Brickstone APA | BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
brickstonebrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
335
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 335
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 bit...it 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 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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Photo of 98green
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is medium orange and clear. Smell is fruity citrus hops. Taste brings a lot of the citrus, mangoes. Feel is solid. Overall a very nice APA. Highly recommend

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

On tap
Golden orange pour with 1 inch fluffy head
Citrus and a touch of malt on the nose, crisp and clean on the palate
Well made classic APA with a slight modern twist to the hops - this will be a regular in my fridge whenever I see a fresh batch!

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Photo of mschrei
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter for review purposes, tastes just as good in the can. A slightly cloudy gold color, light lacing, slightly active carb. Very dank hop nose. Crisp and fruity, with a subtle bitter backtaste.

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Photo of c014572
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6-pack purchased from a new Binny's, assuming fresh. Poured a nice golden color, 1/2 inch head that faided quickly. Off putting debris in beer, is this can secondary fermented?

Aroma was malty with a noticeable dry-hop finish.

Taste was well balanced between malt/hops. Spot on for style for me. This was an enjoyable APA and would drink again if it were not for the off-putting debris field...

As for those comparing to Zombie Dust -- Followed this up with a ZD. IMO ZD has a more noticeable dry-hopped nose and better flavor profile. I'll stick to that when I can find it.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Soft orange color with a hint of amber. Slightly off-white head that is very light and gone quickly, leaving a slight film on top.

S: Very sweet due to a blast of mango. A lot of hops are present as well with a slight amount of citrus and pine in the background.

T: Hops become much more prominent, but are not very intense due to the mango following. Finishes with a slightly bitter pine aftertaste.

F: Light with medium to heavy carbonation. Leaves a refreshing bubbly sensation all the way down.

O: Great extra I received. I really enjoyed the good amount of hops without being overpowered. Perfect beer on a warm evening.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This smells great with orange, pine and grapefruit coming through. The taste follows but I think the hops (primarily Citra) are overshadowed by a caramel type malty base. It makes this extremely balanced and treat to drink, however I have been appreciating drier, hop forward beers and I just don't think this beer showcases the hops like it could. However, it is an APA not an IPA and shoots for a little more balance and it is quite delicious. This was touted by some as better than FFF ZD and while this is a great beer, I personally can't get behind that statement. But this is a great value substitute!

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Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date, but purchased from a fresh shipment at Binny's on Grand in Chicago so freshness is assumed, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a nice golden color, hues of copper, nice clarity with just a touch of haze and a foamy, white head, two fingers high that has nice retention yielding a few spots of lace. The aroma is great, loads of citrus forward hops, bright and delicate, floral bouquet pops as well while there is a nice dash of pine and grassiness with a soft but sweet malt backbone of pale cereal grains.The flavors are right in line with the nose, loads of juicy hops and distinctly lacking over the top bitterness, which is very welcomed. Citrusy but a little sweet, grapefruit meets tangerine, a bit of lemongrass, pine sap, tropical fruits lead into a sweeter finish of pale malt that is very gentle and really balances nicely with the hoppy flavors. The mouthfeel is pleasant, coating, nice medium-full body, lively carbonation, a bit prickly with a nice crisp finish, lightly dry.

Verdict: A very nice American Pale Ale from Bricskstone, quite flavorful with plentiful hoppy flavor with hardly any perceptible bitterness. A bit sweeter than I'd like in a Pale Ale, but this definitely satisfies a nice hoppy craving without becoming a true palate destroyer.

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

Pours a nice orange color with a head that stays through the whole experience. Immediately notice tons of carbonation. This beer is very similar to ZD in it's flavor profile. Well balanced citra forward APA. I was told at a bottle shop in Chicago that this was better than ZD. We did a blind test but it wasn't fair as the carbonation gave this away. This APA won on this occasion but in all fairness the ZD could have been more fresh. I do think it's funny to see how much of this is stocked on the shelves while ZD is gone within the hour. I'd say (if you've had ZD before) don't go through the trouble and just grab this. It's so similar and while I can't say better for sure, it's in the ballpark. Could seriously pound these all day!

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

pours clear orange with a good white head, not large

great smell of sweet malts with orange and pine notes

I get both sweet malt and orange flavor(citra) and pine as well. great example of the style

good bitterness level on the tongue and chewy as well. clean finish.

great style to drink again and again.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Kumas Too. Wanted to try something different with the rest of my party ordering Daisy Cutter and Alpha Kings. This one was the clear winner for everyone. It's not the greatest looking APA (too light/clear/carbonated) but damned if it isn't a great tasting (and finishing) example of the style.

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