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Loakal Red - The Bruery

Loakal RedLoakal Red

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-25-2010)
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Photo of ISmith87


4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/26/13

A - 4.25 - The beer itself is a nice clear orange amber color with a thick white head that sticks and leave nice lacing.
S - 4.5 - More complex than any other red ale I've had. Floral hop notes, orange, bready biscuity malt, sweet caramel malt too/sweetness from the oak aged portion, light oak
T - 4.5 - Citrusy, orange zest, floral, bready malt background, tiny bit of mellow oak flavor and vanilla. Very smooth.
M - 4.25 - Light drinking @ 6.5% ABV w the alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is hop bitterness and breadiness from the malt.
O - 4.5 - It's an interesting concept, and a great red ale, but I was expecting to get more from the oak barrels. I guess with only 25% being aged in barrels you'd expect it to be pretty mellow.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:38:03 | More by ISmith87
Photo of BingCrosby7


4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A This is a beautiful beer--golden/orange that was reminiscent of an IPA rather than an amber or red ale
S Strong hop on the front end, a bit piney, slightly spicy with an almost coppery (in a good way) undertone
T the hop and the coppery taste is very strong on the initial taste, but the malty backbone rounds out the flavor into a balanced experience. very well balanced.
M this is my favorite aspect of the beer--simply terrific mouthfeel. perfectly carbonated for the flavor profile.
O This is a fantastic beer; very impressive. I think this is in my top two or three from The Bruery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 05:59:29 | More by BingCrosby7
Photo of rlee1390


4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby in the glass with a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Rather malty with caramel. Along with good bit of citrus and earthy hops. Slight oak notes as well.

T-Very similar to the nose; malt and caramel to start. Then a nice hop finish with grass and slight citrus. Mild bitterness. Oak is in there as well, more of it as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A solid beer, worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:39:58 | More by rlee1390
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert Total Wine for $13

Appearance - Red/brownd colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some apricot, a sugary sweetness, and a hint of wood.

Overall - Really enjoyed this one. Lots of sweet fruity notes and vibrant hops. The wood is a bit subdued, but still gives it a certain something. Pricey, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:21:01 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Samuel906


3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red / amber with a thick heavy white head glued to glass. Smell was a bit underwhelming for me, but some crisp hops, smooth caramel and bread hold it together. Taste is very good: chewy caramel sweetness up front, bread and malt in the middle with the oak aging coming through too, and some and some pepper, spice and hoppy bitterness bring up the rear. Feel is thick but a bit soapy. Overall, decent red, not my go to style, but Bruery made it a pleasant experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 09:07:35 | More by Samuel906
Photo of beerdrifter


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Mike! Beautiful ruby-mahogany pour with a huge three finger beige head with crazy retention and lacing. The nose is big and bold with loads of citrusy, resiny, piney hops along with hints of oak, brown bread, caramel, toast, tangerine, brown sugar, and vanilla. The taste just as big and just as bold as the nose. Mouth-puckering resiny hops dominate, but some great sweet bready maltiness balances it out nicely. Sweet brown bread, blood orange, molasses, pine, pink grapefruit, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a really awesome herbal character highlight this complex and flavorful red. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and really oily with absolutely perfect balance and an awesome bitter-sweet velvety smooth finish. Overall, hands down the best Red Ale I've ever tasted!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:17:45 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of kylehay2004


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large three finger frothy head with excellent lacing on a hazy copper and amber body. Great retention as well. Aroma of tart grapefruit, caramel, earthy hops, bready malts and molasses. Flavor follows with much of the same with a nice bready and caramel malt base with both tart citrus and earthy hops. It isn't especially great but for the style its flavorful and complete. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Solid brew overall for both the style and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:54:26 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of superspak


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, toast, toffee, floral, grass, bread, clove, oak, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and very balanced hop, malt, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, toast, toffee, light pine, oak, clove, vanilla, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance of hop and malt flavors with moderate oak barrel presence; with a nearly perfect hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slightly sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an awesome red ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:35:02 | More by superspak
Photo of jeonseh


3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cherry wood as it is a deep brown with a reddish hue. Highly carbonated with a huge head with light reddish tints. Leaves a ton of lacing as well. Really a nice looking red ale

