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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malty and fruity with some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt and herbal hops with a subtle caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

Burnished amber, beautifully bright and clear with a frothy white head.

The aroma is intense. Sharp resiny hops, grapefruit, caramelized malt, brash oak and cat piss (in a good way).

The palate is pretty complex, pine and grapefruit hop flavors are supported by a caramelized yet largely dry malt backbone. The use of fresh American oak barrels is evident; the beer has a spicy, tannic kick to it that contributes an interesting layer. The finish is fairly bitter and dry, oaky and spicy.

I had to try this beer a few times before I really got it. Although it's intended to be an easy drinking beer, it's pretty complex and unique. Recommended.

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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 oline73
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a tasting hosted by finewinemike. Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color that is a bit cloudy. There are three fingers of thick off white head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Some malt sweetness, but the start is bitter citrus peel hops. Really nice.

Taste: This one is very hoppy. The citrus peel bitterness hits you right away, but there is a good amount of malt to balance things out well. The finish is bitter and mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good hoppy red ale. The hop profile along with the malt backbone worked together well. I would have this one again.

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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 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 jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with rudzud as our Hoarders membership dictates.

Big fluffy pillowy almost 2 finger head fades slowly with lots of layered lacing, dark slightly hazy mahogany chestnut deep reddish brown color.

Nose is like an imperial red, big reddish malts, candy malts toasty but not caramel, wait... there is some toffee and caramel and a bit of candy syrup. Then nice toasted oak chips, touch woody, hint of what seems like booze esters and touch fruity, and a really weird spicy very strong clove like and an earthy root thing. Some earthy grassy terrior like hop aroma.

Taste starts with creamy malts, reddish toasty like, little candy malt flavors with faint toffee but again very little caramel like. Then nice oak chips, light vanilla and hint buttery oak chips, light woody flavor. Light grassy earthy like hops, again a light terrior like flavor from the hops, and hint spicy, but light overall. the finish dries a bit, a slight spicy hop character with some bitterness tries to come through before another wave of vanilla toasty oak and reddish malts wash it away again.

Mouth has a nice creamy feel, plenty of nice carb almost fluffy.

Overall quite nice, the oak is really interesting, nice malts too, hops are a little on the lighter side but not too bad. It also seems like it wants to be boozy but doesn't quite get there, tricky. The imperial version should be interesting.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quietly pours out a hazed, amber-tan body with a creamyish, off-white head.

Smell: Oaky, earthy aroma from the American oak barrels rounded by some soft, sweet-scented light caramel, a faint breadiness, and juicy citrus fruit peelings.

Taste: Sweetish flavors of caramel and candy made from orange blossom honey. Touch of apricot. In creaks a spicy, zesty, earthy toasted oak wood character, lightly tannic, and yielding a very small, very distant hint of vanilla. Citrusy, lightly floral hops with a modest amount of bitterness. Preserved oakiness on the drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty tasty. The restrained hop bitterness allows the quarter-oak to come forward a bit more, which I like, though hopheads may be left disdainfully shrugging their shoulders at this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

brown color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it. Not much in the way of a head reaching up through it at all, in fact it was rather lifeless on the first pour, though the second got a bit better. Nice side glass lacing towards then end and some moderate carbonation coming up through it.

The aroma was sweet, nice touches of caramel malts and an almost candy like sweetness that was wrapped up nicely in a bit of a grassy, earthy, hop like nose. The flavor was more of the same, but I have to admit I am impressed here with this. Lots of alcohol in the flavor here, a bit of a hotness that I have not seen in the rest of the their beers. Lots of grainy malts, touches of light caramel and a mostly understated hop flavo

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

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a lightly clouded dark red/amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: I must say, a nice nose on this beer. Citrus hops in the form of grapefruit and oranges, and plenty of sweet caramel malt. Some vanilla notes from the oak, as well.

