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

Elector Imperial Red AleElector Imperial Red Ale
BA SCORE
3.58/5
125 Ratings
Elector Imperial Red AleElector Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States
newalbanian.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Viking on 01-31-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,694
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
125
pDev:
16.48%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.19/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well after a night of talking politics, hearing the thoughts of one of our Republican candidate's staffers, well this beer feel appropriate. With the elections burning and the political talk peeking...just a great time for beer and good discussions!

Pours red and very cloudy. There's a yeast haze that I really really can't see through and this is a thin glass. Nice head and great lacing.

Really just a big red aroma. Caramel, hops, fruity esters, and well just a red. This doesn't give off a huge hop aroma as the bottle indicated.

Bready biscuit like taste dominates. A bit of hops at the end and they add a fruity element throughout.A bit of bitterness lingers but this is a pretty simple imperial red.

Way way too thick! There's something about this that is making this really hard to drink. It's odd as it is well carbonated and should be very drinkable.

This one needs more hops or less body...the blend here is just not working in anyway shape or form. There aren't any real bad tastes but I can't get into this.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass. No freshness date to be found.

A: Pours a nice rich amber/copper with some ruby highlights and an absolutely massive, mountainous beige head that just simply will not give up. Took me at least 5 minutes just to be able to fill my glass 3/4 of the way, and i was being perfectly gentle (yet undecided if that's a good or bad thing.) Crazy lacing.

S: Umm...I think either this has been mislabeled or New Albanian needs to re-categorize this brew. My first honest reaction was wondering whether this was a bad batch, but judging from the most recent reviews, it doesn't seem to be. Smells decidedly Belgian pale ale-esque - in no way do I get "Imperial Red" from this. Sort of yeasty and herbal, with a sour vomit-like tang. Maybe a little grapefruit rind and spoiled vegetables. Not that great for a straight-up Belgian beer, and certainly not within bounds for an Imperial Red.

T: Same as the nose - tangy Belgian funk with some caramel malt sweetness cutting through in a nearly failed attempt at balance. The flavor is more pleasing than the aroma, and I can *maybe* catch a tiny glimpse of a perfectly decent Red Ale that's been bastardized.

M: Quite full, creamy, with champagne-like carbonation. This and the appearance are the only things going for this one, sadly.

O: I think it's safe to say this convoluted, politically-charged experiment didn't really work, if it is indeed an experiment. The label is confusing and honestly, quite misleading. When you spend $9 for an Imperial Red you expect an Imperial Red, not a Belgian somethingorother. I'm not an unreasonable guy, but I'm sorry to say that this just ain't worth it.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at a liquor store near 3 Floyds

Poured into a FFF pint glass

The look is a cloudy reddish brown color that has a finger of off-white head that leaves lots of lace.

The nose is extremely malty. Nothing but malt. No hops or booze scents. Sweet and caramel-like malts dominate.

The taste is just the same. Biscuit-like malt, caramel malt and a bit of butterscotch. A tad bit of hops leave a bitter tingle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, not very pleasant due to the malt overloads. I doubt this was fresh but there is not a bottle-on-date so who knows. Malt bomb.

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2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Haha strange looking beer, cheap, thanks to rudzud.

Decent creamy foamy head fades fairly quickly after erupting from the bottle, nice lacing, hazy rosy reddish auburn color.

Nose dark reddish malts, burnt caramel, toffee, candy syrup, biscuity, lots of weird crackers, biscuity wheat toffee, some earthy spicy hops, touch of dark fruits, tons of reddish syrupy malts, little chalky.

Taste is yeasty and watery, thin reddish malt, toffee caramel syrup, mild dark fruits, plenty of esters, some wheat toffee biscuit, cracker, paper, little copper metallic thing, into a weird bitter hop extract.

Mouth is thin and watery, nice carb at least, gritty too.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark crystal clear honey amber hue with a nice one finger off white head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of huge malty caramel sweetness. Biscuits, weird onion thing.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, caramel malts, biscuits, cracker grains, there is some nice bitterness on the finish. Really generic.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, though a bit heavy.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming which was to be expected. Still, unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

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3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep reddish amber, with a one-finger off-white head, and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Toasted caramel, some pine bitterness, with vanilla and citrus in the background.

T: Follows the nose. Big bready malts with some spiciness. There isn't a particularly hoppy flavor here but there is some hop bitterness in the hang. Overall though, the taste seems thin and not overly pleasing.

M: Light bodied for an imperial-anything, moderate carbonation sensation, alcohol very well-hidden.

O: I bought this on a whim - a new brewery to this area, and it does have a pretty cool label. That said, I'm not impressed with the beer. It was drinkable, but I won't buy another one.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Elector Imperial Red Ale from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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