Daily Crisis IPA - Red Brick Station
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Reviews by melitameister:
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
Traveling from the South, White Marsh is a fine, economical stopping point for food, drink and a night's sleep before continuing onward to the North.
Arriving on our way back to northern NY at 9pm on a Saturday night, nievely asked the concierge for the nearest supermarket to find a few brews. When I got there, they explained that Virginia does not allow beer sales froms groceries and that all the official ABC's were closed!!! Moping back to the hotel, I saw the sign for Red Brick Brewery in a huge shopping center.
Asked if they sold growlers. Yes!! Saved by a loophole in the sad Virginia legal system.
Appearance - Light amber with a creamy, longstanding head that suggested a well made brew.
Smell - Malt, cherries, mellon, pineapple and hoppy esthers.
Taste - Website says this beer has 55 IBU, and I just loved the way the bitterness played against a fresh malt base and loads of fruit to make a very appealing classic American IPA.
Mouthfeel - This is not my top element is beer tasting, but I would call this beer medium bodied with a nice creaminess on the tongue.
Overall, I was delighted to see that a another backwater southern town has an excellent understanding of brewing and is educating the locals (place was packed for delicious $2 pints).
04-18-2012 23:47:09 | More by melitameister
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3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
This English-style IPA offers a little more bitterness than its overseas cousins normally do, but it's yeast profile is right-on with a lush, silky fruitiness and soft, buttery diacetyl that compliment its malt and hops well. It's crystal clear body is a deep amber with an orange cast that appears almost copperish whilst sitting on the bar; and it's short but frothy head of white foam holds well and leaves nice lace throughout most of the glass. Very fine bubbles can be seen rising steadily throughout the glass; and its medium body and fine, median carbonation leave it gently crisp across the palate. The Ringwood yeast is clear in the nose with its butteriness over-riding its fruitiness; and backed by some subtle, floral and mildly grassy hops. What maltiness is present combines with its buttery side to become enticingly nutty. The flavor delivers the same characteristics atop a slightly sweet and caramelish malt that's backed by a bold bitterness (55 IBU's); and it finishes quite dry with some lingering residual malt, hops, and bitterness. Impressive!
01-04-2004 00:18:41 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
A: pours a clear toasted orange with a finger of light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing on the way down to the bottom of the glass.
S: a good amount of malt is noticeable but not to be outdone the hops show up quickly and start taking names. They come in the form of bitter oranges and grapefruits, pine, and a bit of lemon.
T: that backbone of sweet caramel malt is still there but sinks in as an afterthought of the bitter sweet citrus; blood oranges, dark grapefruits, and well ripened lemons.
MF: not heavy but by no means not light, great carbonation and a great astringent feel that's continuous after the first few sips.
O: a great example of an English IPA, its refreshing after so long of a time calling an IPA a west or an east coast IPA. It won't be taking over a spot in my top ten anytime soon but its a really good beer.
01-17-2012 18:18:25 | More by nickthetick
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go. The IPA hunt continues with this product of Baltimore, Maryland landing safely in its rightful location. Many thanks to Anthony P aka "Dos" for this latest find.
The pour resembles the amberesque light emitted from some automobile turn signals i.e., 75% yellow, 25% red. My first reaction was gamboge, but it's not transparent enough. A mix of bubbles ascend somewhat lethargically through murky waters, attempting to break free, yet eventually disappearing in a 2-finger crown of clouds. The retention is simply OK, while the lacing is mostly spotty, but unique. The uniqueness is revealed in shapes with a striking similarity to emoticons.
Grass-like hop aromas fill the nose. The hop character builds to a semi-sweet, nutty malt profile. Despite the relatively low ABV, my senses detect the warming effect which will eventually result from alcohol.
This is a decent tasting IPA. While it does everything fairly well, it doesn't have one dominating characteristic to stand above the rest. This isn't a knock; in fact, it reminds me of what made Sara eventually "smile". She realized she could "break out" whenever, but the romantic partnership she formed with a "similar" ingredient was not worth tampering with. My expectations for this genre are exceedingly unreasonable, to a fault. Sometimes, it's better to be thankful for what we have. Bitter-to-buttery mouthfeel, in other words smooth. Not lingering, but not weak either. Very drinkable.
