Brickstone APA
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #75
Ranked #2,443
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
Reviews by Mikeypnh:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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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 rynegne
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll never seek Zombie Dust again after finding a new Amarillo and Citra Hopped APA that's practically half the price and not a pain to find. Awesome flavor profile on this one...juicy and crushable.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There has been a lot of buzz about this one since winning the gold metal. Some would suggest it is on comparable footing to Zombie Dust. Gasp!

Appearance - The beer was a light coppery color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The citrus in the aroma is very apparent. I detect fresh oranges, resiny hops, and a certain measure of Earthiness.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect grassy grapefruit, lemon, pepper, and orange rind. It is a bright example of the style, and is mellow enough to be a pale ale. The aftertaste is resiny, with the hops growing progressively more bitter and perhaps dry.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was modest, brushing the tastes off of the tongue nicely.

Overall - It is worth noting that I gave this beer a higher score than Zombie Dust.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of ronin926
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dedbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Really great beer. If you love a great IPA you'll love this brew even though they call it an American Pale Ale Ale or APA. Nice hoppy aroma and taste, great citrus notes. Very clean finish with less bitterness than you get from a traditional IPA. Pairs great with the amazing burgers.

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Photo of sahd-1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Traderjohn1968
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.52/5  rDev -15.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Qbdoo
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly burnt orange with an intense white head. Very nice looking beer. I really pick up the classic citrus and piney quality of the centennial hops in both the aroma and the taste. Taste is pretty intensely hoppy for an APA. There's a touch of sweet malt in the finish that makes this a well-balanced beer. Mouthfeel is crisp with a light creaminess in the finish. A flavorful APA that compares well to many IPAs.

Weird but on my second go-round I taste a lot more citra for some reason. Aroma is stronger too. An even more impressive beer. This is the best pale ale I've had since Zombie Dust. It's not quite that good but it's about $6 cheaper.

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