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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #76
Ranked #2,441
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Brickstone APABrickstone APA
Notes: Deep golden in color, made with light caramel malts, hopped with loads of Amarillo hops with a slight citrus flavor, then dry hopped for 4 days for a plentiful aroma.
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 377 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for this tight little APA. The forgotten style.
Burnt orange body, slight chill haze with a one finger head after a few sips from the can.
Aroma and taste of pine and citrus with a touch of sweetness and spice from the hops.
Medium body, medium carbonation.

Another solid beer from Illinois.

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Photo of mudROCK
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent brew... wish I could say something better than that since I'm only about a half an hour from the brewery. It is pretty good, but was just shy of making the big turn in to a really good offering. Maybe next year the turn will be taken if continuous improvement resides in this brew house.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant, slightly hazy golden orange with a thin, White head.
Smell of candied citrus hop and malt.
A little on the bitter citrus hop with the malt evening things out, however a good pine hop resin. Just a touch of lemongrass.
Great on both ends of the pine and citrus hop bitterness. Slight dank.
My first Brickstone was a good one.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Joe. At least he's good for something!

This APA pours like a Pale Ale should. Right on the threshold of orange and yellow, pretty clean with some mild unfiltered presence, and a rocky almost bone white head that retains its existence on the surface as well as the glass.

This APA smells like a Pale Ale should as well. Pungent hops that are almost undescribable, yet too familiar. Grapefruit, orange, and seasoning spices tossed together then blended with pine needles, and served up fresh and chilled.

Guess what... This tastes like an APA should. I can probably reciprocate those words above to a T, but I won't. It's sappy as if little hints of caramel are coating those damp pine needles that we're marinated in orange juice for days.

Might as well continue with the theme. This feels like a Pale Ale should. Dank, bitter, smooth, bubbly, fresh, clean.

It reminds me of when people used to complain about Pale Ales being too piney and too bitter, and for that, I love it. A beer that, just like the classics of the style, would be welcomed to be consumed all day, year round. Unpretentious, unhyped, unbelievably solid.

Thanks again Joe. Cheers!

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Photo of Arseel
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear gold, quick to make a head which just as quickly disappears with little lacing. Bread/citrus taste dominates. Not heavy with surprising crispness.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pours deep clear golden. White lacing for a head.

Smells of light bready malts and bright citrus hops.

Flavor of cereal and biscuit malts with pine and citrus hops. Bit of honey sweetness.

Light to medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent pale, pretty good flavor balance. Enjoyable, almost sessionable but a bit strong. Worth trying.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-08-31 in Warrenville IL at the Pour House on tap.

Smells and tastes great. Dank citrus Spruce tips white pepper earthy spice and just enough biscuit mold for some balance. Light medium body and medium carbonation. A little redness. Finishes dry. Good beer. Would have this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great beer, and proof that surprises are still out there to be discovered and enjoyed! never had heard of these guys before a random pint of this on the road in southern illinois, and it really took me. interesting on both the grain and the hop fronts for an american pale. on the malt side, its slightly toasty, but not sweet in the least, and not heavy or dark, but somewhat more substantial in flavor than most, obviously not just pale two row. the hops have both the bitter crispness i look for in the style and the dry hopped sort of fruit forward hoppiness that is in vogue right now, really the best of both worlds, and put together in such a cohesive and drinkable package, drier and bubbly, just really tops it off for me. clearish, fizzy, fragrant, and very balanced. this is on the edge of expert, and something that really just caught me off guard. for all the random pales out there, its wonderful to discover one of this quality. the amarillo hops are radiant, and the beer is gorgeous. need to track down some more stuff from these guys. do not sleep on this one! what a treat!

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CAA, served in a footed glass. APA my fave style, or which Dales is the bench mark.

