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 Mattygross44
1.9/5  rDev -52.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
2.22/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Clear ruby colour.

Sm: Amber hops, yeast, light cherry esters, and a hint of ammonia. Moderate in strength.

T: Very oak-ridden, with light wine notes. It's got a strange tone to be sure. No yeast comes through. It's built simply, but balanced. Strange in an unwelcome way.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the style and taste fairly.

Dr: Drinkable for the relatively high ABV. Low quality.

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Photo of mothman
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Good retention and lace. Color is a caramel copper amber.

Aroma: Floral hops and some malts. Very amber like. Light oak and vanilla with some caramel and bread.

Taste: Very malty. Biscuity. Oak, floral hops, and vanilla show. Very malty, however.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, this wasn't really for me. I dig the hops, but too much malt here. Very dry. I won't have too much.

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Photo of craytonic
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Small head, decent head and lace. Amber-copper pour.

Smell: Plane jane hops and malts, similar to some random beer one might get at a bar when ordering an "amber"

Taste: Very malty amber ale; very standard.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, agressive carbonation. Very dry.

Drinkability: None of us were crazy about this one, not my favorite Bruery offering.

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Photo of mikey711
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try this one, again a very generous soul provided me with it

A: Muddy redish brown with waaaayyy to much head that took forever to go away. The lacing was good

S: Strong oak and vanilla tones along with some. A slight floral hoppiness and tons of toffee and caramel notes

T: A bit too sugary sweet for me with a hint pine hoppiness present in the finish.

M: Pretty smooth but slightly cloying

D: Happy to had tried this but do not think i would seek it out in the future. maybe if enjoyed fresher it would have been better

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to nicks6217, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Poured an amber red, mostly foam (75% foam, 25% liquid at best) and this foam certainly gripped the glass and always stayed above a layer of film.

Smell was largely of candied hops, very sweet smelling and only briefly did any oak make its presence known. A little one dimensional, but a good sign of things to come. Expected vanilla from the oak, but that didn't happen for me.

Taste was the one dimensional candied hop from the nose hitting the tastebuds. It wasn't something that beated you into submission, more something that was always there, and not in a bad way.

I was a big fan of the mouthfeel, it managed to parch the mouth, presumably from the oak, while leaving you ready to come back for another sip.

Not what i expected, but overall, it is an ok beer for a tasting or a session. Drinkability was very good, taste was sweet and one dimensional.

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Photo of claytong
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - a dark crimson mahogany in color. off white head that sticks around a bit.

smell - hops, wood, typical amber malts

taste - wood is off a bit and not mixing well with this hops for me, i dont like ipa or dipas aged in wood generally and this is what this is like for me.

mouthfeel - medium and medium on carbonation and body. a bit of sticking in the mouth.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange/apricot color with a 1.5 finger white head that settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of sweet malt notes, bready yeast and subtle funk.  Hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit and light fruit.  Not as hoppy as expected.

Medium bodied with a dry, resinous hop presence that lingers over sweeter notes into a dry finish.  
More hops than nose suggests. Subtle creamy texture with some faint citrus that gives off some sweetness to balance the  malt presence.  Hints of caramel, toffee and bready yeast but hops are still prominent.  . Decent amount of dry bitterness but still well balanced with above average drinkability.

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Photo of Philousa
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rust, barely opaque. Lots of head and good lacing on the glass. Citrus hops greet the nose, followed by sweet and spicy amber malt, a hint of oak wood to finish. Sweet amber malt greet your tongue, followed by bitter hops and a bitter oak flavor lingers for a while. This brew is high in carbonation, but if you let it sit a while or swirl it a bit it evens out.

The sweet amber malt in this beer is great in flavor, but it's overtaken by the oak bitterness that lasts forever, wiping the sweet taste from your palate's memory. This also happened with The Bruery's Batch 300 Tripel. They really need to rein in the oak flavors. The overcarbonation wasn't really an issue, but worth noting. This is so close to being a great brew that I can taste it (get it?). That said, this is probably the most drinkable ales that The Bruery has produced.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks again for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a cloudy mahogany reddish brown color. Produced some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A sweet yet malty profile. Subtle fig and apricot fruits meets a hoppy bitterness.

(T)- Nice amber malt meets an almost candied fig-like sweetness. Plenty of bitter pine on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very malty and sweet with that candied-like citrus with a hefty hoppiness to it. Its almost like its an american red ale only dessert.

(O)- This strongly reminds me of Bells' This goes to 11 Ale, but this one might have a better balance and a touch less of a massive hop profile.

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Photo of portia99
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Hazy, brownish amber color with a thick pillow, several fingers high, of dark tan foam. Tons of lacing left on the glass as the foam slow dissipates. This is one of those beers that needs to be poured in stages - took at least 4 to fill the glass to an acceptable level after letting the foam die down a bit each time.

S - Tons of oak with some citrus mixed in. This is extremely woody on the nose with some lightly grapefruity hops, sugar sweetness and some caramelly malt on the side.

T - Hoppy bitterness up front, again - as with the aroma there is a very high woodiness to it. Bitter, light citrus, some spicy hops and sweet and lightly roasty malts.

M - Medium bodied, very foamy with a medium intensity carbonation. Again, I keep coming back to the wood aspects as a defining character in this beer.

