Red Brick Pale Ale | Atlanta Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with GatorBeerNerd.

Pours a slightly hazy golden honey orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of minimal lacing left behind.

Slightly hoppy aroma with some earthy pine and citrus fruit character in the nose. Hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit along with a slightly toasted biscuit and caramel malt presence.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a surprisingly chewy mouthfeel and hop forward flavor. Pretty dry and hoppy up front with a very pleasant earthy bitterness that lingers throughout into a dry finish. Earthy pine notes as well as some sweet citrus character from the prominent hops balanced nicely by a sweet caramel/biscuit malt back bone that is slightly toasty and not overpowering.

I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was much hoppier than I expected and very well balanced. Recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Orange and clear in the body with a beautiful, foaming head that left lots of cool “volcano pits” on top of the liquid.

Smell – This one had a big, malty nose laden with lots of sugary caramel. The hops were there but in the background.

Taste – The hops came out bigger at the taste; they were citrusy and sharp like an orange peel. The malt from the nose for the most part found its way to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This APA was medium-bodied and finished quite dry.

Drinkability – This was huge and complex for a Pale Ale. I thought the flavors were a little awkward and could probably benefit from a bit of cellaring. Certainly a good ale though nevertheless.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Brick Pale Ale 5.6% alcohol, Red Brick Brewing Atlanta Georgia. Updated label on brown glass states 5.6%.

A- Pours a hazed orange fluid that produces a quarter inch white head that falls to a froth leaving decent lacing.

S- Mildly citrus hops, some grass. Carmel malts make a small appearance in the nose with light yeasty notes as well.

T-M- Taste is fresh in nature with a light grassy hop bite and slightly sweet malts followed by a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is astringent with a tingle on the tongue and yeasty feel.

D- Drinkable beer but i'd like to try it on tap freshly made.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, new packaging and all of the brewery now.

Lacing sticks very well on the glass, slightly hazed golden amber color. Lightly citric but more floral with malty toasted grain, nutty yeast and a apricot fruitiness in the nose. Smooth and crisp and perhaps a little creamy, medium body. Very balanced, hops wield a hefty bitterness but the malt weighs in with complex bready and biscuity flavors. Nutty chalky yeast and some fruitiness in the middle. Grainy and a touch of citric zest in the semi-dry finish.

Solid and true to style. Drinkable? yes ... not much else you can ask for. Good drinking.

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Photo of nasa60
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sobertso
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of glid02
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a good sized white head that sticks around for a while.

Doesn't smell like much at all - just a little bitterness.

The taste is nothing special - the bitterness is most prevalent. Not very much complexity, but very good if you like bitter.

The mouthfeel is average, could be a little thicker.

The drinkability is alright, the lack of other flavors bring it down a notch

This is a decent session beer, since it's around the area and relatively cheap I'll probably buy it again - it doesn't hurt that I like bitter beers. If this beer cost any more I'd say don't try it, but because it's so cheap it's worth a shot.

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Photo of DarrellK
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The American Style Pale Ale pours to a nice white head in an English pint glass. The aroma is almost non-existant and the color is a slightly cloudy golden.

The mouth is at or below average for a pale ale and the finish is also a bit weak, with a bit of dry hoppiness.

It's a lot over priced and at best considered a reasonable session brew but there are many much better American Ales out there and not as pricey.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American Pint glass)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy orange body with a thick film of bubbly beige. There is a sea of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The soft toasted pale malt aroma with a biscuit hint and a piney pungent hop finish.
T- This beer has a soft biscuit malt note with a light toasted note and a buttery flavor to follow. The big pungent hop finish. When hop fatigue sets in more of the malt flavor comes through with the hops in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that fills out the finish.
D- This beer has a nice grain bill with some nice complexity but covered by the hops that really overpower it and the butter flavor is a bit odd.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a brown/olive bottle with no best by date. The beer pours a cloudy cinnamon orange with a poor head. The color looks ok but the head could use some improvement... that's what she said.

The smell is slightly malty but subdued with an estery touch. Slightly fruity hop profile with a light earthy note. Nothing great here, it's a step above average.

The taste is clean and clear. There is a slight malt and a weak hop bitterness but there isn't much else. There just isn't much in the flavor department. Nothing bad there just nothing much to describe.

Now just because a beer has no flavor doesn't mean it isn't nice to drink. Yeah it's kind of bland but it's got some nice carbonation that works well with the lighter body and the little bitterness that is there. Quite enjoyable in the long run.

