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#'s Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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84
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 11-01-2007)
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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Jhill for this one.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight tangyness. The taste is malty, bitter, slightly hoppy, slight tangyness. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at that.

Wasatch, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The cap gives a bit of a pop and I expect a gusher, but instead the beer, even poured gently gives an overwhelming fluffy orange peel white head of 4 cm and only half the bottle is poured. Not good.
The beer itself pours a very clear goldish amber hue with multiple streams of carbonation rising to the surface.
Aroma is very mild with only hints of grain and a bit of floral hops.
First sip, now that the head has faded leaving sticky lattice clinging to the sides of the glass in clumps.
Average to light body with very fine and fizzy carb that tickles my palate.
Flavor is grainy malt and a bit of doughy yeast mixed in, overall fairly mild and finishes with a lite floral note that makes me imagine chewing on a flower petal. Not really bitter kind of sweet like honey.
No hint of ABV anywhere.
Not an overly complex beer and the carbonation takes away from enjoying the flavor and hurts the drinkability a tad, but otherwise a decent easy drinking summer beer.

sulldaddy, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of nick76
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is kind of dirty with a grapefruit like hop and cheap malt. The aroma is not all together that good but oddly not skunked. The appearance is golden with a nice head. The flavor is like cheap lager with a malt liquor like taste or maybe dish water and yeast. The palate is average for this style but the finish is astringent. Overall I have to say it is not good at all.

nick76, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, where it is described as an American style bitter (and it has several award plaques on the wall from being entered as a Special Bitter)

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a frothy egg white head that leaves loads of splashy lace

Smell: Very low in the aromatics department; undestinctive malt and hops smells

Taste: Bready malt with grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; balanced but bitter flavor after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice session ale with a bitter but balanced flavor profile

brentk56, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harvest gold with a slight splash of pumpkin juice. If the attractive crown was one shade darker it would be pale ecru rather than ivory. The foam looks good as it settles and isn't too shabby when it comes to lace deposition. Smeary splotches cover more than half of the available glass.

Information was hard to come by about #'s Ale prior to this review. By the look and smell of things, it's a pale malt-dominant American pale ale. The hops are difficult to nail down since it doesn't smell like there are many of them present. Probably something with English origins since citrus fruit isn't immediately obvious.

The beer tastes and feels on the lighter side of 5.0%. Malt and hops are well-balanced and neither one is abundant. Pale malt is probably numero uno, with something slightly more toasted trailing far behind. As for hops... it's still hard to say. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if one or two American varieties were present, just nothing starting with the letter 'C'. Maybe Magnum or Northern Brewer.

Warming firms up the malt backbone a little and intensifies the flavors that were already present, rather than shuffling them around in radical fashion. This Atlanta Brewing Co. beer is a classic, drinkable session ale that should please most people. Just don't expect fireworks.

Assuming an ABV somewhere in the vicinity of 4.5-5.0%, the mouthfeel is appropriate. In other words, it's light to light-medium. It doesn't have much hang-on at the finish and the bubbles do their job without going above and beyond the call.

Atlanta Brewing Company #'s Ale is not the #1 American pale on my list of favorites. It isn't #5, #10 or even #25. It is, however, a fairly solid APA that is pretty good solo and should match up well with all manner of foods. Thanks to Georgiabeer for a quality extra.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden copper with a couple fingers worth of snow white head. Dissipates quickly, leaves some spotty lacing.

S - A nice malty, yeasty aroma with a hint of spice.

T - Good flavor, starts with the sweet malts, and follows quickly with some hop bitterness.

M - Meduim bodied and well carbonated, with a crisp finish.

D - Overall, a very enjoyable brew. I could easily see myself drinking this one for a session.

thethrone, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a surprise. Pours a nice golden amber with a great white head that remains for the majority of this short session. A pretty light scent but very inviting. Light floral and citrus hops with a cereal like grain and not much sweetness. Very good taste, not exploding with flavor but clean and extremely refreshing. A light biscuity cereal flavor with pale malts and just a touch of caramel. I love the hops in this one in that they're present but not overwhelming. Juicy citrus with a touch of peach and pineapple, quite unique hop profile. The mouthfeel is light with a good carbonation if not a tad too much. Unbelievably drinkable on-tap, I'd like to try a bottle. This is right up there with the likes of Terrapin's Rye in terms of drinkability. A true session Pale Ale if there ever was one. Fairly simple, though very unique all in the same. I could drink this all damn day.

ncvbc, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This comes out of the tap a nice clear dark golden with a thick, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong and richly hoppy with a hint of spice. Flavor is very hoppy and fairly but not fiercely bitter, and has a touch of sweetness and of spice. Texture is a bit edgy, but it does down the hatch quite smoothly.

Cyberkedi, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Atlanta Brewing Company.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. Slightly cloudy. The head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top. Lacing sticks around for a bit, but disappears pretty quickly.

Smells very malty. Bready, with some hop fragrance in there.

Tastes pretty good. The malt taste is the biggest, and there aren't many hop flavors - the bitter ending is the most prevalent. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit too much. If the carbonation was a little less it would be a lot smoother.

Drinkability is good. Nothing stands out, so it's not spectacular, but it's certainly not bad.

