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J.R. Brickman Amber - Brick Brewing Co.

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J.R. Brickman AmberJ.R. Brickman Amber

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BA SCORE
74
okay

15 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pootz on 05-14-2006)
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - copper-yellow colour with short-lived head. Clarity of this beer poured is not 100%.

Smell - malt, caramel and even a touch of cherry.

Taste - interesting flavour with a lot of fruity elements like cherry and fig. I didn't expect this much, so I'm a little impressed. Finish had just a bit of woodiness also which was neat.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation but also a baking-soda like fizz. It would be better if less active.

Drinkability - definitely a summer beer, to be enjoyed in quantity during sunshine hours near water somewhere. It's a February night in Canada when I'm reviewing this so here's to poor timing!

DoctorStrangiato, Feb 21, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the brewery. Easiest drinking, most satisfying of the new Brickman series. Lace and mild amber colour. Malty aroma and taste. Medium mouthfeel. On the sweet side, some hops please. How about some roast, or something imaginative. Answer: too small a market.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pootz for the opportunity to try this. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours pale amber with a little frothy white head on top. Fairly expected appearance.

Smell – A touch of caramel with some crisp citrus and grain. I can detect just a touch of skunkiness as well. Not bad actually.

Taste – Off the bat its weak but obvious flavors of grain and citrus arise. There is a bit of sweetness to finish with the slightest hop taste. I also taste something resembling wet grass.

Mouthfeel – This one isn’t as thin as other lagers I’ve tried. The carbonation is nice and low key as well.

Drinkability – Fairly good. This beer went down easily.

This isn’t something I’d drink to savor over an extended period of time but its perfect for a session or social drink with someone less willing to try those “weird” beers.

Orrshow, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly light hazy orange, more like a good pale ale or IPA than an amber, and has a very small off-white head that dissipated quite quickly, leaving behind a small patch of bubbles and no lacing. Smell is sickly sweet, with grain and alcohol the most apparent scents. Taste is bland, much of the sweetness is muted and nothing else really comes through. Too much diacetyl, a bit of caramel, and virtually no hop presence leave this one with quite a bit to be desired. Mouthfeel is poor, a bit oily with not much carbonation, and drinkability is average at best. Not much of an effort, and one that I plan to eschew in the future.

Mandrake, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Lubière: Poured a light amber color beer with a huge white head with average retention. Aroma is quite grainy with very limited hops presence. Taste is light with some sweet caramel and a good cereal/grain presence. Very little hops and finish a tad watery. Overall, this is a bit too boring and definitely prefers the Brickman pils as a session beer.

Phyl21ca, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of ThirdCoast
3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 341ml bottle poured into a Waterloo Dark glass.

A: A nice amber color, with some bubbles and a small head.

S: Sweet aroma, fruits, caramel, malts. Very nice.

T: Spices, sweets, smooth taste.

M: Stings a bit on the tounge before it goes down. But does go down smooth.

D: Not a bad brew, but not my favorite either.

ThirdCoast, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- My second of the new three beers in the Founder’s Series.

Pours deep orange, with a thin but stable ring of off white foam.

Aroma is super spicy, mild nutmeg, chestnut, spicy malts, sugars, and hops.

Taste is very, very spicy for the style. Sweet malts come in second place adding balance to the spice. There’s some mild hops here too, but this one is mainly spicy. Very nice.

Pootz mentions the Creemore, and I agree, but this one seems to be more robust. If I had to have this on tap, I would not be upset at all. Keep it up Mr. Brickman!

mrmanning, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can, as pictured. Thanks bobsy, another off my list.
Pours orange-amber color, white head fades as quickly as it forms. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but not enough to retain any head or lace. Grainy smell, maybe a bit fruity.
Not much to describe in the taste. Sweetish malt, some hops on the finish. I also taste some metallic flavor.
Body is light, but not thin. Average drinkability. Not much else to say, about as expected.

BigBry, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, some orange, small white head forms, goes pretty quick, no lace. Smell is sweet, nice and grainy, some citrus and caramel. Taste is sweet up front, caramel through the middle, very malty with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not a bad lager, I could session with this one.

Viggo, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a amberish/orange colour with a decent head that quickly fades into a thin layer.

Grainy, fruity, citrusy smell, nothing special. Smells like a macro.

Not much for taste, sweet, malty and some hops on the finish, tastes like a lager, I also taste some metallic residue.

This isn't terrible, although I remember the bottle being a lot better than this, I think the can may have affected the taste somehow.

GodOfBeer, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second in the new "founder's series" of "craft beers" from Brick

This one's also promoted to be a "craft" amber and I'm sure they were aiming at Creemore's niche' with an amber, malty, sharp ale-like lager...this is a mild version of the old pre-Molson Creemore lager with some of those ale-like characteristics but is a bit more mellow and rounded, but that may be to some tastes.

Poured as a clear amber lager with a good frothy 2 finger cap with fair retention and lacing.

Aroma: light toast and toffee tones over some sharp herbal notes

Medium bodied ...fair malt spine....sandy mouth feel.

Fairly 2 dimensional profile with the sweet toasty grains fighting the sharp cedar hops in near perfect balance ...no fruity tones but a nice sharp spice character from the hops and yeast. Finish is mildly crisp with good hop pronouncement but not the lingering biscuit/bready after taste I seek...just a light sweetness.

There are certainly quality ingredients in this brew and some care taken in the brewing....and it tastes it....recommended to those who find Molson Creemore too dumbed down.

pootz, May 14, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a weak head that manages to leave just a small amount of lace behind. The aroma is sweetish malts, caramel and a bit of fruit. The taste is sweet and rather bland. Strong diacytel is noticeable in the finish. Citrusy hops are somewhat noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

This is mediocre. Way too sweet and one dimensional. I wouldnt get it again.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of drinkininthewood
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from a brown 341 twist off bottle

A- Foggy/amber/orange. Nice head that stays for a minute or two, then proceeds to lace.

S- fruits, grainy, a little sour

T- Malt sweetness, caramel, nice floral hops, a little spicy

M- moderate body, little acidic burning feeling nothing to worry about ( its all natural..right?)

D- stick with the j.r. brickman pilsner

Overall its alright. not anything spectacular, but not horrid. Another good one from mr. Brickman .

drinkininthewood, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
1.95/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Friend brought a sixpack back from canada for our weekly drinkin' time. nice bottle cap with a warthog on it! pours orange with a foamy head. head doesn't go completely away. smell is like apple juice and corn and vinegar. taste is dry, a bit harsh, resiny, malty. not delicious, not pleasant to drink really. eh.

aforbes10, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of slitherySOB
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Okay, I guess it's the colour of amber. Not much head to speak of, and what is there disipates to nothing. Nothing. Not even a ring of bubbles around the rim. Bit of a musky smell, with a sweet butter toffee aroma. Diacetyl. Not sure if it's supposed to be there. Tastes off. Bit of malt, toffee, some roasted almonds, and meat. Meat? Yes, meat. Beef and turkey, to be exact. And it can't be a ruined palet. Haven't had beef nor turkey in quite some time. Oil, gritty mouthfeel. Overall, a bad beer.

slitherySOB, May 31, 2006
J.R. Brickman Amber from Brick Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.