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Loakal Red - The Bruery

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very good

474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

MarkyMOD, May 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Braden, May 26, 2014
Photo of Zaplt
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zaplt, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BG718, May 18, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

djbreezy, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Scottie_A25, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

CaptainPancakes, May 12, 2014
Photo of stakem
2.2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Gusher warning!!!

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.

stakem, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Beermazter310, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

XicanoBeerRun, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Kramerwtmf, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

boesesfleisch, Apr 12, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/26/13

A - 4.25 - The beer itself is a nice clear orange amber color with a thick white head that sticks and leave nice lacing.
S - 4.5 - More complex than any other red ale I've had. Floral hop notes, orange, bready biscuity malt, sweet caramel malt too/sweetness from the oak aged portion, light oak
T - 4.5 - Citrusy, orange zest, floral, bready malt background, tiny bit of mellow oak flavor and vanilla. Very smooth.
M - 4.25 - Light drinking @ 6.5% ABV w the alcohol completely covered. Aftertaste is hop bitterness and breadiness from the malt.
O - 4.5 - It's an interesting concept, and a great red ale, but I was expecting to get more from the oak barrels. I guess with only 25% being aged in barrels you'd expect it to be pretty mellow.

ISmith87, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

rollncalguy78, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

apbaj, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Rubalaca, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Reappropriated, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mfield14, Mar 21, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A This is a beautiful beer--golden/orange that was reminiscent of an IPA rather than an amber or red ale
S Strong hop on the front end, a bit piney, slightly spicy with an almost coppery (in a good way) undertone
T the hop and the coppery taste is very strong on the initial taste, but the malty backbone rounds out the flavor into a balanced experience. very well balanced.
M this is my favorite aspect of the beer--simply terrific mouthfeel. perfectly carbonated for the flavor profile.
O This is a fantastic beer; very impressive. I think this is in my top two or three from The Bruery.

BingCrosby7, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Blahstarr, Mar 16, 2014
Loakal Red from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.