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Loakal Red - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 67 | FT: 6
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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DarthKostrizer

California

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Brownish red with beautiful 1 inch foamy tan head and good retention and good lacing

Smell: Floral hops up front with some bittering hops and caramel malt on the back end

Taste: This beer has an almost perfect balance of malt to hop. The centennial hops taste ridiculously fresh and give the beer just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to medium to high carbonation levels with a bit of a dry finish

Overall: I think it goes without saying that I really really liked this red to the point where it might be the best red I have had to date. Great flavor and incredible balance.

07-27-2011 03:27:46 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ptykozoon

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours a pretty maple red with a nice ring.

Chocolate, raisin, sweet fruit, cherry, oak. Smells brilliant.

Taste is non-comparable to the smell, very subtle and light. Orange, light light fruits, hops. Very mellow.

Dry, bitter mouthfeel.

The nose is wonderful, but the taste is less dominating than anticipated.

07-19-2011 23:20:46 | More by ptykozoon
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

Really glad I got to try this one. The beer pours an amber color with a huge white head. The aroma is classic red ale with a lot of caramel malt and a little bit of grass, but I also get a lot of oak notes from the barrel aging. While the aroma is good, the flavor is better and more complex. I get a lot of caramel malt notes, as well as some oak, maple and vanilla. I also get a little bit of cherry and other dark fruit in the aroma which is a welcome addition. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, relatively low alcohol barrel aged beer.

07-19-2011 01:19:30 | More by Mora2000
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bashiba

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured a cloudy and dirty dark red with a big fluffy white head, long lasting and big retention.

The smell is dominated by sweet and bready caramely malts with a hint of brown sugar, rye and oak.

The flavor is very malty and bready with a light sweet and brown sugary with a light bit of citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a touch of resiny hops.

Overall its pretty good for a strong amber I like the buiscuity bready malts and the touch of rye with just a hint of oak.

07-19-2011 00:57:37 | More by bashiba
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA on 7/2/11

A - Poured a dark amber colour with one finger of foamy white head.

S - Caramel, citrus, bitterness and sweetness. Seems well balanced.

T - Caramel, toffee, citrus. A good hop bitterness and nice malt backbone that provides sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. An excelletn example of the style.

07-14-2011 13:38:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Klym

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours a black cherry with dark red patches throughout. Plenty of head to this one, it's worth being very cautious on the pour. The lacing is sporadic but plentiful.

S: What a wonderful smell. Such a solid and intoxicating citrus hop intensity, with a hint of some salted caramel.

T: It starts out strong in the citrus hops then goes into the salted caramel spectrum with some herbal hoppiness and a little classic red savoriness in the end. This is extremely delicious, and such a beautiful execution of a hop-centric flavor without just being a hop burn massacre.

M: I can't think of any holes to poke in the mouthfeel. The sensations and flavors really centralize in the tongue and almost radiate from there in the rest of the mouth, with everything being spread out and balanced. Perfect carbonation and excellent body.

O: I can't believe that this is an amber ale, as it has a hop character that rivals some of the best IPAs out there and really does a fantastic job of playing up and balancing its flavors. I'm shocked people don't flip out more over this beer; as simply a beer it's fantastic and as an in-style comparison it's out of this world. I would try this again and again. Excellent drinkability and pleasure in this one.

07-14-2011 01:48:57 | More by Klym
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otterbaub

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Great Beer for being unfiltered and cold, there was no sign of cloudiness to it.

good flavor. First thing that hits you is the oak, after that resides nice citrus.

after my 2nd or 3rd sip the alcohol kicked me in the face granted its at 6.9% abv. I would have like it to be a little more hidden.

othere than that Great beer Available only in CA.

Keep up the good work , Bruery Guys.

07-12-2011 04:14:35 | More by otterbaub
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- Pours a brownish-orange, almost red when held up to the light. Explosive creamy tan head, that never really fades, leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Spices, wood, cherries, vanilla, citrus.

T - Fruit, wood, spices, very complex here.

D - Super carbonated, very interesting beer.

O - I enjoyed this, very unique and complex flavor all over the place, but they work well together.

06-02-2011 01:29:58 | More by HuskyinPDX
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

750ml poured into cervoise.

