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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Reviews: 48
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.02/5  rDev +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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of shand
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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
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Photo of elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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). (663 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (599 characters)

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