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Loakal Red - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

498 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-25-2010

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of claytong
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of Philousa
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of dbmernin83
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark burgundy, good lacing.
Pineapple, oak, malty on the nose.
Juicy pineapple and grapefruit hops. Sweet malts light wood. Very balanced. Everything I want in an amber.
Normal carbonation. Not a light amber. This is a BA's amber
This is what I expect from an amber ale. Delicious.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy amber with an inch-plus head of dense beige. A slow retreat revealed a solid skim coat for the duration and plenty of thick ropes of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with grapefruit, oak, pine, and sweet malt. A hint of roast with cut grass and vanilla follows through.

Medium bodied with a velvety mouthfeel.

Juicy, plump malt, ripe fruit, and resinous hops start the palate. Spruce, oaky tannins and a fading sweetness follow through.

Finishes with a building dryness, oak, roast, and red fruit.

Nice beer. The oak is a bit stronger than I had anticipated given the stated ratio on the bottle, but that's fine by me. Perfect for a New England fall afternoon.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, medium brown in color with lots of creamy, white head, that fades very slowly.

Smell: Malty, hoppy, oak, vanilla, slightly spicy.

Taste: Malty, hoppy, oak, vanilla, spices, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium - full bodied, medium abouts of carbonation, very smooth/creamy.

Overall: A tasty red ale. A bit heavy on the vanilla/oak charachter, but very complex.

Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Clear ruby colour.

Sm: Amber hops, yeast, light cherry esters, and a hint of ammonia. Moderate in strength.

T: Very oak-ridden, with light wine notes. It's got a strange tone to be sure. No yeast comes through. It's built simply, but balanced. Strange in an unwelcome way.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the style and taste fairly.

Dr: Drinkable for the relatively high ABV. Low quality.

Loakal Red from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.