Lavaman Red Ale | Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kona Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States
konabrewingco.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lavaman Red Ale is a malty, red ale with strong caramel notes and a subtle chocolate malt flavor. The pronounced maltiness is balanced by the delicate blend of Pacific Northwest hops resulting in a smooth, full-bodied beer.

30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
10.83%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Radcpa
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish clear appearance with white head that dedicates quickly. Nice fruity caramel aroma. Taste is a mild fruity caramel. Nice beer for a warm day.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyecko
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monorailred
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 12/29/16:

Semi-clear, dull, darker copper. Foamy head of excellent retention and decent lacing lacing, golden tan. Pretty clean-smelling for what it is. Very little of anything, but caramel and toast in the main and twinge of a citric quality. Not bad by any means but I like something more. Tastes very toasty and even smoky. The label begins to make sense. Lava, man. Dearth of sweetness or overbearing hops can be a nice change of pace for an Amber Ale, although I still prefer more complexity. Still, there are these, in the form of toffee, resin, leaf matter, leather, peppercorn (actually quite strong in retro-olfaction), small amount of soapiness. Served cold this heartier brew is still quite refreshing. Medium-bodied, noticeably thicker than water but not quite syrupy, with tight sloshy carbonation that foams up to something creamy. Astringency level to match flavors.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/27/2016

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Photo of MJSFS
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and ruby brown in color. Off-white, half finger head. Fair retention. Lacing consists mostly of spotting and broken lines.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of caramel, light earth and some grassy bitterness.

Taste - Lots of caramel malt with a touch of toast. Hops come through with mild grass, spice and floral character. A hint of citrus. Balanced, bittersweet finish with some lingering earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

Overall - A decent red. Certainly drinkable, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

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Photo of TwoTrees
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Huffaroma
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tpop1005
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a 24-pack sampler, 6 bottles of 4 different beers. This is the only one I had not tried before.

Pours a mahogany red color, clear with a thin off-white head. Many bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is very sweet and malty. A sweet bread an cinnamon aroma, a lot like a brown ale.

Taste is also a lot like a brown ale. a lot f sweet cereal and molasses or brown sugar notes, short on the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but clean and not cloying.

Overall a decent red ale. I prefer a little more hop profile in a red, but this was good on an unseasonably cool and cloudy July day.

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Photo of thebooyakid
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft at the brewpub

amber in color, white head. aroma is mildy sweet, caramel malt. taste is not too sweet, fairly well balanced. medium bodied.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red colored ale with a small khaki colored head.

Smells mild and mostly of caramel. Mild grassy hop scent. Still just not very aromatic.

Starts out mild and tasting mostly of caramel. Mildly bitter with a grassy Hop flavor. Finishes a little woody.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just a mild people pleasing ale.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from Times Supermarket $7.99 6-pack
Brown amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Caramel smell
Smooth malt taste, no aftertaste
Overall just ok. Not one of the better Kona beers.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StanleysCup
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Lavaman Red Ale from Kona Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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