S - Pine and grapefruit hops dominate a bitter nose. Lemon and orange peel. Slight oak comes through as well as caramel, biscuity malt

T - Biscuity and bready beer with sweet caramel and dark date that comes through. Definitely sweeter than I picked up in the nose. There is some grapefruit and lemon peel bitterness that comes through near the back. The finish is oak and orange zest

M - Medium body with carbonation that gives it a full feeling in the mouth. Finish is slightly astringent from the alcohol and the zest

O - Solid red ale that is dominated in the flavor from the malt side. Would have liked to see the flavor have as much of the hops as the nose did

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:55:02 | More by jeonseh
Photo of EgadBananas


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color, with a huge tan 3 finger of head. Plenty spongy lace due to the huge head. Aroma is resinous, sticky, caramel and nutty maltiness. Taste is sweet up front, moderate bitterness, pecan, mild oak and wood, piny and floral hops. Body is medium. Carbonation isn't that bad considering the head.

Overall, its a good red, not fantastic but super solid good.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 03:35:08 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of scottfrie


4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a very dark honey amber with an extremely huge and extremely dense off-white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film that left chunks of sticky lace down the glass. Very hoppy and resinous looking.
S: Huge sticky hoppy resinous notes of fresh hop cones, hop resin, citrus juice, grapefruit pith and sweet fruit nectar dominate over hints of bready malt, toasted grains and a splash of caramel and honey.
T: Follows the nose with dominating hop profile of grapefruit, sweet citrus and hop resin. Spicy bready malts, toast, herbal characteristics and caramel come through in the finish. The aftertaste has a touch of spicy oak barrel and slight vanilla, and an herbal citrus bitterness lingers.
M: Full body, smooth, bitter, resinous and greasy mouthfeel, fuzzy slick carbonation. Bitter and hoppy.
O: A super hopped up red ale. Definitely more ipa than red. This beer is awesome. I can’t imagine how the imperial version is going to taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:22:58 | More by scottfrie
Photo of sbxx


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into FFF teku.

Appearance - Dark, brownish red. 3 fingers of thick head. Great retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Piney, citrusy hops. Caramel malt.

Taste - Citrus up front, then comes the malt, and some oak too. Picking up herbal notes as well (similar to weed, actually). Very unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Overall - Nice treat from SoCal. Glad I got to try it. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:14:29 | More by sbxx
Photo of inlimbo77


4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, spring 2013
The Bruery tulip

A: Hazy deep orange/amber color. Three fingers of fluffy really off white leading to tan head. Marshmallow like head. Lots of good bottle carbonation. Sticky lacing sheets.

S: Lots of piney earthy hops on the notes. Some sweet malty backbone is there. Some nuttiness. Caramel. Toffee. And a really clean wood note, much like label describes.

T: Nice hit of pine bitterness right up front on the tongue. Very earthy on the hop bill. The malts really are the star here, as they should be in a red ale. Sweet, nutty and delicious. Really think the roundness of this brew is from the percentage aged in oak and bottle conditioning. Just really solid. Finish is dry with lingering pine and sweetness from malts.

M: Medium bodied. Round mouthfeel from oak addition.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 13:40:42 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of SHODriver


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a nonic pint glass to a light reddish brown topped by a dense and rocky two and a half finger cream colored head that is slow to fade. leaves some lacing but not a lot
S: smells of earthy hops, vanilla and some caramel
T: tastes of caramel, vanilla, oak, herbal hops, brown sugar and some citrusy hop. swallow is more earthy and citrusy hops with some caramel and oak
M: medium in the mouth with soft and adequate carbonation. finish is slightly dry but also a bit refreshing
O: looks good, smells good, tastes great and drinks easy. A very good beer with good flavors and solid balance

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 05:17:15 | More by SHODriver
Photo of flayedandskinned


4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date.
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a murky, clouded amber/brown with red highlights. A thick, massive 3 finger tan head quickly forms and last quite a while before settling to about a finger and half. Absolute curtains of lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma: (4.25)
Juicy, fruit forward hops burst from the glass; grapefruit, peach and light apricot. The hops also have a very pungent, dank earthy quality to them; big notes of pine and faint garlic. Underneath the fruity, pine-y hops there is a sweet, bready malt backbone and a distinct woodsy presence.

