Lady Luck Red Ale | Karben4 Brewing

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Lady Luck Red AleLady Luck Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
karben4.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by anticipation23 on 06-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of beerguy04
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with little head or lacing. Smell and taste is of mild sweet carmel. Has a smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a unique Irish red ale.

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Photo of kyledover
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akkrocka
1.86/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of handmuffin
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours amber brown in color, ruby tinted, low clarity, with small tan colored head. Deep fruity aroma, like dried cherries, with caramel malt character. No hop aroma detected. Flavor is primarily clean caramel maltiness with some light fruitiness. Low bitterness and mild sweetness. No alcohol flavor detected. Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Overall this beer is interesting. The lack of hops in both aroma and flavor is surprising and results in a sweet malty beer. Intensity of flavor is also lacking for an imperial and the alcohol strength is not apparent. Even with the deviations from style expectations, this beer is enjoyable and easily drinkable.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a mix of English malts and complex toffee, caramel and nutty. The flavor is nutty malts, toffee/caramel, fruit/dark fruit and a mix of tart and slight earthiness in the finish.

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Photo of dr_brown
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a great beer! Perfect for a cool fall day.

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Photo of Benish
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of megapyro6
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off, I dig this. This is more of an imperial irish red ale, as opposed to a red ipa.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby/mahogany color. Deep brown to almost black at first, but held up to the light it displays beautiful red colors. Had an off-white head, which fades to lacing in a few minutes.

Aroma: It has a wonderful aroma of rich malt, caramel, a lingering dark fruit, and some hints of burnt sugar. There are also some notes of molasses or brown sugar, vinous qualities, along with an earthy or vegetal aromas, but in a good way. Some may call it tobacco type aroma.

Flavor: This is full of wonderful malt. It's sweet, bready, toasted malts, caramel, with lingering light molasses and dark fruits like raisins or figs. There is a mild tart, fruity or red wine character. Everything blends really well.

Mouthfeel: This is a full beer. It coats your mouth, and the flavor lingers. The beer is slick but dry.

Overall: This is a quality beer. This would pair really well with a flavorful cut of red or dark meat with root vegetables. It drinks pretty easily for 7.5% ABV, but I'd probably still only be able to have one or two.

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Photo of CannedHeat
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like a lot about this. Agree that it's edgy for an Irish Red. Wish it had a bit more head, but really like the nose, mouth feel and taste of this. Carmel/toffee and tobacco notes. Rich burnt orange/brick red color. I live an hour and 30 from this brewery. Doing good things there.

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Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle courtesy of the largesse of @Ri0. Although the Lady Luck pictured on the label looks nothing to sneeze at, the artwork isn’t as epically absurd as that of Fantasty Factory, my only previous brew from Karben4. No obvious freshness date.

Poured into a Chuckanut Brewing pint glass, this was a dark, coppery, mahoganyish color, not unlike a cola. Held up to light, it took on a lighter shade that was somewhere between ruby and burnt orange. Good sized, beige colored head to start with. It dropped fairly quickly, but was easily agitated back to life, leaving spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

Malty, bready sweet nose, as I expected with anything claiming to be a red ale, imperial or not. What I didn’t expect was an additional component: a dry, roasted malt scent that was almost coffeeish. As it warmed, toffee notes emerged as well. Hops were generally mute.

Whoa! Very different tasting than I expected, even with the unusual notes detected by my schnozz. It does drink like a robust red/amber ale, with some dry, nutty, roasted malt notes, but what seemed almost like coffee and toffee in the nose is more like Dr. Pepper in the taste. Sweet but dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that was coating and slightly creamy.

Truly not sure what to make of this beer. Easily the most unique thing I’ve had all week, even after the Selkirk Abbey IV I recently drank, which was essentially a beer without a style. This is a little too sweet for me to session (at 7.5% abv, it’s not a session beer in any sense), but in one-glass per sitting increments, I would have it again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark coppery reddish color with ivory colored head. Pine, toffee, dark fruits, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with pine and some caramel malt.

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Photo of RichardARoss
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blairb366
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Second Salem brewpub in Whitewater. I really enjoyed this beer although it didn't adhere to my definition of an Irish red ale. Great earthy malt and deep taste sets this beer apart from most Irish ales.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark red, little to no head and light-medium lacing.

Primary aroma is caramel, roasty malt, and a bit of fermented fruit, like a cheap red wine

Taste is figs, caramel, heavy toasted malts, a little bit of fruit. Very well-balanced for what it is

Medium body, very easy drinker at the abv. A little over-carbonated for my taste

I agree with reviewers below that I'm surprised to see this labeled as an Imperial Irish Red. The fruit, fig and roastiness threw me off compared to what I expected, but it is a good and easy drinking beer no matter the classification

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Lady Luck Red Ale from Karben4 Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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