A) Muted, clear orange body with 1 finger head and no lace.
S) Large citrus aroma, with marmalade, caramel, and woody hops.
T) Clean balance of caramel malt and woody and citrus hop. Then cleansing hop bitterness, bready middle, dry finish. F) Light and smooth, and balanced APA.
O) Dales Pale is the #1 APA, but this is solid effort. Sum is good.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy, hazy, orange/golden body with a coarse white head, a few bands of stick lace. The nose offers a wonderful blend of tropical fruits; papaya mango guava orange pineapple. Alongside that is an undercurrent of toasted/caramel malt. The flavor turns into the icy cold wind of bitterness: grapefruit, pine, and dankness come out of the corners in stylish fashion, blanketing the warm sunny flavors of the nose. The body is very coarse as the bubble prick the tongue, and beyond that it isn't remarkable.
This one had aroma and flavor, but the details brought it down. Between the sweetly fruity nose and the dank bitter taste it covered a lot of hops' bases, but the unrefined appearance and feel brought it down from its lofty heights. Still, this is a crushable supra-par brew.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter
No can date

A- pours a golden-amber color with a slight haze, one-finger creamy white head that reduces to a a thin film floating on top

S- pine and citrus-rind hop aroma up front with notes of mango and tangerine, clean malt profile

T- juicy citrus hops up front with notes of tangerine and grapefruit, followed by pine resin. The finish gives more juicy hops with a clean toasted malt finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy, high drinkability

O- well balanced, yet juicy and refreshing, pretty much everything you look for in a drinkable pale ale

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Photo of Hop_God
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: mostly clear light orange to amber. Very thick fluffy bubbles

S: citrus juice. Very faint mango pith and peach candy aroma.

T: very juicy. Tons of peach gummie candy. Peach skin. Some grass notes and resin follows. Nectarine pith. Floral bouquets sprinkled with sugar

F: medium body. Sweet coating. Crisp finish.

O: really great pale ale. Loads of flavor. Good balance. Awesome ... not better than ZD as some have claimed tho

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft pour into a pint glass has a bright clear honey colored body and floats a thin cap of white head.
Pine aroma dominates with grapefruit and citrus pith.
Flavor matches with a slight cracker malt hint.
Mouthfeel is a medium with active carbonation bubbles rising.

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Photo of TH28
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep golden, clear, with a low lying white head.
Aroma: Grapefruit and tropical fruit hop aromas, with some pineapple. Pleasant yet a bit restrained.
Taste: Light crackery maltiness with a moderately strong grassy and resinous hop bitterness. Much more of a grassy quality than the fruitiness that appears in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side but not thin, with a low to moderate carbonation.
Finish: Dry with a strong grassy bitterness lingers with a touch of grapefruit that pops up retronasally.
Overall: This APA is definitely on the lighter, drier, grassier side of the style, with the overal flavor profile similar to what you find in New Glarus Moon Man. Aroma is very nice but somewhat restrained. Without dating on the can I'm not sure if that's due to age or just the process. A very good, refreshing APA

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated can but it certainly tastes fresh.
A: light orange with a fluffy white head. Lacing is solid all around
S: grapefruit lemon slight pine
T: taste has bitterness but not to the level of rindy. Grapefruit, Meyer lemon, key lime and pineapple
Mf: 6.25% but you wouldn't know it. Clean
O: I could drink this regularly. A great APA

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.58/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours with quite a bit of clarity, just a tint of haze, blonde-honey colored. Head is tall at 3 fingers, leaving some lace behind.

Rivals West Coast IPA's in aroma, it's got a truckload of piney bitterness with hints of fresh citrus and cilantro.

Flavors come off a little toffee-ish, which I'm not real fond of. It reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks a has the garlic, onion, and pine going on. Quite a bit of that caramel-toffee that's so cloying and rotten. Pine and metal finish out the profile.

Feel is both creamy and dry at the same time. Some sharp carbonation stabs in and out. Finish is both wet and leathery. Just odd.

I was going to buy a six pack of this and I'm so relieved I didn't. Perhaps this is an IPA-lover's IPA. Just not for me. I released it back into the wild (septic system).

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Photo of Denotoole
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. I will also say out of the gate that the 89 rating above (as of 9-22-16) is what inspired me to finally get a Beer Advocate account. I often wonder, when I see a rating like this that jars with my experience, if the recipe changed between all the B-plus reviews and my A-plus experience. I mean, 89 is not bad but this is no 89. It’s one of the best IPAs (OK, APA) I’ve ever had. I believe I must do my part to nudge this one into the 90s.

Man, the nose on this one. Just incredible—like sticking your face in a pouch of Citra pellets (a fine way to pass five minutes). You get it the second you crack open the can. The color is bright brass and perfectly translucent. It tastes real nice. At 6.25% it is guilt inducing when you try to make a session ale out of it, but you will want to.

