Elector Imperial Red Ale | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Elector Imperial Red AleElector Imperial Red Ale
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Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Viking on 01-31-2003

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43
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125
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
27.6%
 
 
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Photo of oracle
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark copper color with minimalistic head. Very slight lacing throughout.

Heavy hop character in the nose, especially the grapefruit. However this is an undertone of more floral scents.

The hops in this are as subtle as a brick passing through a plate glass window. Right after the initial assault of hops, however, a nice malt counter balance comes into play. Finishes pleasantly bitter without being overbearing.

The is medium carbonation here, but it doesn't get in the way and actually adds to character of the beer.

Overall, very very good.

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Photo of Mitchill
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from New Albanian. Although Hoptimus is definitely my favorite local beer this is a good session beer for a hop head like me. Upfront you get herbal and earthy hops followed by a nice malt backbone which is just enough to create balance while still allowing your taste buds to wander into different taste profiles. All in all a solid beer but best enjoyed fresh from the tap

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Photo of JToad
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Chumley's Beer House in Broad Ripple.

Pours a dark amber, with slight clarity and a nice white head,with decent lacing.

Smells of fresh hops, bitter and piney. Crisp and clean nose.

Hop bitterness right up front, with a smoothe malty backbone to balance out the drinkability, which is thru the roof on this hoppy beer. The malts sweeten out the overall taste, but make no mistakes, this brew has hops!

Honestly, I loved this beer. Very complex for a Imperial Red/IPA. If I can find this near me, I might have to keep this a staple in my fridge. Im suprised this doesnt get more mentioning on here. Very tasty beer. I loved it.

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Photo of JamesS
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice copper color with decent head and nice lacing. Very nice deep malty aroma, complex usage of malts (guessing several malts went into this). Very nice malty flavors, slight hints of roasted grain along with great sweet caramel flavors from (maybe) high crystal grains. Went down very well, a nice strong red ale.

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Photo of brown2cu
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the suggestion from my local bottle shop!

A: Pours a deep mahogany and is initially topped by a half finger of head. However, it dies down into near nothingness. a moderate amount of lacing is present.

S: Piney earthy hops are present in the nose at the forefront. At the back there is a strong dark fruit backing with a slight tinge of caramel.

T: Hops are more assertive than I would have guessed but it cuts into the caramel rather nicely and creates some balance. There is some fruity aspects in the taste as well.

M: Well rounded; creamy but not heavy slight alcohol burn in the mouth.

Overall, I enjoy this beer and will get again and definitely make an effort to try more of their beers

Cheers!

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Photo of Viking
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, hazy copper. Not much head, but faint lace remains throughout the 'live' of the imperial pint. Big, bad aroma of grapefruity and herbal hops. Though the hops take charge, there's also plenty of malt - caramel mostly - to add balance. Flavor is full of hops and rather bitter, but does not overpower the malt. It becomes rather well-balanced after the brew warms a bit (initially served a bit too cool for my tastes, especially after a properly served English cask ale). Medium bodied, smooth and oily mouthfeel. Finish is nice and oily, leaving a nice layer of hoppy goodness coating my palate. Aftertaste of grapefruity hops.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a tulip pint at the Brewpub in New Albany.

A - Medium Amber when held to the light w/ a very thin cream colored head. The head appears frothy and spotty w/ lacing that is semi-sticky. The clarity of this ale is slightly hazy which is partly from the chill and part hoppy oil clouding I am guessing.

S - Very floral and fruity w/ nice aroma hops that have pungent odors and the yeast esters make this a bit peculier,yet very enticing. Not much for a malt scent but there is a sweet back w/ the nose that is a very pleasant blend of aromas, both herbal and citrusy.

M - Oily from generous hopping, smooth and spiced w/ more floral light hop sweetness that seems to levitate above the malts which have sweet tinges, but are very well conjoined in the balance.

T - A very well made red, must be Imperial becaouse it behaves like an IPA, yet all the sweet berry from the malt and yeast esters makes this stunning. There is a tinge of biscuit with nice toasted malt notes. I am the the teacher in Louisville recommended this place. The herbal hops almost like a ricola in a sense really strive to coexist in the hop/malt interdependence that makes this beer great. Very pleasant blend of sweet amber malt and spicy yet not overly bitter flavored hops makes this intriguing to my taste. A flavorful orange, possibly valencia comes out as the ale warms w/ a nice peppery spice that accentuated the hop + malt sweetness w/ a slight tannic element much like herbal tea w/ dried red fruit that has been overbrewed. I presume it is hop bitterness I am picking up, but I am not totally sure.

