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Brickstone APA | BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

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4.16/5
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350 Ratings
Brickstone APABrickstone APA
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#1,798
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
350
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
75
Trade:
1
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Headquarters, served in a footed tulip glass. Had this before at Fountainhead, and wasn't compelled to review. Seeing as this won GABF gold recently, had to try again and reassess.

Bright orange with a thin skim and larger bubbles on the surface, nice saturated color, not much head unfortunately but it's minor in the scheme of things.

Big citrus aroma, some marmalade and light apricot fruitiness.

First sips are a little thin and light, malt comes through in a big way, though there's more orange rind and citrus notes in the flavor, just more subdued than the nose. A light level of hop bitterness, bready middle, dry finish. Light bodied and smooth, very sessionable, though ultimately not earth-shattering. Just a well put together, balanced APA. Zombie Dust is still the #1 APA in my eyes...

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Brickstone. The keg had kicked, but they were nice enough to open a bottle for me.

A: Pours a clear orange/golden color with a foamy white head on top with great retention and sticky lacing forming all the way down the glass.

S: Very fruity and tropical, plenty of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and guava. Very faint grainy malt, but the fruit aromas dominate.

T: Similar to the aroma, more grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical fruits. A little bit of grassy and a touch of pine to top it off.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely easy drinking with very light bitterness.

O: Very happy to have gotten to try this beer, it was great. Truly a beer I would be thrilled to drink all the time and keep stocked in my fridge.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yes....yes...yes....this is very similar to the way Z'Dust used to taste like before mass production. The beer poured a slightly hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is a beautiful mix of pine and orange peel. The taste is very well balanced not to malty sweet and not too bitter....with perfect blend of citrus and pine. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....yeah...its that good!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

Lot o' fanfare surrounding this brew...not sure if I should gird myself for disappointment for rapture. Maybe both, hoping the two will cancel out... Anyway, this stuff pours an ever-so-slightly-hazy sunrise golden-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, light white grape, light peach, light pineapple, soft pine needle, light honey, a hint of sweet biscuit, and a twist of lemon. The fruit potpourri is intoxicating enough on its own... The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine taking a slightly stronger leadership position vis-a-vis the fruit salad, but not by very much. Still plenty of tropical fruit accents, a UNGA meeting of citrus and whatnot. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine pale ale, something I may have to grab more of in the near future to show people that more, indeed, exists beyond Daisy Cutter and Zombie Dust. Get some.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Brickstone APA from BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 350 ratings
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