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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPARed Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA

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86
very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chefmikeanderson on 06-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Pours orangish gold with a slight haze crowned by a clingy, slowly receding 2” frothy white.
S: Malt, earthy hops, citrus, herbal spice, light fruit, peach.
T: Sweet malt up front with hop driven fruit flavors, ruby red grapefruit, resin, light caramel, dries out on the finish with a citrus rind bitter finish.
F: Creamy smooth, medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation
O: A big, full flavored, juicy DIPA. (456 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served into a tulip shaped glass.

Appearance: murky yellow, amber with a thick white head. The hop particles are largely visible floating around the glass. Some of the head is composed of the hop particles.

Smell: Piney, hoppy, citrusy, vanilla, apple skins, cinnamon

Taste: piney, hoppy, and bitter on the front end. I can taste the alcohol on the back end. I can also taste in the middle the sweetness from the apple skins and vanilla.

the mouthfeel is thick and highly carbonated.

Overall This is my favorite unfiltered Double IPA. I love that the hop presence cuts through in this one. It goes down very smooth. I feel like this beer could have been better blended with hiding the alcohol taste because it also cuts through somewhat.

UPDATE

This beer tastes really boozy. There is a definite alcohol presencez. Not my favorite. (846 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a more heavily malty beer than I would hope for the style. There is also a bit of a burn from alcohol on it as well. It's definitely a decent drinker, but for the style, I would hope for a lot more to be giving me an interesting experience. I could definitely pass on this one, but I guess it's always okay to be trying a new beer. (339 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Oours with a massive, three finger head of off white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace on the glass.

S - a sweaty Hop aroma with notes of pine and dirty socks as well as caramel and dark bread in the background.

T - Sweaty hops and dark sugar up front. Some pine and light clove in the middle with notes of brown sugar. Finishes with notes of red apple, pine and anise.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - a bit on the dark side for an ipa. The aroma is relatively promising, but the hops are really muted in the flavor profile and the heavy malt doesn't help. At least it isn't infected, which is more than I can say for some other beers from this brewery. (761 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at The Beer Dispensary in Apex, NC.

A - A light golden color with a slight haze and a moderate white head. Good lacing.

S - Varied and complex hop aromas with both citrus and pine.

T - Starts nice with a citrus flavor and bitterness but hollows out a bit in the middle and finish.

M - A moderate carbonation of fine bubbles. But a bit thin for a DIPA.

O - Some good aspects but not complex or rich enough for a DIPA. After trying the IPA, I was careful to avoid the sediment but I lost a good amount of the beer as a result. (566 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy gold with a subtle copper note. Very nice lacing. Single finger head.

S: mild aroma with mostly earthy and pine hops.

T: simple flavor with mostly earthy and slight pine hops. Nice malt presence though there isn't a distinct flavor.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple DIPA and not very boozy. Very drinkable for the class. (358 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: You have to let the beer warm before drinking, otherwise it will hit you up with an a big band-aid flavor.

A: An unfiltered dark orange color with a thick off white head that laces the glass.

S: A big Crystal malt aroma. Good caramel and a bit of citrus hop.

T: Unfortunately there is still a bit of astringent flavor with some caramel malt and bittering hop flavor. The finish has some alcohol phenols with the hop flavor and bitterness. To me it seems like a 2 dimensional beer. I'm getting a tiny bit of peach, but for the most part, the fruity esters are trying to come through but I'm not getting them. Lots of malt and a bit of hop that is overshadowed by the malt.

M: Medium feel with good carbonation.

O: Not too bad. I would recommend the beer, but with the caveat that you have to serve it at the correct temp. In the world of DIPAs, which is vast, I would say it is average. (897 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one tonight as a first beer. Pours a nice orange blond with a good 2" head that quickly dissipates typical of an IPA. Wasn't expecting the yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle though. I poured chunks of bottle conditioned yeast right into the glass, which left the beer a little more yeasty than I would've liked (i'll be running for the toilet tonight before bed, i'm sure of it).

The taste is pretty good. I'm fairly close to Georgia where I live, and the beer was nice and fresh. It's hoppy with plenty of citrus and floral earthy aroma from the beer. I'm willing to bet it has some dry hopping but not late hop additions in the whirlpool nor a hop back treatment. I was looking for more balance from malts, but it was very dry and alcoholic which took away from the sweet balance I look for in DIPA's from hops. If you're looking for a dryer, more alcoholic tasting non-sweet DIPA, this is your beer.

Mouth feel is fine. It's best cold and has plenty of fizz with a warming middle. Overall, it's a good beer, just not quite up to epic standards. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Jerone
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An light orange color with an off white creamy one and a half finger head that leaves great lacing, tiny bubbles coming up too.

S - Bam, citrus with lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is also some floral notes and some malt if you're looking for it.

T - Lots of citrus hops, big time on grapefruit on orange with a touch of lemon, hop forward but some malts balance it a touch. The end is slightly bitter and leaves the taste of citrus and flowers on your tongue.

M - Coats most of the mouth, medium bodied, nice medium carbonation.

