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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
86
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +5%

06-04-2013 14:59:03 | More by KWMiles
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

06-04-2013 03:36:02 | More by ReddMoneyBrown
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red. Big head. Off white foam. Lots of surface foam.

Smell - Hoppy and a bucket of caramel. Musty and citrus hops.

Taste - Really caramelly. Hops come second. Citrus. Kinda reminiscent of a barleywine. Musty and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium carbonation. Slight bitterness.

Overall - Imperial reds just aren't that exciting. This is very imperial and very unexciting. I can't disagree that it's well made though.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:11:56 | More by Alieniloquium
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Swervine44

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-01-2013 06:10:32 | More by Swervine44
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-30-2013 12:58:47 | More by KevinGordon
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tchipharveyslake

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-29-2013 14:24:03 | More by tchipharveyslake
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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

05-29-2013 03:06:53 | More by JamLand
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mdfb79

New York

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 17:04:23 | More by mdfb79
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-28-2013 14:43:32 | More by pmoney
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +5%

05-27-2013 04:10:00 | More by djaeon
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-26-2013 16:40:49 | More by claspada
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California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-23-2013 02:14:05 | More by Callmecoon
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-22-2013 19:03:02 | More by Thickfreakness
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Released 03/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark and murky russet brown with three fingers of thick beige head. The huge pillow of head lingers and leaves copious lace.

Smells of pine, citrus, toffee and an almost cherry sweetness.

Taste starts with a heavy dose of dank hops. Grapefruit peel, wood, lemon zest, pine sap, caramel, toffee, oak, slight vanilla, dark fruit pit/skin and boat loads of alcohol. As others have stated, this one is perhaps a bit too hot. I'm fine with a healthy booze bite but this gets a little distracting. Still, an over all interesting blend of rich, bitter hops and complex barreled malts.

Medium thick, resinous feel with strong carbonation. Long, dry, bitter finish with more citrus peel, oak and booze.

An all around enjoyable and complex imperial red. Plenty of resinous hops with a very unique oaky malt backing. I'm torn between enjoying these hops now while they're bursting with fresh flavor and waiting a year or two to let that alcohol settle down and see how the malts and barrel character develop. I'm glad I got multiple bottles to try both.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 03:07:43 | More by ThickNStout
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-19-2013 15:21:06 | More by Gonzoillini
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

05-19-2013 00:44:42 | More by DIPAFAN
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-15-2013 19:56:00 | More by ShanePB
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California

4/5  rDev +5%

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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California

4/5  rDev +5%

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Texas

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Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-10-2013 02:58:44 | More by Rhettroactive
Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.