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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
atlantabrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s Hoppier then a bullfrog with a stubbed toe: Yup, you read correctly. Red Brick now has a year round IPA called HopLanta! Look for HopLanta in 1/2 barrels, 1/6 barrels and 6 packs. Be sure to look for it in stores and restaurants near you!

Added by Thur123 on 11-27-2011

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571
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
27.79%
 
 
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Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has the basic hops and malt aroma, not bad but nothing out of the ordinary. Appearance - The beer is a beautiful copper color. Taste - Has a nice caramel flavor that combines with the malt nicely. Palate - A light bodied beer with heavy carbonation. Overall- I like this beer. a very tasty IPA

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Photo of tngolfer
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as a single bottle from my local bottle shop. "Bottled on" date on bottle is illegible. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I poured it easily as this is a naturally carbonated beer and I didn't want to disturb the yeast layer.

In general, this tasted like one of my old, homebrewed IPAs where the hops fade and I'm left with a caramelly tasting, bitter beer.

Appearance - Deep gold to copper color. Color is a little darker than I like for IPAs. As mentioned previously, I gently poured this from a bottle so most of the yeast sediment stayed in the bottle. Consequently, the head was not that large and dissipated quickly. Very few bubbles rising through the beer.

Smell - Not what I expected from an IPA. Smells of caramel malts and alcohol "heat" dominate; very little hop aroma.

Taste - Flavor mimics what I'm smelling. Caramel notes up front which are quickly covered up by the alcohol heat I pick up. The hops are backseat, if present, which leads to an unbalanced IPA... unbalanced away from hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - This is a very sedentary beer. There isn't much activity of CO2 releasing through the glass. Instead, the beer tastes over carb'd in my mouth. This may be due to my gentle pour. Beer seems to have a medium body.

If someone gave me another one to try I would be happy to but I will not be buying another. I hope my bottle was an old one and not what the brewer intended as an IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I did make the perfect pour,but this massive inch and a half thick,tightly knit eggshell colored head. Amber golden hued with a bit of cloudiness and some light suspended sediment. Brussels lacing. Not much in the way of hop aroma. I get some pale malt. The taste reminds me of an extra special bitter with light hopping and plenty of delicate malt. Mouth is over carbonated and chalky.

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Photo of tmm313
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy, dark amber color. Looks unfiltered. Nice 1 finger head with pretty good lacing.

S- Sweet grapefruit, orange, pine, and caramel.

T- You're hit with some sweet, lightly sour, citrus and malt up front. Pine, grapefruit rind and slight resin almost immediately joins the party as you swallow. I love the how the bitterness balances the sweetness.

M- Medium body. Lightly oily and drying.

O- I generally prefer sweeter IPAs, but the piney bitterness of this one was really nice to me. It wasn't overpowering, but it flirted with it. It was strong enough to be the dominant sensation, but subtle enough to let the other flavors be known. I wouldn't have any problem drinking this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Brick Hoplanta
12 oz. brown bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 02/06/14"... 4 months old
$2 @ Whole Foods, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Hazy, almost cloudy deep-amber colored body beneath a finger thick head of creamy off-white froth. The head retention is very good, and it leaves broken sheet of lace in its wake.

Smell: Citrus and biscuity malt. Some pine.

Taste: Rich. There's an initial sharpness to the hops but that immediately recedes into a pillow of rich maltiness. Honeyish. Floral. Piney. It's hoppy, but it's easy-going hoppy. Solidly bitter, as well, but the fullness of the malt holds up. Drying finish as the malt recedes. Lingering hoppy notes of pine, orange, and flowers.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous character. Median, fine-bubbled carbonation keeps it crisp.

Overall: Pleasant and easily enjoyable IPA with a rich malt component.

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Photo of chucksaysblah
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer here. It has the older style IPA taste and feel that I don'tget from a lot of newer ipa's. Iewas finding myself thinking about getting a different style beer today and I saw this one. Great happiness and citrus tastes . The piney notesbare great. Good head when poured. This is a beer I would definitely buy over and over.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an IPA glass. The liquid is a dark copper-amber color, and has some nice little floaties suspended in it. Hopefully those are hop particles.... The pour produces a nice-sized head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is hops with a noticeable malt backbone. Hops are piney and citrusy, and I feel like there's a bit of resin in there. The malts are bready and lightly toasted. It smells nice and balanced, which is good, but there's nothing in the aroma that really grabs me.

Flavor follows the nose. There are some piney and citrusy hop flavors, and some nice bready malt, but nothing particularly memorable. If I didn't know better, I would think that maybe it was old, because there's no bottle-dating and the hops are pretty muted, but I got this bottle just after they changed the label, so I'm sure it was bottled in the past two weeks.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, with a lot of carbonation. Tiny bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall, it's drinkable, but not one that I'd probably ever choose again. I think this recipe is pretty old, and I have to admit that I'm partial to the newer, hipper IPAs, so maybe it's just personal taste...