Overall this is a solid beer, but there are no overly redeeming qualities. A good session beer.

glid02, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this earlier in the spring when it was fresher and picked some up sine it was fairly well reviewed and because it seems like their beers may have improved a bit since they moved. This is a pretty solid beer. Nothing exciting, but reasonably well made and serviceable for what it is. Pours amber with a thin head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some simple lacing. Slightly grainy aromas, and quite yeasty. The taste is a bit coppery, very maltty, chewy, and meaty with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost Alt-like, with a firrm dry chewiness. Quite drinkable and worth picking up to try when you see it around.

Georgiabeer, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice honey, good head leave slowly, sudsy lacing.

S - Sweet bready malt. I almost feel like I am eating it.

T - Much the same as the smell. Small but present hop finish.

M - Medium to full. Good carb, good mouth coating.

D - Nice, maybe a little too cloying for a session beer.

srandycarter, May 23, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this one I really did not know what I was going to get. It said that it was an excellent session beer on the bottle, but that is a loaded statement for sure. I really do not remember where, or even when I picked this bottle up, I am guessing on my last trip to Atlanta back in December but who knows. Anyway, it has been sitting and waiting for me to get to it, so I decided to clear it out last night to see what was going on. A nice twelve-ounce bottle served straight out of the fridge and poured in a Sweetwater pint glass.

A - As I started to pour this one into the glass, it became quickly obvious that it was going to be a voracious pour, so I quickly slowed it down, but even still, it took two times to get the full bottle into the glass. A huge head, almost immeasurable in size formed on the top and quickly spilled over down the sides of the glass. Very vigorous and lively pour here. The color was bright amber yellow, somewhat hazy and cloudy, but very light and bright. There was tons of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass, which really kept up throughout the entire session. Nice side glass presentation as well, and the head, never completely faded on this one.

S - The aroma was that of a classic blond ale, right away I picked up on this fact. Nice light yeast and fruity characters coming out right away. Some light smells of peaches, bananas, light cereal grains, and grasses were all picked up right away. Very bright aroma, here for sure. Really a nice tight profile and seemed to be very nice. A touch spicy in the back end I was starting to pick up, and some muted hop aromas, though nothing terribly extreme here. Overall again this was a classic blond ale aroma for sure.

T - The flavor was bright and right in your face the very first second you tasted it. Huge yeast and fruity flavors popped right on your tongue the second it hit your mouth. Lots of light cereal grains, light fruit, bananas, peach, a hint of lemon perhaps, all mingling in together and giving it a very light flavor. Hints of grass coming through now along with a slightly muted hop profile are really starting to make this one pop now. The finish was crisp, clean and quick, straight to the point. A nice sharp cutoff of light grassy hops gave way to a lingering flavor of light grain.

M - Super light bodied and very highly carbonated would be the best way to describe this one. The feel was extremely light, classic for a blond ale, and much lighter then even a pale ale would be. Huge carbonation profile really helped it go down effortlessly, with a smooth clean and crisp finish.

D - Overall this was a truly sessionable beer in every context of the word. Virtually no alcohol in it, a super light body, really great flavors and a very nice carbonation profile, meant you could literally drink this one for days without coming close to having too much.

Overall, I am not the biggest fan of the style, however, this may have slightly changed my mind. I could easily session this one for a good few hours before I got tired of it. I don't know that I would actively seek it out, but if it came my way again, I could not say I would be terribly disappointed.

mikesgroove, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug

Even with a delicate pour a big frothy head emerges, and has pretty good retention. Crysal clear light amber hue with a lot of rising carbonation. After a while, the head settles to a thick pillowy cap.

Faint malt aromas with a little bit of fruity esters. The hops are faint as well, but balance the malts well.

The flavor is mostly toasty malts, not much hop flavor to speak of, but the hops do lend a little bit of bitterness and spiciness to go along with the peppy carbonation. The finish is very clean, mostly the grains lingering. In the middle there is some light estery fruit flavor, same as in the aroma.

This is a pretty good session ale. It's certainly not an American Pale Ale, as it's currently labeled. I think it's more like an English Bitter. Recommended.

BeerSox, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac (Crabapple). I had heard about the elusive Numbers Ale quite sometime ago, and became absolutely delighted when I spied the black tap handle sporting random numbers. Could it be? Could it really be??

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, clear coppery-golden body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Almost nil, folks. Alright, alright, I’ll swizzle and swirl and cram my face in the glass to see if there’s anything lurking in there. Oh, the things I DO for you people. Very light floral hops and a mild graininess. There’s your aroma!

Taste: Exceedingly light toasted pale malt flavor. Only a small dose of sweetness. A solid spicy hop flavor and bitterness shoves the sweetness oughta the way and holds tight through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: There was a bit of a scuffle at the bar between those who considered this a blonde ale and those who thought it was clearly an APA. Thankfully, we quickly realized this isn’t a beer worth fighting over.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the website:

"Numbers was originally introduced in late 2005 and in 2006 won Best Local Brew, Critic's Choice, in Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta. Numbers is best described as an American-style bitter, with a slight malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness and medium hop aroma and flavor. "

I agree with everything mentioned. Light to medium body with nice hop bitterness and hop aroma. Somewhat sweet but certainly not cloying. This was very enjoyable.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 01, 2007
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#'s Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.