grapefruit. Tends towards the evergreen. Medium to light in body... thicker than expected given the ABV. Finish is spicy and sticky.

O: A solid and crushable IPA from Lavery... my first beer from these guys and hopefully not my last.

Jun 26, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours a hazy darker golden yellow to light orange color with about an inch of head. Some lacing present with decent retention.

Smell: Nice notes of citrus, grass, pine, and some bready malts!

Taste: Taste very similar to the nose! Very nice hop notes along with some malty sweetness to balance this beer out! Also some grass, pine, and minor amount of bitterness!

Feel: Medium bodied!

Overall: Very solid IPA from Jason Lavery and crew! Glad to score a bottle of this from a buddy in Erie who picked this up for me. I would revisit this one in a heartbeat as this is one solid brew!

May 17, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy yellow color with a briefly lived head and good lacing. Pleasant citrus smell and taste. Strong grapefruit taste and nice bitterness. Good beer!

Jan 21, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pretty beer, a little brassy color to it, great clarity, and a huge frothing expanding white head with fine retention and lace. it smells lovely too, an oily hop profile, west coast in that it has some sweetness there, lots of residuals, but also in its piney complexion, pungent and fresh, more northwest than northeast in aroma and appearance. the flavor is nice too, more of that heavy pine hop, wet wood, spruce, honey, and a little toast to the malt base that gives it some structure and some balance. mild sweetness serves to balance the bitter finish. some slight tropical notes in here late too, maybe pineapple, the hops are very dynamic and robust on the whole. carbonation is there at first, but it quickly evacuates my glass, which leaves the back half feeling a little heavy, even for a brew this low in abv. i liked this a lot overall, and have enjoyed the handful of lavery beers i have had all quite well. thanks to my man back east for sending this one out in a really nice box of regional brews from up there. a classic flavor profile for the style, very fresh, very well done.

Jul 16, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mild haze in the dull golden color, lots of sudsy action. Rind, pith, and zest in the nose with hints of grain, yeast, & faint esters. Smooth and crisp, lots of pith and bitterness from the hops. Some grain and yeast but the hops dominate here, more a rind and a bit of zest in the middle. White tea, leafy, dry. Hint of alcohol. A pretty aggressive IPA for 5.5%. All in all, good drinking.

Oct 25, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dulachan is an unusual, funny sounding name but there's nothing odd looking about this IPA. As expected, it has a yellow-golden colour and a lightly hazed yet near-glowing complexion that gives it a more characterful, much bolder look than standard ales (even if at 5.6% it's not actually any stronger).

The brewery's Irish motif is especially appropriate for this offering - it's painted green top to bottom. Forest-y ganja pungency in the nose, tropical green mango notes in the flavour, or the leafy, markedly parsley-like finish, this IPA is brought to you by the colour green (and the number 70, as in IBU).

For something named after the headless goblin referred to as the 'Irish Grim Reaper', this is surprisingly friendly and likable. For that you can thank a blend of pale, cara-vienna and biscuit malts that creates a bready, agreeably sweet maltiness to cushion all those simcoe, citra, amarillo and columbus hops.

Make no mistake, however, this profile is dominated by those resins and tropical and citrus fruit flavours to the point of it feeling pulpy or like fresh juice was blended in. I don't care where Pennsylvania is located on the map, Lavery is clearly West Coast (or at least the brewer spent some time there).

It's no folklore, the great scores for Dulachan are real. This may indeed be one of the best IPAs in the state, if not the region. A blend of tropical island fruits and emerald isle green, this mix of pith and pungency is remarkably drinkable and impeccably balanced. I've found my new lucky charm!

Sep 14, 2015
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting, and unique IPA. We'll crafted. Some big pine and floral notes when I smelled and tasted this brew at their taproom. Nice NWPA collaboration. Worth a go. They sell bottles if you aren't near Erie.

Aug 29, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Capone's.

Sunny orange body, mild haze, quarter inch white collar. Aromas of pine, fleshy citrus, malty backbone. Biscuity, bready, mild hop sweetness. Resinous and earthy. Medium bitterness. This is ok.

Aug 06, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on draft, amber in color, white head. solid, but unspectacular IPA. the hop flavor just didn't stand out enough for me.. so I wouldn't seek out again.

