Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red | The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal RedPreservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.19.13

A - Pours a murky brown with a large dark tan head with great retention.

S - Malty, dark fruit, raisins.

T - Very malty, bready, hot alcohol, raisins.

D - Lots of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Hot and tons of maltiness with some dark fruits.

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Came out in early March 2013, so about 5 months old at this point.

A - Pours a murky, orangish brown. Light tan head leaves ample lacing.

S - Pine, citrus, brown sugar.

T - Pine and citrus hops up front. Then brown sugar, rye bread, some vanilla and coconut. Booze really comes thru, especially cold. It starts to ease up as it warms. Finishes with a bitter bite, but there is lingering sweetness.

M - Medium full. Carbonation is high for this style.

O - A tasty beer that that would be perfect w/ the alcohol toned down. I had it fresh and it was much hoppier (and better). I wouldn't age it, it just seems like it is getting sweeter.

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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blood red pour, tanned finger of head. Spidery lacing. It was quite nice to look at. Big caramel aroma, sweet malts, floral and pine, tinge of vanilla, hits of oak. Sweet taste, caramel, and sweet nuts. Bitter too, medium, with some piny hops. There's a little alcohol present. Full bodied, creamy, clean finish, nice bitterness.

Plenty flavor and nice drinkability despite the ABV...much better than the regular Loakal.

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Preservation Series: Imperial Loakal Red from The Bruery
3.88 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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