A Red for the people by the people: Lompoc Proletariat Red

Lompoc Brewery Proletariat Red

Lompoc Menu photo by TarynMarie of flickr.com

Proletariat Red 6.2% ABV 45 IBU

Tonight I picked up Proletariat Red by Lompoc Brewery, a beer from the other category of beers that I like (besides IPA) Red/Amber ale.   This beer is for the working man says its label and website inspiring Beer Volutions (so says Irving) is all about defending the hops and malts to the death!!  I featured a very hoppy beer from the same brewery back in September called C-Note and I found that one to be respectable.

The Proletariat Red  poured like a champ and it’s head grew like it had a pair and did its job keeping in the tasty brew ready for my consumption. It’s color was deep amber similar to some IPAs and  goes down smooth when drinking making it easy to drink. Mindful of it not being an IPA and being low on the IBU scale, this Red holds its own. One thing that I didn’t like was the sort of lingering malty taste which I kept hoping wouldn’t last so long, not a big deal though.

Overall Proletariat Red falls a bit short in the flavor department. The best way I can describe it is by simply saying it doesn’t have a bold flavor, which for me, is an indicator of a outstanding brew. Will I drink this again? You bet! Well made micro. Cheers!

Lompoc Brewery Proletariat Red

Beer label by http://www.mustlovebeer.com

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Unless I missed it, I don’t see anything here about Craft Beer Week, which ends tomorrow. What’s going on? On a different note, I have some Belgium Wheat brewing in my garage, I may need your home address to send you a couple of bottles. Lastly, I will be working in Spain and Morroco in mid-September (7th-16th), you interested?

    • Jacob … I want some Belgian wit :) … We have a video coming out today where we pit 3 wit beers against each other and declared a winner. Stay tuned … I have a La Fin Du Monde clone in secondary right now which I’m bottling in 2 weeks… I hope all this waiting pays off. I also have a pumpkin stout that I bottled 2 weeks ago, hope that one turns out good….

  2. Send me some samples/bottles. I’ll give u my addy via text. And Spain – yeah i’m interested but it may be too soon (money). I’m thinking Southeast Asia or Spain next year.

  3. @irving, I guess next to you, I’m still a rookie, we need to trade some brews. @ jay, I’d be interested in Southeast Asia, only because this will be my 3rd time in Spain.

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