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

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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
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 oline73
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. I got this bottle from a trade at Dark Lord Day.

Appearance: A lot of carbonation here. I don't know anything about how fresh this is, but it tastes good so I'll keep going. There is a whole fist of tan head. The beer is a slightly cloudy reddish amber. The head left some lacing on the glass once it decided to go down. Nice color, too much carbonation in this bottle.

Smell: Sweet and malty, hints of bread and perhaps some honey. Not much hops in the smell.

Taste: This is where the beer shines, which is what you hope for. Bitter citrus peel hops are there, but still let the malt do it's work. There is a nice malt sweetness with some fruit notes. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: The taste of this one really wowed me. When I poured the beer I was worried, but I was pleasantly surprised. I'd have another to see how it compared to this bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber, with a thick, foamy head; nice persistence and quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Toffee overwhelms, with vanilla and herbal tones in the back; a hint of pine

Taste: Toffee and vanilla, up front, with apple and a husky, grainy bitterness building in the middle; subtle hints of pine blend with the sweeter tones to bring together the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am less than enthused about this beer; way too sweet for my palate and the mouthfeel is too thick, as well

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jlindros
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Tone
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of grain, yeast, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Red Ale better than an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight grain, and slight yeast. Overall, body is stronger up front then mellows out, better than average red, but weak IPA.

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Photo of liamt07
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Deloch's in Indiana, 650ml into a tulip.

Unfiltered brown with some redder/ruby hues. Modest retention and thick lace. Nose has berries, a big red ale malt (heavily caramelized), toffee, light citrusk and spicy hops (although perhaps a bit faded). Taste has and earthy, caramel backbone. Moderate sweetness, toffee, citrus and some general hop bitterness. Malt is quite forward, and quite a nice profile displayed at that. Medium full feel, moderate bitterness. A decent red ale, with nice malt character but the hop flavours aren't as forward as I would've desired - still not a bad beer by any stretch.

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Photo of Kelp
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rudzud
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small white collar and scattered spots of lacing that are left around the glass. Tiny streams of CO2 slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of honeysuckle, yeast, nuttiness, fruit, tea leaves, and freshly baked cake.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with the yeast being the standout in this one. In fact, there is some hearty yeast sediment left at the bottom of the growler and even some left in suspension.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, fruity up front with medium bitterness hanging on till the finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with a huge light tan head. The head lasts forever, and there's a good amount of lacing. I bought a bottle of this for one of my friends, and he warned me that it was a gusher, so I made sure to open the bottle as carefully as I could. It didn't gush out but even after a slow pour the glass still ended up being 80% head and 20% beer. So once the beer finally settled enough to drink, the aroma is bready and caramel malt, cloves, yeast, and some earthy hops. The taste is the same as the aroma, but with the addition of some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, but has way too carbonation. I think it's a solid beer, but the way too high carbonation hurts it. I'll have to try this again in the future, maybe this bottle was a bit bad. I don't think it was supposed to be quite as carbonated as it was.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 Tucquan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Tall portion of head, and the dark chestnut color is clear enough for the light to shine through. Big aroma of toffee, baked apples, ripe plums, raisins, brown bread and alcoholic esters. Malty body is not too thick, but certainly is very smooth. Massive toasted malt foundation, so lush, with a broad stroke on the palate. Hints of toffee and ripe fruit within—modest hopping drops some herbal flavor in the back ... broth as well? Warming esters in the sweetish finish. Bold flavors and big malt profile may take away from the drinkability, but it still ends up being a good sipper.

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Elector Imperial Red Ale from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
3.66 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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