It's great to know that cloudy solutions also find themselves in pint glasses, as opposed to just outdoor fountains in Baltimore, Maryland. Although I wouldn't drink this IPA to overcome a crisis, I may consider its refreshment to avoid one.
Now that's something worth smiling for.
05-13-2008 23:47:56 | More by weiserr
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
This is a growler of Daily Crisis IPA from Red Brick Station in White Marsh, MD.
Appearance: The IPA has an amber color that comes close the straw color of an IPA. There is a bit of head (especially in the first pour, it did dissapate after that) that does not lace.
Smell: There is a strong hop aroma here, but it is equally matched against a firm malt content, very surprising for an IPA.
Taste: The hops are not as dominant as one would expect and the malts are more dominant. Very interesting for an IPA, as the biscuity malt base rules over the hop character. The hops do, in their defense, provide a long finish.
Mouthfeel: The malt base is refreshing certainly throws the drinker for a loop. I do like it though and it is an interesting, inverted IPA.
Drinkability: The abv is a little high but not too bad. This is a solid effort from Red Brick.
07-03-2006 14:10:11 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev +11.4%
I'm not a hop head. I don't always run for the IPA. This one surprised me. Great, smooth malty flavor that was accented beautifully by a nice hop bite--not the other way around. Very balanced flavor. The hops were not fruity or spicy, but rather more subtle. Really enjoyable. Pleasant surprise!
07-28-2008 23:23:44 | More by tugdriver7
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Had this on tap in the restaurant. Pours a bright reddish copper with a thin whispy head and no lacing to speak of. Light floral hops on the nose. Taste was a quite doughy malt with a faint butterscotch note and a nice crisp grassy hop finish. Medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, and a dry finish. This is a decent IPA, definitely worth trying.
08-15-2005 22:08:48 | More by cubedbee
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Served in a Nonic glass on 09/20/10
Appearance: Orange-yellow slightly hazy beer with sadly, very little of a head remaining after pouring. Some thin strands of lacing here and there, but not much else.
Smell: Faint citrus/grapefruit smells with some malt backbone. Some cut grass smells when the beer is fully warmed up.
Taste: Well balanced citrus/grapefruit hops with solid malt at the end. There is a slight English-type bitterness at the end which is why I can see this beer is classified as a English IPA - but - the smell (while faint) is classic American IPA. So I don't know if I'd classify this an English IPA or not. It's a hybrid of the two styles, but not really strong in either flavor camp. It's okay.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue (fleeting spiciness) and medium body. Above average.
Drinkability: Okay - it's passable and went well with a seafood dish (crab cake appetizer). I could have had another - it's not very hoppy, but then again, maybe you don't always need a hop bomb.
09-21-2010 01:15:58 | More by damndirtyape
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Sampled last night on cask at Max's on Broadway.
Poured a orangish amber with a sticky, creamy off-white head.
Pretty tasty brew that was a little bit more bitter than the IPAs I just recently had over in England, but worthwhile nonetheless. Had the right amount of Ringwood yeast bite, with the appropriate amount of diacetyl, and fruity tinged hops. Just a light bit of malts swimming around.
Finishes dry, but still drink-worthy. I should definitely head up to white marsh and try it nice and fresh off the tap.
04-23-2005 15:07:04 | More by Dithyramb
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
This was one of the General Sutter's Monthly Cask Night offerings on Friday, 30 October 2009.
The hand-pulled beers definitely made a better showing on this night.
This was presented with a finger of eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was an amber with NE-quality clarity of which BUPGOO would have been proud. Nose was decently hoppy, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was full, slightly creamy, pleasantly hoppy on the tongue. One of the regulars put his finger on it - this was an English IPA, no doubt. I wonder if it were intended as such or if the site has it mistaken. I like the way that it was much more balanced than the red, which was supposed to be the more balanced of the lot. I dig American IPAs, but the difference can be a welcome change for me. Finish had a definite hop bite, but not so much as to tip the scale out of English range. This was the most drinkable of the three on this evening.
01-02-2010 14:02:06 | More by woodychandler
3.71/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours deep orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of earthy and slight flowery hops. Tastes of earthy hops with some citrus aftertaste, but a little bit watery. Beer is light bodied nicely carbonated, crisp finish. Overall an above average beer.
