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Brick Waterloo Traditional IPA | Brick Brewing Co.

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Brick Waterloo Traditional IPABrick Waterloo Traditional IPA

Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- This one pours a hazy deep golden color, with very slow lumbering carbonation columns rising to the top, and only a few of these columns seem to be present. The head is white in color and is rather fizzy, quickly dissipating into a large patch of thin foam over top the beer. Lacing is marginal as well with only small patches of foam on the side of the glass, which quickly slimes it's way back down. Decent looking, just nothing special.

S- Definitely smells more like a Pale Ale in terms of sweetness but does have hop bitterness on the finish....just very mild. There is a malty presence about this one and it doesn't have much else going on with it. Not what I was expecting.

T- Well the flavors aren't bad, they just aren't what I'd call an IPA. There is much more malt sweetness than anticipated and is somewhat grainy actually. The finish has a lingering syrupy sweetness that is cloying too. Yeasty and caramel/toffee is probably as descriptive as I can get. Again, it doesn't taste bad, but isn't near an IPA in terms of flavor.

M/O- Medium bodied and rather smooth, this beer is really unoffensive! I really think this one is not termed properly by Brick and even though it's not the best out there, it is definitely a flavorful beer and I'd agree with a prior assessment on this one in calling it more of an Amber Ale than an IPA. With that said, I would probably get this again to enjoy as a refreshing brew that is quite drinkable! It is just average beer....perhaps slightly above this grade....

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RQuigley
3.92/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tasting was opened as my Day 18th beer, in my Beer Advent Calendar for 2015. This is the 2nd year my wife has made me one of these and it is a great to open a beer every day.

Brick Waterloo Traditional IPA - Brick Brewing Co.
Number 21 - 473ml can – 5.2% - n/a IBU

A> 3.25 gold and rich looking
S>3 sorry not much of a smell
T>4.25 Clean, lite hope, light caramel
M>4 easy drinking, what I would call refreshing
Oall>4.5 Great Eng IPA, Thing I could drink a bunch of these
rq @RorQuig

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Photo of pootz
2.84/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from brewery...decants a clear gold beer with a smallish white cap....light aroma mostly malt with a light floral grassiness....sturdy malt spine, clean drinkable character....big malt rush in front is joined by a decent hop bittering balance.....clean quick finish....this is much like the retro commercial Canadian "ales" like Red cap or Dow,...has a bit more gravity and hopping that's all.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a kind of light amber colour with not even a fingers worth of head. Smells of grass, lemons and floral hops. Tastes pretty much like it smells, though a little more grassy. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, not good, but not bad either. I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Can: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with light caramel malt hops. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with a limited flavour profile with some lightly sweet caramel malt notes. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Taste like an IPA that was brewed at the turn of the century.

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Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of headlessparrot
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is simply not good, and tastes nothing like an IPA, English or American. Has the taste of a cheap lager, with just a smidgen of bready malt. Bile-ish character, vegetal hop bitterness but not much hop flavour. Avoid this one at all costs.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and some citrus. Then some breadiness quickly follows from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of Mit
1.9/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- pours a nice amber gold clear colour. Shortest head in the history of beer.

S-a cloying malty smell with almost no hops to speak of.

T-mostly the cloying malts with the barest hint of a hop. It's an IPA like Alexander Kieths is an IPA.

M- fine for the abv.

O- not that good...and I used to be a big Brick fan. Things have fallen off since the other guy left. Truly sad to see a Canadian craft brewer shill out for dollars.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

473 mL can from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; coded E31312. Served slightly chilled. Apparently this was released with very little fanfare about a year or two ago, but I've never heard of it or even seen it until now.

Pours a light, clear golden-amber colour, producing just over a finger's worth of foamy, frothy white head. It leaves behind a delicate doily pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass as it shrinks over the next few minutes, eventually reduced to a dense cap and collar. Looks great to me, but the aroma offers nothing interesting or even particularly enticing - lemony citrus, light earthiness, some floral tones and caramel maltiness are all detectable, combining to form a relatively bland bouquet with an aire of rusty dish soap.

Unfortunately it really doesn't get much better from there. Grainy malts and caramel provide a weak malt backbone and some light sweetness, with the uninspired hop bill offering a mixture of grass, lemon and floral notes. The finish is this one's saving grace and the only thing that makes the beer halfway tolerable - its light bitterness and slight metallicity reminds me of some actual (lower-end) English-made IPAs. Either way, it doesn't linger on the palate long. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel; one of the better aspects of this beer overall. This is easy to drink quickly because of its mild flavour and low abv, and indeed, the mild bitterness in the aftertaste encourages rapid sips.

Final Grade: 2.82, a forgettable C grade. Waterloo Traditional IPA isn't a particularly good ale, and frankly I'm not sure what market Brick is aiming for here. It's obviously not the American IPA fans, but even proponents of the milder English style are unlikely to be enthralled with this tepid, relatively bland offering. Like most of Brick's beers under the Waterloo label, this is a weak effort and not something I'd return to regularly - reminds me of a knock-off of Wells IPA, except this stuff probably costs more. This has potential as a gateway beer (to show Keith's drinkers the bare minimum of what constitutes an IPA), but other than that... pass.

