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Loakal Red - The Bruery

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 529
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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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: 127 | Hads: 529
Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks again for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a cloudy mahogany reddish brown color. Produced some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A sweet yet malty profile. Subtle fig and apricot fruits meets a hoppy bitterness.

(T)- Nice amber malt meets an almost candied fig-like sweetness. Plenty of bitter pine on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very malty and sweet with that candied-like citrus with a hefty hoppiness to it. Its almost like its an american red ale only dessert.

(O)- This strongly reminds me of Bells' This goes to 11 Ale, but this one might have a better balance and a touch less of a massive hop profile.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into my Bruery tulip. Pours out a deep, dark red/orange with about an inch and a half of off-white head. Amazing lacing coats the glass until the end, thick and sticky!

Citrus, caramel, oak and toffee start the smell off very nicely. There is a hint of vanilla near the end.

Citrus and oak start the taste off, I could swear that more than 25% of this is barrel aged. Very fresh oak taste as well. Toffee and grass follow with what tastes like a hint of brown sugar. The finish is grassy with a bit of lemon rind. Very interesting flavors. The mouth is a touch thin and heavily carbonated.

Though I'm not always an amber ale drinker, I was in the mood, and this went above and beyond my expectations. I always expect a lot from The Bruery, and they certainly deliver with this one. Glad they finally shipped it outside of OC!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. 8.49. Not sure why but it appears that The Bruery either stopped dating bottles or just doesn't date any bottles sold through their store. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours hazy russet red/brown with a fluffy three finger cap of sand colored head. The head fades slowly and leaves large lace splotches.

Smells of light citrus, bready, mild toffee, oak and vague vanilla.

The taste of citrus hops is nice and up front. Mandarin orange, lemon zest, slight pine, caramel, wheat bread, oaky vanilla, toffee and a trace of cherry skin bitterness. Many layers of flavor.

Medium bodied and semi slick with a lively effervescence. Softly bitter muted earthy yet citrus hoppy finish.

A mighy fine red ale. Nice hop character with an even nicer complex enjoyable oaky malt body. I enjoyed this much more than the Imperial Loakal Red. This has a great balance to it with no noticeable alcohol. I'll definately buy this again when I see it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared between JLindros and myself as part of our hoarders membership.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear dark honeyed chestnut brown. Massive almost 3 finger head balloons out, leaving sticky lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice pine hops and intermingled oak barrel. The wood is faint but there, not nearly as malty as I thought it would be. Light spice notes as well. Quite nice.

T - Taste is more oaky than the I thought it would be...alot more earthy/oaky. Hops are much fainter, but the bitter pine is there mixing pleasantly with the potent oak and soft malts. Not much alcohol either. Nice light spicy hop finiish.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nicely carbonated yet somehow creamy. Very drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer from the bruery. Pleasantly different from the norm.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive cappuccino-like tan head over a hazy reddish brown body. Gobs of sticky, doughy lacing. Gushed a bit on opening.

Sweet nose of toasty red malt, vanilla, toffee, and orange-citrus and floral hoppiness.

Upfront there is a red malt twang with dark toffee that combines nicely with orange citrus and floral notes. Really smooth and balanced, the finish is dry with notes of vanilla, oak, and hop bitterness. A bit of complexity and layers of flavor.

Body is medium and the carbonation is moderate and round, producing a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really flavorful red ale and at 6.9% is very drinkable.

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Photo of ElSid
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of cradke
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: foggy and cloudy red and brown. a significant fine head. Thin fine heads lingers throughout the drink.

Smell: hops first, the sweetness is pronounced and catches me a bit off guard. Some oak and malt linger.

Taste: sharp pine hops up front, oak and malt through the middle with great sweetness throughout.

Mouthful: very pronounced fine head and coronation. A bit thin as it warms.

Overall: much more hop forward than i expected. very nice cartel and oak. Very much enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a finger of dense beige foam. Settles to a light covering. Nice amount of lacing left in glass.

Holy cow, a hoppy beer from The Bruery! Aroma of juicy, citrusy hops, and caramel malt. Not sure if I'm picking up much oak, maybe a touch of vanilla.

Ah, oak comes through a lot stronger in the flavor. Citrusy hops and caramel malt from the aroma are more subdued and balanced by dry woody flavors. Some sweetness peeks out in the finish. A little bit of alcohol emerges as well, but only a touch.

Medium bodied with a good, supportive level of carbonation.

I'm glad I got the chance to try this "loakal".

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No visible dates.

A: A generous two and half fingers of tight, creamy head. Brownish, translucent amber.

S: Fresh citrus hops are balanced by caramel(?) malts. Some toffee notes, a sweetness that might derive from oaking.

T: Good, but not great. The strong hops (Centennial) are lightly onion-y, which doesn't mesh as well with the woody-vanilla undertones. Hops definitely outshine the amber malt base. Drinkable, crisp, and refreshing. A pretty solid red ale with an interesting oak flourish.

M: Lightly carbonated, smooth, full-bodied, and fresh.

O: Great potential, good execution, not quite 'different' enough to click with me. Certainly drinkable, recommendable, but unspecial and not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an almost clear reddish-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet lightly toasted caramel malts, toffee, oak, vanilla, and citrus hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramel malts with some oak and some citrus hops and light bitterness. Through the middle, some strong vanilla notes come through with a bit more citrus hop flavor and some toasted caramel malt. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, sweet caramel, and some citrus hops.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and vanilla finish.

