Lavery Red Ale (Imperial) Big Red.

Tasting: November 5, 2012
Style: Red Ale (Imperial)

Lavery Red Ale

Lavery Red Ale (c) 2012 popsonhops

What is red ale? Well — red ale is ale that is red. You did not need me to give you that kindergarten explanation but for the most part, it is really as simple as that.

Ale at one time only came in dark or darker and the introduction of lighter colored ales in England opened up a broad category of beer known as pale ales. Pale ale became the broad category of beer that includes: pale ale; India pale ale; red ale; amber ale and blond ale.

What makes red ale unique is the distinctive coloring that comes from slow roasting caramel malt and that roasted grain gives red ale its distinctive burnt caramel flavor. This one is from an unfamiliar brewery out of Erie, Pennsylvania. It comes in at a respectable 8.2% ABV. As you can see the color is reddish brown and the head quickly dissipates. It has a very earthy hop aroma and some sweet caramel. There is the burnt caramel up front, really malt forward and dominant, the flavor finishes with earthy and black pepper spiced hops. Not as rich as other red ales I have had and it wears out its welcome about half way through the bottle. An okay offering — 83 points.

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