Imperial Loakal Red
The Bruery

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Red Ale - Imperial
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Imperial Loakal RedImperial Loakal Red
Notes: 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.
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SirElton from California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 14, 2013
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: The beer shows a dark leather color with a red hue, completely opaque and cloudy. On a gentle pour it forms a huge, pillow-y head that never fully recedes and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Huge, malt-forward bouquet with lots of booze. Caramelly sweetness is offset a bit by earthy, floral hop notes, all surrounded by a backdrop of toast and oak. Yeah, lots of booze.

T: Big, sweet malts at the front of the palate, broken up by a hop snap that refuses to be left out. Distinctly caramelly, which almost covers notes of dark toast and barrel oak. Hops do a nice job of drying the palate toward the finish, and it's actually less boozy than the nose impressed. Finishes long and sweet with notes of barrel oak and toast lingering.

M: Super-slick and viscous; a big, chewy, full body delivers the big flavors and aromas.

I liked this more as a drank it. At first it tasted like a barley wine, and it is blurring the boundaries of a amber or red ale. And it demands to be sipped...but halfway through it starts to resonate on the palate, making such a big beer dangerously tasty.

Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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GPHarris from Alabama

3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick dense, creamy tan head into a tulip glass that left great lacing throughout. the body was a dark red almost brown color.
s - citrusy and piney hops with a little booziness.
t - citrusy with some oak. a little hot with a woody and spicy finish.
m - medium body.
o - lots going on with this beer and it doesn't always quite mesh. maybe a little over the top.

Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head decent lacing, murky apple juice brown colroed.

Nose has huge malt aroma, sweet candy syrupy malts, very faint bourbon alcohol notes, and a bit of candied fruits, big spicy earthy hops, candied orange peel.

Taste brings big sweeet candy, candied caramel, nougat, big spicy chewy salty briny hops, boozy quite a bit but not too much, thick syrupy sweet and very bitter. Booze warmth tingles, with a bit of candied apple and candied orange peel hops. Finish is sweet syrupy thick, big spicy earthy piney hops.

Mouth is fuller bod, tingly booze, syrupy, decent carb.

Overall meh, the original was better, this is just too much of everything and no real balance or anything you can settle with.

Jul 05, 2013
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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer appears copper to ruby in color with a fair amount of haze. The aroma brings oak, alcohol, light fruit, pine, resin. A lot of sweetness up front with present alcohol throughout. Sugary with alcoholic warmth in the finish. Plenty of hop character, with a piney bitterness lingering in the back. Pretty good, but definitely best in small quantities.

Nov 18, 2013
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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

A murky dark amber and red with a thick, small-bubbled, tight khaki-colored head. Incredibly sticky--leaves the glass incredibly messy with irregular spiderwebs of bubbly stick.

A very sweet and malty aroma, especially as the beer warms. Sweet, melted caramel pushes up against sharp, stinging citrus notes. There's a bit of an alcohol presence as well, but at 12% ABV, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Some pine. More hop presence as colder temperatures, and significantly more malt as the beer warms.

Very sweet caramel and bready malt flavors combine with pine and bright citrus notes in flavor. Somewhat simple but very tasty and quite drinkable. Some alcohol present.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate.

Very tasty, but probably too "big" for the style.

Jun 07, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 184 ratings