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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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by ngeunit1:
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4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy red-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, oak, vanilla, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, good resiny bitterness, oak, vanilla, some a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter and warming finish.

D - Fantastic balanced imperial red ale. Good hops profile and bitterness.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red. Big head. Off white foam. Lots of surface foam.

Smell - Hoppy and a bucket of caramel. Musty and citrus hops.

Taste - Really caramelly. Hops come second. Citrus. Kinda reminiscent of a barleywine. Musty and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium carbonation. Slight bitterness.

Overall - Imperial reds just aren't that exciting. This is very imperial and very unexciting. I can't disagree that it's well made though.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.64/5  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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to tulip.

A - Dark amber; almost opaque. Two fingers of dirty white head and great lacing.

S - Citrus, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Very sweet overall nose.

T - A huge bitterness with grapefruit and pine flavours and a massive warming alcohol presence. Sweet caramel and toffee provide balance. The finish is bitter and dry with a warming alcohol presence.

M - Medium, almost full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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