Taste: (4.25)
Succulent, citrus-y hops upfront, not unlike the nose; grapefruit, lemon, peach and resinous pine oil. There is a light, somewhat caramel bready malt backbone that greets your palate before the off dry finish. Long, lingering and complex notes of bitter grapefruit peel and pine needles are left intermingling with impressions of sweet bread and vanilla. There is a light tannin presence in the back end.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Full bodied and somewhat robust with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4.25)
The Bruery does another unique take on a common style. The 25% oak aged beer that is blended into the fresh beer really accentuates the natural pine characteristics of the centennial and summit hops that were used in this ale. This is quite the juicy and complex red ale. The Bruery did it again, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 03:51:23 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into Torst stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive 4 finger foamy light cream colored head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, dark amber tea color. Lacing is thick, stringy and spotty with good stick. Solid.

Nose is citrus, amber tree sap, pine, and sweet cane sugar. Aromatic and pretty enticing.

Opens citrus and pine. Some sap hop bitterness with juicy fruit notes in the middle. Bark and resin bitterness at the end. Finishes big malt presence with a dry, tea bitter aftertaste. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down foamy and dry. Finishes clean with a slightly lingering, sappy aftertaste. Great for the style.

A surprisingly decent offering from the Bruery. Not too much is trying to be done here and as a result, the nose is aromatic, the flavor has good balance, and the feel is spot on. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:19:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of sweemzander


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks again for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a cloudy mahogany reddish brown color. Produced some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A sweet yet malty profile. Subtle fig and apricot fruits meets a hoppy bitterness.

(T)- Nice amber malt meets an almost candied fig-like sweetness. Plenty of bitter pine on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very malty and sweet with that candied-like citrus with a hefty hoppiness to it. Its almost like its an american red ale only dessert.

(O)- This strongly reminds me of Bells' This goes to 11 Ale, but this one might have a better balance and a touch less of a massive hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 20:04:02 | More by sweemzander
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into my Bruery tulip. Pours out a deep, dark red/orange with about an inch and a half of off-white head. Amazing lacing coats the glass until the end, thick and sticky!

Citrus, caramel, oak and toffee start the smell off very nicely. There is a hint of vanilla near the end.

Citrus and oak start the taste off, I could swear that more than 25% of this is barrel aged. Very fresh oak taste as well. Toffee and grass follow with what tastes like a hint of brown sugar. The finish is grassy with a bit of lemon rind. Very interesting flavors. The mouth is a touch thin and heavily carbonated.

Though I'm not always an amber ale drinker, I was in the mood, and this went above and beyond my expectations. I always expect a lot from The Bruery, and they certainly deliver with this one. Glad they finally shipped it outside of OC!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:26:47 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of ThickNStout


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. 8.49. Not sure why but it appears that The Bruery either stopped dating bottles or just doesn't date any bottles sold through their store. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours hazy russet red/brown with a fluffy three finger cap of sand colored head. The head fades slowly and leaves large lace splotches.

Smells of light citrus, bready, mild toffee, oak and vague vanilla.

The taste of citrus hops is nice and up front. Mandarin orange, lemon zest, slight pine, caramel, wheat bread, oaky vanilla, toffee and a trace of cherry skin bitterness. Many layers of flavor.

Medium bodied and semi slick with a lively effervescence. Softly bitter muted earthy yet citrus hoppy finish.

A mighy fine red ale. Nice hop character with an even nicer complex enjoyable oaky malt body. I enjoyed this much more than the Imperial Loakal Red. This has a great balance to it with no noticeable alcohol. I'll definately buy this again when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 21:53:15 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of jlindros


4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with rudzud as our Hoarders membership dictates.

Big fluffy pillowy almost 2 finger head fades slowly with lots of layered lacing, dark slightly hazy mahogany chestnut deep reddish brown color.

Nose is like an imperial red, big reddish malts, candy malts toasty but not caramel, wait... there is some toffee and caramel and a bit of candy syrup. Then nice toasted oak chips, touch woody, hint of what seems like booze esters and touch fruity, and a really weird spicy very strong clove like and an earthy root thing. Some earthy grassy terrior like hop aroma.

