Lighthouse Brewing has been slowly upping their game, at least in the form of the “Small Brewery, Big Taste” series, which come in skillfully screened 650ml bombers. The latest of these is “Siren Imperial Red Ale” and man is it ever good.
Make no mistake, this ale screams Dean McLeod, the chap that has reinvented one of Victoria’s biggest brewery. The body is a massive warm hug of amber maltiness, backed by a healthy punch of hoppy citrus-ness. The hazy body indicates that a healthy amount of yeast was left it, explaining the almost Belgian funk on the body. I wish I could adequately describe this one, but I just can’t. You need to buy it.
We all know Lighthouse has been getting better recently, but honestly I did not expect of beer of this quality to come from them any time soon. Imperial Red Ales are finicky beers that are very hard to do right; that Lighthouse has served up a nigh-perfect example of the style makes me seriously excited to see where they go next. This beer is effectively serving notice that Lighthouse is to be taken seriously, and not just for their top flight IPA. Driftwood & Central City? Move over, you have company at the top.
|Style||Imperial Red Ale|
|SOA Potential||n/a. Not a cellaring beer.|
|Drink||Immediately. Do not dally.|
|Label Weirdness||Why are the blue and red rays coming from her ass? Also, what’s she sitting on?|
|Availability||Select LRS; limited release.|
|Cost||Unknown; likely ~$7-8 per 650ml bomber|
|Similar Beers||Howe Sound Thirsty Beaver, Hopworks Rise Up Red|
|Chuck says||This is a statement beer with a small release. If you see it, buy as much as you might possible want, because you won’t see it again.|