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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #200
Ranked #6,063
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
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Notes: A dangerously drinkable Double Pale Ale version of our flagship APA.

This intense beer is exploding with Citra, Amarillo, & Centennial hops, delivering massive citrus aromas and blasts of hop bitterness in a formidable juggernaut of a body that’ll have you seeing double.

60 IBU
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 213 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some fine visible particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a thin layer of white bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is nearly a mirror image to the smell, except that the caramel flavors are bit weaker. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA is rather hop forward and is relatively easy to drink given its lighter-bodied nature.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Apr 25, 2020
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nonthreatening, tastes like an all day ipa. No bitterness whatsoever, which is an incredible feat. Although it's a ddh, it's hard to tell until you notice you're kinda buzzed

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hommeside2 from Illinois, Nov 15, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine, half finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, citrus and lightly dank hops, orange, lemon and light mixed tropical fruit; aromatic. Flavor is pale malt with a hint of caramel, citrus and lightly piney hops, grapefruit, lemon, light pine, faint hints of tropical fruit. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, nice mouth feel. A big, full bodied pale ale that borders on IPA territory. Interesting flavor progression, tasting like a moderately hopped pale ale to start, but developing herbal hopping flavors like a NE IPA with not much bitterness, but finally finishing with a pleasant, moderate grapefruit and lemon rind bitterness. This looks, smells, feels and tastes great. I could use a little more hop aggressiveness, but sometimes I'm expecting too much from APAs after drinking so many IPAs. I really liked this one.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Feb 26, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited Chicago a week or two ago and when in Chicago within a few moments from a liquor store with a good selection of local and national beers, why not have something local? I usually drink at the Ram Microbrewery and find that...acceptable. This is a way to have something even more micro.
L: Cloudy, light amber. No carbs that I could see, little head and lace.
S: Lemon and tangerine. Jujyfruit.
F: Creamy with no burn going down. Mild bitter remainder.
T: Earthy? Grounded? The fruits are grapefruit and orange with a sweet like fruit loops. Yet, they are tethered somehow. It's odd. Maybe it's the licorice note at the end keeping all the flavors to base or the pepper note? It's a taste I haven't had before so I like the result.
O: This one is a keeper. Too bad I'm only going to have it when I'm in Chicago...once a year.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pours mostly clear golden, white film for a head.

Smells of light crisp barley malt and piney hops.

Flavor is of biscuit malt, honey, citrus zest, orange and piney hops.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent DIPA, lot of good things, but the flavor is odd somehow. I want to like it more, but it's slightly medicinal. Still worth trying.

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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania, Dec 27, 2017
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2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Hard to believe that a brewery with such a good reputation can produce such a disappointing and undistinguished beer. Actually, it's worse than that: Hopskip has a truly nasty, almost foul under taste that overwhelms the palate, leaving little opportunity for other flavors to express themselves. It really is unpleasant.

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Isoruku from Illinois, Jul 25, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear and amber/golden with a nice head; decent retention and multiple strands of lace

Smell: Floral, slightly dank and somewhat citrusy

Taste: Papaya and pineapple, with a touch of underlying caramel that builds while, at the same time, the grapefuit aspect builds in bitterness; the finish is nicely balanced and slightly dank

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: About as close to an IPA as you can get while claiming the APA mantle; very enjoyable

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jul 21, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on a bit of an IPA kick as of recent and it's very hard for me to pass up on good DIPA. Since this one kind of toes the line between the two styles, I figured I would give it a shot (plus it's fairly local).

