#'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

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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 11-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a surprise. Pours a nice golden amber with a great white head that remains for the majority of this short session. A pretty light scent but very inviting. Light floral and citrus hops with a cereal like grain and not much sweetness. Very good taste, not exploding with flavor but clean and extremely refreshing. A light biscuity cereal flavor with pale malts and just a touch of caramel. I love the hops in this one in that they're present but not overwhelming. Juicy citrus with a touch of peach and pineapple, quite unique hop profile. The mouthfeel is light with a good carbonation if not a tad too much. Unbelievably drinkable on-tap, I'd like to try a bottle. This is right up there with the likes of Terrapin's Rye in terms of drinkability. A true session Pale Ale if there ever was one. Fairly simple, though very unique all in the same. I could drink this all damn day.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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 BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug

Even with a delicate pour a big frothy head emerges, and has pretty good retention. Crysal clear light amber hue with a lot of rising carbonation. After a while, the head settles to a thick pillowy cap.

Faint malt aromas with a little bit of fruity esters. The hops are faint as well, but balance the malts well.

The flavor is mostly toasty malts, not much hop flavor to speak of, but the hops do lend a little bit of bitterness and spiciness to go along with the peppy carbonation. The finish is very clean, mostly the grains lingering. In the middle there is some light estery fruit flavor, same as in the aroma.

This is a pretty good session ale. It's certainly not an American Pale Ale, as it's currently labeled. I think it's more like an English Bitter. Recommended.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice honey, good head leave slowly, sudsy lacing.

S - Sweet bready malt. I almost feel like I am eating it.

T - Much the same as the smell. Small but present hop finish.

M - Medium to full. Good carb, good mouth coating.

D - Nice, maybe a little too cloying for a session beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this one I really did not know what I was going to get. It said that it was an excellent session beer on the bottle, but that is a loaded statement for sure. I really do not remember where, or even when I picked this bottle up, I am guessing on my last trip to Atlanta back in December but who knows. Anyway, it has been sitting and waiting for me to get to it, so I decided to clear it out last night to see what was going on. A nice twelve-ounce bottle served straight out of the fridge and poured in a Sweetwater pint glass.

A - As I started to pour this one into the glass, it became quickly obvious that it was going to be a voracious pour, so I quickly slowed it down, but even still, it took two times to get the full bottle into the glass. A huge head, almost immeasurable in size formed on the top and quickly spilled over down the sides of the glass. Very vigorous and lively pour here. The color was bright amber yellow, somewhat hazy and cloudy, but very light and bright. There was tons of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass, which really kept up throughout the entire session. Nice side glass presentation as well, and the head, never completely faded on this one.

S - The aroma was that of a classic blond ale, right away I picked up on this fact. Nice light yeast and fruity characters coming out right away. Some light smells of peaches, bananas, light cereal grains, and grasses were all picked up right away. Very bright aroma, here for sure. Really a nice tight profile and seemed to be very nice. A touch spicy in the back end I was starting to pick up, and some muted hop aromas, though nothing terribly extreme here. Overall again this was a classic blond ale aroma for sure.

T - The flavor was bright and right in your face the very first second you tasted it. Huge yeast and fruity flavors popped right on your tongue the second it hit your mouth. Lots of light cereal grains, light fruit, bananas, peach, a hint of lemon perhaps, all mingling in together and giving it a very light flavor. Hints of grass coming through now along with a slightly muted hop profile are really starting to make this one pop now. The finish was crisp, clean and quick, straight to the point. A nice sharp cutoff of light grassy hops gave way to a lingering flavor of light grain.

M - Super light bodied and very highly carbonated would be the best way to describe this one. The feel was extremely light, classic for a blond ale, and much lighter then even a pale ale would be. Huge carbonation profile really helped it go down effortlessly, with a smooth clean and crisp finish.

D - Overall this was a truly sessionable beer in every context of the word. Virtually no alcohol in it, a super light body, really great flavors and a very nice carbonation profile, meant you could literally drink this one for days without coming close to having too much.

Overall, I am not the biggest fan of the style, however, this may have slightly changed my mind. I could easily session this one for a good few hours before I got tired of it. I don't know that I would actively seek it out, but if it came my way again, I could not say I would be terribly disappointed.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the website:

"Numbers was originally introduced in late 2005 and in 2006 won Best Local Brew, Critic's Choice, in Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta. Numbers is best described as an American-style bitter, with a slight malt sweetness, moderate hop bitterness and medium hop aroma and flavor. "

I agree with everything mentioned. Light to medium body with nice hop bitterness and hop aroma. Somewhat sweet but certainly not cloying. This was very enjoyable.

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Photo of thethrone
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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 Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This comes out of the tap a nice clear dark golden with a thick, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong and richly hoppy with a hint of spice. Flavor is very hoppy and fairly but not fiercely bitter, and has a touch of sweetness and of spice. Texture is a bit edgy, but it does down the hatch quite smoothly.

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Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AgentZero
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 glid02
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Atlanta Brewing Company.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. Slightly cloudy. The head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top. Lacing sticks around for a bit, but disappears pretty quickly.

Smells very malty. Bready, with some hop fragrance in there.

Tastes pretty good. The malt taste is the biggest, and there aren't many hop flavors - the bitter ending is the most prevalent. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a good thickness, but the carbonation is a bit too much. If the carbonation was a little less it would be a lot smoother.

Drinkability is good. Nothing stands out, so it's not spectacular, but it's certainly not bad.

Overall this is a solid beer, but there are no overly redeeming qualities. A good session beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this earlier in the spring when it was fresher and picked some up sine it was fairly well reviewed and because it seems like their beers may have improved a bit since they moved. This is a pretty solid beer. Nothing exciting, but reasonably well made and serviceable for what it is. Pours amber with a thin head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some simple lacing. Slightly grainy aromas, and quite yeasty. The taste is a bit coppery, very maltty, chewy, and meaty with a light bitterness. The mouthfeel is almost Alt-like, with a firrm dry chewiness. Quite drinkable and worth picking up to try when you see it around.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac (Crabapple). I had heard about the elusive Numbers Ale quite sometime ago, and became absolutely delighted when I spied the black tap handle sporting random numbers. Could it be? Could it really be??

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, clear coppery-golden body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Almost nil, folks. Alright, alright, I’ll swizzle and swirl and cram my face in the glass to see if there’s anything lurking in there. Oh, the things I DO for you people. Very light floral hops and a mild graininess. There’s your aroma!

Taste: Exceedingly light toasted pale malt flavor. Only a small dose of sweetness. A solid spicy hop flavor and bitterness shoves the sweetness oughta the way and holds tight through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: There was a bit of a scuffle at the bar between those who considered this a blonde ale and those who thought it was clearly an APA. Thankfully, we quickly realized this isn’t a beer worth fighting over.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +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 cavedave
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +0.3%
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 Redrover
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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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#'s Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 40 ratings