Taste starts with creamy malts, reddish toasty like, little candy malt flavors with faint toffee but again very little caramel like. Then nice oak chips, light vanilla and hint buttery oak chips, light woody flavor. Light grassy earthy like hops, again a light terrior like flavor from the hops, and hint spicy, but light overall. the finish dries a bit, a slight spicy hop character with some bitterness tries to come through before another wave of vanilla toasty oak and reddish malts wash it away again.

Mouth has a nice creamy feel, plenty of nice carb almost fluffy.

Overall quite nice, the oak is really interesting, nice malts too, hops are a little on the lighter side but not too bad. It also seems like it wants to be boozy but doesn't quite get there, tricky. The imperial version should be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 14:14:41 | More by jlindros
Photo of rudzud


4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared between JLindros and myself as part of our hoarders membership.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear dark honeyed chestnut brown. Massive almost 3 finger head balloons out, leaving sticky lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice pine hops and intermingled oak barrel. The wood is faint but there, not nearly as malty as I thought it would be. Light spice notes as well. Quite nice.

T - Taste is more oaky than the I thought it would be...alot more earthy/oaky. Hops are much fainter, but the bitter pine is there mixing pleasantly with the potent oak and soft malts. Not much alcohol either. Nice light spicy hop finiish.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nicely carbonated yet somehow creamy. Very drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer from the bruery. Pleasantly different from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 21:04:24 | More by rudzud
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive cappuccino-like tan head over a hazy reddish brown body. Gobs of sticky, doughy lacing. Gushed a bit on opening.

Sweet nose of toasty red malt, vanilla, toffee, and orange-citrus and floral hoppiness.

Upfront there is a red malt twang with dark toffee that combines nicely with orange citrus and floral notes. Really smooth and balanced, the finish is dry with notes of vanilla, oak, and hop bitterness. A bit of complexity and layers of flavor.

Body is medium and the carbonation is moderate and round, producing a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really flavorful red ale and at 6.9% is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 04:49:17 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of ElSid


3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


On-tap at the Bruery

I was able to allocate two bottles of Black Tuesday for myself through the new online system. Since I was stopping by to pick up my bottles, I figured I would have a couple of glasses.

A: Deep copper brown with reddish-orange hues. This brew is topped off with an off-white foamy head which sticks around leaving blankets of foam atop this beer.

S: Earthy with notes of pine needles, faint citrus, along with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

T: Somewhat toasty with a good amount of bready maltiness. Earthy pine bitterness builds on the burnt sugary malt base to a warming alcohol finish with faint citrus highlights.

M: Good syrupy linger with moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel and incredible reticular retention on the glass.

O: As straightforward as a Bruery beer can get, this red ale boasts wonderful hop bitterness built upon a standard red ale malt base. Although somwhat lacking in malt complexity this brew is a decent hoppy take on the American Red Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 04:34:17 | More by ElSid
Photo of cradke


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: foggy and cloudy red and brown. a significant fine head. Thin fine heads lingers throughout the drink.

Smell: hops first, the sweetness is pronounced and catches me a bit off guard. Some oak and malt linger.

Taste: sharp pine hops up front, oak and malt through the middle with great sweetness throughout.

Mouthful: very pronounced fine head and coronation. A bit thin as it warms.

Overall: much more hop forward than i expected. very nice cartel and oak. Very much enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:48:18 | More by cradke
Photo of brotherloco


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a finger of dense beige foam. Settles to a light covering. Nice amount of lacing left in glass.

Holy cow, a hoppy beer from The Bruery! Aroma of juicy, citrusy hops, and caramel malt. Not sure if I'm picking up much oak, maybe a touch of vanilla.

Ah, oak comes through a lot stronger in the flavor. Citrusy hops and caramel malt from the aroma are more subdued and balanced by dry woody flavors. Some sweetness peeks out in the finish. A little bit of alcohol emerges as well, but only a touch.

Medium bodied with a good, supportive level of carbonation.

I'm glad I got the chance to try this "loakal".

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 22:51:28 | More by brotherloco
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Loakal Red from The Bruery
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