Red Brick Pale Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by BamaBeerBuff:
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, bubbly bright tangerine color with an absolutely massive beige colored head. The head is so large, in fact, I'm a little worried that this beer could be infected (though it doesn't smell like it is...). Nice lacing patterns, as well.

S: Clean and bold hop aroma, big time grapefruit and citrus aroma. They definitely used some Cascades here.

T&M: Flavor is kind of bland. A light Cascade citrus flavor is present, but there's a very weak pale malt backing. Body is a bit too light and it's not as substantial as I'd expect from a good APA. It's a decent start flavor-wise, but it's just needs more substance. Furthermore, it's incredibly over-carbonated. The beer just foams up in my mouth, which kills the feel and flavor.

D: Well, it's light enough, but the mouth-foaming thing is pretty annoying and doesn't make it as enjoyable to drink. I don't think I've gotten a bad bottle, as some other reviewers have voiced similar complaints about over-carbonation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Orange and clear in the body with a beautiful, foaming head that left lots of cool “volcano pits” on top of the liquid.

Smell – This one had a big, malty nose laden with lots of sugary caramel. The hops were there but in the background.

Taste – The hops came out bigger at the taste; they were citrusy and sharp like an orange peel. The malt from the nose for the most part found its way to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This APA was medium-bodied and finished quite dry.

Drinkability – This was huge and complex for a Pale Ale. I thought the flavors were a little awkward and could probably benefit from a bit of cellaring. Certainly a good ale though nevertheless.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Brick Pale Ale 5.6% alcohol, Red Brick Brewing Atlanta Georgia. Updated label on brown glass states 5.6%.

A- Pours a hazed orange fluid that produces a quarter inch white head that falls to a froth leaving decent lacing.

S- Mildly citrus hops, some grass. Carmel malts make a small appearance in the nose with light yeasty notes as well.

T-M- Taste is fresh in nature with a light grassy hop bite and slightly sweet malts followed by a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is astringent with a tingle on the tongue and yeasty feel.

D- Drinkable beer but i'd like to try it on tap freshly made.

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, new packaging and all of the brewery now.

Lacing sticks very well on the glass, slightly hazed golden amber color. Lightly citric but more floral with malty toasted grain, nutty yeast and a apricot fruitiness in the nose. Smooth and crisp and perhaps a little creamy, medium body. Very balanced, hops wield a hefty bitterness but the malt weighs in with complex bready and biscuity flavors. Nutty chalky yeast and some fruitiness in the middle. Grainy and a touch of citric zest in the semi-dry finish.

Solid and true to style. Drinkable? yes ... not much else you can ask for. Good drinking.

Photo of glid02
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a good sized white head that sticks around for a while.

Doesn't smell like much at all - just a little bitterness.

The taste is nothing special - the bitterness is most prevalent. Not very much complexity, but very good if you like bitter.

The mouthfeel is average, could be a little thicker.

The drinkability is alright, the lack of other flavors bring it down a notch

This is a decent session beer, since it's around the area and relatively cheap I'll probably buy it again - it doesn't hurt that I like bitter beers. If this beer cost any more I'd say don't try it, but because it's so cheap it's worth a shot.

Photo of DarrellK
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The American Style Pale Ale pours to a nice white head in an English pint glass. The aroma is almost non-existant and the color is a slightly cloudy golden.

The mouth is at or below average for a pale ale and the finish is also a bit weak, with a bit of dry hoppiness.

It's a lot over priced and at best considered a reasonable session brew but there are many much better American Ales out there and not as pricey.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American Pint glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy orange body with a thick film of bubbly beige. There is a sea of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The soft toasted pale malt aroma with a biscuit hint and a piney pungent hop finish.
T- This beer has a soft biscuit malt note with a light toasted note and a buttery flavor to follow. The big pungent hop finish. When hop fatigue sets in more of the malt flavor comes through with the hops in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that fills out the finish.
D- This beer has a nice grain bill with some nice complexity but covered by the hops that really overpower it and the butter flavor is a bit odd.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a brown/olive bottle with no best by date. The beer pours a cloudy cinnamon orange with a poor head. The color looks ok but the head could use some improvement... that's what she said.

The smell is slightly malty but subdued with an estery touch. Slightly fruity hop profile with a light earthy note. Nothing great here, it's a step above average.

The taste is clean and clear. There is a slight malt and a weak hop bitterness but there isn't much else. There just isn't much in the flavor department. Nothing bad there just nothing much to describe.

Now just because a beer has no flavor doesn't mean it isn't nice to drink. Yeah it's kind of bland but it's got some nice carbonation that works well with the lighter body and the little bitterness that is there. Quite enjoyable in the long run.

