Brew Review

Beer Review – Lavery Brewing Madra Allta IPA

 Lavery Madra Allta IPA

Minding my own business (as I usually do), I found myself a passenger in a vehicle back from a sales call. My chauffeur told me that we had run out of beer at work (gotta say, Beer Friday is pretty cool) and we had to stop at Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia to seek replenishment. Once again, not one to make a fuss (I mean really who am I to argue the point), we headed over to Kunda with a credit card and an empty trunk . At Kunda, we had a number of difficult decisions. First, in PA, we are forced to buy by a full case of beer. So, our investment must be something that is mutually appreciated by around a dozen fellers (not to be sexist but our female coworkers like spiked ice tea and/or gluten free beverages). And, we need to make sure that it is not too crafty (so, a big fat NO to DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus).

We settled on a case of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (good for the masses) and a split case with four sixes of IPAs. We had the IPA from Avery, the IPA & a Half from the Tommyknocker Brewery, the Corruption from DC Brau Brewing and the Madra Allta from the Lavery Brewing Company. This review centers on Lavery’s Madra Allta. Lavery is a brewer from Erie, PA that was founded in 2009. They make about a dozen different beers and try to incorporate British, German and Belgian traditions into their brewing process

Here is what Lavery has to say about their Madra Allta:

Madra Allta is a classic India pale ale with a blend of Bravo and a NEW experimental American hop variety. Our IPA has a beautiful gold color with the unmistakable aroma and flavor of American hops. Hop-focused with light malt sweetness and a toasty dryness in the finish balances the high bitterness perfectly. An easy-drinking IPA awaits. Madra Allta, is the Gaelic word for ‘wolf’.

I found the beer to be…

  • Appearance: Deep cooper with a nice amount of tan foam and lots of lacing.
  • Aroma: Lots of malt with a little sweetness and a little hops.
  • Taste: Medium mouthfeel with a good bit of sweet dough followed by a lingering hoppy bitterness in the finish.
  • ABV: 6.4%

This was my first experience with Lavery and I was impressed. This might not have been a great IPA but it certainly was a good one. And, the fact that it comes in a can means I can enjoy this beer at the local cement pond. As summer approaches and I am looking for a quality, portable IPA, I will have to add the Lavery Madra Allta to the list.

5 replies »

  1. I wish we had Beer Friday! Are you hiring yet? I mean, SOMEONE has to make sure the beer fridge is fully stocked. I’m the man for the job!

    This beer sounds tasty. Have you any spare cans available for sampling?


    • Fill the fridge, sure! But, I’m not sure that you would keep it stocked. And, Beer Friday does not begin with a breakfast beer (although some Fridays it should). I’ll have to see if there is a can or two for sampling.


  2. I’m pushing for Whisky Friday. Rock the Vote, people! So, what is it with these antiquated PA booze laws? Do they print them up on the local Gutenberg 5000, and post them in the town square on the gallows? Are public hangings on the same day as street sweeping days? No horse and buggy street parking on Wednesdays! My gosh, was the “case” purchase rule devised thinking one day Costco would rule the world? Oh, wait, you probably can’t buy booze at Costco, only cases of cooking oil and coconut water. That’s logical and so modern! I’d suggest squeezing a nickel out of your shoe, getting on the telephone and have Betty the operator connect you to the local councilman, if he’s not out chopping’ wood, and register a complaint. C’mon! Join the 1900’s!


    • PA takes baby steps. It wasn’t all that long ago that you couldn’t buy booze on Sundays so I’m not really fighting the “case” law. If I were a full-time PA resident, I might have a different opinion but since I can get all the mixed sixes I want in NJ, I will just bide my time going to mega-Beer huts like Kunda Bev and picking up a case or two for Beer Fridays.


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