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

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Jenkster4
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of ddahlen
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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)

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Photo of hopking311
3.62/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.62/5  rDev -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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy sediment filled orange, one inch head that quickly dissipates to a firm ring with decent lacing.

Smell is of citrus, grassy, grapefruit, and malt

Taste is mostly citrus hoppiness with a solid malt backbone. Herbal grassiness as well. If you want a hop bomb this is not it, but if you like a little balance this may be for you.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky to me, but I like it.

Overall a solid IIPA, love the taste but too many floaties for a high rating.

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Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored with lots of sediment, one finger thick head of dense white foam that settles in a minute to a thin ring, leaving big splotches of delicate lace behind. Smell: pine, citrus rind, slightly tropical and floral, with a sweet semi-boozy back. Taste: honeyed biscuit beneath pineapple and herbal hopping, biscuit disappears and leaves a grapefruit + booze finish. Really nice upfront, but then, boom, it thins out and ends with a sticky astringency and a "I bet we're close to 10%!" alcohol hit. Had potential to be quite good, but the finish is brash in all the wrong ways.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a near clear, near copper-hued body with a tall, pugnacious, faintly yellowed head.

Smell: Sweetish, bready and with a drizzle of simple caramel overlooking pithy, resinous, and sharply floral hop notes cut by a thin vein of alcohol.

Taste: A quick impression of sweet tea thrown against tastes of caramel and lightly toasted bread. Fruity flavors of lemon peel, grapefruit, and even a slice of papaya. Medium-high bitterness. Floral-infused liquor meets some moderate resinous qualities for a slightly crude back-half. Finishes dry and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Well, it's a Double IPA alright. Somewhat basic, but basically likable.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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