Jun 28, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a clear golden color. There was about a finger of an off white head. It has a good hop nose, mainly pine and citrus. A touch astringent. The taste is good. A bit bitter. A decent beer.

May 25, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thought this was a nice little IPA, ironically kinda cutting edge these days to do an IPA at just 5.5%, but they pull it off well. Lots of citrus in the nose, grapefruit and tangerine perhaps, maybe a touch of pine, good and present bitterness on the palate and a body that just stands up to the hop punch. In cans too? This would be a great candidate for one of those beers you always have around.

Jan 08, 2015
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EraDehops from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

Dulachan is Good!
Overall: Bangin' for a local Erie beer, best one around for sure (IPA wise) with a close second being Good Vibes down in Meadville from VooDoo.. At 5.6% There is a huge, hoppy hit and a great cloudy, frothy mouthful. Dunno why it's avg is <90, because it's danky! Definitely a sessionable IPA and makes things feel like a sunny Irish day. No stand up to Heady Topper, but I am sure glad it's here to be had!
A: Beautiful haze, golden summer sunset appearance, unfiltered does the trick.
S: Nice grapefruit, citrus waft
T: Really a smack of lemon malt, with tingly spicy finish, does not linger and leaves a crave for more.
M: Again unfiltered, so very filling in the mouth. Able to swish and turn to foam before guzzle. Awesome and hefty ipa. Very satisfying drink.

Sep 06, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of citrus, some mild grass flavors with a little floral as well.

T-Starts with a good deal of citrus, pleasant floral notes along with a tad bit of grass.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and some hop resins.

O-A good local IPA that I got in a trade. Glad I tried it.

Aug 24, 2014
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CabbageA19 from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Better than average IPA. Had it the past two Saint Patricks days- really the only good green beer I've ever had.

They have any interesting complex beers but the IPA is pretty darn straightforward. A tad too bitter in my estimation for an IPA to make not a session IPA but drinkable for sure.

Aug 03, 2014
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Jennymonster from Pennsylvania

4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Categorized as an American IPA, I would venture to call this Erie PA's rendition of a West-Coast IPA. Without a doubt, Dulachan can compete with the likes of Green Flash and Lagunitas. However, weighing-in at a respectable 5.6% A.B.V., Dulachan is sessionable to the point whereby it must be considered the premiere picnic beer for the craft crowd tending to the responsibilities that come along with adulthood.

A pillowy head forms when poured into a glass--and little is lost when you crack a can (concealed) on Presque Isle. The head dissipates rapidly, but let's just call that Mother Nature and Father Time's way of encouraging you to drink-up.

Aug 01, 2014
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jbwimer from Kansas

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had this one several times, and figured I should review (I've also been ticking too much due to shares and am hoping to break that trend). Poured from a can into the 2014 KBS tulip.

A- Pour results in a finger of white head that has decent retention. Fades to some lingering carbonation on top and some lacing on the glass. Dull, somewhat hazy orange in color.

S- Beautiful bouquet on this beer. Quite dank, smelling of a freshly cut lawn, with some piney resin, and grapefruit/orange aromas. Sweet citrus with a hint of caramel from the malt. Love the nose in this one.

T- Not quite as impressive as the aroma, but lovely, nonetheless. LOTS of hop bitterness that fortunately has a good malt presence to balance it out. Getting mostly grapefruit and grass on the taste. The bitterness really lingers, too, which I always like.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. The level of carbonation is just right. If there were more, this beer would be hard to drink. Love the way the hops linger. This beer is deceptively smooth.

O- Lavery is an up and coming brewery that is doing many things well, including this beer. Low ABV with huge aromas and flavors, without sacrificing the mouthfeel. Try their beers if the opportunity presents itself.

Apr 18, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can &gt; Alpine Spring bow-tie glass.

A - Cloudy gold with some yeast floating around, big fluffy off white two finger marshmallow head, patches of thick lacing.
S - Dank grass, pine and earthy scents, fresh lemon and lime juice, some white grape, orange juice, light bread malt.
T - Excellent balance of malt, hops, sweetness. Definitely get those dank qualities, lots of citrus juice in the middle, crisp lemongrass, light bread malt.
M - Clean and bright, lighter on feel, easily drinkable.
O - One of my favorite session beers as of recent, this dominates All Day IPA by a long shot. This paired with Southern Tier Live, and Terrapin RecreationAle, are my top 3 session beers.