D - This is a very good strong red ale, Imperial even. This has great hops, but the malt is less supportive and the hops take the spotlight. This has very good drinkability. The hops start floral and move toward spicy and tannic close to the end of the pint. I think this is a gem in NABC's lineup of ales. I certainly would not hesitate to seek this out. I like the name Elector, I would just prefer more support from the malt.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this twice on tap in the past few months. I found it to be pretty good, but one restaurant tap yielded an unfortunate odd/dank taste in the hop. At a local Craft House, it was excellent -- like a hoppy IPA.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Barley Island Tasting Room in Broad Ripple.

A- Pours a deep amber color. One finger white head shows good retention. Sheet style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big malty aroma to this one. Caramel, toffee, and something else I can't quite put my finger on. Bitter piney hops in the ending of the aroma. Simple but works very well.

T- Huge amber style taste to begin with. Lots of deep caramel taste with notes of toffee. There seems to be a almost roasted malt (very light) in the middle of the beer. Nice hop bitter bite toward the ending of the beer that helps to counterbalance the maltly sweetness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Deep caramel malts with a hint of hop balance on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly caramel malts with a hint of alcohol and faded bitter hops. This beer is balanced toward the malty side which it should be for the style. No off flavors were present. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a nice drinking beer. I could see having a couple pints of this easy. The flavors were bold but not over the top fo this Imperial Red Ale. ABV doesn't seem this high since the alcohol is not present at all in the beer.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a regular pint glass

Pours clear deep red with a nice head and decent retention. Not much on the nose but a decent scent of caramel and earthy malt notes. Taste is smooth and flavorful, very malty but not heavy at all which I expected from the word imperial. easy to drink and hides the 7% quite well. Flavor is well rounded and not really out of the box but well done and certainly memorable. This is readily available in my area and I will surely order it again in the future.

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Photo of Rachus
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: red/amber/autumn
S: caramel, black licorice, love in fall
T: bitter, dark chocolate, hoppy
F: full bodied, not too thick

Yum, good, available year round. Go to on tap at New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse. Good for a fill every other week or so.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at craft house. Color was a dark reddish-amber, just what you want. Flavor had notes of coffee, malt, and pine. Mouthfeel was a bit grating, but for a strong red to be expected. Pretty good!

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Photo of baos
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Shallos

A: Nice dark golden color. Half finger almost champagne bubble head. Nice subtle lacing.

S: Hmmm rather musty and herbal. With strange almost soy malt notes.

T: Not as hoppy as I was told. Rather mild really. Very well balanced. Pretty yeasty for a pale ale, but this work well. I wasn't expecting the range of flavors with this one. Dank musty malts and herbal hop leaves that ends with a citrus dryness.

M: Big carbonation with oily hop dryness.

D: Very nice.

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Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a large Sam Adams perfect pint glass. NABC has just started bottling their beers and this is from the first batch. (Picked up at The Keg at the release party). A huge yellowy tan head rested on a deep leather, amber/brown body. Clear and rich. The head left ample lacing and a cap remained.

The smell was mulled apple cider and organic matter "stinky" hops. Hard candy and fresh grains. Stewed, syrupy fruits. There is quite a lot going on here.

The taste was bold. Leafy, crunch hops and sweet malts. Bread crusts and oranges. A bit of cherry too. Bold but well balanced.

The mouthfeel was solidly medium. Plenty of carbonation, not too fizzy.

The label states that the malts used are: "Special Pale and Simpsons Medium Crystal". The hops are: "Nugget and Cascade finished through hop-back with whole cone Cascades". The yeast is: "House English". O.G. 18.5 and the I.B.U. is 62. My mouth waters just reading that!

I have had this beer on tap many times but reviewing it without distractions at home I realize how well constructed this beer really is. (maybe I'm a bit of a homer too!)

