Loakal Red
The Bruery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #22
Ranked #11,607
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: amber-brown body with Fluffy loose off-white head with good retention
S: crisp piney hops are the predominant on the nose; underneath is some dark honey sweetness and a bit of toastiness;
T: starts with toasted biscuit, has some dry grain; hop bitterness balances everything out at the end. It’s good but maybe a little watered down
M: Medium body with pretty aggressive carb, a bit of syrupiness but no cloy. Pleasant.
O: solid offering from a brewery whose lower gravity beers can be a little hit or miss

Jun 16, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored ale with a very tall tan colored head. It certainly is the color red. Smells strongly malty with lots of caramel.

Smells a bit soapy. Scent of cinnamon and sandalwood. It is quite woody scented. Certainly it is woody.

Starts out mildly sweet and a bit savory. Sensation of salt on the tongue. Taste of caramel and wood, think caramel apple stick where the caramel soaks in deeply. But that is pretty much it, mild caramel and woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a mild ale that wants to please. You could drink this anytime with any sort of food.

Jul 03, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intriguing. Intriguing like Barbara Stanwyk as a blonde circa Double Indemnity. Now, almost like said masterpiece, is the perfect crime pulled off? Almost. It has a lot going on. IPA hoppy, Red Ale caramels... and then there’s that oak! And what’s interesting enough, unlike a Kardashian, is that they are all very subtle. Not one note hits you over the head like a Brahmas concerto.

It’s good. Not great. Just good.

May 09, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to becher pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt amber color with a minimal white foamy head that fell off at a slow pace. Some stringy lace. The aroma had a clean smooth sweet caramel/toffee malt base rolling over some citrusy sweet and bitter hops. Light earthiness and a little bit of roasted to sweet nuts amplify the overall enjoyment of the nose. The flavor had the sweetness up front of the prior mentioned aromas to collide with the roastiness and a subtle herbal to floral smooth sweet contour. Aftertaste mixed the caramel/toffee malts with the hops pretty nice. Finish was clean, smooth and sweet. The palate was medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation and ABV felt as projected by the brewer. Overall, pretty damn nice beer by not a cheap brewery, but hey the second bottle I was able to get of this I had with a grilled bacon and parmesan cheese sandwich and well, I have to admit, that was one hell of a pairing!

Jun 27, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good hearty red appearance on this one with over 1/2" of white head, ample clarity. Dropped a serious amount of dry hopping here, Centennial I believe, works well, impressive, elite 1st tier hopping/aroma notes from this red ale. Impressive.

This hit all kinds of involved notes here, lots of hops, green vegetal feel to them, lush and bitter, red malt is not overly peaty or 'red' for a lack of a better descriptor. Some woodsy vanilla, citrus.

This is a relatively complex and underrated red ale. One of the best, seems to get hardly any love, but it is top notch stuff. Better than Nugget Nectar, just not as convenient of a format and price.

Apr 27, 2016
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Radome from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak is in the name and description, but it's not prominent. To me this is well-hopped US red ale, with somewhat harsh bitterness and a strange smoky note.

Sep 20, 2015
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Brolo75 from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark red, amber, mahogany color, big creamy head, lots of lacing, different red hues when held up to the light, looks really good.

A: Lots of citrus hop notes up front, really big lemon aromas, slight vanilla, oak, it has a cream soda/lemon soda kind of aroma, no alcohol.

T: Citrus hop notes, some malts, vanilla, slight oak, I'm getting the citrus notes, then there is a nice balance with a slight oak character, kind of pulls the beer from being too hoppy and bitter.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: First thought as I finish is that this is different than other beers I've tried. Citrus hoppy notes up front, then it's balanced with the vanilla, oak, wood notes from the barrel, and finishes dry.

Aug 12, 2015
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Mattygross44 from California

1.9/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Ummmm no just simply no... I think the bruery was confused when making this one..and thats coming from a die hard Bruery fan and living 5 mins from the place.

Jul 24, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a cloudy red mahogany body with a light tan one finger head.

S - Caramel and citrus at first that develops into oak and vanilla. The ending has a piney hop finish.

T - Typical red ale characteristics with an oak and vanilla backbone. Light piney hop finish.

F - Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The full body & carbonation just really compliment this beer.

O - Solid red ale and the oak addition really adds to the beer.

Apr 12, 2015
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DotBier from California

4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemmed brewery tulip glass out of a 750 ML bottle.

What an outstanding, underrated beer!

Appearance: Light copper hue. Thick, practically whip cream head with great retention. I did expect this red ale to have a slightly darker hue.

Smell: Butterscotch and raisins with a hint of fresh raspberry. Very inviting nose.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with addition of oak and moderate hop bitterness. Hop profile brings pine, cat-pee ( in a good way?), and a bit of tropical fruit (could be from the yeast esters).

Feel: Mouthfeel is on point for the style. Just enough carbonation to lighten the complex flavors. Each sip definitely invites the next.

Considering that this beer is one of the staples of The Bruery's lineup, it might play second fiddle to many of their seekers. Don't miss out; this one is a true gem.

