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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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 dbmernin83
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark burgundy, good lacing.
Pineapple, oak, malty on the nose.
Juicy pineapple and grapefruit hops. Sweet malts light wood. Very balanced. Everything I want in an amber.
Normal carbonation. Not a light amber. This is a BA's amber
This is what I expect from an amber ale. Delicious.

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

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy amber with an inch-plus head of dense beige. A slow retreat revealed a solid skim coat for the duration and plenty of thick ropes of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with grapefruit, oak, pine, and sweet malt. A hint of roast with cut grass and vanilla follows through.

Medium bodied with a velvety mouthfeel.

Juicy, plump malt, ripe fruit, and resinous hops start the palate. Spruce, oaky tannins and a fading sweetness follow through.

Finishes with a building dryness, oak, roast, and red fruit.

Nice beer. The oak is a bit stronger than I had anticipated given the stated ratio on the bottle, but that's fine by me. Perfect for a New England fall afternoon.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, medium brown in color with lots of creamy, white head, that fades very slowly.

Smell: Malty, hoppy, oak, vanilla, slightly spicy.

Taste: Malty, hoppy, oak, vanilla, spices, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium - full bodied, medium abouts of carbonation, very smooth/creamy.

Overall: A tasty red ale. A bit heavy on the vanilla/oak charachter, but very complex.

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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 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 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 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 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 jm1229
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle opened on 8/24 and poured into a belgian style stemmed glass.

A- Pours a deep red. Lots of carbonation in this pour; don't think it's entirely my fault. Head disappears and leaves lots of lacing. Looks tasty.

S- Very malty smell. Lots of caramel with a hint of citrus sneaking in through the back. Onward...

T- Follows the smell, but pretty complicated brew. Toffee notes on top of the already prevalent malt and citrus. Definitely can taste the oak and some dark fruits, probably cherries.

M- Very creamy. It coats your mouth completely. Nice stuff.

O- Really good beer. I'm a big fan of red beers (Nugget Nectar is one of my favorites when I'm at school in NY) and this one is definitely one of the better amber ales I've had. I do prefer my red ales to be more hoppy. While this is certainly more hop heavy than others of the style, everything takes a back seat to NN. Will buy again if given the opportunity.

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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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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark amber color with a strong slightly off white head that lasts. The nose has a certin sweet and sourness to it, cherry, oak, hops. Taste is of tart cherries, hops, vanilla, oak, all vary layered. Great mouthfeel on this beer, it is well carbed with a medium body and a lingering taste on the finish. Petty awesome take on the style.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-amber with a light cream colored head

S-hoppy caramel malts. some grapefruit. smells like a typical creamy hoppy red ale.

T-comes in with a roasted hoppy taste of caramel malts. matching after-taste. light tasting...the flavors are very mild.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-pretty decent red ale. it has a subtle complexity to it, much like caviar. unfortunately, thats not how i like my beers. i'd still enjoy an entire 750mL to myself though!

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Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colour with a smooth creamy light tan head. Good head retention.

Really interesting interplay of oak, caramel and toasted malts with citrussy hops. A touch fruity.

Smooth, toasty, nutty malts with a lick of wood and some moderate bitterness. Moderate citrus and piney hops. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Really nice.

Simply a very good ale with lots of flavour and an interesting interplay of malt, hops and oak.

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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 Dlish
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- real dark red, solid large head retention.

S- Lots of hops, some malt little bit of Carmel and flan. I'll get some Belgium yeast.

T- Really big citra hops, lots of hops, there is a good amount of malt profile very sweet but it could use more actually. It be better if it could be a double red, I mean it is boarding on it anyhow. Still something is a little off, just taste a little green.

M- Good amount of carbonation, nothing more I can say.

O- Overall not bad, probably one of the most drinkable beers from the Bruery but for the price it is not worth the price tag.

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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 yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for this long-time want.

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruddy amber hue with a tuft of tight parchment head. As the foam receds it leaves behind some exceptional wide-banded lace.

Smell -- Big pithy citrus, woody oak and oak-derived menthol, red malt. As the beer warms, the bracing hoppiness subsides to reveal some caramel malt. Overall, the oak is very strong, more than one would suspect from a 25% oak blend.

Taste -- Hmm, Bruery takes the road more traveled... Pithy citrus-like hops are in abundance, along with dry woody oak. While the beer is cold it creates a kind of herbal/menthol note that is not terribly pleasant, but by the time it gets near temp, it's back on track. Malting is slightly sweet, though not overly so. Quintessential 'red malt' flavor, plus hints of toffee and caramel. Definitely unique. Lingering flavors of pithy citrus, oak, and caramel.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to medium-light in body with tight prickly carbonation. Feels like a good Belgian Tripel, and good overall, but not quite right for the style.

Overall -- The super-hoppy American Red Ale is a crowded field, especially in SoCal, and Bruery manages to retain it's uniqueness. Along with the partial oak aging, there's a good amount of malt complexity present that most of it's counterparts lack entirely.

It's nice to see Bruery pushing it's bondaries, even if that means making something that EVERY other SoCal brewery does.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a capped 750 ml. bottle. The Loakal pours a clear light copper amber with a prolific cap of light tan foam. Offers strong retention and lacing.

Light caramel aroma with slight hints of oak and light wafting hop notes. Nothing really grabs you but then it is an intriguing blend as nothing detracts either.

Flavor begins with a hoppy caramel note up front and is well balanced and not overly sweet. A flash of a lightly rummy oak follows along with an expanding hop nose with warming. Finishes with a woody toasted caramel that lingers nicely.

Sweetness is light for a Red Ale, carbonation is firm and pleasant. Oak notes are solid. Offers some dark raisin and brown sugar on the close. A good and characterful beer that resides, somewhat, within a not very preferred style. Well done.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Loakal Red from The Bruery
3.97 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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