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Red Brick Blonde | Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick BlondeRed Brick Blonde

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 150
Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a whitish-gold color with a very thin head into my pint glass.

Aroma is light with a decent amount of breadiness upfront. Some hop bitterness shows as well.

Taste is light with a light breadiness and light hop bitterness to it. A bit chewy as well.

Mouthfeel is full of breadiness and light hop bitterness. Nice.

A tasty blonde ale that is light and easy to drink. A good example of a style that has the right amount of drinkability.

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Photo of jvlpdillon
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this all summer long. If more beers could be like this.

There are flavors similar to better Belgian Blonde ales. You can taste the coriander and orange peel. This is much lighter version of the style.

I would take this to a bar-b-que and enjoy all night.

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Photo of TheBigE5
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
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 superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug. Color was bright, bright, clear yellow with tons of bubbles rising to the top to form a foamy white head that retained throughout the entirety of the brew.

Smell was of sweet grain, with a tiny hint of grassy hop aroma thrown into the mix.

Body was medium-full, with just the right amount of carbonation. At fridge temp, the flavor hit with plenty of sweet malt up front, followed by a metallic hit in the middle and a crisp, dry finish. As the brew warmed slightly to about 50 degrees F, the metallic middle was replaced with a nice combination of bready malt and hoppy bitterness that melded to form a perfectly balanced brew. As the beer warmed further, some skunky flavors began to form in that same middle, forcing me to down the little that remained in the glass.

This beer, when served at a few degrees above fridge temp, is an outstanding brew that could (and should) easily replace bland macro lagers for downing pleasure. Not too many breweries exist within this state, but this brew from ABC makes me a little more proud to be a Georgian.

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Photo of Mardukk
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a nicely retained white head and some lacing.

A light lemony hop smell all that I can detect.

It has a citrus hop taste with a different mineral taste quality. Actually the more I drink of it the more lemon/citrus I taste with some malt to balance out the bitterness. Leaves slight sour aftertaste.

A medium to high carbonation with a medium to light body. This is one of the nice sessionable beers that have some flavor mixed in the with the smoothness.

I'm pretty impressed with this beer. As someone who likes lighter ales/lagers less than 6% abv, this is a nice one that doesn't kill you with hops or sweet corn overload...great summertime beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a clear straw color and a foamy white head retention -- pretty typical of Blondes. Aromas show a combination of malty / grainy lightness with a bold lemon, apple estery scent. Flavor surprise a bit with a wholesome pilsner malt sweetness, though remaining light. Yeasty esters of spicy fruits with a complex hop addition. The hops don't dominate the brew, but contribute a grapefruit, orange peel, and lemony character, while allowing some maltiness to rise. Of course it's going to get a bit grain flavored and textured, but these characteristics remain light and let the maltiness come through with a light, but richly textured feel. Finishes with a blend of malt, fruit, grain, and hops. One of the better Blondes that I've ever had. At a late look, the brew holds together well, showing a thin retention and moderate lacing.

Chihuahua test: Cuervo gives it a 3.5

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle served right out of the fridge, so a nice chilled 40-45 degrees, and poured into a footed prima pils glass. I picked this one up down in Atlanta the last time I was through town, before it was available in South Carolina, and this bottle has been in the fridge for a couple months now waiting for me.

A - Poured a very bright, and very light golden yellow. Very clear as well with lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass. Chains of bubbles stretching from the bottom all the way through and reaching the surface to replenish the ample amount of foam sitting on top. A huge four finger high head of lace formed on the top with lots of fizzy and bubbling carbonation rippling through it. It settled down after a few minutes to a nice one-inch high layer across the top that pretty much stayed with it though out the remainder of session. Decent enough side glass lace was present during the beginning of the session, but tended to tail off toward the end. Overall pretty classic look for a blonde ale and it was decent enough, albeit a little light, and slightly tilted toward the hey color of the spectrum.

S - The aroma was light, as you would expect given the style, but if you gave it a few minutes to warm up it became remarkably complex for such a light ale. The first notes coming through were of the grain and bready like tones, cereal grains, which were present right away in front of you, were now taking center stage. Soon though some subtle hints would start to come out as well. A nice subtle touch of Banana was apparent, as was the slightest little bit of a hop note. It was hard to discern what kind as it was very subtle, but I would guess a little citrus or fresh grass flavor, not very heavy and just more of background lightness then anything else. Some light yeast tones in there as well, probably were the Banana notes were coming from. Overall pretty classic for the style and a nice bit overall.

