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Loakal Red - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by Cavery:
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Review from notes dated July 13th 2011

bottle shared with Klym after a provisions run.

A: Deep red with some lightness akin to candied apples. Egg white head of about three fingers. Pour wasn't so violent, but the foam kept rising! Wedding veil lacing all along the glass. This beer is ready for marriage.

S: Floral sweet and subtle hops up front. A light crescent bread note from the yeast, and a raw butter note in the finish. The wood really sweetens the hop, and dries all the fruits. Light herbal potency in the finish. All around solid smells.

T: Strong resin-free hop with accentuated floral notes. Caramel, vanilla, and dry apple sweetness. Herbal notes reminiscent of citrusy teas, lemongrass, and light green teas. Very delicious, and pleasantly surprising flavor transition after flavor transition.

M: A medium-full body with properly proportioned bubbles to flavor. There's a balance in here that does well with the wood, fizzy but not a wood-aged soda pop. Really just drinks like a fresh IPA. Delicate flavors on a solid wood-platter body.

O: Creamy delicious oaky delight. The wood plays masterfully with the hops. Hop freshness blended with the oak giving this a drier hop experience. It really drinks like a gentleman's IPA, meant for consumption on polo grounds and private golf clubs. Though this isn't a gimmick, the complexity of the flavor is the real deal. Would love to taste this fresh alongside a fresh nugget nectar. Battle for red deliciousness.

Cavery, Aug 05, 2011
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The Beers of California

#30

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.

ElSid, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Really glad I got to try this one. The beer pours an amber color with a huge white head. The aroma is classic red ale with a lot of caramel malt and a little bit of grass, but I also get a lot of oak notes from the barrel aging. While the aroma is good, the flavor is better and more complex. I get a lot of caramel malt notes, as well as some oak, maple and vanilla. I also get a little bit of cherry and other dark fruit in the aroma which is a welcome addition. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, relatively low alcohol barrel aged beer.

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On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazy, brown and red amber. Thin off-white head and plenty of lacing down the glass. This beer looks relatively thick.

This beer has an exceptional aroma about it--just a wonderful combination of caramel, baking bread, molasses, some sweet fruit, along with oak and earth. Tremendous! I wish every red could smell (something) like this!

Though the flavor did not translate nearly as well, and after the incredibly rich aroma, I was quite disappointed with the overall flavor. It seemed too muddy and earthy, with a hint of salty unpleasantness, without any of the vibrant sweet and bready components I found in the aroma. Surprising, because in this instance, the flavor did not at all follow the aroma.

Medium to thick bodied.

An ultimately disappointing red, if only because the aroma was so incredibly special! I'll certainly try this one again, hoping for something different. That smell alone is almost worth the purchase price!

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Obvious red color, good head and retention. Aroma was very complex, like the taste. Vanilla and citrus, more in the orange vein. The mouthfeel, you come across so much in different sips. Hoppy, then woody, then vanilla, then some spice, then more hop crispness.

This is my favorite red ale in the world. So many good red ales simply go for the ipa hopping. Sure, this has tons of centennials in it, and they are very complimentary, but this is no one trick pony. The 25% barrel aging really seems to be the perfect amount.

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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

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Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.