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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86
very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
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 bayougutter
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (496 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 djeucalyptus
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (941 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)

Photo of Jenkster4
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of smarcoly
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (916 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 huhl23
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (444 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 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 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 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 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 ddahlen
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (685 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 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 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 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 Mavajo
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (488 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 chefmikeanderson
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (911 characters)

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Red Brick Brick Mason Series #2: Double IPA from Red Brick Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.