North Loop Brew Co

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #133
Ranked #24,750
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Lucid Duce is a full flavored, malt forward, red ale with robust caramel, vanilla, and biscuit flavor profiles. Duce, Italian for "duke", is a bold, powerful, ale for the winter season. Enjoy responsibly.
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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lucid Duce', the Imperial Red Ale. Oak Aged! 8% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Lucid Brewing, Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Appearance: clear, crimson colored, slim white head.

Aroma: Malt is raging, hops are quiet. A little fruity, a bit mineral-y, earthy, a trifle flinty. Just stopping short of sweet. Or maybe just a little over the line.

Taste: Mild and mellow in the mouth. Largely malty, just enough hops for balance. Full-bodied, at first, starting bold, and rounding out, ultimately. I wish it were bolder, still, though. Tasty stuff, though, but I keep wanting it to be bigger. As it is, it's a drinker, though strong. The oak-aging is adding some complexity, and tamping down some sweetness.

No gobbledygook. It is what it is.

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feloniousmonk from Minnesota, Apr 15, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Red Ale. Hmm.

Appearance : A beautiful fiery reddish orange glow, 70% transparency. The head is thick and stable, off-white, and resting at about 1 finger. It leaves tattoos of its once 2 fingered stature in the form of webby lacing on the glass.

Aroma : The imperial character sure comes out right away. Strong alcohol and smoked hop leaf, with sweetly roasted malts and hints of sweet potato/yam, caramel, clove, molasses, and oat.

Taste : Wow, this is hitting me in stages. I'm trying to process. Its actually really f'ing decent. A bite of dry malts up front, some oak, mixed with a potent hit of hop flower rolled in sugar... followed by large waves of caramel and candied yams, and ends with a slight smokiness and roasted dry flavor. Hops come back on the finish but less sweet. The smell combines with the taste to create an experience. Totally unique and totally bomb.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, ends semi-dry.

Overall : If I could go back and clean the store out for the $6 I paid for this four pack on closeout - I would. A great tasting smoked red and exceeded my expectations.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 25, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is fairly mild with some spice, vanilla, biscuit, caramel, dried fruit. It pours a brilliant deep reddish amber under a 2" finely bubbled foam cap from a bomber bottle. The 12 ounce bottles have slightly less head. Big biscuit flavors, fruit, vanilla, caramel, alcohol and a hint of fig. there is a very slight tannic astringency on the finish. The hops and alcohol flavors join together to temper the rich malt flavors. The body is big - just a shade under chewy. I prefer it out of the bomber bottles - the carbonation is softer. The 12 oz. bottles are crisper and have a little bit of a bite. The tap version is somewhere in between. Big and bold, yet fairly well balanced.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Jan 06, 2015
Photo of SebD
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, some toffee, light bready/toasty malts and faint herbal hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has caramel, toffee, some breadiness, toasty/buiscuity malts and light herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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SebD from Ontario (Canada), Jun 12, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber mahogany color with a soapy head and fair lace. Aroma is full of caramel, soft vanilla and faint buttery toffee. In the taste, caramel, buttery toffee and a small vanilla from the oak. The body is the best part, perfectly medium with solid carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew. Would have it again.

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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of TequilaTom
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really liked this. A lot. It was the best red ale I've had so far. Very smooth and very tasty. Received in a beer-of-the-month-club shipment. It was my favorite of the 4 beers that month. I would seek this out if it were available here in Ohio, but I haven't seen it so far. Will keep looking though!
Give it a try. If you like this style, you won't be dissappointed!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Torey's in Owatonna.
Not the most attractive beer around with a cloudy brown color and smallish off-white head.
Aroma was fairly indistinct with a mix of malt and nondescript hops, but nothing bad.
I really like the malting though. Nice crisp toasty and crackling grain. Hops are still indistinct but clearly present with a nice bittering finish that is surprisingly short-lived.
Slightly bitter than moderate feel and lower carbonated.
I like the sum more than the individual pieces to ultimately make a beer I like more than I anticipated.

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garymuchow from Minnesota, May 02, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snfiter. No evident or decipherable packaging date. Received as part of craftbeerclub.com shipment courtesy of little sis Tami.

A: Burnished amber with 1/2-finger beige foamy head with good retention and tons of lace spots and streamers.

S: Big tannic oaky aroma blends with dark crystal malts and light sourness with tangy, herbal, earthy hopping which is moderately strong. No big yeast esters, maybe some mild dark fruitness, or alcohol character.

T: The flavor profile is also pretty earthy and woody with very prominent tannic oakiness which couples pretty well with the dark crystal malt caramel and maltiness. Earthy hops are a good accent. There are some fruity yeast esters but the alcohol is well-hidden. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Flavor is pretty cohesive but kind of lands with a thud.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation and sticky tannic aftertaste and feel.

