Loakal Red | The Bruery

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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 hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Beachrez !!

served in my Bruery tulip

pours a deep ruby red and brown. slightly hazy. massive creamy and fluffy head. lacing all over the sides and a huge puffy cloud retention. its like an iceberg in my ale. this was beautiful.

very sweet and hoppy. nice orange and tangerine on the nose. light pine and grapefruit. a hint of booze.

lots of citrus fruit through out. same as the nose, orange and tangerine dominating. nice light pine and citrus with a slight resin and earthy flavor. very sweet through out. light malty backbone. grapefruit aftertaste.

very moderate body, very full. nice and light carbonation.

this is delicious. i love ambers.... this is nice and complex but very vivid. i would love to drink more of this.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I needed a beer after my Fed Tax final and this has been chilling in my refrigerator since the release of Black Tuesday, so here goes!

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a beautiful "red" hue. Over two fingers of massively fluffy tan head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipate slowly leaving great looking lacing. Looks damn good.

Smell - Nice juicy hops up front with tart citrus such as grapefruit and orange peel. Pine, oak, slight malt.

Taste - Wow. I am normally not that "into" American Amber/Red Ales but this tastes quite pleasant. I can immediately taste the oak barrels and almost hoppy spices. Pine, grapefruit, and more hops. There is not much of a caramel/malt backbone, which is great and honestly makes this beer work that much better for me personally. At the end, more bitterness and as it warms just a hint of vanilla and more oak. Honestly, I am glad I have another of these. A great beer to enjoy tonight.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied (on the lighter side of it), loads of carbonation that prickles the tongue, finishes a hint dry in the mouth yet oily on the tongue.

Drinkability - I have a feeling this may wear on me the more I drink the bottle and I may have wished I shared it with someone, but overall, was impressed by this beer.

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Photo of gregshead
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From written notes, reviewed on 11/29/10 -

A: Pours with a good finger of light tan head which dissipates but leaves behind a thin foam lining.

S: Red ale sweet smell with oak aromas

T: The oak taste dominates almost to the point where it tastes sour/tart. Sweet malt/caramel flavors to come to the palate. Doesn't completely the style for me.

M: Lots of carbonation fizzling on the tongue. Nice light feel.

D: I think it's a little strong in the oak tastes and doesn't fit the Amber/Red category. However, still a well made beer that I would enjoy having again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Provisions. Had this in a couple samplers.

The color of this beer is red, believe it or not. It's a deep crimson, rather clear, and a one-finger light beige head sits on top, fading to swirls and leaving good lacing.

The aroma is nice and hoppy, but not too much so. Caramel, oak, red berries, and earthy and citrusy hops.

The flavor is similar. The malt has the right about of sweetness. A great fruitiness comes through - maybe red currants? There's a nice caramel malty backbone with mild oak, grapefruity and floral hop notes.

Medium-plus bodied with average carbonation and a pretty nice mouthfeel.

An enjoyable one to drink overall. If you're going to classify this as an amber ale, it's really the class of the style. In my opinion though, this is venturing more into the imperial amber category. If you classify it as such, beers like Troegs Nugget Nectar and Green Flash Hop Head Red are certainly superior.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Verecund
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours carnelian with a massive three-and-one-half finger, frothy head. Nice webbed lacing.

The oak has toned down the hop aromatics, but what remains smells fresh: citrus, grapefruit, and passionfruit; a good bit of caramel and buttery, biscuit maltiness. Oak and a soft, soft tannic quality.
Non-assertive citrus awash with a miscellaneous herb-like quality, caramel malts, and the [not freshly-sawn] oak. Some pine and notes of orange (zest).

Medium-bodied with just over medium carbonation.

Quite unmatched and fresh, but not altogether mind-blowing. There's something about the barrel-aging and the flavors it imparts that makes LR taste diluted. Interesting, nonetheless.

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Photo of jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks to Javier for cracking this one. I guzzled quite a bit of this tincture at Black Tuesday and was looking forward to revisiting it on a less obliterated palate.

A: Dark red with good clarity and a big frothy white head with good retention. Great lacing.

S: Big hop aroma, fresh and bright. Vibrant notes of pine, grapefruit, orange pith. Some floral aromatics are at play here, mingling with oak. Malt is caramel in character, adding a light sweetness, though the beer comes across as quite dry overall. The oak is well integrated, and adds an interesting dimension to the hops and caramel malt. I detect a little vanilla and a subtle spiciness.

T: Moderately bitter, with a blend of caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, and oak. Really tasty and much different from anything else The Bruery has offered in the past. Big bitter pine oak finish with some grapefruit rind.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Sticky. Upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A unique hoppy red ale that's quite delicious and very drinkable.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Tripphop
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a trade extra from Loki83. Thanks man.

Even with a light pour, a rocky/pillowy head quickly froths up filling half the glass. It is a rich, frothy, cream colored Tuft that sits nicely on top of the brew and clings all over ther glass. The color is a deep burnt orange witha reddish glow to it.

Aromas are subtle, little hints of caramel and buttered biscuits with a racy orange peel and hop pungence. The flavors is ever evolving and different subleties are picked up with every sip.
At first it comes acorss as a simple red ale with a bright centennial hop finish. After careful swishing and contemplation, other flavors of orange, cream, vanilla, caramel, and bread come to the surface.

Really glad i got a chance to try this one. I have yet to be disappointed with a limited realease from The Bruery, this is a favorite of their line-up so far.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Xul
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber, capped by just over two fingers of frothy, off-white head. Retention is good as it settles slowly, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Big hop presence up front with juicy grapefruit and tangerines, along with a dose of pine. Sweet caramel base with some oak around the edges.

T: Strong hops up front with an abundance of citrus again, joined by some pine notes. Juicy grapefuit stands out until just after the mid-palate where the caramel base, toffee, and lightly toasted sweet bread shine through along with some light oak and vanilla. Citrusy hops return and lead to a finish of sweet fruits. Taste lies somewhere between 4 and 4.5, but isn't quite far enough to make the leap upwards.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Extremely easy drinking and the hop profile, while intense, is very well done.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
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 drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 slayer3604
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 PeprSprYoFace
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Overlord
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Very pleasantly surprised by this brew. Good job Bruery folk.

Pours a reddish amber. Maybe half an inch of off-white/light tan head. Smells like caramel, slightly roasted toffee and some citrus (sweet grapefruit and tangerines).

Taste is straight-forward sweet, mostly caramel malt, but there's a nice undercurrent (and understated) waft of tangerines, oranges, and sweet grapefruit. Also a bit of ... oak/vanilla? Was this -bal aged?

Very drinkable. Shame it ain't bottled.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Loakal Red from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 548 ratings