A - Pours a hazy copper with red and roan hints. HOLY CRAP head! I poured this beer so slow that barely any was coming out and it still foamed all over the place. It literally took about 20 minutes to settle and achieve a half poured glass. Yikes.

S - Nice fresh forest, pine, a kind of log cabin smell with nice caramel and toffee malts.

T - The description on the label indicates a sawn log component to it, and they were right! Nice piney hops with a huge oak component. Decent caramel malt backbone, some vanilla and a touch of pepper.

M - Way too much carbonation, very fizzy in the mouth. Somewhat tacky from the caramel.

O - I would like to try this one fresh off the tap, I have a feeling it would be quite different. I love the 'outdoor' flavour component to this and would have it again for sure.

05-20-2011 19:02:58 | More by OakedCanuck
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beagle75

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with over one finger of persistent parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild but decidedly woody and resinous, with dark citrus and faint vanilla. The malt backbone is similarly restrained, smelling of slightly metallic crystal malt.

T: Begins off-dry, with caramel, pine, newly-sawn oak, and dark flavors of citrus and roast. Acidity is moderate but smooth, decidedly citric in quality, adding to appeal. The middle is very earthy and tea-like, with a mineral edge that returns, tasting of hard water in the mildly bitter vanilla finish. Whiffs of transient oak linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, watery but smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: There are a few beer styles that are more likely to cause a certain type-casting of their producer; the kind of association which, for better or for worse, will forever connect brewer to style. American IPA is one such style, and the Bruery seems intent on not having their reputation tied to it. The practical outcome is that they find all sorts of other, less-conventional vehicles for hops delivery. Here, they pack a hoppy red ale with a lot of assertive oak--it is definitely not an IPA, but it stands in well enough. If anything, it is one of the most reserved and understated of all their more popular hoppy beers: less focused on the hop profile than Humulus Lager, and less intense in general than Cornballer or Old Richland. It drinks easily, but lacks that compelling extreme-ness of its cousins.

05-20-2011 16:43:35 | More by beagle75
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The3rdbeer

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A- Poured into a Bruery Tulip glass rather vigorously producing a 2 1/2 finger head that retained for a minute at least now is at a foamy cover. Wonderful dark red hue with a khaki head.

S- Amazing! the smell here is incredibly balanced and outstanding, like a mulled cider, with the wonderful sweetness of the malt and the subtle bitterness of the hops.

T- Follows the smell just the same, in the taste I get some lite citrus but mostly the oak and the great malt and hop levels here even everything out nicely with a spice background.

M- Lite and refreshing just perfect with the flavors here, I almost wanted more but then Had to respect the style. Its perfect and I could want nothing more here.

O- I will drink again, thinking about pairing this with some apple pie!

05-12-2011 07:06:10 | More by The3rdbeer
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Hazy, brownish amber color with a thick pillow, several fingers high, of dark tan foam. Tons of lacing left on the glass as the foam slow dissipates. This is one of those beers that needs to be poured in stages - took at least 4 to fill the glass to an acceptable level after letting the foam die down a bit each time.

S - Tons of oak with some citrus mixed in. This is extremely woody on the nose with some lightly grapefruity hops, sugar sweetness and some caramelly malt on the side.

T - Hoppy bitterness up front, again - as with the aroma there is a very high woodiness to it. Bitter, light citrus, some spicy hops and sweet and lightly roasty malts.

M - Medium bodied, very foamy with a medium intensity carbonation. Again, I keep coming back to the wood aspects as a defining character in this beer.

O - Did I say this is very oaky/woody? Too high for my tastes. I think the wood seems to be smothering the hops a bit. Earthy and caramel/toffee malty sweetness helps but doesn't counteract the wood enough. Cut back the wood...or maybe it will mellow (unfortunately as well as the hops) and smooth out a bit with time, but not sure that will do it any service either. Somewhat enjoyable, but definitely not up there as one of my favorites either.

04-19-2011 13:21:01 | More by portia99
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Enjoyed on 04.16.2011 from a 750ml brown Bruery bottle poured into a imperial, measured pint glass.

A: Pours with a good finger-and-a-half of light,tan head that dissipates while leaving behind a thin foam lining.

