Loakal Red - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | FT: 5
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-25-2010

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Ratings: 512 | Reviews: 127
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer just doesn't work for me at all. All I taste is wood.

Photo of cvm4
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a cloudy red mahogany body with a light tan one finger head.

S - Caramel and citrus at first that develops into oak and vanilla. The ending has a piney hop finish.

T - Typical red ale characteristics with an oak and vanilla backbone. Light piney hop finish.

F - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The full body & carbonation just really compliment this beer.

O - Solid red ale and the oak addition really adds to the beer.

Photo of DotBier
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemmed brewery tulip glass out of a 750 ML bottle.

What an outstanding, underrated beer!

Appearance: Light copper hue. Thick, practically whip cream head with great retention. I did expect this red ale to have a slightly darker hue.

Smell: Butterscotch and raisins with a hint of fresh raspberry. Very inviting nose.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with addition of oak and moderate hop bitterness. Hop profile brings pine, cat-pee ( in a good way?), and a bit of tropical fruit (could be from the yeast esters).

Feel: Mouthfeel is on point for the style. Just enough carbonation to lighten the complex flavors. Each sip definitely invites the next.

Considering that this beer is one of the staples of The Bruery's lineup, it might play second fiddle to many of their seekers. Don't miss out; this one is a true gem.

Photo of DrChompy
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy nose, malty finish. Great local brew. Seems to have changed a lot over the past few years.

Photo of Furlinator
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and bitter up front. Caramel malt on the finish.

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A fine hoppy brew from Bruery next to Humulus Lager. An auspicious brew from them where I hope they continue brewing hoppy brews.

A slightly malt and caramel forward brew with hints of almost raspberries and grapefruit. A decent bitterness cuts the sweetness as the oak and bitterness combine to finish off the brew.

Photo of Zaplt
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep clear orangeish ruby with a thick white two finger head with good retention.

Aroma - Caramel, citrus, vanilla, strong centennial hop profile,

Taste - Citrus, caramel , vanilla, dark fruit, strong fresh hops, light oak that comes through as the vanilla/woodyness . Not too full bodied but enough to carry the hops and oak well. Blends deliciously.

Overall - Complex yet balanced. Not over the top. I think they did a very good job with this one. Very approachable and also complex. The Bruery can do no evil.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A bit overkill on the head creation, with much staying power. Fistfull light tan and creamed tall billowing head. Initial glancing appearances are a murky brackish red muddy rust colored body. Some light provides a deep orange and some faint rising carbonation.

Lots of nice thick caramel and a hint of woody oak just barely. Some small floral and deep vanilla like tones match out nicely as well. Pretty solid.

Palate comes with a classic thick mouthfeel of oak aging. Lots of vanilla rich and thick cream like consistency and flavors. Matching caramel sweetness in the mid palate, and a sharp but also mellow hop finish on the end. Hop angle gravitates to a bit of fruit and peach and citrus character nicely, with the matching malt thickness and vanilla.

Overall quite a nice red amber ale, and uniquely made and tasting.

Photo of stakem
2.22/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Gusher warning!!!

750ml bottle I kept in the fridge for weeks at colder than ideal temperatures. I pulled it out to share, the cap came off and beer exploded out the top. After the cleanup of my entire kitchen...the brew appears a murky brown with yellowish stained cap. Some spotty to patchy lace sticks on the glass as the 5 fingers of head slowly fade.

The smell is an absolute mess...totally carbonic and mineral filled. Underneath is some caramel, toffee fruity alcohol/herbal to pine hops and oak. Really a shame that the major component of this brew's nose is minerals and carbonic character instead of what is advertised.

The taste follows suit with carbonic and mineral charcter. After trying to avoid the sheer flavor of carbonic acid, there are notes of raw oak and hops tasting herbal, catty and pine-like. It is bitter with faint caramel malt sweetness underneath/towards the back.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is explosively carbonated. Not that good, would not buy again. I cant believe this bottle didnt explode prior to me opening it. Im sure my experience is atypical of what the Bruery intended and what others have reviewed but I would never waste my money knowing this "might" be whats inside loakal red again.

Photo of ISmith87
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of BingCrosby7
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Samuel906
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of sbxx
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.