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 farrago
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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 ncvbc
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice golden color with a slight haze. Fluffy white head with good retention and good carbonation. Slowly falls to a ring and leaves spots of lacing. Pretty good smell which is light but also pretty solid. Sweet malt, grain, a touch of hops. Light lemon zest and a little peppery. The taste is much of the same. Candy like malts and still a decent hop presence. The downfall is an odd, buttery like flavor that lingers in the background and almost says vanilla at times. Also a random sour sip at times. Mouthfeel is nice and light, somewhat sweet up front with a small crisp ending, though a tad thin and watery. Not so drinkable for such a light, supposed to be drinkable beer. One I don't see myself drinking again.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 jvlpdillon
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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 superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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 cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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 atsprings
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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 AlexJ
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear blonde in color with am amazing head of pure white fluff that retains and laced nicely. THis almost looks like Duvel with it's rocky top and craggy peaks.

THe nose is very subtle, some light malt graininess, lemony tartness, and grassy hops.

Flavor is equally unremarkeble. General "beer" flavor with a slightly metallic/sour astringancy.

Body is crisp and creamy. OVerall very average.

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

Pale yellow in color, with a fluffy white head that just keeps coming and coming. I had to pour this one slowly. Smells lightly of malt, and tastes of bitter malt and some breadiness. Very bitter aftertaste. A littel too much carbonation for my tastes--the bubbles just kept coming like there was no tomorrow. Not a bad beer at all, but nothing too special.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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 armock
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 GPHarris
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - pours a two-fingers thick pillowy white head into a tumbler. body is clear and golden and very bubbly from carbonation. good head retention and sheeting throughout.
s - very hard to discern a lot of aroma from this but i'm getting some grain and lemons.
t - grapefruit and other citrus flavors.
m - bubbly and slightly thin.
d - doesn't leave me craving more but could be enjoyable on a hot southern day. it does go down easily and is a nice session beer.

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Photo of awester462
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +17%
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 JMH_
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While it's far from incredible, this one is actually enjoyable and flavourful.

It pours a decent light golden colour with a mild head that leaves a bit of a mark on the glass, but not much.

The aroma is a bit sweet, a touch chalky and mildly hoppy as well. Not bad.

Flavour is basically more of the same however a bit smoother/creamier. Hops are minimal but do come out here and there amongst the sweetness and grassiness of the brew. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nothing overly concerning.

This is definitely an easy drinking brew that I would expect to be quite popular in the South in the warm summer months. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up again if I'm in the area, but I at least know its a solid brew if I see it on tap again.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a pale golden yellow with a white frothy head that holds nicely and laces nicely. The smell is slightly buttery with some maltiness The taste is mostly malts, also slightly buttery with a very faint taste of hops coming in at the end. The mouthfeel is nicely thick with good carbonation. Overall, I would have to say average on drinkability. I do not think that I am overly fond of this style.

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

I live in atlanta so I was able to pick this right up from a local package store.

Pours a light yellow with a white head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin film. A small amount of carbonation remains after the pour and stays throughout consumption.

Taste is very light and dry. Hints of citrus and corn, maybe even a touch of lime. A little on the sour side.

Goes down really easy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Aftertaste does not last long at all. Very non-abrasive.

Overall a pretty good beer. Seems more like a spring/summer type brew.

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Photo of walleye
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks goes to TheBeerCellar2 in a trade .from the bottle, poured a pale hazey yellow, with a white head, that didn’t last very long and left no lacing. aroma yeast, sour, grainy, touch of lemon. flavor, yeasty, citrus, sweet, some hops. was easy drinking.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hits the glass VERY pale yellow, with a big fluffy white three finger head that really holds on. (Mmmm....marshmallow fluff...D'OH!) SLIGHT haze there...

The smell is light, spicy, and a bit yeasty. There's a little lemon there.

Imagine a creamier BMC. Therein lies the flavour. It's a little more complex and spicier, but still has that basic flavour.

Mouthfeel is rather dry, with a healthy but not overbearing carbonation. Liquid is below medium.

Nice and drinkable, but not complex or demanding. It'd be a good session beer, if you weren't out for something really captivating.

Be well

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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 +10.2%
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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