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Photo of zerk
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep clear copper with an almost non-existent head. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts, accentuated by a healty dose of spicy / earthy hops. Flavor begins sweet, with caramel and bread dough, then becomes bitter and spicy. The flavors are in nice balance, although the hop profile is probably on the mild side for an American IPA. Has a medium to full body... with medium carbonation. Quite smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with very slight hints of deeper toasted malts. Also present are solid amounts of medicinal hops - similar to those found in beers a bit past their prime – and hints of deeper herbal and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry caramel malts up front are joined by herbal and citrus hops. Midway through the citrus hops fade, and more bitter leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a good beer, however I have to imagine it would be better fresh (assuming of course that it is indeed past its prime). Yet another example of how bottle dating is helpful.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would add some sort of "imperial" or "double" designation to the red ale categorization for this beer, as it is bigger than the average bear. Nicely hopped, with both citric and herbal hops notes. If I was to compare it to antoher beer, I'd say a bigger Troeggs Nugget Nectar. Malt sweetness was on the lower side, and the hopping was very bright and engaging.

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Photo of t420o
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Albanian elector

Consumed: Aug 25

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger off white head that's rests atop a hazy copperish red body. Leaves nice
Lacing decent retention 4  

S- cherries, mollases, twizzlers, some citrus and bitter hop smell, a wine type scent I get in a lot of imperial reds. Very good 4

T- very nice bitter hop taste in nice balance with the sweet malty flavors. There is definitely a cherry and wine type taste. Some citrus also. Ends with a nice bitterness. The flavors come in nice waves. 4

M- very good moutfeel. Very smooth nice carbonation. 4

O- I'm a big fan of imperial reds and while this may not be the best one it is a damn good beer. It would have a place in my fridge anytime if it were available to me. Wish I would have shipped another one back. 4

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deeply malted and assertively hopped, this bolsterous ale balances hop bitterness of IPAs up against imperialized Red Ale flavors for a culmination that puts it on par with American Strong Ales.

Redish brown hue carries a mild dry-hopped haze that allows for a mystic glow of crimson and bronze. Creamy sandy-colored foam builds a dense and formitable head before reducing to a thick sheet across the glass while leaving an interconnected weave of islands along the glass.

Malty-rich aromas of caramel, toffee, sun kissed barley malt, peanuts, medium toast, and soft butterscotch notes accompany a light citrusy grapefruit scent that balances the nose and offers an element of intrigue.

Flavors are moreso balanced because of the on slaught of hop flavor at mid palate and sharp bitterness late. But the beer begins much like the aroma: malty rich with bold malt sweetness that takes the shape of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, bread crust, and sun dried barley for flavors that even remind me of maple syrup. But the malt flavors lessen underneath the penetration of grapefruity hops which carry a pungent grassy, piney, orange, resiny taste before the biting bitterness to finish off the taste profile. A spicy note of woods and cinnamon also decorate the peripheries of flavor and continue to develop as the beer warms and the carbonation subsides.

Very rich for both an IPA and for a Red Ale, the imperialized design has an immediate impact on the mouthfeel. Robust textures of malt, creaminess, and density play on the tongue with an expansive bready feel. All that makes a quick transition toward dryness, bitterness, and aggressive bite in a warming and malty-dry finish. A moderate linger of malt and hop bitterness reside on the back of the tongue and usher in the next sip.

Elector is a very good American Strong Ale that borrows flavor profiles from both American IPAs, American Amber Ales, Irish Red Ales, and with the balance of American Barleywines. A delightful beer for cooler evenings and a great alternative to Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Re-review 11/18/10:

Much more of an Amber or Red Ale in color and malt character, the beer represents a hearty bread crust or toasty malt flavor and aroma without the char of a brown or porter. Hop content is certianly on par with an IPA and weaves into the malty boldness very well. But without dominating the beer as IPA's should, the beer is better suited as an American Red Ale. Solid and true throughout, the beer has a bolder toffee/butterscotch flavor that is as rewarding as distracting. Definately a better beer than I remember having six years earlier.

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A solid IPA with a strong malt balance. Fruity, spicy nose typical of using American Hops. Malts and yeast combine for a bready aroma. Looks lightly bronzed and clear in color with just a trace of foam and lacing. Flavors are a little bready and caramelly on the sweet side, but is rounded nicely by strong hop grapefruitiness and orange rinds. A good beer with little complexity. Body is fair, nothing to brag about, but nothing to complain about either. Finish is mildly drying and bitter.

