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Loakal Red - The Bruery

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493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 70 | FT: 5
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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Photo of MrKennedy
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.2/5  rDev -19%
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
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
2.25/5  rDev -43%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium, cream colored head that slowly disappears. Scent is very hoppy with some nice caramel malt aromas. Sweet fruits and light vanilla with just a bit of leather. Taste is reminds me of fresh baked bread, quickly followed by hops and a lot of vanilla. Nice, subtle oak presence as well. Caramel and chocolate malt linger with each sip as the hops and vanilla blend nicely. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with a nice, bitter-sweet finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I highly recommend drinking this beer with a fresh palate to really enjoy it and experience its complexities. I had it on tap at the brewery (after I had a couple bigger beers) and don't remember it being this good at all.

Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle courtesy of smarcoly, pretty fresh so I'm assuming they made this more than once? Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark amber colored body which is fairly clear once the chill haze wears off. A slightly off-white dense, bubbly head fills a huge portion of the glass and takes its time dissipating. Remaining is a thin splotchy retention cap with some nice sticky lacing.

S: Sappy and pine-forward hop notes initially, along with a huge complementary bitterness. Caramel malts, floral hop notes, a bit of roasted honey and citrus towards the back end. A very aromatic and almost juicy smelling nose. It reminds me of Nugget Nectar a bit, except much less citrusy.

T: Bright and bitter, sweet citrusy hops are evident first. The piney nature of this beer arrives mid-palate, along with a substantial malt base composed of caramel and toffee. It's obviously hop-forward; however the balance here is extremely nice.

M: Highly active carbonation, very lively for the style and just overall quite good. It does finish quite dry from the bitterness that lingers throughout but it's nothing that throws this entire mouth feel off.

Loakal Red was a very nice Amber, something I wouldn't have necessarily expected from The Bruery. It seems like this would have had to been made more than once as this is still extremely hoppy and bitter. I really enjoyed this one and think this would be a nice, crisp and easy addition to a year round line-up.

Photo of bs870621345
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Working my way through the beers my dad brought back. This is a winner for sure!

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a beautiful off white head and tiny bubbles. Not great lacing, but still a great looking beer.

Smells of citrus, pine, and grassy hops, light caramel malt and a vanilla oak like characteristic.

Taste opens with the bread and caramel with the hops washing over in waves. Its got a depth from the oak that brightens the finish with vanilla. This is fantastic! Very juicy is the only way I can describe the taste combined with the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and nice moderate mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a winner- and I though hottenroth was the best Bruery beer!

Photo of claspada
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, amber-copper colored body with a creamy, eggshell soapy/bubbly head. It leaves a nice sticky bubbly lacing on the glass as well.
Aromas begin with a nice soft juicy citrus peel fruitiness coupled with a sweet-scented light caramel maltiness and a faint breadiness. Next I get the oak aging and some more grapefruit hops as I further investigate.
The tastes begin with the bready and light sweet caramel malts, then the pineapple and citrus hop flavors. The aftertaste is made up of a nice light woody oakiness and a slight bitter finish from the hops. As it warms I can detect a nice spicy flavor, maybe from the yeast, which is unique.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium to high carbonation. The finish is nice and dry from the oak aging and the ample hops used in this beer.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. This is one of my new/current favorite styles (Imperial Red) and it is taken a step further and merged with my favorite style (wood-aged beers), so for me this is pure heaven. It's a beer that I could and would drink 365 days a year because of it's big, yet dry and crisp, very drinkable. Highly recommend, if you can find it (because it's only distributed locally), trade for it or look for it on a few websites that ship to several states outside of California.

Photo of jm1229
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle opened on 8/24 and poured into a belgian style stemmed glass.

A- Pours a deep red. Lots of carbonation in this pour; don't think it's entirely my fault. Head disappears and leaves lots of lacing. Looks tasty.

S- Very malty smell. Lots of caramel with a hint of citrus sneaking in through the back. Onward...

T- Follows the smell, but pretty complicated brew. Toffee notes on top of the already prevalent malt and citrus. Definitely can taste the oak and some dark fruits, probably cherries.

M- Very creamy. It coats your mouth completely. Nice stuff.

O- Really good beer. I'm a big fan of red beers (Nugget Nectar is one of my favorites when I'm at school in NY) and this one is definitely one of the better amber ales I've had. I do prefer my red ales to be more hoppy. While this is certainly more hop heavy than others of the style, everything takes a back seat to NN. Will buy again if given the opportunity.

Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.