Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red - The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal RedPreservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Loakal Red is just what you expect, a bigger, maltier, more intense version of our hoppy, oaky red ale. Coming in at nearly double the abv of regular Loakal Red, this beer retains the essence of the base beer with notes of citrus, vanilla and oak, but brings it all to that next level. Definitely a great one to share with friends.

(Beer added by: jvillefan on 02-23-2013)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Cloudy red-brown with a finger of lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, oak.

T - Rich sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, resiny bitterness, oak, vanilla, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with lots of carbonation. Very smooth for an imperial red with a bitter and warming finish.

D - Excellent and very balanced imperial red ale. Excellent hops profile and bitterness.

This beer is in my wheelhouse big time. It may be too malty for some. I love the balance of this beer, even with a touch of booziness on the finish. This is one of my favorite new beers from The Bruery.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: There is a two finger brown/ivory thick head with a muddy brown/amber body.

S: Hops are the first thing to come off this beer. Very strong citrus aromas. There is also a very potent caramel malt as well. There is no EtOH which is surprising for a 12% beer.

T: It is both simultaneously a hop bomb and a malt bomb. The hops are bitter, citrus, and pine. The malts are toffee (very strong), caramel, with a tiny bit of roast. There flavors are very independent and don't really work together.

M: Very heavy and silky body with a surprisingly pleasant carbonation for a 12% beer. There is a touch of alcohol there but it is well hidden.

O: Great beer worth a try. Get this beer when it is released in bottles in about a month.

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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a very dark mahogany brown with an extremely dense, extremely huge dark tan head that frothed up in the glass and took forever to collapse into a thick rocky head. Sheets of sticky lace coat the entire glass as the head faded. Looks better than the original.
S: Huge notes of juicy citrus dominate including fresh tangerine, grapefruit, slight booze, slight oak barrel, and a kiss of toast and bready malt.
T: Very bitter, very rich and very powerful flavors of bitter yet juicy sweet citrus hops, herbal hop resin, caramel, slight honey, spicy oak barrel finish, and viscous alcohol. The aftertaste is resinous and bitter.
M: full body, thick, viscous, oily, greasy and slick mouthfeel, warming booze but not hot or distracting. Drinkable but definitely a powerful sipper.
O: the original is a bit more approachable but this beer keeps its promise and takes loakal red to the next level. Drinkable and delicious.

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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy red-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, oak, vanilla, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, good resiny bitterness, oak, vanilla, some a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter and warming finish.

D - Fantastic balanced imperial red ale. Good hops profile and bitterness.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Giving this second bottle from the Preservation Society membership a go, even though I had been bitterly disappointed by Sans Pagaie. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Shared with my brewing buddy for obvious reasons. Review is from my notes.

Pours a reddish, thickened hazy amber color that greatly resembles a Belgian dubbel. Carbonation is very present, and indeed, a a frothy, creamy off-reddish head rises to the top of the glass 4 fingers high. Bubbles masquerade around the edges of the glass, and yeasty cloudiness coats the liquid progressively upon the first pour. Head retention is pretty good, and never fully lets go. Lacing is excellent, and you can tell from every swirl that this is a resinous product. Definitely up there with some of the better Belgian-style beers I've seen in recent years (even though, from what I can gather from this, it's NOT meant to be one of those).

The aroma consists of a surprisingly hoppy, citrus laden character overall alongside slight toasted maltiness and aspects imparted from the oak. The Bruery is not known for having any hoppy beers to speak of overall, but this one definitely is doing the trick for me - especially as I love hoppy amber ales. Pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, as well as an undeniable herbal, tobacco focused aroma that is slightly rustic and toasted. The oak is extremely subtle, but it's definitely imparting those latter characteristics. Not getting too much sweetness, but rather getting the faded hoppy aromas that occur with aging these kinds of beers. Indeed, with the inordinately high ABV, this could be on its road to becoming an unusual barleywine hybrid. To me, it's very balanced, and barely boozy, and is a real treat already before tasting.

The flavor continues the aspects imparted by the aroma, but it's far more present here. Even though the bottle states this is a blend aged 25% in oak, it's substantial enough that is provides a creamy, woody tannic texture to the pine-y, citrus filled, tobacco flavor. Some subtle caramel/toffee sweetness lingers underneath, but it does well to serve the citrus and earthy spices. The oak does a good job complementing the flavor, and makes everything more robust. Carbonation is supremely excellent as well here, and integrates the flavors upwards in a satisfying manner. Nevertheless, the inordinately high ABV made this an undeniable sipper, and I took my time with this (even pairing it with food halfway through), but we did want to smoke a cigar with this throughout the drinking process. The second pour was definitely yeastier and more intense, but the amount of balance that this delivered was a real treat to drink.

Great stuff from The Bruery - and about time, too! So far I had been disappointed. This is one I could rally in support, and those green hops and tobacco-y oak-filled flavors are the main focus here. We really enjoyed this - can't wait to try more of their barrel experiments to come.

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.