T - The flavor followed the aroma almost perfectly. Really being a very ale, very crisp, very clean, very refreshing, with nothing being heavy or filling about this one at all. Predictably, the first flavor that came through was the grain notes that were so prevalent in the aroma, but quickly these faded, or rather mingles in with some light fruit notes, some yeast showing their muscle. Giving me hints of Banana, some light lemon almost, very nice with a little bit of a kick. The kick probably coming from a little bit of the hops that were poking their head around in there. Light grass now mixing in. There was a definite earthy quality to the whole thing, really becoming quite clean and complex at the same time. To be honest one of the better I have had in the style, a style to which I am not the biggest fan of, however this was very good.

M - The feel was proto-typical of what you would expect coming out of the Blond ale. Just a very very light, very crisp, very clean feeling, which really is the hallmark here. The carbonation profile was huge, with almost an effervescent like quality to it. The finish was quick, not really letting anything linger for a long time and cutting off the flavor after just a few seconds.

D - I could have downed a keg of this one to be honest with you. It was just that good. I would have loved to have had more of it, but I only had the one. It was just so refreshing, so crisp and clean that it was almost the perfect session ale for a hot day. I would definitely go for more.

Overall I thought this was very good. As I said I am not the biggest fan of the style, it being just a touch light for me, however this has some complexity to it, some more flavor then I would typically see in this that made me want to go out and hunt some more down. I would say if you are out on a hot day, this would be the way to go, hands down. If you like the style I would definitely go and search this one out.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big bleach white sudsy head. It fades quickly but leaves some lacing. The beer is, well, blonde. Perfectly clear, light yellow with some effervescence.

S- Very floral. There is a slight hint of lemon and light malts. Some what weak, but pretty appealing.

T- A nice bite of lemony hops right up front. The middle becomes malty sweet just enough to balance it out. The finish is a bit watery but some zesty hops stick around a tad.

M- Prickly carbonation, smooth, light body and dry finish. This is crisp, clean and refreshing.

D- Finishes very clean and goes down with out a fuss. This is totally a sessionable beer.

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Photo of Bluegrassified
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 whiplash3825
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a "Box of Bricks" mix-pack. No date to be found.

Pours a very pale straw color, slightly cloudy, with a huge rocky four-finger head. Even with a careful pour it took two tries to get it into the glass!

Smells grassy and grainy, along with sweet malts and just a hint of noble hops.

Taste is sweet and fruity malt initially followed by a bitter-sour, with a nice dry finish that begs another sip. Peppery. Seems simple at first, but there's a lot of very complimentary flavors going on here. Light, but at the same time flavorful.

Nice creamy mouthfeel... silky but doesn't seem to be overly filling.

Seems to be about the perfect summer brew! Maybe even better than my usual hefeweizen as far as beating the heat and going down super-easy.

My first American Blonde Ale, so I can't attest to how well it keeps to the style, but it's really good nonetheless. Terribly refreshing!

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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 nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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...so 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 Mavajo
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a voluminous white head and minimal/no lacing. Nose is wheaty with a hint of citrus. Taste follows suit - wheat, lemon/citrus. Thin bodied and generous carbonation. Not an overly complicated beer, but generally enjoyable. Fairly drinkable, but the high carbonation could start to take a toll.

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Photo of epicness
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow with a nice pure white head that clings to the side of the glass nicely. Based on the head, the beer has a thick look to it. Definitely not a watery head, it's got some substance to it.

S - Surprisingly it has a very grainy smell to it, with some faint lemon hops. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it also smells kind of musky, like wet grass.

T - Grassy hops dominate the taste. Something I definitely didn't expect at all. Normally I don't like hoppy beers, but this has a good taste to go along with the hops. I thought it would have a lemon taste to it based on the scent, but it doesn't which kind of disappointed me. Pretty dry finish on this beer. To sum it up, grainy with a grassy hop taste that gives away to a dry finish that lacks any real aftertaste. It comes and goes quickly.

M - Low to medium bodied with also low carbonation. Pretty light and refreshing beer.

