Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA - Red Brick Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
08-11-2011 18:18:53 | More by Jenkster4
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
06-23-2011 15:58:37 | More by ddahlen
3.18/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
07-13-2011 15:15:30 | More by ktrillionaire
3.18/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
09-09-2012 05:14:34 | More by nickfl
3.33/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
05-29-2012 10:26:19 | More by GJ40
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
12-13-2011 03:30:43 | More by BayouBengal1537
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
10-16-2011 23:01:15 | More by jlindros
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
02-17-2012 02:59:48 | More by Kromes
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-18-2011 00:15:41 | More by KiltedCulinarian
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
Tasted the day it rolled off the truck.
Pours a hazy orange with lots of sediment and a 2-finger off-white head. Retention is solid. So is the lace.
The nose is intensely tropical with big orange aromas, mango, a touch of grapefruit, leafy hops and a bit of chalkiness. The malt is there but definitely subdued- a sort of honeyed grain undertone.
The palate sees that mild malt completely washed out by a big wave of bitterness and a return to the leafy orange vibe. Definitely delivers on the bitterness front, but the boozy finish completely ruins it for me. The combination of the alcohol's vague sweetness and peppery bitterness throws the finish's balance way out of wack. Plus alcohol just doesn't taste all that great in such a quantity.
Overall, not bad, but this is a malty company doing a hoppy beer. It could have been a lot worse for sure, but I'll stick to Red Brick's browns and porters and leave the IPAs for someone else.
08-15-2011 18:52:41 | More by TheWhiskerReview
3.45/5 rDev -9%
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.
01-24-2012 00:53:45 | More by Aiptasia
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
835th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
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.
09-29-2011 17:45:46 | More by FosterJM
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a nice amber in color with a thick white head and lots of floaties, which have never bothered me. But if you don't like chunks in your beer, watch out.
Nice hoppy smell of pine and citrus with notes of alcohol.
The taste is hoppy and bitter, but it doesn't make me go "Wow." You'd think that a 9 percent beer would be pretty powerful, but this one seems underdone.
Fine body with substance.
Overall this is above average, but I wouldn't say it's something to look for.
06-20-2011 03:15:14 | More by Shaw
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA from Red Brick Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.