This beer pours a clear, light amber that is almost golden in color. Carbonation is light and the head is white, creamy, and very persistent. 4.25/5 The aroma is somewhat muted but there are notes of citrus with grapefruit, lemon peel, and lime peel all coming through. There is a bit of pine that acts as an undertone. The malt is really not distinguishable in the aroma. 3.5/5 The flavor profile is full of hops with the lemon peel and lime peel from the aroma coming through nicely along with a bit of pine and grapefruit as backers. A light bit of white bread and cracker shine through, showcasing the malt. Bitterness is moderate and lingers moderately after swallowing. 4/5 This is a crisp APA that is medium-light bodied with a light drying that lingers just a bit after swallowing. Carbonation is light. 4/5 Overall this is a very good APA but it is rather light on aroma. The flavors are very well developed and really get the drinker their hop fix for the day. Bitternes is not crazy high, but it is noticeable. 4/5

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bwood06 from Wisconsin, May 24, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a golden orange color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a small layer of lace around the top

S-aroma is very nice with citrus and tropical fruits and light caramel malt

T-bready malt backbone with light citrus hops

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall a very drinkable APA, really nice aroma of this beer

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ksimons from Illinois, Jan 30, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden yellow with a fizzy finger of white foam and bubbles stemming from the glass.

Bright fruity citrus notes of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon with back notes of sweet toasted malts lending an aroma of fresh baked biscuits.

The sturdy toasted malt backbone definitely shows its strength in flavor, but does not overpower the hop bill which provide mildly bitter citrus fruit character.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, balanced, crushable.

Overall, while there are too many IPA's out there, this one shines as a highly crushable (even at around 8% abv) local IPA and will be a regular in my fridge.

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larryarms847 from Illinois, Jan 01, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into snifter

Pours golden copper with 2 inch of solid head. Heavy lacing
Bright citrus and pine on the nose, big thwack of the same on the palate, but restrained bitterness
Slight heft to the feel so you know you are drinking a bigger beer

Overall a fantastic effort - really clean hop character and a well executed bigger IPA/APA without overpowering bitterness

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pagriley from Illinois, Dec 10, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Shining example of a great hoppy beer without the super bitter backbone. Pours a wonderful deep gold wit a very lacy white head.

Beautiful example of a superb heavily hopped beer. Citrus aroma hits you the second you crack the can. Intense hops perfectly balances (and masks) the fairly high ABV.

A must try here.

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c014572 from Illinois, Nov 10, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Having this beer for the first time and on tap. Not for the faint of heart. Fruity and herbal. Very different. Good pale collor thin head with low mouth feel, but this maybe be by design. There is so much flavor and the classic beer descriptions fail. If you like IPAs you have to try this one is you are ever in the Chicago area. Cheers!

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genezel from Michigan, Sep 22, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold, clear and crisp. Thin white head with excellent retention. Smell is incredibly fruity with notes of orange, peach and mango. Nice malt backbone comes through in the flavor with lots of fruit notes giving way to a bitter finish. Touch on the sweet side. Feel is perhaps a bit heavy for a pale ale ... and the abv is higher. But overall is a damn tasty beer.

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FBarber from Illinois, Sep 19, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this one more than their APA. Strong smell of tangerines, oranges, and....apricot? ABV is hidden well and smell does not overpower on palate. A real winner here.

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krh from Illinois, Aug 20, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow! orange-y but not juicy! slightly hazy, very fruity. not especially pretty sitting in the glass but very tasty.... for the ABV it presents, this is spectacular!

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pkalix from California, May 20, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich deep amber look after a nice thick pour. Right off the bat you notice the bitter orange smell, not unpleasant but different. One of the orangeiest Ales Ive ever tasted. A deep fulfilling sipping ale that leave a long after taste of very nice dryness. The thick foam head is wonderful, almost making it two drinks. Piney and dry but not stanky or bitter. One leaves you a taste for a second. ^ are worth $9.99. This will be in my fridge regular.

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USAF77 from Illinois, Apr 27, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear light orange with a frothy white head. Scent is pretty intensely dank for an APA, more on the earthy/piney side. Taste is earthy/piney/slightly grassy, with a bit of a spicy kick, almost like there's some rye in the malt. At the same time there's a touch of sweetness that rounds things out. A lot going on for a pale ale. The feel is rather creamy. I love Brickstone's APA and had high expectations for this so-called double pale ale. I didn't much like this when I first had it last night and held off on my review. Clearly my palate was out of whack. This is a really solid beer but an unusual one if you're going in expecting something like a traditional APA.

