Loakal Red | The Bruery

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Loakal RedLoakal Red

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 09-25-2010

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Photo of DotBier
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Working my way through the beers my dad brought back. This is a winner for sure!

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a beautiful off white head and tiny bubbles. Not great lacing, but still a great looking beer.

Smells of citrus, pine, and grassy hops, light caramel malt and a vanilla oak like characteristic.

Taste opens with the bread and caramel with the hops washing over in waves. Its got a depth from the oak that brightens the finish with vanilla. This is fantastic! Very juicy is the only way I can describe the taste combined with the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and nice moderate mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a winner- and I though hottenroth was the best Bruery beer!

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to moosington for hooking me up with a bottle of this as an extra. Split with TulipSnifter.

A: Huge light almond colored head take up two thirds of my tulip on the initial pour. After subsequent additions, the body takes up more of the glass and reveals itself to be a dusky rust color. Huge clumps of sticky lacing hang on everywhere. Great look to this beer promises more to come. 5/5

S: Oh man... Big grapefruit up front with wood shop trimmings backing it up. Really good stuff here. 4/4

T: Very bitter citrus zest and pith, raw honey without the sweetness, vanilla, and spice and everything nice. The rusticness the wood lends here was expected but the huge hop presence is a nice surprise. I'm digging this a lot. 4.5/5

M: Moderate body, spritzy carbonation, and clean finishing. 5/5

D: High... Very high. Could've drank a whole bottle by myself... And reach for another! 5/5

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Brownish red with beautiful 1 inch foamy tan head and good retention and good lacing

Smell: Floral hops up front with some bittering hops and caramel malt on the back end

Taste: This beer has an almost perfect balance of malt to hop. The centennial hops taste ridiculously fresh and give the beer just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to medium to high carbonation levels with a bit of a dry finish

Overall: I think it goes without saying that I really really liked this red to the point where it might be the best red I have had to date. Great flavor and incredible balance.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a plastic cup in my hotel room.
Nice slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1/2" fluffy off-white head. Has great retention, hanging on to like 1/4" head for a good while. Leaves behind trails of thick curtains of lacing.
Amazing smell, totally took me by surprise. Big, fresh pine needles, fresh orange, and subtle grapefruit hit you right up front, followed by some vanilla and butterscotch. Just big and delicious smelling and amazing, this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. I want a Loakal Red air freshener for my car.
The taste follows with big pine needle, orange, lime, and/or grapefruit zest, some caramel. Ends with just a little vanilla and some nice oak and spiciness. Clean finish with some oak and then vanilla in the aftertaste. Pretty well balanced but hop forward.
Very light textured, pretty effervescent. Contributes to the clean finish. Probably a bit too carbonated actually.
It's pretty big for an amber but still pretty drinkable for what it is.
Glad I picked this one up while I was in California, very delicious. I think it's better than Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.


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.


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 Beerandraiderfan
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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Photo of ISmith87
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Just as the name implies, a nice red body with a frothly white head that leaves a great lacing trail!

S-Sweet smelling, lots of bright fruit, some cherry, and a faint hint of wood? Smells really really inviting.

T-oh yeah....nicely hopped, again with bright fruit almost gummy bear at some points, but very balanced and orderly. Great ending to a shit day at work...

M-Wish it had a little less sticky of a finish...not cloying but sweet for sure. Lots of sugar in this beer but it has a medium-light, tight body.

D-Only 6.9%, but a very complex brew. I go to school in Orange County, so a trip to the Provisions store is a weekly occurrence now. Could see myself drinking this on a regular basis. Awesome beer, Bruery!