O - Did I say this is very oaky/woody? Too high for my tastes. I think the wood seems to be smothering the hops a bit. Earthy and caramel/toffee malty sweetness helps but doesn't counteract the wood enough. Cut back the wood...or maybe it will mellow (unfortunately as well as the hops) and smooth out a bit with time, but not sure that will do it any service either. Somewhat enjoyable, but definitely not up there as one of my favorites either.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty maple red with a nice ring.

Chocolate, raisin, sweet fruit, cherry, oak. Smells brilliant.

Taste is non-comparable to the smell, very subtle and light. Orange, light light fruits, hops. Very mellow.

Dry, bitter mouthfeel.

The nose is wonderful, but the taste is less dominating than anticipated.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into cervoise.

A - Pours a hazy copper with red and roan hints. HOLY CRAP head! I poured this beer so slow that barely any was coming out and it still foamed all over the place. It literally took about 20 minutes to settle and achieve a half poured glass. Yikes.

S - Nice fresh forest, pine, a kind of log cabin smell with nice caramel and toffee malts.

T - The description on the label indicates a sawn log component to it, and they were right! Nice piney hops with a huge oak component. Decent caramel malt backbone, some vanilla and a touch of pepper.

M - Way too much carbonation, very fizzy in the mouth. Somewhat tacky from the caramel.

O - I would like to try this one fresh off the tap, I have a feeling it would be quite different. I love the 'outdoor' flavour component to this and would have it again for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark amber-red color with a really nice light tan head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a fair amount of citrus and pine hops plus a bit of oak and some sweet amber malt. The taste brings more of the same with a fairly-strong oak presence plus some citrus and pine hops. Body is medium with a slight bitterness. Overall, a decent beer but a bit time and the flavors and scents never really seemed to pop or meld. Hopefully The Bruery will stray out toward styles like this more often, as this was a step in a positive direction.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(750ml bottle from Provisions Store). Pours dark copper with chunky 2 finger off-white head. Aroma has wood, orange and lemon pledge (perfumey). Taste has strong wood flavor, but the hops aren't as prominent as I thought they'd be. Medium bodied with a slick/creamy texture. Finish is smooth. Mouthfeel on this is fantastic. It just coats the mouth. I'm not a huge fan of oaked beers, but this one's pretty good.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750ml at Bruery Provisions this evening.

Pours with a fairly short, tan, tight-foam head that fades to a ring, with a nice amount of lacing. Body is murky amber brown.

Aromas are tame - spicy herbal quality with touch of citrusy hops.

Flavors are good for the style. Nothing is overdone. Good vanilla sweetness to balance the the tight, citrusy hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

This is a really enjoyable beer that I wish I could try on draft. Just glad I had a chance to have one while out here.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle, very generously sent along by rmjavanut, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Loakal Red pours an impossibly deep maroon, to the point it's beginning to cross the line into brown. Cherry highlights are readily apparent when the beer is held directly up to light though. The khaki colored crown is enormous to begin with (four plus fingers), and retention is off the charts. The frothy cap never disappears completely, but slowly drops and collapses into the center, almost as if I had dropped a scoop of ice cream into the glass that was slowly melting. Nose is a very good blend. It's equal parts citrus and caramel, with just a hint of oak coming through as well. Caramel and grapefruit show up again in the taste, but are both overpowered by the oak influence. There's some straight oak flavor, as well as an almost sour tannic quality that is way too potent. I'm a little let down that Loakal Red's not a little hoppier seeing as it advertises itself as a "brash red ale" on the bottle. Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied, and exceptionally chewy for being so. This would have been a problem if the beer was as hoppy as I was anticipating, but with a more subtle hop flavor it works. Carbonation is just about picture perfect too, medium to high and with enough verve to elevate what Centennial characteristics there are, yet it stops short of being fizzy. I really like the idea of Loakal Red, blending a barrel aged version of a beer this style with a fresh batch is fairly unique, but the tannic quality from the oak barrels, not to mention the oak flavor, ran roughshod over everything and ruined what was an otherwise excellently executed beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Andrew!

Pours a nice rubyish red color with some lighter highlights. Nice head formation and great retention, leaving tons of lace. Off to a good start.

Aroma has a good base of caramel and some hearty malt, nice wood character, with a good herbal- orangey hop note. Taste is big as well, good amoutn of residual sugar, medium-full mouthfeel with good toffee-ish malt, oak character, caramel. The bitterness is relatively on the lighter side, but it's there. Some vanilla in the finish. It's a very nice beer with no real flaws- I'd be happy to drink it again !

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Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy and dirty dark red with a big fluffy white head, long lasting and big retention.

The smell is dominated by sweet and bready caramely malts with a hint of brown sugar, rye and oak.

The flavor is very malty and bready with a light sweet and brown sugary with a light bit of citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a touch of resiny hops.

Overall its pretty good for a strong amber I like the buiscuity bready malts and the touch of rye with just a hint of oak.

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

The Beers of California


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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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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Photo of ehammond1
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery itself, on-tap Review No. 500,

A: Pours a dark red with a medium white head, average retention, some good lace.

S: Crystal/red malt heavy, with notes of oak and citrus.

T: To me a bit like a mini Woodcut No. 3, though the residual sugars are lessened in this beer making it much hoppier. Good oak component (mostly a wood flavour, not vanilla); the hops are fairly prominent bringing a lot of white grapefruit and melon.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and spritzy carbonation, fairly smooth, easy on the palate.

D: A solid red from The Bruery. I'm not usually the biggest red fan, but this was nice, I think the oak aging helped to round out the flavours making it almost a light barleywine.

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