Photo of degerbah
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured a lot of white head that is staying thick and spidering as I watch it settle down. Beer is about average for a pale ale. darker than a bmc, but still a relatively pale yellow color. I'm surprised at the intense cxarbonation of the beer, it is still showing an intense amount of head in my pub glass considering it hasn't been mishandled in the last few weeks.

Very good flavor. Compares well to a SNPA in my opinion in that it definitely has a noticeable hop flavor, but it doesn;t effect the overall drinkability that some of the DIPAs have.

The over-carbonation is really a problem with the beer, but I'm trying no tto rate it on that. The hops are overall a litter harsh for an APA without a ton of alcohol content which I personally consider a downgrade.

Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice floral aroma, pale golden appearance - standard bearer for an APA. There's a slightly citrusy taste, along with mildly bitter hops and the faintest hint of malt. Nice tangy mouthfeel. I pick up a strangely smoky undertone to the aftertaste, which is surprising but not bad. Definitely a change of pace and worth a try.

Photo of cjgator3
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a very nice golden amber color with a large off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. 

S- The aroma is some pale malts along with floral and citric hops. 

T- The taste is pretty good. Starts out with some malt and finishes with a nice bite from the citrusy hops creating a nice lingering bitterness. It is just about everything I want in a Pale Ale.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this was a pretty tasty Pale Ale that is definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color, nice head.

Nice crisp hops with definite citrus notes, smells nice but not particularly strong.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Moderate hops feel, with slight citrus notes. Nothing really stands out in the flavor.

This is an OK beer that is worth trying but nothing I would rush out to get. Nothing bad though.

Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is simple, with street signs showing "PEACHTREE" and "PALE ALE." I picked this up on a recent trip to Atlanta. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, still maintaining nearly 1 finger of foam. Very good lacing coverage as I drink. The beer itself is golden with a slight orange hue. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Fruity hop aroma, strong tones of grapefruit and citrus. Undertones of apricot.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel malt; biscuity with hints of butterscotch. Fruity undertones of cherry and apricot. Medium hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Really a nice example of a pale ale. Definitely above average.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This one is a transparent amber/brown. No cloudiness at all. Head is minimal, but white-off white. Does not linger after initial pour.

S- Smell is sour and bitter. Hops are somewhat standoutish.

T- Taste is bitter and kind of sour as the smell is. Not a good bitterness though.

M- Low carbonation (low volume in keg maybe?) and no real feel to the mouth.

D- Nothing good really about this beer, but it is not that bad either. Better than bud light or equiv. but IMO not a good beer. I have had much better from the "other" GA boys..

Photo of maleman
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - nice thick, creamy 2-3 finger head with good retention that settled into a nice cap. it poured an orange/amber color and was opaque with haze. nice even lacing all the way down.

S - some hops, some citrus...maybe grapefruit

T - first taste was a big wallop of citrus! then i tasted some resin, but the hops never really came through.

M - nice feel. above average carbonation, not watery at all. had a bitter citrus finish that lingered in the back of the mouth.

D - Not a bad beer in the least. It was my first Red Brick offering and I found it fairly light and refreshing. Not really a session beer IMO, but one I'd have again.

Photo of Thur123
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle into a pint glass

a- ok looking bottle, a little drab. Beer color is a copper rust color and the fizz seems to be swirling as it rises. a nice inch of head that fades slowly, leaving little if any lacing.

s- hops, a bitter kind of smell. seems balanced and nothing special seems to jump out at me. so far, so standard.

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t - in front there is a big impact of hops flavor that dominates. fades into a balanced maltier taste while still retaining alot of the hops. the hops linger for quite some time, with grapefriuty kind of tartness and floral notes.

m- the carbonation on this is perfect and delivers the flavors all over. good texture.

a bit on the strong side of the hoppy flavor for me but still a very good beer that offers alot, if not in the way i usually like in this style.

Photo of fattyre
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy(chill haze) moderately dark slightly yellowish orange color with a dissipating slightly clingy off white head. The aroma was full malt with earthy, citrusy hops. The flavor was very,very mild maltiness with a disapointingly unasertive bitterness. This is one of those beers that leads you on with the smell only to dissapoint you with the flavor. If only the aroma translated to the flavor...

Photo of shrek806
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my tulip glass. It poured a light orange with an extremely large head that took a while to settle

Smelled of grass and a hint of citrus. not a lot of nose here even with all the head breaking down

Tastes of mild hops and a carmel malt. very malty, but not very hoppy

Mouthful- kind of weak with a load of excited bubbles. a rather thin finish

Drinkability-did'nt care for this one. very shallow beer


Photo of jmarsh123
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in the Local Only BIF from djmichaelk. Thanks!