S: The absolute BEST smell to a beer I've sniffed in a long while. I sincerely smelled the nose of the sample at the Bruery Provisions in Orange 3 times longer than I took a taste. Alas, it tastes true to the label: red ale sweet smell with oak aromas

T: Sour/tart. Sweet malt/caramel flavors at the palate. True to style (USA Amber/Red)

M: Lots of carbs. Nice light feel. A bit compared to Sam Adams Irish Red (don't hate it until you've tried it, BA'ers).

D: A bit strong in the oak tastes and is a bit outside the Amber/Red category. However, still a well made beer that I really would love to bottle as a fragrance (although the missus might disagree...)

04-17-2011 00:30:12 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

Picked up a 750ml at Bruery Provisions this evening.

Pours with a fairly short, tan, tight-foam head that fades to a ring, with a nice amount of lacing. Body is murky amber brown.

Aromas are tame - spicy herbal quality with touch of citrusy hops.

Flavors are good for the style. Nothing is overdone. Good vanilla sweetness to balance the the tight, citrusy hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

This is a really enjoyable beer that I wish I could try on draft. Just glad I had a chance to have one while out here.

04-13-2011 04:56:46 | More by BeerImmediately
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dookiepower

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Capped and poured into a Tulip

Appearance- Gorgeous two finger head, with deep red/brown hued body and a deep red heart. Slow head retention that left great lacing on the glass.

Smell- A bit hoppy, with a bit of malt and vanilla. Generally a very nice smelling beer that smell's very smooth. A little sweet as well.

Taste- The taste is a great mixture of malt and hoppiness. It has a bit of oak and vanilla coming through as well. It has a nice lingering bitterness that is very pleasing on the palate. A little touch of alcohol on the back end with the oak.

Mothfeel- Fairly well carbonated. It has a nice medium body that is not too heavy or too light. It also coats my mouth nicely and is very drinkable.

Overall- A very nice red ale, a very enjoyable beer to drink especially with some salami and cheese.

04-11-2011 03:13:24 | More by dookiepower
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

393rd review on BA
Draft to tall pint

App- It's a very red looking beer but can be seen through. Looked very good in the glass with some cling and a nice one finger head.

Smell- This was one of those beers I took a whiff and let warm a little to release some more flavors. I got nothing on the first whiffs. Hops came first and then some nice malt flavors followed. The OAK part of the name was last to arrive and added another level of smells as well.

Taste - This is a good Amber/Red. The idea to have a medium ABV with the Oak flavors has always intriqued me. I had this again on tap and was impressed by the striking balance of hops and malts but also the level of flavors imparted by the oak with vanilla and softness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonated and leaves a great vanilla malt taste at the end.

Drink- One of those beers again I forgot about how good it was because it has been so long. I will have this again for sure. Good amber with strong flavors and well balanced.

04-10-2011 04:42:17 | More by FosterJM
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joecast

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Just had to have this during a visit to the tasting room. Great dark amber with a big frothy tan head.

Incredible mix of sharp citrus hops and peppery spicy wood. Unbelievable intensity from the hops and wood that combines like no other beer. Whether you are a fan of hops or barrel aging this beer has something for you. Huge character from both fronts.

Big sweet malt character comes through enforcing the oak side of the family. Not to be out done the hop bitterness and flavor pushes through to make itself known. Neither is really dominant though both are considerable.

The only downfall of this beer is that there is so much going on that one pint (maybe two) is probably enough. Once you spend a few minutes really focusing on what is going in here I am ready to move on. This is a great beer but drinkability suffers due to the immense hop malt and oak character.

04-09-2011 05:03:11 | More by joecast
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ratedz

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Received in a trade with MrTopher. Thanks, Chris!

A - As soon as I popped the cap, a stream of foam came streaming up and out of the bottle. Very little was lost. Pours a slightly hazy amber color. HUGE off white, with a hint of red, pillow-like head. The head consumed about half of the glass and I had to wait for it to subside before I could pour a little more into the glass.

S - Sweet toffee malts, vanilla, and some oak. A slightly floral hop aroma.

T - Starts off with the sweet toffee and a fair amount of oak. After the sweetness fades, some bitter hops come into play. Finishes slightly dry.

M - Medium bodied, average carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. The oak adds an extra layer of complexity not typically found in a red ale.

