#'s Ale | Red Brick Brewing Company

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#'s Ale#'s Ale

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 11-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= Straw yellow a little bit of head, that's about it.

S= Smells clean and crisp a little "earthy"

T= Is simillar to the nose very clean and crisp.

M= Right amount of Carbonation, light bodied

D= Really drinkable goes down smooth would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of britzdog
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a head of fluffy white foam. The body is clear. The foam settlesd leaving a decent lace.

A light aroma of malt with hops and fruity pear. Sweet malty taste Some hoppyness in the malt. Finishes ok. A little to much carbonation for my palate, but it is drinkable. Not to impressed with this offering from this brewer .

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque golden/orange color with a nice head and ample lacing. Smell is pleasant, more yeasty or bready than I expected. Less hoopy than I expected. The taste belies the smell with plenty of flavor, mostly floral and mildly bitter. A delicious pale malty flavor makes this a balanced and very flavorful beer. Medium carbonation that goes down easy. A very well done bitter. "Hometown Beer's a Hit"

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a huge, three finger head of fluffy white foam. The body is perfectly clear and golden. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A light aroma of bready malt with some musty hops and fruity yeast notes of red apple and pear.

T - Sweet malt up front with a light fruit note, red apple and plum. Some earthy hops in the middle with more bready malt. Finishes with a nice combination of fruity yeast and earthy hops along with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a pretty nice ESB. The malt and hops are appropriate and well balanced with a nice yeast character. The color is a bit lighter than I would normally expect for the style and the carbonation is way too high, being excessive to the point that is makes it hard to enjoy the subtle flavors of the beer. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable brew and better than most of the beers that I have encountered from this brewery.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours golden orange, clear but not - ever so hazy, capped with a tight white foam head

S: Resin note, sweet malt

T: Piney hops, very full flavor, touch of light malt and grass

M: Light bodied, tongue stimulating, refreshing

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's nice to see a well made English Pale that is highly drinkable and non-offensive to anyone.

A medium golden, light copper color beer pours with a froathy off-white head that lasts the session and laces very well. A mild dry-hopped haze shows through the light.

Spicy and earthy hops shine through a well-attenuated caramel scent. Graham crackers and light apples and pears give a light estery aroma. Not overly complex or attention-getting, just nice and simple.

Flavors pick up with the crisp caramel, biscuity taste but low on sweetness. Attenuated well to allow the hop flavor of pine, spice, and light floral notes to gain precedence. A bit minerally, which accentuates a grain husk flavor- perhaps this hurts the finish a bit.

Medium mouthfeel is quickly fleeting into a dry, spicy finish with a hint of mint and alcohol. The beer acheives great attenuation and largely avoids thinning, graininess, and heat.

A highly drinkable beer, done the right way. This beer is effortless and a joy to drink. Thanks Ding.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with mild to light carbonation visible. A light white head that left lacing on my glass.

Smell of a weak citrus fruity aroma and pale malts. Not a whole lot else.

Taste of bitterness. Not specifically grapefruit or citrus bitterness, but just bitter. Not overly bitter, but definitely bitter. There is some fruit flavor in the beer as well, similar to a weakened juicy fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel pretty light, some would say watery. From what I gather this is a lower abv, but none listed on Beer advocate to help me out. Also cannot find a freshness dating or ABV on the label. I do however know that it won the Bronze award at the 2008 Beer World Cup for Bitters.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of orange with strands of tiny bubbles supporting a huge head that is rocky and last and last.
S- The slightly sweet slightly musty aroma of raw grain is followed by a full green hop bitterness in the finish. There is a faint orange quality that comes through when the beer is pretty warm.
T- The softer malt flavors are similar to the aroma with some more biscuit malt flavors coming out. The malt bill start to take on more fruity esters and pale malt flavor as it opens up. The finish has a big pungency to the hop bite and that pungent bite lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a full fizz prick on the tongue.
D- This beer has a dry raw grain flavor that is a bit to dry and everything is dominated by the big hop bitterness.

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Photo of cavedave
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to mrandypandy for another Southern gem!

It pours a hazy gold with a one finger head of nearly white. The head relaxes to a skim, and finally just a few floating islets.

Not a strong smell, but quite tasty, very light pale malt and floral/bitter. Along the way to room temp. the yeasty aspects join the bouquet, and it gets even better.