D - Very drinkable. The barrel aging really adds a great dimension of complexity to the beer that starys very balanced with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jtmartino
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served via bottle into my Green Flash Le Freak snifter. About 6 months old. Pours a beautiful dark amber, similar to the color on the label. A mix of micro and macro bubbles ringing the glass.

Smell is rich - sweet malt and oak. Mild citrus, some herbal hoppy notes.

Taste pairs well with the smell - rich toasted oak and malt, some light citrusy hoppiness with accompanying bitterness, and a little toffee and caramel.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice for this style of beer that mellows out its oak spice and hoppy bitterness.

This is a great offering from the Bruery. It's a fine example of when a brewery takes a nice red ale and hits it with some oak. A well-rounded beer...my only significant complaint is the high price (as with most Bruery beers.) Will see how it holds up with another 6 months of aging.

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Photo of DM1293
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taste - This is an interesting Red. The toasty malt and hops work well together, and the oaked aspect really enhances the overall flavor. The end result is not too dry and not too sweet.

Overall - I think that being in-between a dry and a sweet sort of Red Ale is kind of holding it back. The finish is where I have an issue; it kind of trails off into a blandness. But the initial hit is fantastic and flavorful. I still like it, but I would only really drink it with a complimenting food.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts out murky copper, but ends up almost brown. A big tan head leaves plenty of lacing and makes an island of foam which floats in my beer until I finish it.

Smell is oak, not strong, but mostly. There are some roasted malts in the smell, but in the back seat to the oak.

Tastes starts out with the oak and toasted bready malts. The middle brings a light hop tang and then an almost lemony finish.

Texture is silky and almost creamy. The lively carbonation makes the medium light body easy to drink.

I have seen this in all the local stores and have wanted to try it. Finally bought one where I found the best price and was not disappointed. Price is a little on the high side, but the barrel aging makes this quite unique.


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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange/apricot color with a 1.5 finger white head that settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of sweet malt notes, bready yeast and subtle funk.  Hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit and light fruit.  Not as hoppy as expected.

Medium bodied with a dry, resinous hop presence that lingers over sweeter notes into a dry finish.  
More hops than nose suggests. Subtle creamy texture with some faint citrus that gives off some sweetness to balance the  malt presence.  Hints of caramel, toffee and bready yeast but hops are still prominent.  . Decent amount of dry bitterness but still well balanced with above average drinkability.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source.

Pours a murky amber/red hue with a bubbly head that has great lacing and retention.

The nose is full of oak, citrus rind, tangy cedar, and subtle vanilla.

Taste is earthy with spicey oak/cedar notes. Citrus fruit rind and grapefruit pulp as well. Tons of wood, earth, spice, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium bodied, well carbonated, and spicey.

Simultaneously delicious and interesting.

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Photo of downhilldrift
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Loakal Red is one of my favorite brews from The Bruery. The great color is an inviting sight, and the aroma that goes along with it really prepare you for the first flavorful sip. The head was impressive, and stuck around for a while. The first smell was typical of a red amber, and the second yielded a wood grain scent. The first sip was very flavorful, and the wood grain scent stuck around for the taste as well, giving a smoked grain aftertaste. Definitely a smooth taste that lasted for the rest of the glass.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a a FFF pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber almost light brown color with a nice thick and frothy 2 inch head. The head is a slight ecru/off-white color with some extremely creamy and dense bubbles. The head last forever with some nice sticky lacing. (4.0)

S - Delicious slightly resiny hops with some mild Centennial citrusness. That is then mostly enveloped by some nice sweet slight caramel malts. Awesome balance of caramel sweetness and resin filled grassy hops. Very nice nose. Pretty typical of a Amber Ale but with really well crafted. (4.0)

T & M - Starts off with some nice caramel sweetness followed by some grassy, almost hemp like hops. Very similar to the nose. There is definitely some nice woody oak characters in the background of the malt and hop notes. There is some nice slight caramel mixed in with some citrus and hop resin. SLightly piney. The wood adds different more earthy dimension to this brew and style. There is also a pretty nice malt and fresh bread backbone. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing but with a lot of flavor. Pretty solid offering. (4.0) (4.0)

O - Overall I really enjoy Red Ales with this much flavor. I feel like CA does a good job producing ales of this type. See Hop Head Red by Green Flash. Very flavorful and well crafted. Delicious. (4.0)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown colored beer with some red highlights. Pretty big, tan-colored head with a lot of stick and lace on the side.

S - Nice and unexpected hops presense in this red. Decent oak, nice malt backbone, great smelling beer.

T - Really like this beer. Nice caramel malt presence with a bit of wood and vanilla. Hops are presence, but slightly muted. Great flavors if you like a hoppy take on a red.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Great beer, wish they would throw this into 4 or 6 packs so I could drink it regularly. I guess it's a bit of a process to make it unfortunately, as I'd love to drink a lot of this.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of claytong
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - a dark crimson mahogany in color. off white head that sticks around a bit.

smell - hops, wood, typical amber malts

taste - wood is off a bit and not mixing well with this hops for me, i dont like ipa or dipas aged in wood generally and this is what this is like for me.

mouthfeel - medium and medium on carbonation and body. a bit of sticking in the mouth.

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Photo of Philousa
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.