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Photo of degerbah
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured a lot of white head that is staying thick and spidering as I watch it settle down. Beer is about average for a pale ale. darker than a bmc, but still a relatively pale yellow color. I'm surprised at the intense cxarbonation of the beer, it is still showing an intense amount of head in my pub glass considering it hasn't been mishandled in the last few weeks.

Very good flavor. Compares well to a SNPA in my opinion in that it definitely has a noticeable hop flavor, but it doesn;t effect the overall drinkability that some of the DIPAs have.

The over-carbonation is really a problem with the beer, but I'm trying no tto rate it on that. The hops are overall a litter harsh for an APA without a ton of alcohol content which I personally consider a downgrade.

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Photo of lcdawg
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice floral aroma, pale golden appearance - standard bearer for an APA. There's a slightly citrusy taste, along with mildly bitter hops and the faintest hint of malt. Nice tangy mouthfeel. I pick up a strangely smoky undertone to the aftertaste, which is surprising but not bad. Definitely a change of pace and worth a try.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a very nice golden amber color with a large off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. 

S- The aroma is some pale malts along with floral and citric hops. 

T- The taste is pretty good. Starts out with some malt and finishes with a nice bite from the citrusy hops creating a nice lingering bitterness. It is just about everything I want in a Pale Ale.

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

D- Overall, this was a pretty tasty Pale Ale that is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Southernbrew
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color, nice head.

Nice crisp hops with definite citrus notes, smells nice but not particularly strong.

Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Moderate hops feel, with slight citrus notes. Nothing really stands out in the flavor.

This is an OK beer that is worth trying but nothing I would rush out to get. Nothing bad though.

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Photo of beveritt
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is simple, with street signs showing "PEACHTREE" and "PALE ALE." I picked this up on a recent trip to Atlanta. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly, still maintaining nearly 1 finger of foam. Very good lacing coverage as I drink. The beer itself is golden with a slight orange hue. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Fruity hop aroma, strong tones of grapefruit and citrus. Undertones of apricot.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel malt; biscuity with hints of butterscotch. Fruity undertones of cherry and apricot. Medium hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Really a nice example of a pale ale. Definitely above average.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This one is a transparent amber/brown. No cloudiness at all. Head is minimal, but white-off white. Does not linger after initial pour.

S- Smell is sour and bitter. Hops are somewhat standoutish.

T- Taste is bitter and kind of sour as the smell is. Not a good bitterness though.

M- Low carbonation (low volume in keg maybe?) and no real feel to the mouth.

D- Nothing good really about this beer, but it is not that bad either. Better than bud light or equiv. but IMO not a good beer. I have had much better from the "other" GA boys..

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Photo of maleman
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - nice thick, creamy 2-3 finger head with good retention that settled into a nice cap. it poured an orange/amber color and was opaque with haze. nice even lacing all the way down.

S - some hops, some citrus...maybe grapefruit

T - first taste was a big wallop of citrus! then i tasted some resin, but the hops never really came through.

M - nice feel. above average carbonation, not watery at all. had a bitter citrus finish that lingered in the back of the mouth.

D - Not a bad beer in the least. It was my first Red Brick offering and I found it fairly light and refreshing. Not really a session beer IMO, but one I'd have again.

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Photo of Will_The_Thrill
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Thur123
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle into a pint glass

a- ok looking bottle, a little drab. Beer color is a copper rust color and the fizz seems to be swirling as it rises. a nice inch of head that fades slowly, leaving little if any lacing.

s- hops, a bitter kind of smell. seems balanced and nothing special seems to jump out at me. so far, so standard.

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t - in front there is a big impact of hops flavor that dominates. fades into a balanced maltier taste while still retaining alot of the hops. the hops linger for quite some time, with grapefriuty kind of tartness and floral notes.

m- the carbonation on this is perfect and delivers the flavors all over. good texture.

a bit on the strong side of the hoppy flavor for me but still a very good beer that offers alot, if not in the way i usually like in this style.

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Photo of fattyre
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy(chill haze) moderately dark slightly yellowish orange color with a dissipating slightly clingy off white head. The aroma was full malt with earthy, citrusy hops. The flavor was very,very mild maltiness with a disapointingly unasertive bitterness. This is one of those beers that leads you on with the smell only to dissapoint you with the flavor. If only the aroma translated to the flavor...

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Red Brick Pale Ale from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 126 ratings