I have a soft spot for hoppy red ales. Some of my favorite beers have been in this style so I did not hesitate to grab this offering from Lagunitas, a brewery with a well earned reputation of putting out excellent hoppy beers. I was a huge fan of their Lucky 13 Red Ale when I tried it last year, so let’s see how this one fares.
Beer Name: Imperial Red Ale
Brewer: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Red/Amber Ale
Description: According to the company’s description, this is a revival of one of their very first beer recipes and features dank hops and sweet malts. I’m sold.
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a snifter glass.
Price: $6.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.
Appearance: Body pours a dark reddish caramel color. A thin, vaguely off-white head leaves lacing across the top of the beer and sides of the glass.
Smell: Dominated by sweet malts and caramel.
Taste: The taste initially follows the smell with sweet malts and caramel upfront. They blend into a piney bitterness that takes over through the finish. The malt backbone and aggressive hoppiness work together perfectly in this beer for a fantastic taste.
Mouth Feel: Feel is on the thicker side of medium and well-balanced by the carbonation.
Hype: Huge fan of this style and Lagunitas. I won’t say there was much hype behind this but I knew exactly what I was getting.
Overall: Awesome beer. Delivers exactly what I want for the style and at a very competitive price. Happy I picked it up and will be sure to keep my out for more.