Loakal Red - The Bruery
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4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
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".
06-03-2012 22:51:28 | More by brotherloco
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
06-02-2012 04:47:12 | More by AgentMunky
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
03-23-2012 05:17:40 | More by ngeunit1
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.
03-18-2012 22:11:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
03-15-2012 01:38:00 | More by jtmartino
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-05-2012 03:56:00 | More by DM1293
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
02-26-2012 00:11:23 | More by Drinkerofales
Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.