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Red Brick Hoplanta - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 536
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 28.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 127 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thur123 on 11-27-2011

It’s Hoppier then a bullfrog with a stubbed toe: Yup, you read correctly. Red Brick now has a year round IPA called HopLanta! Look for HopLanta in 1/2 barrels, 1/6 barrels and 6 packs. Be sure to look for it in stores and restaurants near you!
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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 536
Photo of JimKal
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber. I like the fact that it comes in a can but the taste here just don't work for me. It has a bitterness that is just not balanced by the malt. and while I do like a bitter IPA this one just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers off-white foam over a somewhat cloudy body of golden amber; high in visible carbonation; laces the glass nicely

S - citrus and floral, caramel sweetness; not very pronounced

T - notes of citrus followed by bread and caramel sweetness, pine, dry piney/lemony finish

M - slick full body, high carbonation

O - Hoplanta is a pretty good IPA all in all. Lacking in the aroma department, but otherwise quite pleasant. Lots of character from the malts, but still hoppy enough to be considered an IPA.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious IPA via bottled ATL brew. Nice hippy taste. You know you've got a good IPA when people take a drink & say "ewwww!" I've enjoyed other IPA's which I've enjoyed better, but this is good! Amber coloring, enjoyed cold, in a glass of course. The feel is smooth, if you like IPA of course!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold going toward orange. Head is 1+ finger and off white in color. Fair amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is rather than subdued. A bit of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Just a bit of caramel malt.

Taste is like the aroma though a bit more intense. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit hops. Just a hint of pine. Caramel malt with some toffee and raw bread dough. Some honey-like sweetness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Rather bitter aftertaste with something a touch metallic.

A decent IPA which could use a major aromatic boost. Also, the aftertaste is not particularly pleasant.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and subdued citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is quite malty and fairly boring for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You know, sometimes I don't mind a malty IPA. This certainly fits that bill. Of course more hops is always good. But this is a decent enough brew, in spite of the very heavy malt base.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can date 3-25-15. Threshold Beer Glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark gold with lots of sediment and floaties. 1 finger just off-white head, turns to a modest cap; very good retention. Some visible carbonation, but hard to see through all the sediment. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Very sweet and citrusy. Fruit punch. Would not be surprised if this is hopped with Mosaic.

Taste: Dry, resinous and bitter arrival. Piney. Gasoline and resin across mid-palate - where is the sweetness I smelled? Big bang of bitterness at the ending, and lingering medicinal/piney. The fruit was only on the nose, there is no fruitiness or sweetness anywhere on the palate. Amazing in the contrast between aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of midweight. Fairly light on the carbonation. A little astringent on the finish.

Overall: Definitely a bold IPA. If I lived in Atlanta, I'd probably drink it fairly regularly. But it's not available where I am, and there are better examples of the style to me. Bitterness was a bit harsh. A pretty good IPA.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange.
Smells very sweet. Like biscuits and honey, like pineapple hops. Tastes much more bitter than it smells. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's full flavored, not watery, and it's hoppy. It's got less of a malty presence then it smells like it would. Tasty though, would have it again. I wonder what it's like on tap.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy light orange, large fluffy off white head,

S: Sweet malts, floral hops

T: Floral hops hit the tounge right away, astringent bitterness on back of the mouth, I get a slight malty sweetness but not nearly as much as I suspected after the smell

M: Medium, good carbonation

O: A pretty decent IPA. Nothing overly exciting but I would have again given the chance.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one is an attempt to be bold, real bold, and it is largely successful i think, but it falls into that over balanced ipa category so many do. the issue is trying to boost abv and color, but accidentally (on purpose) end up making it thick, filling, and weirdly sweet in the middle while losing the hop intensity the beer sought to begin with. its good, dont get me wrong, and looks real nice, all golden and puffy, clear but honey hued, and emitting aromas of simcoe oils and crystal 60, although i cant positively confirm either ingredient. the taste is much the same, but instead of being all hops in the finish, its more grainy than it needs to be, and adds weight unnecessarily i think. for me, one was enough, although i suppose i have become a bit of a snob over the years, especially in the american ipa category. this just doesnt measure up to even the low A level ones, but i think its probably one of the better ones around, and if you like a big malty chewy ipa, than this is the type for you. red brick has been underwhelming for me in my limited exposure to their brews so far...

