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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by Tonmeister:
Photo of Tonmeister
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BennyL1
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Mavajo
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear orange/amber color with brilliant white lacing. There's just the ever slightest bit of haze that keeps this from being perfection.

Fantastic nose. Huge fresh hops, citrus. The mouthfeel doesn't disappoint either. Bitter fresh hops, citrus, pine, resin. Very clean aftertaste - dry.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Appropriate carbonation.

Excellence! Cheers to Red Brick -- I believe you fellas have eclipsed all your fellow Georgia brewers in the IPA/DIPA department.

Photo of ddahlen
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another one of the brews I picked up while in Atlanta at Hop City. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel snifter with about 3 inches of head and a clear amber hue.
The nose has a huge floral presence with some lemon zest and caramel undertones. The nose seemed to fade pretty quickly as the head dissipated.
The taste has some deep caramel with almost a piney bitterness to it. The bitterness lingers nicely for a few minutes and I get a very slight amount of heat on the back end.
The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Definitely something I'd expect from a DIPA.
Overall, this isnt quite as well rounded as I'd like. It's still a solid DIPA, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of DearthVader
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to...wait, I actually got this locally! Nice change of pace. :)

Pours a nice dark, sunny color. Hazy as all hell, with lot's of chunky floaters... unnecessary, but not worries.

Aroma is lackluster, but decent. Juicy, slightly sweet citrus. Caramel and malt sweetness.

Caramel malt sweetness, nice bitterness, citrus, and lightly floral. Hint of booze, which was quite alright.

Slightly creamy, slick and medium bodied.

Pleasent DIPA. I think Red Brick is still coming into their own, but I really like where they are going.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful orange tinged marigold hue with a good bit of cloudiness. a frothy and foamy two-finger head has stunning retention and leaves a plethora of lacey dots down the glass.

aroma is fairly subdued but has some citrus brightness, caramel sweetness, and a touch of bready, toasty malt notes that come through.

taste is deliciously rich with a fairly citrusy hop profile, just enough doughy maltiness to balance. boozy and hot, but not too intense... almost in a pleasant way.

mouth is moderate, a touch slick, but lighter than many IIPAs. it's actually quite pleasant with a warming and slightly drying finish.

all in all, an impressive offering! a bit strong and boozy, but not in an offensive way... all of the flavors, while somewhat simple, come together nicely to make a delicious brew I'd love to try again.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of huhl23
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a local brew from Atlanta, and from what I can tell not very well known. Thinking this hasn't been around very long either. Pours a medium amber orange color, with some yeast sediment in the pour. Doesn't affect the taste but does affect the look. The nose has floral and fruit hints. Taste is creamy and has hints of grapefruit. Very good beer, a little pricey even here in Atlanta, but something I will have in my fridge if available.

Photo of Kromes
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of shand
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a hazy orange-amber color with two fingers of head. Lots of sediment in this one. Retention and lacing are good. The aroma is a straight-up, clear your sinuses, hop bonanza. Citrus hop candy and pine. Awesome. The taste is a little hot, but is otherwise is smooth citrus and piney hops, with a bit of a herbal aspect. The malt aspects are very well-done, they stick to the back letting the hops shine through while providing a nice backbone. A great tasting DIPA.

The mouthfeel is nice, this is well-carbonated and actually very smooth for a double IPA. The drinkability is dangerous. This one goes down easily. Overall, this absolutely blows away anything I've had from Red Brick. This is a just a great double IPA that can stand up to anything on the market and hold it's own. Highly recommended.

Photo of hopking311
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Jerone
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a hazy and sediment-ridden caramel-bronze hue, and is capped with a rocky off-white head that deposits spotty lace. The nose is quite enjoyable, albeit strangely so; it smells of the used hop sludge that is in the muslin bags after a boil. I don't get much beyond that, except perhaps an impression of hop pellets pulled out of the freezer pre-boil. At any rate, I am getting notes of the process rather than of the finished product. The flavor offers some pungent catty and resiny notes atop a heavy caramel Barleywine-esque malt. As I look at the brew after it has settled from pouring and quaffing, I am struck by the amount of sediment, and the look of the sediment itself. I think it is hop detritus, and a significant amount of it. That would probably account for the raw hop flavor and aroma. The feel is hard to differentiate from that of an ABW, as there is nothing about it that screams DIPA; it is big, sticky and viscous. Overall, I am neither tremendously impressed with this offering, nor do I find it specifically unappealing.

Photo of Damian
4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta, GA
Served in a cervoise

Super cloudy, peachy amber in appearance with a one-finger crown of creamy, egg shell colored foam. Excellent retention. Multiple rings of thick, sticky lacing coated the glass.

The nose was fantastically rich, fruity and complex. Tropical fruit notes came through strong. Mango, pineapple and papaya were most apparent. Lots of peach and apricot. Orange peel was quite noticeable as well. Caramel malts lent just the right amount of sweetness.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was remarkably hoppy, yet smooth and complex. Sweet, tropical fruit notes came through right off the bat. As in the nose, mango and pineapple dominated. Strong peach and nectarine notes as well. The intensity of the hops were balanced by a robust, yet unobtrusive, caramel malt base. The finish was crisp, piney and off-dry with hints of grapefruit rind.

The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy, frothy and smooth with a fine and very mild effervescence. Just a touch more carbonation would have been ideal.

With a mere "B+" rating at the time that this review was written, I had modest expectations for this beer. Fortunately, I was way off base. With my review being the first to critique this beer served on-tap, my guess is that this double IPA is far better kegged than in a bottle.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick consistency. Lots of floaties. There was a huge, foamy, extremely long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of citrus in the nose, with some hops and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops, with lots of lemon, grapefruit and malt, as well. A very focused and subtle flavor. It never tries to overwhelm you with hops or citrus.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a groundbreaking DIPA, but definitely good at what it does.

Photo of Jenkster4
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all I was kind of upset with this beer because I bought it as soon as on of the local stores announced it, so I was assuming that it was fairly fresh. I didn't bother to check the bottle before buying it, but when I got home I noticed a shit load of little flakes floating around. Hop residue or whatever it was, it was just annoying. Other then that the beer was a dense orange with hardly any head.

Taste: Not bad, but far from being great. Grapefruit, and sweet malt.

Nose: Citrus hop bite with some bready malts. Not bad.

Mouth: Medium body. Not much of an aftertaste.

Overall: I would of liked this beer much more if it didn't have all the shit floating around in it. So I don't think I'll ever buy it again.

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.

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA from Red Brick Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.