Imperial Loakal Red | The Bruery

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Imperial Loakal RedImperial Loakal Red

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Loakal Red is just what you expect, a bigger, maltier, more intense version of our hoppy, oaky red ale. Coming in at nearly double the abv of regular Loakal Red, this beer retains the essence of the base beer with notes of citrus, vanilla and oak, but brings it all to that next level. Definitely a great one to share with friends.

Added by jvillefan on 02-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Bruery archive sale. Smell is malty and some fruit. Taste is the same. Kind of get that sweaty sock flavor on the back end. This is turning into a barleywine. Not bad for what it is. Would have liked to have tried this fresh.

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Photo of Trapist007
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2015
750ml Bottle
12% APV
Poured into a tulip glass at 50deg.
This beer is an archive release from The Bruery.

Look - Pours with a red brown color with a moderately thick two finger head. Low head retention with light lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, malt, toffee, oak and vanilla dominate on first sniff. This was followed by a very light citrus notes.

Taste - Dark fruits, dates, plums, malty, toffee, and vanilla oak. Sweet but not too sweet. Great balance leaning toward malty, with the light citrus hop flavor and a hint of alcohol. I decided to have a small bite of dark chocolate just to see what would happen... Wow! All of the favors just paraded though one by one. Some spicy notes were added, and the citrus flavors are more pronounced. It was an incredible transformation...

Feel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation went away in a short time. It finished moderately dry.

Overall - This is a great beer! I know that it is advertised to have more of a hoppy profile then I found, but who cares. This beer leans to the malty side, but have that small bite of dark chocolate and everything comes in loud and clear. Myself and my friend that I shared it with was equally impressed.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cvm4
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

So at a little over 2 years since it was added to BA, here goes.

L - Pours a really reddish brown body. There is a tan one finger head with okay lacing and retention.

S - Just a huge amount of oak, pine and citrus aromas. Good amount of caramel and bready sweet malts. The nose remind me of a year or two of Stone Double Bastard.

T - Sweet bready malts and dark fruits at first that develops into a caramel treat and then ends on an oak as well as a light pine finish.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. The carbonation hasn't held up as I wish there was more. There is a some lingering alcohol heat, still, as well.

O - I wish I could have tried it fresh. Having said that, it's a good representation of what I'd expect an imperial version of Loakal Red to be.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.8/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into a Bruery snifter. The brew appears mahogany in color with a yellowish stained cap. A spotty curtain of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell contains plenty of raw oak abruptly contrasted by solvent alcohol and fruity to floral hop aspects.

The taste is harsh with raw oak and solvent alcohol giving way to some fruity esters. It is bitter with pine and grass fading to something more slightly herbal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy and solvent that goes down kinda rough. While drinking this with friends, someone drew the comparison to bigfoot. While not the same, I can certainly relate. This really isnt a red ale, a classification of baleywine would certainly be more fitting.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Imperial Loakal Red from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 184 ratings