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is hoppier than the smell, some bitterness, malts are also present, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed sixpack made up at Orlando Whole Foods market. Bottled 9/25/14, so over 3 months old.

a: Slightly hazy amber topped by a half finger thick white head which shrank to thin patchy surface foam and fairly dense lacing.

s: Strong floral, nearly perfumy aroma.

t: Dank vegetal and pine resin with a significant bitter bite. Vegetal and floral finish.

m: Medium with good body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A different-tasting brew, somewhat harsh but still drinkable, boosted
by the persistently pleasant flowery aroma. May have suffered from age.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA, another hop pun. Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Hoplanta has a glow of orange with a reddish hue. A solid head is formed on the pour, leaving spots of lacing around the glass. The aroma brings sugar coated grapefruit to mind, also vague woody and caramel notes as well.

Vague citrus hits the palate first. Out comes a sweet and tangy tangerine. Bites of toffee add extra sweetness to this IPA. The vague citrus morphs into grapefruit, which adds a juicy aspect. Not too sweet. The beer brings a medium sized body and some chew, which I wasn't expecting in a standard IPA.

Hoplanta is hoppy enough and solid overall. It did well to clean up a spicy dinner.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly less than clear with a barely off white head that has very good
retention with decent side glass lacing.
Aroma: Leads with Citrus and pine nut hops.
Taste: biscuit malts lead up front providing nice balance with the citrus like malts. Hops are
moderate and do not dominate the up front malts. Ends with a hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Cloudy orange with a finger of thick foamy off white head, decent lacing.
S - Orange zest, big bready malt, some dank-ish pine and grapefruit.
T - Very east coast in style, sweet caramel and bread malt mix bitter grapefruit, orange and pine.
M - Decent bitterness, not too bad, lingers a bit too long.
O - OK IPA, very kind of run-of-the-mill

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Photo of Kopps
3/5  rDev -18%

12 oz bottle; no date.
Beer of the month offering; a birthday gift.

A: Poured a nice single finger head with little retention; amber and a bit hazy.

S: not much aroma; slightly hoppy.

T: Slightly malty with the hops mostly citrus grapefruit front notes.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: a bit bland but drinkable.

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Slight gusher. Unsure of age. Aroma is floral, lightly toasted and caramelly, with underpinnings of citrus. Flavor follows suit, with a very bitter, harsh finish. It's toasted, nutty, citrusy, floral, but that harshness kills it for me. A metallic note surfaces late.

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Photo of tngolfer
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as a single bottle from my local bottle shop. "Bottled on" date on bottle is illegible. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I poured it easily as this is a naturally carbonated beer and I didn't want to disturb the yeast layer.

In general, this tasted like one of my old, homebrewed IPAs where the hops fade and I'm left with a caramelly tasting, bitter beer.

Appearance - Deep gold to copper color. Color is a little darker than I like for IPAs. As mentioned previously, I gently poured this from a bottle so most of the yeast sediment stayed in the bottle. Consequently, the head was not that large and dissipated quickly. Very few bubbles rising through the beer.

Smell - Not what I expected from an IPA. Smells of caramel malts and alcohol "heat" dominate; very little hop aroma.

Taste - Flavor mimics what I'm smelling. Caramel notes up front which are quickly covered up by the alcohol heat I pick up. The hops are backseat, if present, which leads to an unbalanced IPA... unbalanced away from hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - This is a very sedentary beer. There isn't much activity of CO2 releasing through the glass. Instead, the beer tastes over carb'd in my mouth. This may be due to my gentle pour. Beer seems to have a medium body.

