Friday, October 1, 2010

Lavery Imperial Red Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Split a 22oz bomber sent from a friend in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Appearance: Dark brown/ruby red, fairly hazy. Decent head. No lacing.

Aroma: Very flowery, even dry-smelling.

Taste: an IPA meets and Irish red. Very hoppy with mostly floral but noticeable citrusy hops. Distinct cereal maltiness to give it a dry, British-like taste. Overall, palate is a little simple and not nearly as strong as its "imperial" name would imply.

Mouthfeel: decent carbonation, hops linger and dry the mouth out.

Drinkability: Mostly smooth, but the hops are very bitter so non-hopheads might not take as well to this.

Overall: a good offering from a rookie brewery. Shouldn’t be labeled as an "imperial" though. Dryness takes some getting used to. One serving is satisfying.

Grade: 7/10

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