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Loakal Red | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Halcyondays on 09-25-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
542
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
74
For Trade:
4
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Reviews by Bmoyer0301:
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

A huge thanks to BA whiterascal for this beer that she brought back for me while in Cali! I pulled the cap of this large bottle and was glad to hear a loud hiss. I poured this into a English Imperial Pint glass and was left with a healthy two finger thick head that faded quickly to just a thin lacing. Deep ruby red color, with some brown and copper hues with and a decent amount of lacing when I give a swirl.

Smell:

Wow! bright American citrus hops that showcase tangerines, grapefruits, and lemons. There is some heat alcohol on the nose with toffee, brown sugar, biscuits and white pepper that round out the finish.

Taste:

I wish this was a beer that I could find on a regular basis. Sharp hop flavors that are just so delicious and wrapped around a backbone of oak which is prominent. Sticky, waxy citrus resin, some vanilla and spice. Toffee and caramel maltiness which actually leaves a nice dry aftertaste which is long a delicious.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#30

On-tap at the Bruery

I was able to allocate two bottles of Black Tuesday for myself through the new online system. Since I was stopping by to pick up my bottles, I figured I would have a couple of glasses.

A: Deep copper brown with reddish-orange hues. This brew is topped off with an off-white foamy head which sticks around leaving blankets of foam atop this beer.

S: Earthy with notes of pine needles, faint citrus, along with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

T: Somewhat toasty with a good amount of bready maltiness. Earthy pine bitterness builds on the burnt sugary malt base to a warming alcohol finish with faint citrus highlights.

M: Good syrupy linger with moderate carbonation, medium mouthfeel and incredible reticular retention on the glass.

O: As straightforward as a Bruery beer can get, this red ale boasts wonderful hop bitterness built upon a standard red ale malt base. Although somwhat lacking in malt complexity this brew is a decent hoppy take on the American Red Ale.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really glad I got to try this one. The beer pours an amber color with a huge white head. The aroma is classic red ale with a lot of caramel malt and a little bit of grass, but I also get a lot of oak notes from the barrel aging. While the aroma is good, the flavor is better and more complex. I get a lot of caramel malt notes, as well as some oak, maple and vanilla. I also get a little bit of cherry and other dark fruit in the aroma which is a welcome addition. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, relatively low alcohol barrel aged beer.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazy, brown and red amber. Thin off-white head and plenty of lacing down the glass. This beer looks relatively thick.

This beer has an exceptional aroma about it--just a wonderful combination of caramel, baking bread, molasses, some sweet fruit, along with oak and earth. Tremendous! I wish every red could smell (something) like this!

Though the flavor did not translate nearly as well, and after the incredibly rich aroma, I was quite disappointed with the overall flavor. It seemed too muddy and earthy, with a hint of salty unpleasantness, without any of the vibrant sweet and bready components I found in the aroma. Surprising, because in this instance, the flavor did not at all follow the aroma.

Medium to thick bodied.

An ultimately disappointing red, if only because the aroma was so incredibly special! I'll certainly try this one again, hoping for something different. That smell alone is almost worth the purchase price!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap right after Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain and then Cherry Chocolate Rain, and seriously, the taste of this still shined right through. Was so good I bought a bottle afterwards, and that was damn good too.

Obvious red color, good head and retention. Aroma was very complex, like the taste. Vanilla and citrus, more in the orange vein. The mouthfeel, you come across so much in different sips. Hoppy, then woody, then vanilla, then some spice, then more hop crispness.

This is my favorite red ale in the world. So many good red ales simply go for the ipa hopping. Sure, this has tons of centennials in it, and they are very complimentary, but this is no one trick pony. The 25% barrel aging really seems to be the perfect amount.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jeonseh
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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