On the personal tip, I literally tried to brew this beer two months ago, which is two months before I ever heard of it or the brewery. Total coincidence, but it’s got the same hops (Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra) that I used and the color/grain bill I was going for. Mine was decent, but nothing compared to this. My rave review may be akin to a folkie at the Gaslight in ‘61 doing a set and feeling pleased with himself—and then hearing Dylan crack off “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”

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Photo of joeseppy
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is certainly tropical and fruity. Picking up on papayas, mangoes etc. and maybe some peach. Taste is bitter earthy hop. Some fruit walking in and out. Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated which prickles my tongue eccentuating the bitterness-not good for me. Off putting actually. Over the top zesstiness. I can't drink a lot of these and I actually wince when I look in my fridge and there still there. Would not buy again. Guest beer?!?

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Photo of krh
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea how this is compared to Zombie Dust. They must have paid off the judges in that contest. Decent "spiced?" pale ale. A bit of funk in the flavor profile. Decent, but Hop Skip is the stronger offering in the pale ale category from this brewery.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7/12...pours medium color copper with heavy white high foam that laces everywhere. Strong pine nose, light malt. Simple sweet malty taste, strong caramel. Strong spiced bitter blend. Slight citrus followed by a very clean finish.

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Photo of capehaze
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a temporary resident of Chicago, I've tried all the IPAs this city has to offer. And I like none of them. But that has changed with this local APA. As other reviewers have detailed, it's exceptional.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my second go with Brickstone's APA and am glad to review it and increase my rating as I misjudged it on the first go. This second time, I spend time with a solid APA. (And I'm glad to because the style can get neglected by young brewers.

Brickstone APA Looks intriguing, a burnt orange shows off the modest foam.
Smells mostly malt and citrus; enough to prompt the salivary glands to what is coming.
Tastes are particularly balanced given how too many young brewers tend to pile in hops.
Finishes clean and with just enough bubbles to scrub the palate while I can enjoy a sandwich for lunch.

This is my second from Brickstone. Since I also didn't review their witbier (Forbidden Wheat) which I liked, I took my obligatory visit to their website. (Turns out, they are not young; founded in 2006, so that makes them barely teenagers.) More important, they stick to their knitting. Their food is good enough to cater parties, so that helps explain why the APA made my sandwich better. Brickstone also smartly focuses on its APAs; having a few that are well-rated and probably profitable. So the lesson is: stick with your best stuff and you'll live through the terrible teens.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of floral citrus notes is quite nice. Taste is also a mix of citrusy floral hoppy notes with some light residual sugar notes and light piney notes and no real bitterness is discernable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy to drink with nice flavours with no discernable bitterness.

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: had on tap at the brewery. Poured a much more golden color - clear and crisp. Still on the sweet side but boy is this really good fresh. Flavor profile is really crisp and fruity.

Pours a rusty copper color with a two finger tan head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass and tan film along the top.

Smell is fruity up front with notes of mango, orange and papaya, undertones of pine, bready malts, and caramel.

Taste is a mixture of mango and carmel malts initially. Quickly is apparent that this is a malty APA. There is certainly some sweetness to this one - sweet mango flavors throughout. Ever present strong malt background with some grains and bread flavors coming through. Bitter finish and aftertaste.

Feel is smooth, mild carbonation. Dry bitter finish at the end.

Overall a nice offering from Brickstone. Not my preferred flavor profile for an APA, as its sweeter and heavier on the malts, but its not bad. The flavors are very balanced so if that your preferred style, you'll probably like it.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice slightly rusty golden orange with a tight half finger of off-white foam.

Huge tropical notes of mango, melon, papaya, citrus, slightly piney and dank, sweet bready and caramel notes that weave in and out of the blast of fruitiness.

Aroma translates perfectly into flavor, big papaya, mango, and citrus flavor we a solid caramel/toffee-like malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, lingering bitterness, dank, sticky, finishes slightly dry.

Overall, Brickstone is definitely flying under the radar. This is a solid brew that shines among a plethora of similar brews and stands up to some of the more popular breweries out there.

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Brickstone APA from BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 377 ratings