O - An excellent hop forward DIPA, I don't like too much malt in my DIPAs so this is right up my ally and quite delicious! (676 characters)

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Pours a burnt orange copper color with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and piney notes, sweet malts. Taste - I was expecting more of the hop bitterness to shine through but no. Some citrus and grapefruit but much more sweet caramel malty base. Medium carbonation with med. mouthfeel, a bit boozy. Overall, a decent DIPA but with more imbalance to the malty side, which is not really my favorite. (438 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light golden amber. Smooth and very cloudy, this thing looked like it was about to kick my ass, and as I was about to find out, it was defintley going to. Lots of ripe grapefruit and pineapple hops that just tore through the air as soon as I leaned in to it. Huge notes of hops dominated the entire flavor as well. Sharp flavor here as the resin like hops took all the moisture out of my mouth and left me parched, dry and looking for more. One of the best finishes I have had in a big IPA in a very, very long time. I (518 characters)

Photo of generalnotsew
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is very clean orangish light amber with a nice foamy head. Smell is very sweet more akin to apricot and peach than the usual citrus in an IPA. It is different but still has some earthy tones as well. Taste is surprisingly bitter actually. Smelled like it would be one of the cloyingly sweet ones. Clean citrus tones. With a clean malt backbone. Not one the best IPA's out there but better than a lot of them. Very solid for $8 a four pack. (444 characters)

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in an American Pint glass, resembled cloudy apple juice. Not much head to speak of. Heavy citrus, specifically grapefruit, both in the smell and taste. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, which was a little disappointing. Decent beer, very drinkable, but nothing to write home about. (287 characters)

Photo of BennyL1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Holy floaties! This Double IPA pours a golden orange. Maybe a finger of head forms but falls back into the glass. Lacing is spotty on the glass.

Nose is heavy on the citrus as one would expect from a Double IPA. Bit of caramel malt to round everything out.

Flavor follows the nose with heavy citrus notes like grapefruit and the like. Some nice malt goes well with the bitterness, pretty tasty brew.

Medium body with adequate carbonation.

Overall a nice DIPA that has all of the qualities you would want from a brew like this, well done. (574 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a super-hazed, dark gold color with a tight-bubbled light tan head. Ok retention and good lace.

Nose is tropical and citric hops and has a fair amount of sweet biscuity grain...bordering on caramel. Candy-esque in the aroma.

Taste is very nice and smooth, well integrated and flows nicely. I like that the sweetness from the malt is not dark, cloying and burnt caramel. Balances the sweetness with the big alcohol and vibrant hop bitterness quite well. I am impressed. Has plenty of carbonation, but the bubbles are so fine is has a silky texture going down. Not perfect, but there certainly isnt much to complain about here...maybe if I had to nitpick I would say the beer is not overly complex and the alcohols can get a touch rough around the edges. To say this DIPA flys under the radar would be an understatement! Good stuff Red Brick. (861 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber with a nice light cream colored head. lots of floaties.

S-creamy tangerine. a hint of vanilla. some faded hops. strong scent...not terrible.

T-comes in with a very evident flavor of tangerine and slightly bitter hops. its a good, full flavored taste. the tangerine flavor lasts and makes up a good long lasting after-taste. this tastes like it was made from high quality ingredients, though the hops didn't hold up so well.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry and slightly bitter carbonation.

O-its definitely a tasty beer but this isn't quite what i want when i'm scouting for a good double IPA. i wanted more bitterness and hops, and this seems to focus more on the flavors, which is fine when you don't want a kick in the mouth. its a decent IPA, I won't being craving for this, but I'll recommend to my hop head friends. (846 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#130. Enjoyed on tap at Taco Mac Metropolis. Service as usual was blah, but the selection somehow makes up for it. I went there specifically for this brew which has been out for some time and is starting to dry up stateside. Try it when you still can.

Served in an 11 oz. glass.

(Appearance) Arrives with a pleasant half-finger foamy head. Retention is pretty nice. Color is a medium amber caramel. Medium lacing. Appealing. 4.5

(Smell) Simcoe and Chinook hops with a grapefruity aroma and maybe a bit of lemon essence. Malty base lies underneath. Well balanced and appealing nose. Potency could improve a tick. 4

(Taste) Medium bitterness overlooking a more malty base. Some notable alcohol burn in the finish. Hops don't come in through as nicely as they did in the nose and the fruit tones aren't as well preserved. There aren't as many high notes, it's mostly malty. Hops aren't as bold, kind of a bummer in comparison to the lead-in but far from bad in the end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) More smooth than perky. Just shy of a medium body and pretty easily discernible alcohol content docks at least 1 pint. It doesn't help the beer much. 2.5

(Overall) Greatly anticipated but much more imbalanced with a malty base. Not the best IIPA I've had but it's still decent. 3.5

Red Brick Brewing Company's
Brick Mason Volume II: Red Brick Double IPA
B (3.55) (1,352 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to kkipple for this interesting guy.