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Photo of Badbobx
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Tomlinson Tap, I received this brew in a glass tulip. The color was a light amber. There was about a 1/2 inch of foam. An intense lacing followed this well carbonated beer.
The aroma was rich with hops. I was sensing grapefruit and some ginger.
The taste was an intense tangy citrus with a bit of a bite. I could taste a bit of the malts initially, but the hops overwhelmed.
The characteristic I most enjoyed was the mouthfeel. There was a lot of carbonation to this beer that gave a full foamy sensation that was very pleasing.
This was only my third encounter with New Albanian beers, but I am certain to try more. I especially liked the finish.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up across the border at Papa Joe's in Richmond; my official Indiana beer. I was on the hunt for Three Floyd's but am quite pleased with this. To start with, the label grabs you. I've read the intro five times and I'm still not sure what election night has to do with democracy being pointless or with a hot female devil in a business suit. And don't get me started on the possible implications of the background being a ballot from the historic 1896 election. I know, it doesn't matter. Review the beer, idjit.

Pours an attractive translucent tawny orange with a mountain of creamy beige head that shows impressive staying power. Lacing is likewise stellar.. Nose is a mystery as the label plainly says English yeast but this sure smells Belgian to me. Otherwise, I get pear and grapeskin.

Still definitely feeling that Belgian theme, especially early in the sip. Some late herbal hops return it briefly to familiar territory but I'm having trouble thinking of this as a red ale. Some fruity flavors, a little booze. Something of a champagne texture. I'm not getting the strong caramel malts and piney balance that I'm expecting.

It's definitely not bad, but it just defies easy pigeonholing. I definitely like this beer and applaud their way outside the box thinking. That said, a simple re-branding as a Belgian pale might dispel some of the confusion, although I suspect confusion may be part of the point.

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Photo of jsh420
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark copper amber with a 1/2 finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smell is very faint little biscuit malt

taste is solid - biscuit caramel malt semi sweet with a little hop bitterness to balance

mouthfeel light medium body with ample carbonation

overall throw out the score on the nose this amber is very good and this is coming from a guy who is not an amber fan

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear golden red beer with a short off white head and significant lacing.

S - Flat, muted nose, with a mild hop vegetal note.

T - Crackery malt, with a strong hop bitterness.

M - Clean, clear, crisp brew with significant bitter line that builds.

O - Simple, straightforward red ale. Nothing too complex, but pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had a few issues with this brewery in the past. Namely, over-carbonation problems in quite a few of my previous bombers. Elector surprised me with seemingly spot on carbonation and a great appearance. Alright, New Albanian, we're off to a good start.

A rich copper, almost barleywine color, sits fantastically with dark ruby highlights. Head adorns my pint glass perfectly with 1/3 inch of off-white foam that just doesn't leave. Perfect viscosity from all those oily hops and great looking legs.

Cascade hops come through nicely in the nose. Plenty of citrus on top of a light crystal malt aroma. This is definitely a Red that's been dry-hopped. Citrus echoes in the flavor as well, but a bit of pine comes through as well, especially playing its part in bittering and aftertaste. The malt bill gains more complexity with a bit of warmth. In fact, the malt and hop bill almost begin to become somewhat reminiscent of a DFH 90 Minute IPA... Almost. Alcohol is masked nicely and the Caramel malts provide a nice, mild sweetness to the brew. A bit over-carbonated (here's that again) in the mouthfeel but at least it doesn't detract from the overall impression of the beer as other offerings have.

All in all, a decent representation of an Imperial Red/Amber. The semi-aggressive hop bill sits well in the bouquet as well as in the flavor. This is, by far, the best offering from New Albanian that I've had to date. I'm hoping for more of this as time goes on. I'd definitely be willing to buy another bottle of this in the future. Good job, NA.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of /r/beertrade with guytyping

Pours deep copper, fluffy off white head.

Lots of caramel and sweet malt on the nose- very much like liquid malt extract for those of who you have smelled it. Citrusy hop as it warms.

Not what I was expecting in the area of taste. Burned caramel, very dry, pine resin hop finish.

Kind of a weird beer. The nose, especially when cold, doesn't really hint at the taste at all. The taste- well that was like what I would expect in an imperial irish red, but sort of not too. A little lacking in the area of malt.

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