Red Brick Blonde
Atlanta Brewing Company

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American Blonde Ale
3.42 | pDev: 13.74%
Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 150
Photo of Jacurdy60
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-bright gold with a bright red hue. No head, minimal lacing

S-Very estery. Fresh apples/apple cider and pears with a hint of cinnamon

T-Almost same as smell. Very crisp and tart. The fruit isn't s noticeable in the taste as it is in the smell, however.

MF-crisp and thin, goes down easy

O-A good blonde ale. It smells fantastic (fruit and other spices) but those notes almost disappear when it comes to taste. Crisp and refreshing, drink very cold (IMO)

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Photo of AMG1971
2.06/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure why the ABV is reported as being 5.7, unless it's been changed. The bottle I purchased today (1/17/13) is marked 4.6. That's a significant difference, and should be noted by those who are reviewing current bottles.

This is my first review here, and was prompted by a desire to correct the ABV amount. This beer is innocuous and forgettable. Light-bodied, light-flavored, and if served cold would be even more lacking in flavor. I have mine at roughly 65 F. I thought at first it would be a good summer afternoon cookout beer, but now that I'm almost finished with it, I would instead say avoid and look elsewhere. There are far more satisfyingly "gluggable" beers for such occasions.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, pine, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight grass, citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, decent aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Beelzebier
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hard golden yellow with a head that quickly disappears
S: It smells a bit of lemons and barley grass
T: The taste slightly differs from on tap to the bottle, but in either case it tastes slightly of lemons with a subtle almost grassy taste
M: Medium level of carbonation, smooth but not the smoothest beer I have encountered.
O: I have mixed feelings on this beer overall. I would definitely consider it a good beer, however I would say I definitely prefer it on tap as opposed to bottled, still its worthy of a try and is one of the better beers produced by Red Brick.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is grainy with pale malts and some yeast and lemon notes.
Taste is typical with some lemon notes, breads grain and wheat. Certainly not very memorable and leans towards the wheat beer genre to retain drinkability. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Not a great member of the genre, certainly light though..

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Photo of rebel1771
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy blonde color with an absolutely massive head. This beer is way over carbonated.

S: Spicy hop aroma of citrus and a bit of pepper up front with a sweet malty aroma as well.

T: Dry malty flavor up front with a bit floral hop notes thrown in.

O: Overall not a bad brew. Maybe the six I picked up was a fluke but every bottle was way over carbonated. It took several minutes of pours a little into a glass and waiting for it to settle to get the entire bottle poured out.

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Photo of Bluegrassified
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, smooth, light. Would be good Summer beer. Very nice beer from southern brewery, brewed only for the south in Atlanta, GA. Being Georgia native, I am a little partial to this beer as well as others such as Terrapin. Fresh aroma. Color very light with nice white head. No unwanted bite in mouth and a pleasant after taste. 5.7% alc. as their slogan says, "Beer from around here." Definitely not ashamed to be from where this beer comes from!

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Photo of LBHops62
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Brick Blonde Ale is an overall pretty good blonde ale. It has a good initial taste to it and then evens out with a smooth finish. Red Brick Brewing Company is doing a great job at creating solid craft brews. Their beers have a lot of flavor and are truly enjoyable. I have enjoyed two or a few..

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Photo of Paincane
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into globe glass producing a cloudy, pale golden color with thin head that dissipated in a minute without much lacing.
S: Grainy, malty aroma
T: Grainy, citrus and malt
M: Light bodied as you would expect from a blonde. Moderate carbonation.
D: I expected more out of this beer. Perhaps, because as a Georgia resident I wanted it to be better than it was. Overall, it was a decent beer.

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Photo of Buckettt
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Gold with a thick, fluffy head and substantial lacing

S- Malty, yeasty, but generally a fairly weak nose

T- Malty, yeasty, slight caramel note

M- Clean, crisp, a very strong bite

O- Ok as a session beer, it's extremely drinkable, fairly simple palette that isn't overwhelming

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

Golden, clear and a really big, rocky, white head. Lots of lace.

The aroma is grainy with a hint of pear. The graininess is not like a light malt, but more like fresh hulled barley.

The flavor also has the same graininess that's in the nose, but there is also plenty more here. There is a nuttiness from the yeast and the hops are both earthy and herbal. The beer has a great medium body and the level of carbonation not only creates that great looking head but also tickles the tongue and brings out the flavors. Overall this is on the plus side of average for both the style and beers in general.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass... Straw-yellow color, almost transparent with some cloudiness to it. A thin white head that a minutes later only barely covered the surface.

The nose has a slight honey and dry hay smell. Not pronounced or particularly appealing.

The carbonation attacks the tongue.. but quickly lets up, still moderate throughout. The body is light. The taste is lacking taste. There is a slight malty flavor at first, quickly followed by an astringent bitterness. Not horrible, but...

Knowing that Blonds are not the most flavorful beers, this one was still a let down. Too carbonated and no identifying profile.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours lemonade-yellow with a finger of white head that dies quickly with okay lace for such a weak beer.

S: Lemon, bready malts, light berries, and some light spicing.

T: The taste is simply of citrus, bread, and light berry flavors. It is quite boring.

M: The body is pretty light with average carbonation.

O: This is okay and quaffable but I won't be going for it again anytime soon.

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Photo of TheBigE5
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to a sniffer.

A- Gold color and a little cloudy. Very clear carbonation.

S- Hay/Grain smell with a note of citrus, maybe lemon.

T- Clean and crisp. Bready up front with the citrus coming through in the end faintly.