If someone gave me another one to try I would be happy to but I will not be buying another. I hope my bottle was an old one and not what the brewer intended as an IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I did make the perfect pour,but this massive inch and a half thick,tightly knit eggshell colored head. Amber golden hued with a bit of cloudiness and some light suspended sediment. Brussels lacing. Not much in the way of hop aroma. I get some pale malt. The taste reminds me of an extra special bitter with light hopping and plenty of delicate malt. Mouth is over carbonated and chalky.

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Photo of tmm313
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy, dark amber color. Looks unfiltered. Nice 1 finger head with pretty good lacing.

S- Sweet grapefruit, orange, pine, and caramel.

T- You're hit with some sweet, lightly sour, citrus and malt up front. Pine, grapefruit rind and slight resin almost immediately joins the party as you swallow. I love the how the bitterness balances the sweetness.

M- Medium body. Lightly oily and drying.

O- I generally prefer sweeter IPAs, but the piney bitterness of this one was really nice to me. It wasn't overpowering, but it flirted with it. It was strong enough to be the dominant sensation, but subtle enough to let the other flavors be known. I wouldn't have any problem drinking this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Brick Hoplanta
12 oz. brown bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 02/06/14"... 4 months old
$2 @ Whole Foods, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Hazy, almost cloudy deep-amber colored body beneath a finger thick head of creamy off-white froth. The head retention is very good, and it leaves broken sheet of lace in its wake.

Smell: Citrus and biscuity malt. Some pine.

Taste: Rich. There's an initial sharpness to the hops but that immediately recedes into a pillow of rich maltiness. Honeyish. Floral. Piney. It's hoppy, but it's easy-going hoppy. Solidly bitter, as well, but the fullness of the malt holds up. Drying finish as the malt recedes. Lingering hoppy notes of pine, orange, and flowers.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous character. Median, fine-bubbled carbonation keeps it crisp.

Overall: Pleasant and easily enjoyable IPA with a rich malt component.

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Photo of chucksaysblah
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer here. It has the older style IPA taste and feel that I don'tget from a lot of newer ipa's. Iewas finding myself thinking about getting a different style beer today and I saw this one. Great happiness and citrus tastes . The piney notesbare great. Good head when poured. This is a beer I would definitely buy over and over.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an IPA glass. The liquid is a dark copper-amber color, and has some nice little floaties suspended in it. Hopefully those are hop particles.... The pour produces a nice-sized head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is hops with a noticeable malt backbone. Hops are piney and citrusy, and I feel like there's a bit of resin in there. The malts are bready and lightly toasted. It smells nice and balanced, which is good, but there's nothing in the aroma that really grabs me.

Flavor follows the nose. There are some piney and citrusy hop flavors, and some nice bready malt, but nothing particularly memorable. If I didn't know better, I would think that maybe it was old, because there's no bottle-dating and the hops are pretty muted, but I got this bottle just after they changed the label, so I'm sure it was bottled in the past two weeks.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, with a lot of carbonation. Tiny bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall, it's drinkable, but not one that I'd probably ever choose again. I think this recipe is pretty old, and I have to admit that I'm partial to the newer, hipper IPAs, so maybe it's just personal taste...

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery.
A clear amber ale with a durable bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.

Feel: Relatively smooth up front with a crisp, dry finish.

Bitterness kicks up in the finish and lingers on in the grapefruit-rind flavored aftertaste. Some malt flavor with little [it seems] balancing sweetness.

O: a fine-looking, West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy murky amber color with a cream colored head that falls fairly fast.

Aroma is over ripe fruit, some mango touches of pine needles decent caramel malty base or might be some of the fruit notes masquerading.

Taste is like the nose citrus notes deep and mingled in with caramel malts. Finish is light pine and dank musty hops or what i refer to as tobacco notes has a light lingering bitter resin finish. Not a bad little IPA defiantly better then there amber which is about average at best. But not something worth searching out either. Some reason liking the maltier not as bright hoppy IPA's some now.

Mouthfeel is nice a solid medium with pretty mellow carbonation.

Overall is not bad, but not what I would go to if I was in Atlanta either. But if you want a kick your teeth in hop bomb this will not be your cup of tea so to speak.

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Red Brick Hoplanta from Red Brick Brewing Company
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