Dec 09, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from a locals swap with a great trader. Pours a hazy light copper with a two finger fluffy off white head. Big grapefruit aroma with plenty of toffee malt backing. Flavor is bitter up front with pine and grapefruit, then toffee and caramel malts follow on the palate with the sweetness lingering. Prickly carbonation, slightly dry on the finish. Full of flavor, definitely an easy coast style. Solid brew and my first from Lavery.

Nov 13, 2013
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice two-finger foamy white head, great retention long after the pour

S- big leafy and floral hop aromas with some orange zest, tropical fruity notes of pineapple and mango with a hint of mint, very nice

T- tropical fruity flavors stand out up front with lots of mango and pineapple, a nice sugary sweet maltiness mid-palate, followed by some floral hop flavors finishing dry

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish, very drinkable

O- a nice balance is achieved with some great tropical and floral hop flavors being complimented by a sweet malty backbone. High drinkability makes this one go down too easily

Nov 11, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper slightly hazed body with a big bubbled white head, forms thick chunky banded lacing for nice appearance. Aroma has straight up citrus peel and pineapple notes it's tropical fruit mélange of love of the hops. Flavors up front bitterness balanced with pale biscuit malts this beer drinks effortlessly dead on body with even keeled carbonation slick oily feel poured from a can I'm looking for a case of this stuff soon. Definitely worth it especially while it's as fresh as this sample is!!!

Oct 27, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- can. unfiltered.

A: Tarnished orange pour has a bready textured head off white in color that was soapy and bubbly, especially around the glass walls. Healthy dose of carbonation within, with some soapy patches on the vessel remaining for lace with a high rate of coverage appeal. Not to much signage of the unfiltered nature, clarity was rather good and distinguishable.

S: Sweet and fruity exit from the can showed some fresh fruitiness of mangos. In the vessel dry grains dominated, the hops settling down a bit the aroma didnt seem as enticing or fresh and exciting as first opened.

T: Toasted grain, bread, light dry warmth of comforting citrus. Bit of orange-pine hops, even toned bitterness, floury grains with a leave of lemony toastedness.

M: Mouthful was smooth, slippery and lightly syrupy with a moderate awareness of carbonation.

O: Overall a even toned bitterness, not to dry, not to bitter, good balance of malts and hops. The flavor was ok, a bit laid back, nothing that would jump and grab your attention. Could of benefited from a bit more complexity for multiple drinking sake, as it stands ones not enough to encourage a second offering. A middle of the road safe play in the tough and competitive field of ipas that would hardly get noticed.

Oct 10, 2013
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jonB from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a tulip glass to get a bright amber body with a half inch of head, which faded with little lacing. The beer had a strong juicy hop smell with a citrus nose, but a dry piney finish. It is well balanced and has a medium mouthfeel. It is a sessionable IPA and is very good for the style.

Aug 18, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Built like an IPA but with the weight and power of the more modest American Pale Ale. But its that undeniable dominance of citrus hops that cry otherwise.

Honey-gold in color, the ale is nearly bright except with a mild dry-hop haze. A tall column of foam extends upwards to meet the rim. It's bone-white and shows off its long-lasting retention with mostly loosely knit bubbles. It's a terrific looking IPA.

Bright citrus aromatics deliver a burst of grapefruit and oranges. Its fresh juicy scent is of the squeezed juice of citrus fruit along with a side note of fresh-sawn pine and herbal botanicals. Backed by light caramel, the malt character is mild- careful not to tread on the hops. Its otherwise a clean and error free scent.

To taste, the crisp malt of caramel and sun kissed grain frame the underpinnings of the ale. But its the ripe grapefruit and orange flavor that takes center stage. Its boastful hop character commands the taste from the time that the sweetness fades until the resinous pine bitterness closes the ale with sharpness and briskness throughout. Its more earthy taste is light but does provide a mild stemmy bite.

Early creaminess floats above the tongue, but the ale turns dry after its carbonation recedes and its malt sweetness begins to dissolves. It's fast to dry, finishing with strong bitterness, stemmy wood astringency and deceptive alcohol warmth.

In fact is fades so cleanly and crisply that it leaves the palate wanting a bit more. Its hop content and character promises a creamier and smoother but the lightness can't deliver. Its a remarkably drinkable and refreshing Pale Ale in an IPA suit.

Aug 16, 2013
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