Mar 03, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A fine hoppy brew from Bruery next to Humulus Lager. An auspicious brew from them where I hope they continue brewing hoppy brews.

A slightly malt and caramel forward brew with hints of almost raspberries and grapefruit. A decent bitterness cuts the sweetness as the oak and bitterness combine to finish off the brew.

Sep 17, 2014
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Zaplt from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

May 23, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.02/5  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.

May 18, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.22/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

Apr 25, 2014
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ISmith87 from Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Apr 05, 2014
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BingCrosby7 from California

4.2/5  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.

Mar 18, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby in the glass with a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Rather malty with caramel. Along with good bit of citrus and earthy hops. Slight oak notes as well.

T-Very similar to the nose; malt and caramel to start. Then a nice hop finish with grass and slight citrus. Mild bitterness. Oak is in there as well, more of it as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A solid beer, worth trying at least once.

Mar 15, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert Total Wine for $13

Appearance - Red/brownd colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some apricot, a sugary sweetness, and a hint of wood.

Overall - Really enjoyed this one. Lots of sweet fruity notes and vibrant hops. The wood is a bit subdued, but still gives it a certain something. Pricey, but worth trying.

Mar 01, 2014
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Samuel906 from California

3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red / amber with a thick heavy white head glued to glass. Smell was a bit underwhelming for me, but some crisp hops, smooth caramel and bread hold it together. Taste is very good: chewy caramel sweetness up front, bread and malt in the middle with the oak aging coming through too, and some and some pepper, spice and hoppy bitterness bring up the rear. Feel is thick but a bit soapy. Overall, decent red, not my go to style, but Bruery made it a pleasant experience for me.

Feb 21, 2014
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Mike! Beautiful ruby-mahogany pour with a huge three finger beige head with crazy retention and lacing. The nose is big and bold with loads of citrusy, resiny, piney hops along with hints of oak, brown bread, caramel, toast, tangerine, brown sugar, and vanilla. The taste just as big and just as bold as the nose. Mouth-puckering resiny hops dominate, but some great sweet bready maltiness balances it out nicely. Sweet brown bread, blood orange, molasses, pine, pink grapefruit, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a really awesome herbal character highlight this complex and flavorful red. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and really oily with absolutely perfect balance and an awesome bitter-sweet velvety smooth finish. Overall, hands down the best Red Ale I've ever tasted!

Dec 28, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large three finger frothy head with excellent lacing on a hazy copper and amber body. Great retention as well. Aroma of tart grapefruit, caramel, earthy hops, bready malts and molasses. Flavor follows with much of the same with a nice bready and caramel malt base with both tart citrus and earthy hops. It isn't especially great but for the style its flavorful and complete. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Solid brew overall for both the style and flavor.

Nov 27, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, toast, toffee, floral, grass, bread, clove, oak, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and very balanced hop, malt, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, toast, toffee, light pine, oak, clove, vanilla, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance of hop and malt flavors with moderate oak barrel presence; with a nearly perfect hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slightly sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an awesome red ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Aug 20, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cherry wood as it is a deep brown with a reddish hue. Highly carbonated with a huge head with light reddish tints. Leaves a ton of lacing as well. Really a nice looking red ale

S - Pine and grapefruit hops dominate a bitter nose. Lemon and orange peel. Slight oak comes through as well as caramel, biscuity malt

T - Biscuity and bready beer with sweet caramel and dark date that comes through. Definitely sweeter than I picked up in the nose. There is some grapefruit and lemon peel bitterness that comes through near the back. The finish is oak and orange zest

M - Medium body with carbonation that gives it a full feeling in the mouth. Finish is slightly astringent from the alcohol and the zest

O - Solid red ale that is dominated in the flavor from the malt side. Would have liked to see the flavor have as much of the hops as the nose did

Aug 11, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color, with a huge tan 3 finger of head. Plenty spongy lace due to the huge head. Aroma is resinous, sticky, caramel and nutty maltiness. Taste is sweet up front, moderate bitterness, pecan, mild oak and wood, piny and floral hops. Body is medium. Carbonation isn't that bad considering the head.

Overall, its a good red, not fantastic but super solid good.

Jul 24, 2013
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scottfrie from California

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a very dark honey amber with an extremely huge and extremely dense off-white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky film that left chunks of sticky lace down the glass. Very hoppy and resinous looking.
S: Huge sticky hoppy resinous notes of fresh hop cones, hop resin, citrus juice, grapefruit pith and sweet fruit nectar dominate over hints of bready malt, toasted grains and a splash of caramel and honey.
T: Follows the nose with dominating hop profile of grapefruit, sweet citrus and hop resin. Spicy bready malts, toast, herbal characteristics and caramel come through in the finish. The aftertaste has a touch of spicy oak barrel and slight vanilla, and an herbal citrus bitterness lingers.
M: Full body, smooth, bitter, resinous and greasy mouthfeel, fuzzy slick carbonation. Bitter and hoppy.
O: A super hopped up red ale. Definitely more ipa than red. This beer is awesome. I can’t imagine how the imperial version is going to taste.

Jul 04, 2013
Loakal Red from The Bruery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 561 ratings