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Pale Ale - BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

Pale Ale
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%


Brewed by:
BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deep golden in color, made with light caramel malts, hopped with loads of Amarillo hops with a slight citrus flavor, then dry hopped for 4 days for a plentiful aroma.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2009)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brickstone APA bomber served in a pint glass. No best by or bottled on date. I'm sure it's pretty fresh as the store owner said they had just got this in.

Appearance-dark honey colored, almost no head on the pour. Settles to a wispy laciness. She is very clear. No floaties and no chill haze to speak of.

Aroma- the aroma isn't very powerful. What is there is pleasent and very fresh smelling. I think maybe a bit more carbonation would push those scents out a bit more. If you've ever crushed fresh quality hops in your hand, then you have a pretty good idea what this beer smells like.

Taste-it's delicious. No flaws or off flavors to speak of. This bottle is extremely fresh as well. The bitterness is not cloying or powerful but pleasant and it stays with you just long enough. The malts blend nicely with the hops. I definitely didn't expect this beer to be as malty as she is but it's not a bad thing. The balance is strong on both sides. Although from the hops I would say the finer qualities of the hops are strong in this beer and not harsh bitterness.

Drink- I would say anything more then 2 bombers of this would be too much as this beer has such a big body to it. Not a knock on the beer because its wonderful to drink, but she is a bit heavy.

Overall- I was surprised by this beer. I would drink a lot more if it was available in six packs. I'm not going to keep spending 8.99 a bomber though. A lot of people compare this to Zombie dust. And to tell you the truth, I would have a hard time deciding which one to buy if they were both side by side. Zombie is a bit drier. But I like the smoother bitterness of this beer.
This is a very good beer and I may get it once in a while. If Brickstone wants my money consistently though, they need to put it in 6 packs and charge a more reasonable price.

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03-02-2014 21:25:47 | More by nicnut45
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Huge fan of this brewery out of all places, Bourbounnais, IL. For those not familiar with that location, it is southwest of Chicago by about 60 miles. It is currently the summer training camp home of the Chicago Bears.

These guys, have their beer down and the two GABF gold medals against the heavy weights in some of the most popular categories (American Pale Ale) and (Belgo-American Pale Ale) should give them some street cred. The brewmasters and owners (who are cousins) Tom and George do a fantastic job creating some great brews at an affordable price.

So as for the Brickstone APA, it is one of their flagships and year-round brews. I have had it in bomber form and draft form. This is my review of the draft version.

Appearance is a slightly honey orange with an eggshell pillowy two finger head. Great lacing on this one.

Smell is a hop blast. Similar to Zombie Dust in this matter, except the hop used for bittering and aroma here is Amarillo.

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Pale Ale from BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.