Pours a murky orange/gold with a barely coating white head. Bits of lacing down the glass.

Light citrus hop character in the aroma with a touch of crackery malt.

My bottle doesn't say Peachtree Pale Ale, but I know why it's called that now. Light citrus up front taste. Barely any malt in this one although it does peek in. The finish is full of unripe slightly bitter peach.

Fairly light with good carbonation levels. Both good for the style.

I appreciate the unique aspect, but the peach doesn't totally work for me. It's a bit one dimensional and creates a bit of a weird dynamic.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle that was purchased at Total Wine. Served straight out of the fridge and consumed on 07/15/2008.

Picked this one up primarily as I had not had it before and was trying to fill out a mixed sixed and figured this would do the trick. I grabbed it out of the fridge last night to have with dinner and decanted it into a pilsner glass. Huge billowing head on this one, I honestly could not even fit it all in the glass on one pour. Lots of very sticky foam and a ton of side glass lace as well. Nice hazy medium yellow amber color with a good bit of carbonation streaking up from the bottom. I have to admit I am moderately impressed here.

That was rather short-lived though as the aroma was rather astringent and almost stale smelling. A musty odor came off of it, with lots of bready malt and a light airy lemon like hop touch to it. The flavor was more of the same, and honestly a bit of a disappointment for me. It had almost a sweaty sock kind of taste, not really sure what was going on here. Nice feel though and the carbonation was good, I just could not get past this off flavor in here. Not really sure what it was to be honest, just really off and not what I would have expected. Like a moldy grain type of flavor.

Overall not a bad pale ale, but nowhere near great for me. It was just off in a way that is hard to place. Not sure if it was maybe just this one bottle or what, but I do not think I will be returning to try this one anytime soon.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a slightly watery looking orange colour with a moderate to thin head that leaves a bit of its mark on the glass. It's got a touch above average appearance all around.

The aroma is a bit hoppy and sweet, with some malt pushing through for a fairly good balance overall.

Flavour is simple and basically a continuation of the aroma. It a bit floral and sweet up front but then mellows out as the malt mixes in toward the middle and finish. There's a weird off-spiciness (?) or something along those lines (I truly couldn't place the flavour/source of the off-ness) at the finish as well that just didn't sit right with me and kind of ruined the flavour a bit in the end. Mouthfeel is decent and as expected, i.e. fairly crisp and light to medium bodied.

This one has potential but needs a bit of altering, especially in the finish of the flavour. Not bad overall, but not that great either, and my least favourite of the ABC brews I've tried thusfar.

Photo of scooter231
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt copper color with a lot of really creamy, off white head that refuses to go away. The lacing is absolutely lovely. Nose is floral, grassy, and hoppy. There's a sweetness to it, peaches and nectarines. It's potent and very inviting.

Taste is grassier, more bitter. The sweetness remains. There's a really nice malts/hops balance to this that makes it exceedingly refreshing, not too heavy, not too light.

Mouthfeel is sudsy, chewy, and wet. Full bodied. Overall this is a lovely pale ale, tasty, refreshing, and goes down the hatch easy.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with a white fluffy rocky head. A webby thin lacing dances down the glass.

Toasted malty nose with a slight kiss from the hops. There's a sweet buttery hint hiding in there.

There's a very toasty taste that is drier than expected. There's a different malty sweetness of which I'm a bit unsure. Very little hop balance.

The mouthfeel is dry and highly carbonated. Not a real complex brew but a good solid choice.

Photo of Brent
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The two bottles available for sampling were both way overcarbonated - a careful pour produced 1/2 pint of beer and 3/4 pint of long-lasting foam. The beer itself could be seen franticly bubbling away and a swig from the bottle was sharp with carbonation. However, it seems this is a deviation from the norm, according to a buddy who had the beer on prior instances. Once I fought through the foam, the beer itself was quite tasty. Fresh and lively with nicely fruity hops - some orchard fruit and a touch of grapefruit. Finish was a touch acidic, but that may have been the CO2. I'd like to give this another shot sometime.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear golden color with a huge white head that is quite persistent.

S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet but is overall very faint.

T: The taste is initially bitter from the hops and continues with that theme throughout the tasting.

M: Thin to medium mouthfeel with a slight alcoholic tinge.

D: This is an average brew - worth drinking, but nothing really pops.

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Red Brick Pale Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.