Loakal Red - The Bruery

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Ratings: 519
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

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-25-2010

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Reviews by Philousa:
Photo of Philousa
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rust, barely opaque. Lots of head and good lacing on the glass. Citrus hops greet the nose, followed by sweet and spicy amber malt, a hint of oak wood to finish. Sweet amber malt greet your tongue, followed by bitter hops and a bitter oak flavor lingers for a while. This brew is high in carbonation, but if you let it sit a while or swirl it a bit it evens out.

The sweet amber malt in this beer is great in flavor, but it's overtaken by the oak bitterness that lasts forever, wiping the sweet taste from your palate's memory. This also happened with The Bruery's Batch 300 Tripel. They really need to rein in the oak flavors. The overcarbonation wasn't really an issue, but worth noting. This is so close to being a great brew that I can taste it (get it?). That said, this is probably the most drinkable ales that The Bruery has produced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ElSid
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap right after Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain and then Cherry Chocolate Rain, and seriously, the taste of this still shined right through. Was so good I bought a bottle afterwards, and that was damn good too.

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.

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 nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a NB globe. Pours a slightly hazy red with a two finger white head that settles into a really creamy cap with good lacing. Smell is citrusy orange zest, lots of bright fruity hops, malty sweetness, some oak, and a slight homebrew tinniness. Taste is good, but I would have preferred more of the hops that were in the aroma. Some citrus and pine hops, malty sweetness, a hint of oak with a bitter finish. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation, a bit sticky. Very drinkable but not my favorite red. Smell was the best part of this beer, I bet it is amazing when it is really fresh.

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.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to nicks6217, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Poured an amber red, mostly foam (75% foam, 25% liquid at best) and this foam certainly gripped the glass and always stayed above a layer of film.

Smell was largely of candied hops, very sweet smelling and only briefly did any oak make its presence known. A little one dimensional, but a good sign of things to come. Expected vanilla from the oak, but that didn't happen for me.

Taste was the one dimensional candied hop from the nose hitting the tastebuds. It wasn't something that beated you into submission, more something that was always there, and not in a bad way.

I was a big fan of the mouthfeel, it managed to parch the mouth, presumably from the oak, while leaving you ready to come back for another sip.

Not what i expected, but overall, it is an ok beer for a tasting or a session. Drinkability was very good, taste was sweet and one dimensional.

Photo of mikey711
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try this one, again a very generous soul provided me with it

A: Muddy redish brown with waaaayyy to much head that took forever to go away. The lacing was good

S: Strong oak and vanilla tones along with some. A slight floral hoppiness and tons of toffee and caramel notes

T: A bit too sugary sweet for me with a hint pine hoppiness present in the finish.

M: Pretty smooth but slightly cloying

D: Happy to had tried this but do not think i would seek it out in the future. maybe if enjoyed fresher it would have been better

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottles are now showing up of this beer. And it is fantastic.

Pours a deep red. Great white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is very hop forward. Tons of citrus hops. Lovin the aroma.

Taste is great. Tons of hop flavor. Not a ton of bitterness but great hops in the flavor. Very citrusy. Great malty balance too. You can taste the slight oaky flavor too.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carb IMO but is very smooth.

Overall I could go to a bar and drink 4 of these in a row. Very easy drinking and very good.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Beachrez !!

served in my Bruery tulip

pours a deep ruby red and brown. slightly hazy. massive creamy and fluffy head. lacing all over the sides and a huge puffy cloud retention. its like an iceberg in my ale. this was beautiful.

very sweet and hoppy. nice orange and tangerine on the nose. light pine and grapefruit. a hint of booze.

lots of citrus fruit through out. same as the nose, orange and tangerine dominating. nice light pine and citrus with a slight resin and earthy flavor. very sweet through out. light malty backbone. grapefruit aftertaste.

very moderate body, very full. nice and light carbonation.

this is delicious. i love ambers.... this is nice and complex but very vivid. i would love to drink more of this.

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Provisions. Had this in a couple samplers.

The color of this beer is red, believe it or not. It's a deep crimson, rather clear, and a one-finger light beige head sits on top, fading to swirls and leaving good lacing.

The aroma is nice and hoppy, but not too much so. Caramel, oak, red berries, and earthy and citrusy hops.

The flavor is similar. The malt has the right about of sweetness. A great fruitiness comes through - maybe red currants? There's a nice caramel malty backbone with mild oak, grapefruity and floral hop notes.

Medium-plus bodied with average carbonation and a pretty nice mouthfeel.

An enjoyable one to drink overall. If you're going to classify this as an amber ale, it's really the class of the style. In my opinion though, this is venturing more into the imperial amber category. If you classify it as such, beers like Troegs Nugget Nectar and Green Flash Hop Head Red are certainly superior.

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 HalfFull
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a capped 750 ml. bottle. The Loakal pours a clear light copper amber with a prolific cap of light tan foam. Offers strong retention and lacing.

Light caramel aroma with slight hints of oak and light wafting hop notes. Nothing really grabs you but then it is an intriguing blend as nothing detracts either.

Flavor begins with a hoppy caramel note up front and is well balanced and not overly sweet. A flash of a lightly rummy oak follows along with an expanding hop nose with warming. Finishes with a woody toasted caramel that lingers nicely.