O: Duce is not a bad beer, but I'll admit not really up my alley with a little bit of sour woodiness and earthy nature overall. Oak lovers will really like this brew.

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argock from Virginia, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of BryanCarey
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucid Duce pours to a dark copper hue with a nice, creamy, yet solid head of foam that lasts a while and leaves good lacing. The nose on this beer is one of bread, light spice, and vanilla, and it’s quite enticing.

This beer has a flavor that follows its nose, but it’s more intense. Flavors of bread and biscuits are most evident, but there are other great flavors to savor as well, such as caramel, some woodiness, a touch of pine, and a dash of cherries and citrus. The beer has a certain whiskey component to it, too, due to the aging in oak barrels. There is just a touch of alcohol in the finish, but it gets out of the way quickly, allowing you to savor the other complex flavors.

Duce is the first beer I have sampled from Lucid Brewing and I like what I have experienced so far. They really seem to have balanced out the flavors in this beer and I love the complexity and oak aging. This beer is definitely one I will try again when I can and I can’t wait to try more from this brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy brown-amber, huge head.

Smell: Tannic, citrus hop. Not very strong.

Taste: Toffee, wood tannins, earthy. A little bit of citrus in the finish. Definitely can taste the oak.

Overall: This is an interesting beer to try for a different take on wood aging. I'm not a amber ale guy since they usually are kind of boring toffee/earthy flavors. The wood in this case gives it a couple extra dimensions to perk up the interest level.

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Mdog from Minnesota, Feb 09, 2014
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2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

My previous rating (4.5) was on the 2013 vintage. The 2015 is extreamly weak, very lacking in complexity and flavors, not much oaky/nutty woodiness to speak of. Very lame sauce guys. This was the brewerys ONLY worthwhile beer to in my opinion...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first taste of this Minnesota brew.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a lovely dark amber with only a little foam. The center pour leaves only a single finger of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a little spotty lacing and a dusting on top of the beer.

The smell is quite nice, although a little weak to my nose. There is the sweet malt and a little yeasty bread note, a hint of vanilla, and a slight, underlying and rather pleasant funkiness.

The taste is wonderful and more than I expected from the smell. The malt is right up front with a roasted sweetness and some hints of caramel. I also caught some oak hits early on as well as some of that nice yeastiness that I really enjoy. Then the hops come forward, a little pine and a little peppery. It finishes with a nice lingering bitter note and a little boozy dryness.

Overall, a really nice beer. I'm looking forward to drinking this one again. I just noticed the bottle says "oak aged." That makes sense given some of the nice flavors in this. Good stuff.

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SD-Alefan from South Dakota, Feb 07, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick, hazy dark bronzey-brown. My vision penetrates about halfway through the glass. Thick fluffy khaki head that recedes with little lacing to a patchy film.

S: True to imperial amber style - leather, wood (thanks probably to the oak aging), a hint of bourbon.

T: Cherries, wood, leather, classic amber fare. The oak barrel aging adds a nice dimension that I'm not terribly certain is all that common for ambers - are there many barrel aged ambers? I feel like Lucid took a smart risk and won big by barrel aging a beer that isn't a stout or barleywine. The resulting flavor dynamic is really unique, but very enjoyable.

I love it. You try it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pint out of a cask with added amarillo hops.

look is red and hazy, with a small sprinkling of filmy head. smell is light and wheaty, with some sweet malt and bitter earthy hops. the taste is similar: slightly bitter, oaky, dry leaves, herbal hops, slight vanilla.

really good amber, more of an imperial

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jimmah120 from Minnesota, Mar 31, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable aroma coming off this one. One is hit in the face with maltiness, but an antiqued musk of something else that, after contemplation, could only be the oak barrel and perhaps a heavy dose of yeast. Not that this is unpleasant: it's refreshingly unique from many other beers and could easily become an acquired taste. The color is rich and beautiful but there's nothing stunning about how it sits in the mouth. It's very tasty, if one is looking for an unfamiliar and perhaps challenging taste.

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sxoidmal from Minnesota, Feb 24, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a clear red color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down th glass.

For a label that claims is malt forward, I smell mostly hops. Citrus, pine, and herbal. Then I get the caramel from the malt. Not getting much of the oak in the aroma.

Nice caramel and bready flavor. The hops add nice complimentary flavor of citrus and pine. Mild oakiness and vanilla notes. Bitterness is low but enough to make this a nicely balanced beer. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol.

Lucid nailed the carbonation in this beer. So smooth and softly textured. Just wish the body was a little fuller.

The oak could of come out some more. Otherwise a very solid red ale bringing some good flavor.

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morimech from Minnesota, Feb 22, 2013
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