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Photo of Electros
3.61/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can. "Handmade by Brewmasters'. Ok, good to know, at least it wasn't those ladder-climbing stable boys.

This beer pours a hazy medium yellow amber colour, with two fingers of fine puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy striated lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of somewhat biscuity grainy malt, lemon peel - a la Mr. Clean - those apples you forgot in the crisper, and underwhelming grassy, floral hops. The taste is more past-due apple and subtle citrus fruitiness, innocuous grainy, kind of corn-fed malt, and musty, leafy hops.

The bubbles are meekly present, accounted for, and nothing more; the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with just a wee pithiness to put that pea in your mattress. It finishes off-dry, the day-old breadiness of the malt retaining the most, um, fervour, as the hops seem to have blown their laughable wad.

Not as overtly off-putting as the other Waterloo 'craft' offerings I've endured, but disappointing just the same - nothing all that wrong, the nothing particularly right, either.

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Photo of kjyost
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Corn on the nose. Vegetal in the body. No substantial hop profile. A mediocre cream ale advertised as a traditional IPA. I guess their tradition is Keith's...

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Photo of Jeffo
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the LCBO

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Burnt orange in color, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp witn lots of carbonation at the top. A foamy cap remains and leaves some lacing down the glass. Okay, but still too carbed for the style.

SMELL: Grainy, bready malts, some caramel notes with light floral aromas as well. Too grainy for the style for sure.

TASTE: Mildly grainy with some caramel malt flavors up front, then more bready sweetness and floral hops at the swallow. Mild yet lingering finish of bready sweetness and some floral hop bitterness. Too bready for me, and relatively boring.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Grainy sweetness lingers.

OVERALL: Not horrible by any means, but not my take on the style either. Too grainy and bready, and the feel is too thin and carbonated. If it's a traditional English IPA, then I'm certainly glad we've moved on. Pass.

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Photo of buschbeer
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bylerteck
2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not sure why I bought a can of this, but I did.

A - Pours golden to deep golden. Bright with good carbonation. Two fingers of creamy off white head. No real lace, half finger retention.

S - Metallic, earthy, mild stone fruit. A bit boring.

T - Metallic, smokey, weird stone fruit. Not good.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, a weird bitterness.

O/D - Not the best example of the style. This one is definitely skippable. A very ordinary attempt at the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of malts. Taste is of caramel malts up front, light hops in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's not overly hoppy, but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473mL can from the brewery, as part of a sampler six pack of cans along with the Amber and Dark. The label sports a "Waterloo Brewing Co." emblem, which represents the brewery's eventual desire to do away with the Brick name in all its products.

Poured into a nonic. Copper golden in hue, slightly opaque. A half inch of head quickly fizzles into a fine ring. Lots of visible carbonation.

Nose is sweet malt - almost adjuncty - butter (diacetyl?), caramel, maybe a bit of bittering English hops.

The first can was nearly a drain pour, but fortunately the second can proved to be a bit better. Sweet, malty, finishes with bittering English hops. No depth to this at all, though it is drinkable. Hops don't add much in terms of flavor. Thin bodied, high carbonation.

It's not that bad, it just is such a far cry from other Ontario IPAs, hell, even Ontario red ales, to be worth trying again. Feels like a minimal effort beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A can from their sampler pack...

A - Pours a clear golden colour, thumb of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, sweet citrus, sour apples and musty cardboard.

T - Quite bland, some leafy green hops come through alongside a bready caramel note, little flavor lingers on the palette. Some mustiness is present to remind you of the English pale ale style, but rather disappointing.

M - A tad thin, smooth and wet.

O - Not terrible, but nothing spectacular or worthwhile seeking out here. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't buy it again. A bit more flavor is required to boost the scores on this one.

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Photo of peensteen
2.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale amber orange, big fluffy white head,quite a bit of lace here as well. Smell is of corn and malt, a bit of earthy hop but not much else in the way of hop or aroma. Taste is a bit better with some caramel and a moderate bitterness, floral-earthy flavours, finishes with an odd dry note. Medium carbonation, medium feel, decent enough mouthfeel. This is nothing to write home about, half the can was plenty and will surely never drink this again.

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Photo of Exeter
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.32/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really, really, really wanted to like this beer, but unfortunately - in my opinion, at least - it just does not stand up to either the British or American style IPA's being brewed elsewhere in Ontario.

Pours a clear and very bright copper colour with limited head, no lacing. Very few visible bubbles after the initial pour. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would expect from the style, but although carbonation level is low, it is by no means flat.

Aroma is of grains, very malt-forward. Unfortunately there is no ingredient label on the can, as (perhaps incorrectly) I would have guessed this to be an adjunct ale. One-dimensional flavour of caramelized grains with British bittering hops in the finish. Taste profile / elements common to many "macros".

I respect The Brick's history and would love to support their product(s) - and this is a launch I have been eagerly awaiting - but unfortunately this is not a beer I'll purchase again.

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Photo of rmarks9
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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