Red Brick Blonde | Red Brick Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
150
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
19.48%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice little hoppy blonde, with sessionable ABV. Pours with some foam. The malt was in the aroma, and the pleasant surprise was in the hoppiness. Smooth and average mouthfeel. Average carbonation feels like more.On the drying side in the aftertaste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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 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 nickfl
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Massively bubbled honey with two fingers of liquid and seven fingers of pearl colored froth. The carbonation can only be described as Champagnesque. At least the huge head is sticky enough to paint the glass with some pretty good looking lace. In the end, the foamy residue appears as fuzzy chunks of foam rather than lace.

The nose isn't too shabby, considering. It's pale malty with a whiff of musky, grassy hops that probably have German origins. Beyond that it's hard to say, although blonde ales tend not to be very distinctive when it comes to aroma.

Even though ABC RBB is more fizzy than is optimal, the flavor seems to have come through relatively unscathed. On second and third sips... maybe not. All that CO2 gives the beer a bitterness and a metallic quality that takes my enjoyment down a peg or two.

The malt bill is probably pale with a hint of something slightly toasted. The hops are earthy-herbal-grassy and still bring Europe to mind rather than America. It makes no sense to comment on sweet-bitter balance in an overbubbled beer.

It's disappointing that I'm now into the bottom half of the bottle and the mouthfeel still hasn't settled down. At the moment, at least, the beer is too light (but then a barrage of bubbles will tend to do that). Burps are coming fast and furious.

It's hard to get a firm handle on Red Brick Blonde given the circumstances. It might be a pretty decent version of the style, but the brewery's failure to properly carbonate this bottle doesn't allow me appreciate potential, just reality.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden body with a foamy, sudsy white head. Lightly bubbly.

Smell: Fine floral aroma with a touch of graininess and a tiny spritz of lemon.

Taste: Only a faint maltiness presents itself as the bulk of the flavor is made up of floral bitterness and a taste of lemon. Light spiciness. Semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid blonde ale. Congratulations to Atlanta Brewing Company for recently taking the gold at the GABF for the Golden/Blonde Ale category.

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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 Jason
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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 billab914
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear, pale golden, straw color. It started with a very thin bright white head to it that left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a grainy and lemony zesty flavor to it with just a hint of some grassy hops. Like the nose, the taste has grainy sweetness to it with some citrusy lemon zest coming through. A hint of some toasty malt comes through as well. The finish has a moderate bitterness to it that lingers.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is decent, it's light and refreshing and went down pretty easy on this hot day. It wasn't anything outstanding but wasn't bad either. Pretty average overall.

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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 Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Atlanta earlier this year.

This was a gusher, with about a quarter of the beer flying out and onto the table when it was opened. After getting the beer poured into the glass, the beer poured a hazy yellow color with a huge white head.

The beer smells of wheat malt, with a little bit of lemon. The taste follows the smell, with a slight hop bitterness at the end.

Even with the ridiculous amount of carbonation, this was a good beer. Not the best, but nothing to be disappointed about.

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Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with GatorBeerNerd. Thanks again man!

Pours a very slightly hazy dark golden yellow color with golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic sheets of lacing left behind.

Crisp slightly spicy aroma with faint hints of pepper and coriander. Subtle light fruit notes in the nose, mostly apple and pear. Also, jut a touch of earthy hops. Overall, this beer smells pretty bland. Let's hope the flavor steps it up a notch.

Surprisingly full bodied for the style with some soft carbonation up front that fades into a sweet estery presence which is balanced by an odd malt backbone and a ry spicy finish. Hints of pepper and coriander along with apple, pear and subtle earthy hops. There's not much of an alcohol bite, which I expect and love from this style. Overall, this is a "watered down" version of a Belgian classic that doesn't quite live up to expectations.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is grainy malt and hay with just a touch of hops.

T- The taste starts out with some grain and finishes with a quick bite from the hops. Not bad, it's got a good amount of flavor for a Blonde Ale.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This would be a great session ale. It is light bodied and easily consumed with a nice amount of flavor. This beer would be a fine tailgating beer! Recommended!

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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 ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to a trade with Ding. Nice golden yellow color, white suds about one centimeter thick. It smells like dirt with a hint of honey. The taste has more honey character and is an easy quaffer. Apparently this was a Gold medal winner at GABF back in 2007 and it is quite easy to drink but I find nothing special or exceptional about it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
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 atsprings
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a decent frothy cream colored head that diminishes to a ring and leaves a slight amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is candied malts and a hint of spice. The taste is a somewhat decent balance of sweet fruity malts with a hint of caramel and subdued citrus malts. The beer is crisp and light with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a decent beer at best, just not likely something I'd pay for again.

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Photo of armock
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is so faint that I can't smell much of anything

T - Not much going on here either I got some hope taste

M - Theres medium carbonation in this beer

D - Well its like drinking a better tasting macro nothing really made an impact on me while drinking this

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Photo of HalfFull
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
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 farrago
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, super whipped up pure white head, looks like a snow bank in the glass, thin streaks of lacing, head retention very good. Pale orange to darker yellow in color, not completely transparent and uses what hue it has to maximal effect. Soft, floating quality to the nose, biscuit, croissant and without any sourdough elements, tame hoppiness, maybe a wedge of two of lemon, sweet without any distinct or definable reason why. In the mouth it's light bodied, sacrifices some crispness to fill out the mouth in a more rounded fashion. Smooth to the point of almost being slick, the hops are driven by grain, wheat and an edge of lemon. The carbonation actually starts out at the right level but as the body falls off, becomes a bit much. I can see the metallic thing some people mention but I think it's more meant to give it more "beer" character. Crafted for maximal drinkability. [Note: Even brewery website does not provide ABV information, bogus dude.]

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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 rajendra82
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden pale appearance is a shade darker than a macro lager, but not quite up to Pale Ale color. The head was thin, but laden with lace. The smell was hoppy, and would have been quite attractive, but a tinge of cooked corn spoiled it. The taste was sweeter than I was expecting, with a corn syrup like quality. The hops were in there, but not enough to offset the sweetness. Clearly targeted at converting a macro drinking public, I can’t fault it for its simplicity. A good beer for outdoor hot weather activities, where a high ABV and complex flavor profile would overwhelm the senses..

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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 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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