Brickstone APA | BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

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Brickstone APABrickstone APA

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BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

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.

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 336
Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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 WoodBrew
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of bylerteck
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coppery colour. Decent carbonation with one finger of white head. No retention and decent lace rings.

S - Good citrus, really floral. Nice pineapple note.

T - Good sweetness, pineapple, floral, honey, grass.

M - Nice bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - A fairly good APA. Doesn't break the mold but holds down all the required elements quite well. Could drink a fair bit of this.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, I had this one about 6 years ago at the brewery. It was their prized flagship then and seems to be now also
A - sticky and frothy ivory head slowly fades atop an amber colored ale
S - huge citrusy hop aroma with grapefruit, orange, pine, and fresh hops with a nice caramel and toasted grain malt nose
T - juicy and fruity, orange, grapefruit, mango, pine, caramel, toasted grain
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes bittersweet and well balanced
O - I'll definitely buy this one again. It's great!

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

This just hit Peoria this week in 6 packs of cans. I thought it was great on tap a few weeks ago. It's just as good in cans.

This APA is extremely drinkable, well balanced, and has perfect citrus smell and taste. This is right there with Revolution Fist City as my go to Pale Ale, though Revolution isn't available here yet.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light golden body with a 2 finger white head.

Lightly sweet malt touch with a decent Amarillo hop bite.
Honey touched golden bready malts with some nice citrusy hop notes.

Pretty light feeling body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall-- quite decent little pale ale. Nothin special, but I easily enjoyed a 23 oz draft. This seems to be the best beer here.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange, copper with a creamy white head and thick walled lacing.

S - Honeyed caramel, apricot, tangerine and orange marmalade.

T - Subdued compared to aroma. Honeyed caramel, orange marmalade and light apricot.

M - Light bodied and very creamy.

D - Very well balanced and goes down way too easy but I was expecting a little more hops. Not sure i would pay $9 again for a 22.

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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 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 kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64 oz Brickstone growler into a Jester King pint. Thanks mom & dad!

A- pours a dark caramel with a 1 finger off-white head. Small bubbles of lacing linger on the glass.

S- nice caramel, big citrus aromas, some spice and pine in there as well.

T- nice caramel, biscuit, some spice almost rye like?, some citrus but more pine from the hops than citrus.

M- medium body and carbonation. Big malt body, slick and smooth.

O- #1 Pale at GABF 2012. Not better than ZD in my book but not far behind either. ZD has more citrus flavor. Opened growler after about 48 hours and not a very crisp feel, but not sure if this is from that or just how this beer is.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The scent is pretty mild, but I'm picking up citrus, caramel, grass, apricot, light soap and some sugar. Fresh grain and more apricot become apparent as it warms a bit. Apricot, citrus, and bitter resin come through in the flavor with some sweet caramel in the finish. One of the better local Pale Ales.

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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 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 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 MrMcGibblets
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3 day old growler.
a: clear golden to copper amber. minimal head. undercarbed.
s: sweet honeyed light caramel and vague fruity hops. quite nice in sum.
t: this shines here. on the sweet side but i can tell this would be very well balanced w/more co2.
m: again, undercarbed.
o: i thought the cap was tight...would like to try this ontap.

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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 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 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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