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Photo of claspada
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, amber-copper colored body with a creamy, eggshell soapy/bubbly head. It leaves a nice sticky bubbly lacing on the glass as well.
Aromas begin with a nice soft juicy citrus peel fruitiness coupled with a sweet-scented light caramel maltiness and a faint breadiness. Next I get the oak aging and some more grapefruit hops as I further investigate.
The tastes begin with the bready and light sweet caramel malts, then the pineapple and citrus hop flavors. The aftertaste is made up of a nice light woody oakiness and a slight bitter finish from the hops. As it warms I can detect a nice spicy flavor, maybe from the yeast, which is unique.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium to high carbonation. The finish is nice and dry from the oak aging and the ample hops used in this beer.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. This is one of my new/current favorite styles (Imperial Red) and it is taken a step further and merged with my favorite style (wood-aged beers), so for me this is pure heaven. It's a beer that I could and would drink 365 days a year because of it's big, yet dry and crisp, very drinkable. Highly recommend, if you can find it (because it's only distributed locally), trade for it or look for it on a few websites that ship to several states outside of California.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an almost clear reddish-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet lightly toasted caramel malts, toffee, oak, vanilla, and citrus hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramel malts with some oak and some citrus hops and light bitterness. Through the middle, some strong vanilla notes come through with a bit more citrus hop flavor and some toasted caramel malt. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, sweet caramel, and some citrus hops.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and vanilla finish.

D - Very drinkable. The barrel aging really adds a great dimension of complexity to the beer that starys very balanced with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottles are now showing up of this beer. And it is fantastic.

Pours a deep red. Great white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is very hop forward. Tons of citrus hops. Lovin the aroma.

Taste is great. Tons of hop flavor. Not a ton of bitterness but great hops in the flavor. Very citrusy. Great malty balance too. You can taste the slight oaky flavor too.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carb IMO but is very smooth.

Overall I could go to a bar and drink 4 of these in a row. Very easy drinking and very good.

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Photo of Cavery
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes dated July 13th 2011

bottle shared with Klym after a provisions run.

A: Deep red with some lightness akin to candied apples. Egg white head of about three fingers. Pour wasn't so violent, but the foam kept rising! Wedding veil lacing all along the glass. This beer is ready for marriage.

S: Floral sweet and subtle hops up front. A light crescent bread note from the yeast, and a raw butter note in the finish. The wood really sweetens the hop, and dries all the fruits. Light herbal potency in the finish. All around solid smells.

T: Strong resin-free hop with accentuated floral notes. Caramel, vanilla, and dry apple sweetness. Herbal notes reminiscent of citrusy teas, lemongrass, and light green teas. Very delicious, and pleasantly surprising flavor transition after flavor transition.

M: A medium-full body with properly proportioned bubbles to flavor. There's a balance in here that does well with the wood, fizzy but not a wood-aged soda pop. Really just drinks like a fresh IPA. Delicate flavors on a solid wood-platter body.

O: Creamy delicious oaky delight. The wood plays masterfully with the hops. Hop freshness blended with the oak giving this a drier hop experience. It really drinks like a gentleman's IPA, meant for consumption on polo grounds and private golf clubs. Though this isn't a gimmick, the complexity of the flavor is the real deal. Would love to taste this fresh alongside a fresh nugget nectar. Battle for red deliciousness.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium, cream colored head that slowly disappears. Scent is very hoppy with some nice caramel malt aromas. Sweet fruits and light vanilla with just a bit of leather. Taste is reminds me of fresh baked bread, quickly followed by hops and a lot of vanilla. Nice, subtle oak presence as well. Caramel and chocolate malt linger with each sip as the hops and vanilla blend nicely. Very tasty beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with a nice, bitter-sweet finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I highly recommend drinking this beer with a fresh palate to really enjoy it and experience its complexities. I had it on tap at the brewery (after I had a couple bigger beers) and don't remember it being this good at all.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA on 7/2/11

A - Poured a dark amber colour with one finger of foamy white head.

S - Caramel, citrus, bitterness and sweetness. Seems well balanced.

T - Caramel, toffee, citrus. A good hop bitterness and nice malt backbone that provides sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. An excelletn example of the style.

