Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA - Red Brick Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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
12-11-2011 05:41:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-20-2011 19:24:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
05-18-2012 21:22:18 | More by kylehay2004
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-11-2012 04:23:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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
3.35/5 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
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
06-22-2011 03:17:50 | More by Georgiabeer
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-07-2011 13:10:16 | More by avalon07
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
11-09-2011 01:14:34 | More by twiggamortis420
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-04-2011 04:08:56 | More by gford217
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
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-02-2011 00:37:44 | More by EgadBananas
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-07-2011 06:13:54 | More by Phelps
4.6/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
06-10-2011 02:16:47 | More by shand
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
4.95/5 rDev +30.6%
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.
08-17-2011 05:07:50 | More by Damian
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-01-2011 04:49:37 | More by babaracas
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-19-2011 04:53:29 | More by AdamBear
Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA from Red Brick Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.