03-26-2011 00:26:40 | More by ratedz
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

(750ml bottle from Provisions Store). Pours dark copper with chunky 2 finger off-white head. Aroma has wood, orange and lemon pledge (perfumey). Taste has strong wood flavor, but the hops aren't as prominent as I thought they'd be. Medium bodied with a slick/creamy texture. Finish is smooth. Mouthfeel on this is fantastic. It just coats the mouth. I'm not a huge fan of oaked beers, but this one's pretty good.

03-19-2011 04:44:30 | More by trappistlover
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chickencoop

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Huge chunky pour, had to wait forever to get this in the glass, but once it was in there, a beauty. Definate oak in the nose, but some stong hops as well. Just to put it out there, not much of a fan of the oak-aged beers yet, but this may change me. It wasn't overpowering with the oak, just a suttleness that adds a ton of character to the 6.9% brew, which is welcomed compared to many of the other over the top oakey brew on the market. This won me over on drinkablility, very easy to put down, and enjoy all of the flavors, and not be worried about being ripped, good stuff.

03-08-2011 03:13:49 | More by chickencoop
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srandycarter

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Amber tinted brown, very murky, lots of floaties. On the plus size, impressive chunky clunky head with amazing retention and lace that deserves its own category.

S - Deep malt character, something in there smells sharply bitter. Nice smell.

T - Yum. Big red malter, with more than enough bitterness to hush it up. Somewhat spicy in the finish. Wood is apparent at end. Maybe that is where I am getting 'spice' (tannins?)

M - Over the top carbonation but still works. Nice balance. Medium body. Pretty clean finish.

D - It's a keeper. Looking forward to my second glass.

03-02-2011 02:43:13 | More by srandycarter
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -21%

Excited to try this one, again a very generous soul provided me with it

A: Muddy redish brown with waaaayyy to much head that took forever to go away. The lacing was good

S: Strong oak and vanilla tones along with some. A slight floral hoppiness and tons of toffee and caramel notes

T: A bit too sugary sweet for me with a hint pine hoppiness present in the finish.

M: Pretty smooth but slightly cloying

D: Happy to had tried this but do not think i would seek it out in the future. maybe if enjoyed fresher it would have been better

02-22-2011 00:55:37 | More by mikey711
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

Appearance: Small head, decent head and lace. Amber-copper pour.

Smell: Plane jane hops and malts, similar to some random beer one might get at a bar when ordering an "amber"

Taste: Very malty amber ale; very standard.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, agressive carbonation. Very dry.

Drinkability: None of us were crazy about this one, not my favorite Bruery offering.

02-04-2011 03:19:25 | More by craytonic
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance:

A huge thanks to BA whiterascal for this beer that she brought back for me while in Cali! I pulled the cap of this large bottle and was glad to hear a loud hiss. I poured this into a English Imperial Pint glass and was left with a healthy two finger thick head that faded quickly to just a thin lacing. Deep ruby red color, with some brown and copper hues with and a decent amount of lacing when I give a swirl.

Smell:

Wow! bright American citrus hops that showcase tangerines, grapefruits, and lemons. There is some heat alcohol on the nose with toffee, brown sugar, biscuits and white pepper that round out the finish.

Taste:

I wish this was a beer that I could find on a regular basis. Sharp hop flavors that are just so delicious and wrapped around a backbone of oak which is prominent. Sticky, waxy citrus resin, some vanilla and spice. Toffee and caramel maltiness which actually leaves a nice dry aftertaste which is long a delicious.

01-30-2011 00:13:39 | More by Bmoyer0301
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KevinBrewer

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

A- Clear brownish red with a billowing tan head that lasts forever and sticks all the way down the glass.

N- This beer has a very deliciously interesting smell. The malt and oak meld together to create a chocolate chip cookie type aroma. Some vanilla that seems to be part of the cookie character. A light grassy hop aroma adds a nice complexity to the nose.

T- Sweet oaked malt with a touch of vanilla hits the palate at first, and the sweetness seems to drop out rather abruptly in the middle. Dry oak and hops take over as the sweetness fades. Fresh cut grass and grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Full and sweet at first, the mouthfeel seems to thin when the dryness sets in toward the middle. Very carbonated. It could stand less carbonation actually.

D- I really think anyone who likes barrel-aged beers will enjoy this one. A fresh take on a classic style. Well done.

01-29-2011 05:41:06 | More by KevinBrewer
Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.