Pours a fizzy and light fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing, over crazy hazy orange peach colored beer.

Nose has some hops but not as much as I expected, some citrus hops, touch of grapefruit, bit of sweet malts underneath.

Taste starts rich and malty, lots of malts but not a big malt flavor, a bit on the sweet side and hint of booze. then some hops with a bit of citrus, hint of grapefruit, some earthy chewy hops, and decent bitterness at first. As it goes the bitterness grows with a bit more chewy earthy hops on the finish, and hint of citrus.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, hint of booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, not a huge hop or malt profile, malty balance but not a lot of malt flavors, and not a big hop profile, almost like the decided to make a DIPA but weren't sure where to go with it so just went right down the middle and nothing in particular. (943 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Thanks to my buddy Audi for bringing this up from Atlanta.

A: Very nice hazy burnt orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a huge 3 finger fluffy white head that disappears to thick, viscous lacing.

S: Probably the weakest component of this beer. Slight citrus hop smell, with a bigtime malty backend. Not too much else going on here.

T: Malt and hops balanced back out here on the palate. Nice blend of sticky hops and caramel malts.

M: Sticky hops create an aftertaste that leaves me wanting more and more with each sip. Perfectly carbonated, alcohol is well hidden.

O: A decent IIPA, glad I have a 4-pack as this one is a nice sipper. (687 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a half inch head which dissipated to a ring which hung around. Very good lacing. Very good carbonation with many tiny bubbles which hung around.

The nose had a clean citrus piney aroma with some malt in the back.

At the beginning of the tongue is the hops followed by malt/hop mix. A balanced beer.

Overall this is a smooth DIPA for a 9.00 ABV. Had a couple of times before but really enjoyed it this time. Would have it again. (447 characters)

Photo of LSUPT
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to a Russian River -tion glass. 

Pour yields a 1 1/2 inch head. Some of the most impressive lacing I have seen from the style. Thick ring at top and bottom with webbing between. Very nice medium amber with just a hint of orange.  Just when I thought it was on its way to a perfect score floaties and lots of them.

Smell is caramel, toffee, apricot and pine and it gets better as it warms. Taste is more of the same but the pine is much more dominant here with just a mild hop bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel is nice. Full bodied with medium carbonation. 

Solid dipa here, I prefered it on tap, but the bottled version is nice as well.   (660 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

835th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
12oz

Thanks to @thehughbachi(via twitter) for this one. Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- Dark orange with some yellow/wheat haze in the middle radiating outward. One finger of head presented and was gone pretty quickly and fell to a couple good lines of lace with a touch of cling. A little pond layer was there as well.

Smell- Deeper malts with a damp ground pulp and a little bit of bitter citrus notes. Smelled a lot like a small barleywine with a thickness and malt backbone as mentioned.

Taste- Taste follows the nose with a lot of thick malts and a touch of pepper. A bit of a balanced deep citrus flavor. Seemingly a bit earthy for a DIPA. Added a nice depth of flavor to it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit of residual peppery notes. A bit thick as well.

Drink- This was pretty good. A bit tasty but much too thick as it warms. A little bit over malted for my tastes but still carries the DIPA flag well. Needed a touch more bitter/citrus balance. (1,036 characters)

Photo of hopking311
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange into my swamphead snifter.. one inch white frothy head, spotty lace.

smells.. biscuity malts. citrusy hops

well carbonated, medium body

Tastes of a rich smooth malty base with citrus undertones.

Overall, not as hoppy as I would expect from a "double" ipa... However..Drinkable for 9 octane. (314 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent over by LSUPT. Cheers bud!

Pours a very murky blood orange that has an insanely impressive off white head on top. The head lasts forever and leaves big webs of lacing all over my La Fin Du Monde tulip. I had to knock the points for appearance due to a hefty load of sediment that has settled at the bottom of my glass after floating around all over the place.

Smell is somewhat weak with the orange and grass being the highlight. Somewhat one dimensional in the nose, but it is still fairly nice.

Taste is completely different from the nose. Gobs of grassy hops, melon, citrus, grapefruit, and finished with the juiciest hops I've found in a beer yet. I've become so accustomed to the mouth drying west coast DIPA's, it was very nice to have a well put together juicy east coast DIPA.

Very creamy mouthfeel, but it works well with the juicy hops. Very easy to drink.

I really liked this one. A very solid DIPA that I think would shine even more if had fresh on tap. Thanks again Alex. (1,006 characters)

Photo of yankeej13
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like RB so I figured I would give their DIPA a shot.

A- A nice light redish amber color with a mild amount of white foam. A little amount of carbonation. Has a good amount of sediment floating around the glass as well.

S- Has a really nice hoppy smell to it. Can make out a nice citrus and piney flavor to it.

T- Really wasn't the hoppiness that I thought it would be. A great balance of hop to malt. Has a good citrus flavor with more of a sweet caramel finish to it.

M- Has great drinkability, really has a sticky flavor to it. It has a really sweet finish.

Overall- I did like it even though I didn't expect the balance of malt to hop. Cheers (661 characters)

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