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Qbdoo from Illinois, Mar 06, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - crack of the can produces a juicy hop aroma; after the pour, closer inspection reveals a juicy & zesty orange and grapefruit aroma with pine and mango along with caramel malt and grain
A - body is a lighter amber color with a foamy ivory head
T - Hefty grain bill with caramel and toasty grain; hop presence is bold and complex with notes of spicy hops, pine, mango, orange zest, and grapefruit
M - medium body, ample carbonation, actually pretty well balanced
O - I really like this one. I plan on visiting it again very soon.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Feb 24, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great surprise here. It just hit our area. I'm inclined to compare it to Little Sumpin Sumpin because of the overall feel and profile. Of course its slightly different, but if you like one, I bet you'll like the other. Cheers!

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Bones10 from Illinois, Feb 21, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful golden/orange pour with a two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving modest lacing. Very fruity nose with a hint of sweetness. Very smooth taste which belies it's 7.75 ABV with a fruity, citrus finish. Smooth, slightly sticky mouth feel with balanced carbonation. This is a delicious double APA with a flavor profile akin to Zombie Dust or Alpha King.

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stucat from Illinois, Feb 14, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BrickStone makes some decent beer and this might be the best of them. First time having it and enjoyed it with dinner on Super Bowl Sunday. Refreshing, crisp and juicy character throughout. Very EZ drinking at 7.75% abv.

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden pour with a 1 finger head. Smells amazing. Tropical fruit, floral, citrusy hops. Flavor follows the nose. This is a juicy pale with loads of tropical fruit character in the taste. Mouthfeel is fairly light for the ABV. This beer does not disappoint. Try it if you can.

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BrewThru_29 from Illinois, Jan 31, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Willowbrook

HopSkip(nImDrunk) pours with a dark golden hue, verging on sunset orange. The foam is dirty white, slightly off color, and silky as it rises to a finger in height. The foam dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a skim coat. What's left leaves behind sticky, thin lacing down the glass.

The nose is full on hops. It's all at once floral, perfume driven and tropical, though pineapple is the main component of the tropical quality. The floral and perfume like hoppiness get things going but it's quickly caught up to by the ripe, bordering overripe, pineapple. The malt backbone is sturdy, a little sturdier than I'd like, with a big caramel backbone. A soft whiff of alcohol wraps it all up.

The flavor doesn't have that big sweetness that I pulled from the nose. As a matter of fact a big pine resinous kicks things off. Alright, I like that. Some cutting booze pops up in the middle before An aspirin bitterness and ripe pineapple take over on the back end. The malt profile is still malt driven but it's subdued compared to the aroma. The flavors work very well together. I'm digging this libation.

The body sits squarely between moderate and heavy. There is some density in there along with a slight sticky quality. The bitterness is moderate and takes hold mostly on the backend. It finishes a little on the sweet side but it doesn't hurt the enjoyment or drinkability much in my eyes.

HopSkip is a well made beer from the folks at Brickstone. It has a varied hop profile, all of which I enjoy. It's a little sticky but that's mostly based on my preference. I'd rather drink a 5% pale ale than a 7.75% IPA these days. I would pick this up again in the future though. A good beer for sure.

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joe1510 from Illinois, Jan 23, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orangish-gold with a one finger white head that fades at a moderate pace leaving minimal head. Aroma of citrus hops, floral hops, biscuity malt, and tropical fruit. Taste is even better than smell. Biscuity malt balances with pineapple, orange, citrus hops, and floral hops to make a smooth and crisp easy drinker. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertastes.
Very balanced double IPA that hides it's ABV well and isn't a bitter hop bomb. Very drinkable and it would be super easy to have one too many and end up feeling it. Definitely something to look for.

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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma, Dec 31, 2015
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