D - I don't have a huge problem with the flavor and this beer goes down very easy. It's definitely got a very nice drinkability based on taste, and pair that with a rather low ABV (5.2) and you have yourself a pretty good sessionable beer.

Grade - Two Thumbs up for this beer. No real complaints from me. I wish it had a little more complex taste to it. Something tells me most blonde ales don't taste like this though, so I'll have to try a different one soon.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A BOTMC club offering, label is full of snibbling trash talk, I guess they have a short memory or something. Hope the beer is better than the trash talk, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a hoppy sweet malt smell. Pouring into pint glass yields a golden colour with a two-finger medium bubble head. On the taste this is a simple yet tasty brew. Nice hoppiness up front that then goes to a grape like malty flavor with diminishing bitterness. The finish is dry and clean with only a hint of bitterness. A very refreshing brew especially for the southern heat. Its a weener!

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Photo of aracauna
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This actually isn’t a bad beer. Of course it’s never going to rate highly here. Light-bodied, light-colored beers don’t stand a chance around here. But it is really pretty good for what it is. The appearance really isn’t very promising. The pale gold body really would make it hard to differentiate this from a macro lager. The aroma also plays some tricks on the mind. If you gave this to me in a blind taste test I never would have guessed it was a blonde ale like the label claims. I would have pegged it as a really fresh sample of some Bohemian pilsner or one of the better, but less aggressive American takes on the style. The hops aren’t huge in this, but do stand up beneath the firm, dry straw/hay maltiness. Another example of ABC becoming a much better brewery than it once was and becoming a source of some solid session beers.

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Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a little light for my general taste, but it is an enjoyable beer on these hot summer days. It is a golden, pilsner style brew.

It's pleasant on the nose with some hints of fruit. It is nice texture with a slightly bitter finish.

Enjoy! -T

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Photo of chaz01
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 LBHops62
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
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 yesferro
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all: Welcome to MS Red Brick Brewing!

Picked this up in a mix your own 6er at Kroger Tupelo, first time I've seen the blonde around here, the Laughing skull seems to be easier to get, probably due to the packaging, for shame!

Almost clear yellow, not hazy as I somehow expected. Very nice head that resulted in some nice lacing. Pretty! This beer is alive!

Not impressed by the smell, faint lemon smell, not much there.

Very crisp brew, very refreshing with hints of lemon, some bitterness at the back of the tongue and a very faint taste of malts right there at the end too.

Very drinkable brew, I will buy more of this this summer.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with a necktag crowing something about a 2007 GABF something gold medal status, blah, blah, discarded, beer poured into a tulip yields a sparkling pale blonde body capped with a fluffy three fingers of soft, bright-white foam that recedes in a soapy bubble-popping fest, leaving a bit of patchy lacing.

Smells a little dry malty with earthy tones and a dash of black pepper.

Taste is fruity and lightly-toasted malty with a creamy, wit-style feel, tangy lemon peel, juicy pear juice, some hot pepper, and a nice, big-time dry finish. Nice spicy little hop bite, with a touch of astringent bitterness.

Nice and smooth; quite juicy with a creamy drink that finishes dry and clean. Excellent drinkability and really refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of this to drink after work not for substance really, but this actually had some subtle nuances.Poured a clear light blond with a large white crown atop that settled pretty slowly,aromas are toasty with a hint of citrus...almost lager-like.Flavors are firmly toasty with light caramel sweetness,a light herbal/citric smack comes thru in the finish.Suprisingly full bodied and it went down easy,couldnt ask for much for from the style.

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Photo of awester462
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to the brewery itself to try this one out.

The color was actually a little bit darker than i would expect from a blonde. Looked delicious though.

Couldn't get much scent.

The taste was very very good. Maybe the best blonde I have had.

I had 2 of these and would definately have more.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beveritt for passing one of these along to sample.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Straw/yellow with a bit of a haze. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Slightly herbal, earthy metallic presence, and a bit of lemon zest.

T- Citrusy /lemony, and a bit grainy and wheaty. A bit of earthy, metallic-tinged bitterness.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Medium-light feel, and fairly crisp.

D- Pretty good. Flavors are pleasant, if unspectacular. Easy drinker, moderately low ABV, and fairly sessionable.

Future outlook: All in all, pretty decent drink...not available here, and not one to really be sought out, so unless I'm down south, it's doubtful that I'll try it again.

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