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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red - The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal RedPreservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red

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BA SCORE
85
very good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jvillefan on 02-23-2013

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.
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and super easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

wood forward amber beer type here, way more brown than red in color, but thats inconsequential because its red malt, sweet and toffee like that drive this beer. its got a nose and flavor that are decidedly grain driven, but balanced off with just enough hops, a little piney, but the sweetness still comes all the way through. aromas of vanilla from the oak are quite strong, but i get less of that in the taste. this has got a lot of caramel, almost to the point where its hard to drink a lot of it. i had trouble with the residual sugar, and the alcohol comes through probably a little more than it should, even though this is a beast. nice depth of malt flavor though, and the wood profile is strong throughout which makes it seem a little more well refined than it may in fact beer. good stuff from the bruery but a far cry from their best work in my humble opinion. a kitchen sink malt type, overly strong, but still darn tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head decent lacing, murky apple juice brown colroed.

Nose has huge malt aroma, sweet candy syrupy malts, very faint bourbon alcohol notes, and a bit of candied fruits, big spicy earthy hops, candied orange peel.

Taste brings big sweeet candy, candied caramel, nougat, big spicy chewy salty briny hops, boozy quite a bit but not too much, thick syrupy sweet and very bitter. Booze warmth tingles, with a bit of candied apple and candied orange peel hops. Finish is sweet syrupy thick, big spicy earthy piney hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, tingly booze, syrupy, decent carb.

Overall meh, the original was better, this is just too much of everything and no real balance or anything you can settle with.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/26/13 notes.

a - Pours a deep, hazy mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, three fingers of off white head, and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts, oak, toasted malts, pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and light fruits. Super malty, but some hops still coming through. Nice mix, I like the nose.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, oak, toasted malts, bready malts, biscuit, fruits, light citrus hops, and earthy notes. Taste has more oak and caramel malts, and less hops than the nose overall. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and while strong, doesn't feel like 12% ABV.

o - Overall a nice beer, though to be honest, I prefer the normal, non-imperial version. I like the original for what it is, a really good, lower ABV, hoppy red ale. This beer is good, but the hops fade, especially in the taste, compared to the original, and the alcohol is a little too much for me. Worth checking out but if I could only have 1 I'd go with the regular verions of LR.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a Bruery snifter. The brew appears mahogany in color with a yellowish stained cap. A spotty curtain of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell contains plenty of raw oak abruptly contrasted by solvent alcohol and fruity to floral hop aspects.

The taste is harsh with raw oak and solvent alcohol giving way to some fruity esters. It is bitter with pine and grass fading to something more slightly herbal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy and solvent that goes down kinda rough. While drinking this with friends, someone drew the comparison to bigfoot. While not the same, I can certainly relate. This really isnt a red ale, a classification of baleywine would certainly be more fitting.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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