06-03-2014 23:06:29 | More by cyclonece09
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/2" head that quickly falls to a surface foam.
Smell: mild grapefruits and some faint floral bitterness are barely detectable.
Taste: caramel, soft grapefruit tones, hints of lemon zest, green grapes, and some mild bitterness make up a mild flavored but nicely drinkable IPA.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Brief aftertaste with this one.
Drinkability: nice sessionable IPA and not a beer that burns out your tastebuds, but some may consider this one a bit mild in flavor.
02-16-2009 20:35:09 | More by Gavage
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
On tap with dinner.
A fairly straightforward IPA lacking a big hop bite but with just enough hops to let you know what it's supposed to be. Looks and smells like it tastes - average. A decent enough dinner drink or a bar buster but not something I would take home.
03-24-2011 23:34:03 | More by Beer4Baltimore
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
A nice dark copper/amber cooler. The head is fairly thick, and a slight bit of lace around the glass.
Nothing overwhelming about the smell, a bit hoppy, but then again its an IPA.
Its a great IPA in my opinion, not much of a mouthfeel to it, but its quite tasty one of the better local brews in maryland.
I could drink a bunch of these in one go, the go down is so smooth. These are unbeatable on $1 beer tuesdays and a great choice on regular price.
09-05-2008 00:27:20 | More by DeepSix
2.2/5 rDev -38.7%
On tap at the Fire Station 1 "Brewery" in Silver Spring. Quite easily the worst IPA I've had in my life. I'm tempering my scores as it was made to sound like an American IPA, which it most clearly wasn't
Pouring a mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing, this is a pretty nice looking beer. The nose is nothing short of a disappointment. Hardly any hop character is present, bar a mild citrusy character, the nose is dominated by the malt, which strangely tasted mildly stale and caramel-like. There's possibly some herbal character as well, but it's too cold to tell, and I don't care to find out. The palate opens with a blend of a biscuit and caramel malt sweetness with a surprisingly low hop character. A faint bitterness is present, and the flavors are nondescript. Sweet on the finish, this medium-bodied beer is nicely carbonated and has a decent finish, mostly from the (probably) English base malt. I couldn't finish even a quarter of my pint, and I couldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a hop-forward beer.
06-16-2011 23:55:33 | More by DefenCorps
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Another Sampling from the Maryland Oktoberfest.
It poured gold with a white head. The aroma was as expected of floral hops. The taste was dominated by the hops which had a very pleasant floral bite to them. The feel was medium and dry. This was a nice IPA, it let the floral rather than the bitterness of the hops come forward. I will have to make it up to White Marsh to sample more of their beers.
10-24-2005 04:31:29 | More by claytri
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
Served as a medium amber colored beer with Moxdest white head. Smell is a nice mixture of malt and hops leading to a very pleasant promise. Taste also mixes the hops and malt in a nice proportion giving a very good tasting beer. Finishes mild and slightly dry. Very nice beer.
06-22-2006 00:46:06 | More by tgbljb
3.95/5 rDev +10%
(a) amber almost a copper tone color, thick head with a yellowish tint that lingered for a while but dissipated quickly, could not see much to any hint of effervesce in the liquid.
(s)very light smell of hops
(t) picked up a bold hop taste that not to overpowering and mellows out nicely, the taste however lingers on the pallet for a good amount of time
(m)bold but not overpowering, leaves the moth with a crisp feeling
(d) found it to be a very bold a powerful drink, but surprising easy to drink, my only thing with the lingering of the bitterness which mad e it not come of as clean to me as i would have hoped.
11-21-2007 19:32:09 | More by boothy443
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
A-poured a clear light copper color with one finger head that retained
S-the aroma was a little hard to pick up but slight citrus
T-more on the hoppy pale ale side of things; def not as bitter as the typical IPA; more of a balanced IPA than anything
M-nice and smooth but fairly typical for the style, nothing special
D-it's very smooth and clean; not as hoppy as some other IPAs, but very drinkable
05-13-2010 22:48:29 | More by scottyb88
Daily Crisis IPA from Red Brick Station
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.