Loakal Red - The Bruery
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4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
Appearance - Deep clear orangeish ruby with a thick white two finger head with good retention.
Aroma - Caramel, citrus, vanilla, strong centennial hop profile,
Taste - Citrus, caramel , vanilla, dark fruit, strong fresh hops, light oak that comes through as the vanilla/woodyness . Not too full bodied but enough to carry the hops and oak well. Blends deliciously.
Overall - Complex yet balanced. Not over the top. I think they did a very good job with this one. Very approachable and also complex. The Bruery can do no evil.
05-23-2014 03:20:39 | More by Zaplt
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
05-18-2014 02:56:37 | More by smakawhat
2.2/5 rDev -44.4%
750ml bottle I kept in the fridge for weeks at colder than ideal temperatures. I pulled it out to share, the cap came off and beer exploded out the top. After the cleanup of my entire kitchen...the brew appears a murky brown with yellowish stained cap. Some spotty to patchy lace sticks on the glass as the 5 fingers of head slowly fade.
The smell is an absolute mess...totally carbonic and mineral filled. Underneath is some caramel, toffee fruity alcohol/herbal to pine hops and oak. Really a shame that the major component of this brew's nose is minerals and carbonic character instead of what is advertised.
The taste follows suit with carbonic and mineral charcter. After trying to avoid the sheer flavor of carbonic acid, there are notes of raw oak and hops tasting herbal, catty and pine-like. It is bitter with faint caramel malt sweetness underneath/towards the back.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew that is explosively carbonated. Not that good, would not buy again. I cant believe this bottle didnt explode prior to me opening it. Im sure my experience is atypical of what the Bruery intended and what others have reviewed but I would never waste my money knowing this "might" be whats inside loakal red again.
04-25-2014 13:13:45 | More by stakem
Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.