T: A fairly complex flavor, I must say. Sweet caramel and toffee along with a solid citrus hop character and a moderate bitterness. The oak again provides some vanilla character and there's a light spiciness and tannic quality from the wood, too.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: One of the few new beers from the Bruery that I've really been impressed with lately (of course, it's not Do It To Gruit). I'd gladly have another glass of this.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to drabmuh; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a dark red color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident

s - Smells of fruity malts, dark fruits, oak, citrus hops, and light pine. Pretty enjoyable.

t - Tastes strongly of oak and fruity malts, also some light pine and citrus.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, nice smooth mouthfeel.

d - A very good red ale. Normally not a favorite style of mine, this is one of the better ones I've had. Lots of nice oak and fruit in the taste. Glad I got to try it and would like to have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer appears brown / amber in color with a huge head that leaves tons of lace, even after a moderately slow pour. Over-carbonation perhaps?

S: The aroma is of hops, pine, and a slightly sweet malt.

T: A good tasting beer, with a few different interesting flavors taking place. The taste profile consists of hops and pine, with notes of oak and fruits. Overall, a nice, enjoyable red ale.

M: Highly carbonated, with a medium-thin body.

D: Tasty beer. I'd drink this again.

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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 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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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one last night. It was a nice change of pace from all the massive stouts. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Pours with a giant billowing lightly tan foam that slowly settles to a solid cap and leaves behind sticky glass-coating lace. The body is a murky reddish brown color.

S - Great hop aroma, with big orange and tangerine citrus notes. There's a good amount of oak, and as it warms a caramel and sugar malt backbone emerges. I actually prefer the initial brash hoppiness over the more-balanced room temperature aroma, but it's quite good no matter how you slice it.

T - The taste is a bit of a step back. The hops don't "pop" quite as much, and instead impart a more herbal, pine, and catty character rather than the juicy citrus nose. There's a good amount of oaky vanilla, and of course the caramel and slight cotton candy malt base. Some bitterness, but not palate wrecking.

M - Medium-light body, zesty carbonation, and perhaps a touch gritty and tannic. Finishes dry, with some oily hop resins lingering.

D - This was very refreshing, and is one of the better Bruery beers I've had. There seemed to be a lot of oak considering only 25% of the beer was aged that way - after a half glass I felt I could do with a touch less. Still, definitely recommended, particularly while it's fresh.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is red and mostly clear with a nice white head of small white bubbles. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is a little hoppy with a little bit of fruits in the palate. I was in such a good mood while I was drinking this.

Beer is pretty light in body and pretty fruity (in a good way) in the flavors. Its pretty hoppy and overall good. I like this beer, its not wonderful, its not an IPA but its a solid American red. Yum.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle courtesy of smarcoly, pretty fresh so I'm assuming they made this more than once? Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark amber colored body which is fairly clear once the chill haze wears off. A slightly off-white dense, bubbly head fills a huge portion of the glass and takes its time dissipating. Remaining is a thin splotchy retention cap with some nice sticky lacing.

S: Sappy and pine-forward hop notes initially, along with a huge complementary bitterness. Caramel malts, floral hop notes, a bit of roasted honey and citrus towards the back end. A very aromatic and almost juicy smelling nose. It reminds me of Nugget Nectar a bit, except much less citrusy.

T: Bright and bitter, sweet citrusy hops are evident first. The piney nature of this beer arrives mid-palate, along with a substantial malt base composed of caramel and toffee. It's obviously hop-forward; however the balance here is extremely nice.

M: Highly active carbonation, very lively for the style and just overall quite good. It does finish quite dry from the bitterness that lingers throughout but it's nothing that throws this entire mouth feel off.

Loakal Red was a very nice Amber, something I wouldn't have necessarily expected from The Bruery. It seems like this would have had to been made more than once as this is still extremely hoppy and bitter. I really enjoyed this one and think this would be a nice, crisp and easy addition to a year round line-up.

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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 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 DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to run into this at the source itself, on to the beer:

Pours dark red in the glass. Spotty head retention on top. The nose is a mixed bag, but does get better. The good is represented by toasted oak, sugary sap, and passionfruit, the bad is a band-aid aroma that is noticable. A relaxed beer to drink, and although I'm tasting that band-aid flavor, I'm still drawn in by the relaxed hoppy profile and tasty oak. More specifically, hints of pine, sweet citrus, passiofruit, and dominant oak aged sugar. It has a medium body, and a little bit of stickiness to it.

Fun to drink despite the band-aid distraction. The best comparison to this beer than I can think of is a neutered Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

(Update 8/11/11: Had again at Stadium Tavern. No band-aid nonsense, so I'm raising the score on smell, taste, and overall 0.5 points.)

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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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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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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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