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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red | The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal RedPreservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red
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3.8/5
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184 Ratings
Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal RedPreservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Amber / 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
184
pDev:
13.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/26/13 notes.

a - Pours a deep, hazy mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, three fingers of off white head, and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts, oak, toasted malts, pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and light fruits. Super malty, but some hops still coming through. Nice mix, I like the nose.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, oak, toasted malts, bready malts, biscuit, fruits, light citrus hops, and earthy notes. Taste has more oak and caramel malts, and less hops than the nose overall. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and while strong, doesn't feel like 12% ABV.

o - Overall a nice beer, though to be honest, I prefer the normal, non-imperial version. I like the original for what it is, a really good, lower ABV, hoppy red ale. This beer is good, but the hops fade, especially in the taste, compared to the original, and the alcohol is a little too much for me. Worth checking out but if I could only have 1 I'd go with the regular verions of LR.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Released 03/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark and murky russet brown with three fingers of thick beige head. The huge pillow of head lingers and leaves copious lace.

Smells of pine, citrus, toffee and an almost cherry sweetness.

Taste starts with a heavy dose of dank hops. Grapefruit peel, wood, lemon zest, pine sap, caramel, toffee, oak, slight vanilla, dark fruit pit/skin and boat loads of alcohol. As others have stated, this one is perhaps a bit too hot. I'm fine with a healthy booze bite but this gets a little distracting. Still, an over all interesting blend of rich, bitter hops and complex barreled malts.

Medium thick, resinous feel with strong carbonation. Long, dry, bitter finish with more citrus peel, oak and booze.

An all around enjoyable and complex imperial red. Plenty of resinous hops with a very unique oaky malt backing. I'm torn between enjoying these hops now while they're bursting with fresh flavor and waiting a year or two to let that alcohol settle down and see how the malts and barrel character develop. I'm glad I got multiple bottles to try both.

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