Loakal Red - The Bruery
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3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.
A - Hazy, brownish amber color with a thick pillow, several fingers high, of dark tan foam. Tons of lacing left on the glass as the foam slow dissipates. This is one of those beers that needs to be poured in stages - took at least 4 to fill the glass to an acceptable level after letting the foam die down a bit each time.
S - Tons of oak with some citrus mixed in. This is extremely woody on the nose with some lightly grapefruity hops, sugar sweetness and some caramelly malt on the side.
T - Hoppy bitterness up front, again - as with the aroma there is a very high woodiness to it. Bitter, light citrus, some spicy hops and sweet and lightly roasty malts.
M - Medium bodied, very foamy with a medium intensity carbonation. Again, I keep coming back to the wood aspects as a defining character in this beer.
O - Did I say this is very oaky/woody? Too high for my tastes. I think the wood seems to be smothering the hops a bit. Earthy and caramel/toffee malty sweetness helps but doesn't counteract the wood enough. Cut back the wood...or maybe it will mellow (unfortunately as well as the hops) and smooth out a bit with time, but not sure that will do it any service either. Somewhat enjoyable, but definitely not up there as one of my favorites either.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2011 13:21:01 | More by portia99
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