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Photo of jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a beautiful foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S - Big notes of citrus hops dominate, with a bit of a sweet caramel malt backbone. Hop aroma is pretty exotic and unique, I'm getting a lot of grapefruit and orange, but also some herbal notes (sage and thyme) and some tropical fruits (passion fruit and starfruit). Very nice.
T - Much mellower then the nose would suggest. There's still quite a bit of citrus hops, but the oak smooths out the bitterness nicely and adds subtle touches of vanilla and toffee.
M - Medium-bodied with medium-high, crisp carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.
D - Incredibly drinkable, I wish I could get more of this on a regular basis!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive cappuccino-like tan head over a hazy reddish brown body. Gobs of sticky, doughy lacing. Gushed a bit on opening.

Sweet nose of toasty red malt, vanilla, toffee, and orange-citrus and floral hoppiness.

Upfront there is a red malt twang with dark toffee that combines nicely with orange citrus and floral notes. Really smooth and balanced, the finish is dry with notes of vanilla, oak, and hop bitterness. A bit of complexity and layers of flavor.

Body is medium and the carbonation is moderate and round, producing a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really flavorful red ale and at 6.9% is very drinkable.

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Photo of Klym
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours a black cherry with dark red patches throughout. Plenty of head to this one, it's worth being very cautious on the pour. The lacing is sporadic but plentiful.

S: What a wonderful smell. Such a solid and intoxicating citrus hop intensity, with a hint of some salted caramel.

T: It starts out strong in the citrus hops then goes into the salted caramel spectrum with some herbal hoppiness and a little classic red savoriness in the end. This is extremely delicious, and such a beautiful execution of a hop-centric flavor without just being a hop burn massacre.

M: I can't think of any holes to poke in the mouthfeel. The sensations and flavors really centralize in the tongue and almost radiate from there in the rest of the mouth, with everything being spread out and balanced. Perfect carbonation and excellent body.

O: I can't believe that this is an amber ale, as it has a hop character that rivals some of the best IPAs out there and really does a fantastic job of playing up and balancing its flavors. I'm shocked people don't flip out more over this beer; as simply a beer it's fantastic and as an in-style comparison it's out of this world. I would try this again and again. Excellent drinkability and pleasure in this one.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brownish red with a billowing tan head that lasts forever and sticks all the way down the glass.

N- This beer has a very deliciously interesting smell. The malt and oak meld together to create a chocolate chip cookie type aroma. Some vanilla that seems to be part of the cookie character. A light grassy hop aroma adds a nice complexity to the nose.

T- Sweet oaked malt with a touch of vanilla hits the palate at first, and the sweetness seems to drop out rather abruptly in the middle. Dry oak and hops take over as the sweetness fades. Fresh cut grass and grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Full and sweet at first, the mouthfeel seems to thin when the dryness sets in toward the middle. Very carbonated. It could stand less carbonation actually.

D- I really think anyone who likes barrel-aged beers will enjoy this one. A fresh take on a classic style. Well done.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky burnt orangish brown with yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head with good retention and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a combination of candied sugar, pine, and hops are noticeable on the first whiff alongside citrusy caramel malts notes.

T: There was some nuttiness which meshed well with the piney hops but also had citrus grapefruit to help out on the bitterness factor however still in the mix was caramel and malts to hold down the balance. On the backend there was some oaky accents as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity nutty, hoppy, piney, adn crisp oily finish that did linger on the palate.

D: very drinkable beer that was very tasty out of the bottle and on tap. Real solid amber from the bruery that was not belgian style. Seems like they can also get done on american styles as well.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source.

Pours a murky amber/red hue with a bubbly head that has great lacing and retention.

The nose is full of oak, citrus rind, tangy cedar, and subtle vanilla.

Taste is earthy with spicey oak/cedar notes. Citrus fruit rind and grapefruit pulp as well. Tons of wood, earth, spice, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of medium bodied, well carbonated, and spicey.

Simultaneously delicious and interesting.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a generous off white head and lots of lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops along with some good caramel notes.

Starts off with some citrusy hoppiness and rounds into a sweet caramel flavor with notes of some oak. 25% in oak was a good idea as the oak flavor is present, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy with a little bit lower carbonation level than normal.

Hoppy reds are right up my alley and this one is no different. I could use just a touch more hoppiness, but overall a great beer. Wish they'd distribute it nationally.

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Loakal Red from The Bruery
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