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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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4/5  rDev +1%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malty and fruity with some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt and herbal hops with a subtle caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

djrn2, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark amber-red color with a really nice light tan head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a fair amount of citrus and pine hops plus a bit of oak and some sweet amber malt. The taste brings more of the same with a fairly-strong oak presence plus some citrus and pine hops. Body is medium with a slight bitterness. Overall, a decent beer but a bit time and the flavors and scents never really seemed to pop or meld. Hopefully The Bruery will stray out toward styles like this more often, as this was a step in a positive direction.

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

brown color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it. Not much in the way of a head reaching up through it at all, in fact it was rather lifeless on the first pour, though the second got a bit better. Nice side glass lacing towards then end and some moderate carbonation coming up through it.

The aroma was sweet, nice touches of caramel malts and an almost candy like sweetness that was wrapped up nicely in a bit of a grassy, earthy, hop like nose. The flavor was more of the same, but I have to admit I am impressed here with this. Lots of alcohol in the flavor here, a bit of a hotness that I have not seen in the rest of the their beers. Lots of grainy malts, touches of light caramel and a mostly understated hop flavo

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a lightly clouded dark red/amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: I must say, a nice nose on this beer. Citrus hops in the form of grapefruit and oranges, and plenty of sweet caramel malt. Some vanilla notes from the oak, as well.

T: A fairly complex flavor, I must say. Sweet caramel and toffee along with a solid citrus hop character and a moderate bitterness. The oak again provides some vanilla character and there's a light spiciness and tannic quality from the wood, too.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: One of the few new beers from the Bruery that I've really been impressed with lately (of course, it's not Do It To Gruit). I'd gladly have another glass of this.

womencantsail, Oct 05, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +3%

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.

kylehay2004, Nov 27, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Quietly pours out a hazed, amber-tan body with a creamyish, off-white head.

Smell: Oaky, earthy aroma from the American oak barrels rounded by some soft, sweet-scented light caramel, a faint breadiness, and juicy citrus fruit peelings.

Taste: Sweetish flavors of caramel and candy made from orange blossom honey. Touch of apricot. In creaks a spicy, zesty, earthy toasted oak wood character, lightly tannic, and yielding a very small, very distant hint of vanilla. Citrusy, lightly floral hops with a modest amount of bitterness. Preserved oakiness on the drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty tasty. The restrained hop bitterness allows the quarter-oak to come forward a bit more, which I like, though hopheads may be left disdainfully shrugging their shoulders at this one.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

Burnished amber, beautifully bright and clear with a frothy white head.

The aroma is intense. Sharp resiny hops, grapefruit, caramelized malt, brash oak and cat piss (in a good way).

The palate is pretty complex, pine and grapefruit hop flavors are supported by a caramelized yet largely dry malt backbone. The use of fresh American oak barrels is evident; the beer has a spicy, tannic kick to it that contributes an interesting layer. The finish is fairly bitter and dry, oaky and spicy.

I had to try this beer a few times before I really got it. Although it's intended to be an easy drinking beer, it's pretty complex and unique. Recommended.

largadeer, Nov 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

nickfl, Nov 27, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one last night. It was a nice change of pace from all the massive stouts. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Pours with a giant billowing lightly tan foam that slowly settles to a solid cap and leaves behind sticky glass-coating lace. The body is a murky reddish brown color.

S - Great hop aroma, with big orange and tangerine citrus notes. There's a good amount of oak, and as it warms a caramel and sugar malt backbone emerges. I actually prefer the initial brash hoppiness over the more-balanced room temperature aroma, but it's quite good no matter how you slice it.

T - The taste is a bit of a step back. The hops don't "pop" quite as much, and instead impart a more herbal, pine, and catty character rather than the juicy citrus nose. There's a good amount of oaky vanilla, and of course the caramel and slight cotton candy malt base. Some bitterness, but not palate wrecking.

M - Medium-light body, zesty carbonation, and perhaps a touch gritty and tannic. Finishes dry, with some oily hop resins lingering.

D - This was very refreshing, and is one of the better Bruery beers I've had. There seemed to be a lot of oak considering only 25% of the beer was aged that way - after a half glass I felt I could do with a touch less. Still, definitely recommended, particularly while it's fresh.

MasterSki, Dec 01, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is red and mostly clear with a nice white head of small white bubbles. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is a little hoppy with a little bit of fruits in the palate. I was in such a good mood while I was drinking this.

Beer is pretty light in body and pretty fruity (in a good way) in the flavors. Its pretty hoppy and overall good. I like this beer, its not wonderful, its not an IPA but its a solid American red. Yum.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2010
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

jlindros, Apr 24, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

I had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color that is a bit cloudy. There are three fingers of thick off white head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Some malt sweetness, but the start is bitter citrus peel hops. Really nice.

Taste: This one is very hoppy. The citrus peel bitterness hits you right away, but there is a good amount of malt to balance things out well. The finish is bitter and mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good hoppy red ale. The hop profile along with the malt backbone worked together well. I would have this one again.

oline73, Oct 24, 2011
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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.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
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Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.