M- Carbonation carbonation carbonation

D- I actually enjoyed this beer more than my description may show. I like blondes and i think this one is above average. Im also used to blondes being high ABV so its nice to have a 5.7% which helps its drinkability for me.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American blonde ale....i guess thats what we call cream ales now days!...

a golden very thin appearance...with very little head....and splotchy carbonation...

smells like the ale version of the American Lager...very light nose...and almost a creamy smell...

taste is smooth...with the lightest touch of creamy....

the feel is nice....creamy feel....and nice carbonation...

the drink ability is awesome!....great session beer...that goes down easy...nothing special...but it does have a great taste to sit down and drink a sixer of this

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Photo of chaz01
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Beer of the Month Club poured into a snifter glass.

A: Light pale yellow straw colored with with an average head that recedes to a collar around the glass.

S: Grains, wheat and hay, with a little lemony citrusy aroma.

T: More grains and grass and hay flavors. A bit on the sweet side, but tasty.

M: Light bodied, with average carbonation.

D: Light refreshing and very easy and smooth to drink. Not a whole lot of flavor going on, but a nice session beer, especially on a hot day with a grilled cheeseburger.

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Photo of LuthersLager
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While waiting to for a flight from Atlanta to Florida I wandered into a tavern carrying microbrews from the Atlanta Brewing Company. I opted for an American style Blonde Ale named the Red Brick Blonde. I believe that "Red Brick" is the name of the tavern owned by the Atlanta Brewing Company.

The Red Brick Blonde is an American Blonde done well. With so many macrobreweries (Molson, AB, etc.) destroying this genre of beer I appreciated Atlanta Brewing Company's attention to the beer. The color was golden as one might expect. However it has deeper and less translucent than many macrobrewery attempts, which I correctly assumed would lead to more flavor. The clarity of the beer was superb showing off each bubble of carbonation. The Red Brick Blonde had a mild scent of the grains used to brew this beer which raised my hopes for the taste of this beer. Sure enough this beer has a delightful flavor.

Red Brick Blonde is served cold and finshes crisp. The beer tingled my tounge and throat as it journeyed to my belly. The kind of tingle that make you reach for a second swig. The beer had a low level of hops bitterness and acidity. For those who brew their own beer it was similar to beers that use a hops with an alpha acid of around 4-5%.

I do recommend drinking the beer without food. I ordered a sandwich with my beer and found the beverage much more enjoyable without the food. The downsides of this beer include its head, which I though was on the weak side. This may be more of a confusion than a complaint but the beer was served ice cold which hid some of great flavor not realized until it warmed up a bit.

I did not find that my pallet desired to drink a second one right away. However I would definitely drink this beer again... just not in the same day.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap from the Atlanta Brewing Company

A: Clear yellow with finger width worth of head.

S: Nut and grain smell. Actually the smell doesn't give high expectations for this brew.

T: probably 50/50 on hops and malts tastes. The taste was not as complex as I usually feel blondes are.

M: Light and refreshing

D: A very drinkable brew at the bar or other social situations but that goes with most blondes.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks like that hot blonde college chick's hair, the one who sat in front of me in math class. Good.

S: Nice wave of floral hops blasts at first, followed by a nice touch of crackery malt. Notes of vanilla and honey in the background.

T: Malty mostly, with a decent hop presence. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Hints of that vanilla come through in the finish, along with a light floral taste in the finish. A little more bitter than I'd like, personally, but good blonde ale.

D: Scary good. I could pound a 6-er for sure.

Value: $8.99 a sixer. Good value.

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Photo of kgrober
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of my "box of bricks" sampler

Poured with better results than the brown and pale ale. Nice summery appearance with a golden ocre hue. 85/15 split beer to head with the head disappearing quickly.

The smell was light and crisp. Mild notes of malt and hops. Very drinkable, especially on a hot day.

I wasn't overly impressed, but it was the best of the bricks I drank.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep straw into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Offers a fleeting head and minimal lacing.

Nose is light and somewhat metallic in nature, rather thin.

Taste improves a bit but never gets going. Touch of bready texture but otherwise rather thin and flat. Carbonation settles out too quickly to a flat cider like offering. There's enough carbonation to lift the feel a bit but not make me seek another. Unimpressive, at best, and with no distinctive flavors.

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Photo of nickfl
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Some light, grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops.

T - Dry, husky malt up front with a little bit of corn flavor. Some spicy hops in the middle and a dry, grainy finish with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Not bad. There is really very little going on here, as expected of the style. The malt is a bit on the harsh side, but not so much so that it makes the beer hard to drink. Decent for what it is, but hardly something worth seeking out.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a straw yellow that is slightly hazy. Small head.

S - A fruity grain aroma, some honey.

T - Malty up front followed by a honey covered grain. The grain flavor is somewhat coarse. Finishes up watery and sweet. Aftertaste taste is an aspartame-like sweetness that coats the tongue. Also a slight metallic flavor.

This beer goes down extremely smooth and makes drinkability way high. Some interesting characters going on but nothing off-putting.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Clarity and good lacing is there. Taffy-like fruitiness, rough grain and some nutty yeast in the nose. Grainy flavor rides quick with the sharpness of the hop bitterness. Clean palate for the most part aside from the husky grain undertones. Hops are a little woody and herbal. Crusty bread and nutty yeast in the drying end.

Not half bad, a bit middle of the road though true to style. I could see knocking a few of these back while doing some bar sports; pool, dart, etc.

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Photo of taylocd
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into imperial pint from 12-ounce bottle

A - Very pale yellow gold; tiny amount of head, but respectable amount of lacing for blond ale

S - faint grain aroma

T - weak, though non-offensive, flavor

M/D - good texture, not nearly as carbonated as I expected, which is a good thing.

The Red Brick Blonde is decent hot-weather choice.

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Red Brick Blonde from Atlanta Brewing Company
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