Sweetness is light for a Red Ale, carbonation is firm and pleasant. Oak notes are solid. Offers some dark raisin and brown sugar on the close. A good and characterful beer that resides, somewhat, within a not very preferred style. Well done.

Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy and dirty dark red with a big fluffy white head, long lasting and big retention.

The smell is dominated by sweet and bready caramely malts with a hint of brown sugar, rye and oak.

The flavor is very malty and bready with a light sweet and brown sugary with a light bit of citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a touch of resiny hops.

Overall its pretty good for a strong amber I like the buiscuity bready malts and the touch of rye with just a hint of oak.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to moosington for hooking me up with a bottle of this as an extra. Split with TulipSnifter.

A: Huge light almond colored head take up two thirds of my tulip on the initial pour. After subsequent additions, the body takes up more of the glass and reveals itself to be a dusky rust color. Huge clumps of sticky lacing hang on everywhere. Great look to this beer promises more to come. 5/5

S: Oh man... Big grapefruit up front with wood shop trimmings backing it up. Really good stuff here. 4/4

T: Very bitter citrus zest and pith, raw honey without the sweetness, vanilla, and spice and everything nice. The rusticness the wood lends here was expected but the huge hop presence is a nice surprise. I'm digging this a lot. 4.5/5

M: Moderate body, spritzy carbonation, and clean finishing. 5/5

D: High... Very high. Could've drank a whole bottle by myself... And reach for another! 5/5

Photo of Tripphop
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a trade extra from Loki83. Thanks man.

Even with a light pour, a rocky/pillowy head quickly froths up filling half the glass. It is a rich, frothy, cream colored Tuft that sits nicely on top of the brew and clings all over ther glass. The color is a deep burnt orange witha reddish glow to it.

Aromas are subtle, little hints of caramel and buttered biscuits with a racy orange peel and hop pungence. The flavors is ever evolving and different subleties are picked up with every sip.
At first it comes acorss as a simple red ale with a bright centennial hop finish. After careful swishing and contemplation, other flavors of orange, cream, vanilla, caramel, and bread come to the surface.

Really glad i got a chance to try this one. I have yet to be disappointed with a limited realease from The Bruery, this is a favorite of their line-up so far.

Photo of trappistlover
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(750ml bottle from Provisions Store). Pours dark copper with chunky 2 finger off-white head. Aroma has wood, orange and lemon pledge (perfumey). Taste has strong wood flavor, but the hops aren't as prominent as I thought they'd be. Medium bodied with a slick/creamy texture. Finish is smooth. Mouthfeel on this is fantastic. It just coats the mouth. I'm not a huge fan of oaked beers, but this one's pretty good.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I needed a beer after my Fed Tax final and this has been chilling in my refrigerator since the release of Black Tuesday, so here goes!

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a beautiful "red" hue. Over two fingers of massively fluffy tan head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipate slowly leaving great looking lacing. Looks damn good.

Smell - Nice juicy hops up front with tart citrus such as grapefruit and orange peel. Pine, oak, slight malt.

Taste - Wow. I am normally not that "into" American Amber/Red Ales but this tastes quite pleasant. I can immediately taste the oak barrels and almost hoppy spices. Pine, grapefruit, and more hops. There is not much of a caramel/malt backbone, which is great and honestly makes this beer work that much better for me personally. At the end, more bitterness and as it warms just a hint of vanilla and more oak. Honestly, I am glad I have another of these. A great beer to enjoy tonight.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied (on the lighter side of it), loads of carbonation that prickles the tongue, finishes a hint dry in the mouth yet oily on the tongue.

Drinkability - I have a feeling this may wear on me the more I drink the bottle and I may have wished I shared it with someone, but overall, was impressed by this beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA on 7/2/11

A - Poured a dark amber colour with one finger of foamy white head.

S - Caramel, citrus, bitterness and sweetness. Seems well balanced.

T - Caramel, toffee, citrus. A good hop bitterness and nice malt backbone that provides sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. An excelletn example of the style.

Photo of gregshead
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From written notes, reviewed on 11/29/10 -

A: Pours with a good finger of light tan head which dissipates but leaves behind a thin foam lining.

S: Red ale sweet smell with oak aromas

T: The oak taste dominates almost to the point where it tastes sour/tart. Sweet malt/caramel flavors to come to the palate. Doesn't completely the style for me.

M: Lots of carbonation fizzling on the tongue. Nice light feel.

D: I think it's a little strong in the oak tastes and doesn't fit the Amber/Red category. However, still a well made beer that I would enjoy having again.

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 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 jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a beautiful foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S - Big notes of citrus hops dominate, with a bit of a sweet caramel malt backbone. Hop aroma is pretty exotic and unique, I'm getting a lot of grapefruit and orange, but also some herbal notes (sage and thyme) and some tropical fruits (passion fruit and starfruit). Very nice.
T - Much mellower then the nose would suggest. There's still quite a bit of citrus hops, but the oak smooths out the bitterness nicely and adds subtle touches of vanilla and toffee.
M - Medium-bodied with medium-high, crisp carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.
D - Incredibly drinkable, I wish I could get more of this on a regular basis!

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Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.