Very full flavor, even for the style, nice, starting with some caramel, bread, and neutral sweet that hooks into some earthy bitter and rides to a clean, semi-juicy, semi-dry finish. Like a good English version there are a lot of underflavors in there, hard to pin down, but which add to the taste in a wonderful way. Tart aspects, and even some fruity aspects, appear as the beer warms, and the bitter of the finish becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is where this beer falls down. It is tastefully low carb. but maybe a bit too low carb., it is viscous to give the hop aspects some stay power, but maybe just a bit too oily for the style. A very good beer could be even better here.

Drinkability is good, I could picture drinking a few of these.

Impression: Yet another fine beer I won't get again without a long road trip

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Photo of mullenite
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware - Shaker Pint

Appearance - Clear golden in color with no real head to speak of. There was a small white cap of a head after the pour that settled in to a thinner cap but I wouldn't call it a head. Some light lacing on the glass.

Nose - A little bit of green apple on top of some light biscuit malt. There really isn't too much more to it. I'm beginning to become disappointed.

Taste - Nice spicy, herbal hops with a very faint bitterness on the back of the tongue. The rest of the taste is about the same as the nose but it is covered nicely by the hop taste and bitterness and is really a background note that isn't all that offensive.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of a light body... or the lighter side of a medium body. Whatever.

Overall - I'm a little disappointed but I'm glad to have tried this. It doesn't taste bad and I will probably buy it again in the future to give another batch a shot.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was at least nine months old at the time of the review.

Pours dark yellow with little to no white head. There is hardly any aroma, with some malt being present. The flavor is different than expected, with lots of caramel malt and possibly even some chocolate. There is some hop presence, but it has probably faded over time. Medium mouthfeel and lower carbonation. Even though this is an old beer, I still really enjoyed it even though it is probably not as the brewer intended.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Almost clear, golden orange, nice big shaving cream head, foamy with good lace blotches

S: Sort of resiny, skunky hops, hints of a malt backbone, kind of strange aroma

T: Nice building hop bitterness that doesn't seem to stop, it builds but the flavor doesn't seem to develop the bitterness just increases, it doesn't help that no malt backs it up in the taste, leaves texture in the mouth afterward

M: Good, about what I would expect, has body but doesn't get in the way

D: If there was more balance it would be higher

Notes: I really like bitters. I especially like all the hop presence balanced out by the malt backbone usually. This one however doesn't really have a malt backbone in terms of flavor. I would definitely like to see some more malt and also more hop flavor instead of just the high bitterness.

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Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at TAP in Atlanta. Served in a standard pint, the beer is gold/bronze with a huge fluffy off-white head with clingy lacing.

The nose is of bready malts and light caramel nose. Some floral based hops.

Taste is mildly bitter with grains, toasted bagel and some light brown sugar. Turns earthy late.

Mouth is slightly thin but the carbonation is perfect. Easy drinker that went well with the tasty food at TAP.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Short lasting white head gives way to straw golden ale with an aroma of...not hops? Not sure what the aroma is actually? I assume that it smells bitter but I'm used to bitterness in the form of hops and this one is a bit different. Sort of has the aftertaste of a Miller High Life. Obviously not my favorite style of beer, this one is not unpleasant, but probably not one that I would seek again.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Several of us tried this ale and while the label claims to be Bronze Medal winner in some event they call the World Beer Cup it very good but not quite up to the label.

The nose starts out classically flowery for a bitter and it remains there through out the glass. The head is huge and leaves a nice lace.

It's a pale cloudy goldish brew and a bit carbonated for a bitter.

The mouth is about average for a bitter and the finish retains the flowery ale like quality with a nice dryness.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Either mikey711 or jlindros hooked me up with this. I got all my beers mixed up, but thanks to whoever threw it in as an extra!

A - Poured a clear golden color with very nice, soapy three finger head. Slow dissipation with some very nice lacing down the side. Very nice, lighter looking beer.

S - Mostly malts with a little bit of hops. Not a whole lot on the nose.

T - Expected it to start sweeter, goes bitter, but finishes clean. Very pleasant, I really like this one. Nice grainy taste in the middle if you like that kind of thing.

M - Crisp and light, nicely carbonated. Leaves the mouth cleanly.

D - Highly drinkable, can do a lot of these and enjoy them.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#'s Ale pours a clear light orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I mostly get pale untoasted malt in the nose. Light bodied, more American tasting than English, malt is dominant and there is a decent bitterness to it but the hops are hard for me to put my finger on, they are a touch earthy but there's not any citrus. Light, decent and pretty sessionable, good on a hot day.

