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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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very good

49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.85%
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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 80
Photo of Damian
4.95/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Double IPA- the best beer I've had from this brewery. Pours a nice orange/amber with a fairly thick, slightly grainy head that leaves some excellent lacing, with clear rings down the glass. Lovely hop profile in the nose- big, resinous, sticky herbal notes with some late citrus pith. Nice. The taste is even better, with those same resinous notes and a nice lingering deep bitterness with citrus peel, pine, and herbal notes. A bit tangy in the finish with some herbal dill notes. Just enough malt to carry the hops- fairly dry and with a long bitter finish. A really nice job, especially nice super fresh like this. Add a double IPA like this to your usual repertoire, and I'll be happy.

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Photo of huhl23
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of Jerone
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack. Poured one out into a pint.

This is a beautiful beer. Deep, hazy orange/gold, with a swirling galaxy of haze and chunkies. Dense, lasting off-white foamy head. Looks thick, with slow rising bubbles.

Nose is fantastic floral hops, with tropical / pineapple notes. Toasted malts come through. Complex and great.

Taste is resinous hops. Sticky, dry pine. Lingering green leafy hops. It could use some more balance, but the hop flavor itself has good depth. Some ethanol on warming.

Mouthfeel is a thick, bubbly DIPA. Not bad at all.

One of the better beers brewed in the South.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle fresh off the press.

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a massive fluffy off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Good looking beer.

Aroma is big, bright and citrusy with oranges and pineapples, grapefruit to a lesser degree. Little bit of pine resin and grass. Damn, really great nose.

The taste is almost as good as the nose with the citrus hops not quite as aggressive though there is some pineapple up front. The hops actually take on an almost herbal character, much more so than in the aroma. Finish is pleasantly bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly with hops. Might be a tad hot for a 9% ABV beer but that's a nitpick.

Well, this has got to be the best beer from ABC in quite a while, if not ever. Really impressive.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice appealing translucent golden honey color. Pours a decent 2 finger head that disappears to a thin layer that's leaves a film of lacing.

S: very nice blast of hop fruit and pine. The aroma attacks my nose before it gets to the glass. Nice! Doesn't smell very sweet at all just a clean fresh hop

T: very exceptional. Very well balanced. I like how the malt doesn't get in the way of the hops so it can show its bitterness but still have enough enough body to keep your palate in the game. Just like the smell a nice punch of citrus peel bitterness.

M: nice dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is really nice just to add to the pop of the hops

O: I really don't have a big fault with this beer. Its not amazing but its surprisingly quite enjoyable. This is the first non anniversary beer from red brick that I would actually order at a bar. Well worth buying and trying. I hope red brick keeps its coming

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Photo of smarcoly
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to @huhl23 for this nice extra!

Poured in a DFH tulip.

A - Poured a fairly thin head which faded quick but was easily reaggitated.
S - Medium to strong smell of hops, malts, and citrus. The aroma creates excitement to drink. Not overpowering in any of these categories, just right.
T - The initial taste was very balanced between hops and malts. Nice grapefruit citrus. I noticed most that the hops really linger on your palette and throughout your mouth. After swallowing the beer I still felt like there were hops in my mouth. Nice.
M - Medium carbonation was just right for this DIPA. Did not feel thin and was not to syrupy or heavy. Well executed.

O - Overall, I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise as I had never heard of this beer or this brewery. This is a nice little gem from Atlanta for this Southern California guy. Enough so that I thought I would write a review to sing its praises.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sent by gford217, this 12-ounce was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Dark apricot in color, clouded by a snowstorm of swirling sediment. The head is about a finger tall, creamy and light tan. It fizzles away quickly, leaving thick horizontal streaks on the glass as it does.

Citrusy nose. I get a smack of grapefruit, some lemon peel, a bit of grass. Caramel, crackers and sticky alcohol also emerge after a swirl. Good stuff.

The flavor delivers on the nose’s promise with a great blend of grapefruit peel, dank weed and alcoholic warmth. It becomes much sweeter and fruitier as it warms, displaying pineapple and some juicyfruit. Honeyed biscuits and some floral notes are also in there. The bitterness is fairly tame for such a hoppy-tasting brew.

The body is soft and almost frothy, spreading over the tongue with cloud-like gentleness. I’d call it just under medium, with light yet prickly carb. Some alcohol fumes sit in the mouth after the swallow, but they’re not distracting. What do we have, nine percent? Sounds about right.

Not bad for a little-known brewery out of Georgia. This is one IPA I’d drink all the time if I was local. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thank you!

Pours a copper/straw color that appears quite hazy. There is ample white, bubbly head to top it off. Smells strongly of both malt and hops, but in a decent balance. Notes of pine, citrus, and spice also come through. The taste accentuates the hops, citrus, pine, and clove, but all in front of a strong malt backbone. Some alcohol is also notable. Mouth finishes a touch sticky, but otherwise very good with ample carbonation. Overall, a great DIPA!

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Photo of DearthVader
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, fresh release.

Pours amber with noticeable sediment, a large off white head that leaves nice clumpy rings of lacing and holds a foamy cap.

Aroma is some orange/tangerine citrus, a bit of pineapple and tropical fruits, resinous hops, fair caramel malt presence. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor is nice hoppy citrus, pineapple, some tropical fruits, moving to a good caramel malt backbone that provides some sweetness which is followed by good resinous bitterness and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, medium carbonation.

An excellent DIPA and arguably the best beer Red Brick has put out (their Porter is also very good).

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Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.


This beer tastes really boozy. There is a definite alcohol presencez. Not my favorite.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.  

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Photo of suspect
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 49 ratings.