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Photo of Thur123
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle into mug

a- It looks standard, a nice copper like brownish orange. Carbonation is good and the head is humble, white with little retension.

s- A more mellow bitter smell then some other bitters.

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t- Hits up front with a bursting hoppy flavor. Carbonates nicely into a kind of buttery shortbread like finish.

m- fine and beer like.

d- pretty good, a little different within its style. not the best in its group either. would drink again happily.

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Photo of goatgoat
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to UGADawgGuy for the opportunity.

Pours a hazy orange gold. A two finger white frothy head falls to a thick cap. Leaves moderate sheets of lace.
Aroma is predominately butter. There may be some light malts behind there, but not much. No noticeable hops.
Taste is light malts but with lots of butter. Light bitterness to the finish, but no specific hop character.
Light body and nice and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

While light diacetyl presence is allowed, BJCP, in my opinion it goes too far. Too far!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Jhill for this one.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, slight tangyness. The taste is malty, bitter, slightly hoppy, slight tangyness. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at that.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The cap gives a bit of a pop and I expect a gusher, but instead the beer, even poured gently gives an overwhelming fluffy orange peel white head of 4 cm and only half the bottle is poured. Not good.
The beer itself pours a very clear goldish amber hue with multiple streams of carbonation rising to the surface.
Aroma is very mild with only hints of grain and a bit of floral hops.
First sip, now that the head has faded leaving sticky lattice clinging to the sides of the glass in clumps.
Average to light body with very fine and fizzy carb that tickles my palate.
Flavor is grainy malt and a bit of doughy yeast mixed in, overall fairly mild and finishes with a lite floral note that makes me imagine chewing on a flower petal. Not really bitter kind of sweet like honey.
No hint of ABV anywhere.
Not an overly complex beer and the carbonation takes away from enjoying the flavor and hurts the drinkability a tad, but otherwise a decent easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of nick76
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is kind of dirty with a grapefruit like hop and cheap malt. The aroma is not all together that good but oddly not skunked. The appearance is golden with a nice head. The flavor is like cheap lager with a malt liquor like taste or maybe dish water and yeast. The palate is average for this style but the finish is astringent. Overall I have to say it is not good at all.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, where it is described as an American style bitter (and it has several award plaques on the wall from being entered as a Special Bitter)

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden color and a frothy egg white head that leaves loads of splashy lace

Smell: Very low in the aromatics department; undestinctive malt and hops smells

Taste: Bready malt with grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; balanced but bitter flavor after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice session ale with a bitter but balanced flavor profile

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harvest gold with a slight splash of pumpkin juice. If the attractive crown was one shade darker it would be pale ecru rather than ivory. The foam looks good as it settles and isn't too shabby when it comes to lace deposition. Smeary splotches cover more than half of the available glass.

Information was hard to come by about #'s Ale prior to this review. By the look and smell of things, it's a pale malt-dominant American pale ale. The hops are difficult to nail down since it doesn't smell like there are many of them present. Probably something with English origins since citrus fruit isn't immediately obvious.

The beer tastes and feels on the lighter side of 5.0%. Malt and hops are well-balanced and neither one is abundant. Pale malt is probably numero uno, with something slightly more toasted trailing far behind. As for hops... it's still hard to say. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if one or two American varieties were present, just nothing starting with the letter 'C'. Maybe Magnum or Northern Brewer.

Warming firms up the malt backbone a little and intensifies the flavors that were already present, rather than shuffling them around in radical fashion. This Atlanta Brewing Co. beer is a classic, drinkable session ale that should please most people. Just don't expect fireworks.

Assuming an ABV somewhere in the vicinity of 4.5-5.0%, the mouthfeel is appropriate. In other words, it's light to light-medium. It doesn't have much hang-on at the finish and the bubbles do their job without going above and beyond the call.

Atlanta Brewing Company #'s Ale is not the #1 American pale on my list of favorites. It isn't #5, #10 or even #25. It is, however, a fairly solid APA that is pretty good solo and should match up well with all manner of foods. Thanks to Georgiabeer for a quality extra.

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Photo of thethrone
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden copper with a couple fingers worth of snow white head. Dissipates quickly, leaves some spotty lacing.

S - A nice malty, yeasty aroma with a hint of spice.

T - Good flavor, starts with the sweet malts, and follows quickly with some hop bitterness.

M - Meduim bodied and well carbonated, with a crisp finish.

D - Overall, a very enjoyable brew. I could easily see myself drinking this one for a session.

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#'s Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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