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery.
A clear amber ale with a durable bone-colored head. Excellent lacing.

Feel: Relatively smooth up front with a crisp, dry finish.

Bitterness kicks up in the finish and lingers on in the grapefruit-rind flavored aftertaste. Some malt flavor with little [it seems] balancing sweetness.

O: a fine-looking, West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy murky amber color with a cream colored head that falls fairly fast.

Aroma is over ripe fruit, some mango touches of pine needles decent caramel malty base or might be some of the fruit notes masquerading.

Taste is like the nose citrus notes deep and mingled in with caramel malts. Finish is light pine and dank musty hops or what i refer to as tobacco notes has a light lingering bitter resin finish. Not a bad little IPA defiantly better then there amber which is about average at best. But not something worth searching out either. Some reason liking the maltier not as bright hoppy IPA's some now.

Mouthfeel is nice a solid medium with pretty mellow carbonation.

Overall is not bad, but not what I would go to if I was in Atlanta either. But if you want a kick your teeth in hop bomb this will not be your cup of tea so to speak.

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Photo of bcsbeer
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to a shaker pint. Cloudy amber appearance. Topped by a small white head with good lacing. The nose had a malty sweetness. Taste was bitter and dry, bland and boring.
Where did the hops go, Hop Lanta? All I got was malts. Mouthfeel was a little fizzy with a tart aftertaste. Once was a enough for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-toffee coloring with a thin, low profile, white head. Nose of rich caramel and toffee in the backbone, with a floral hops note, light citrus highlights, and a subtle bitterness throughout. Flavors are richly sweet and tangy forward, with a tart citrus and pepper spiced highlight. Balanced with a solid malt profile, leading to a tangy, slightly resinous aftertaste. The beer is mid-bodied, almost light, and slightly effervesced, with a jumbled, tangy, slightly dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange copper color nice head smells nice, hoppy clean. Taste is of light pine, citrus (lemon), really nice hop character, even getting some notes of iced tea in there. Mouthfeel is easy drinking and something I could drink a few of. Is it my fav IPA ever no is it something that I could session and have a few of? absolutely. Will buy again and really liking the overall ATL IPA scene these days.

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Photo of ryho
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A much younger me rated this beer 2.5, and I'm coming back to give this beer a better rating. Back then I thought it was so bitter that no one would ever be able to drink it. Now I think it is a nice, solid IPA.

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy amber in color. Forms a modest sticky white head. Good retention for what does form. Copious lacing. Aroma is a blend of caramel malts, bitter citrus and pine hops. Taste is more of the same. Rather bitter. Citrus zest, citrus pith. Maybe a little pine. Caramel malt. Medium body. Aggressive bitterness, bordering on soapy. A rather hoppy and bitter east coast style IPA.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Lanta is an orange/tan colored beer with a cloudy body and a mildly citrus- like nose. The frothy off- white foam holds its own for a decent amount of time, but does settle down and it makes itself comfortable while leaving some lace.

This beer has a flavor of bread, citrus/orange, pine, and toast. The bready malts balance out this beer to a greater degree than others, making it a good choice for those who do not like or have grown tired of the over- hopped west coast style IPA. The flavor here bounces back and forth between citrus/fruit and bread/biscuits.

Big, hoppy IPA are nice from time to time, but there is nothing wrong with a more balanced IPA and that is what you get with Hop Lanta. The wording on the label exaggerates the hop flavor- it is not as extreme as the label leads you to believe. It is actually balanced out with the malts and made into an agreeable, more refreshing IPA that would make a good summer beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a pickyourown sixer at albeit a bargain. Lets give this red brick selection a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice hop belt, classic citrus. Pouring into my trusty SAPP this brew is a deep bronze with a nice two finger off white fine bubble head. On the taste this brew is a very classic version of an IPA. Balanced and tasty, a good staple of this flavor. Nothing I would seek out but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of rangerred
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thick one finger white head. Excellent head retention and pretty good lacing.

Aroma of earthy hops with some tree bark and a good bit of caramel. Maybe a little orange in there as well.

The orange becomes more apparent on the taste but there is still more earth than citrus. Some we tree bark along with caramel and toast. There is some pine that sneaks through but it remains restrained. Fairly high bitterness and a sticky sweeter finish.

Overall, an ok IPA but very run of the mill. Nothing to get really excited about here and not a beer I would really seek out on a regular basis.

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Photo of Bradthoc
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle. Poured into Dogfish pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown in color with a subtle golden and amber tint. Head is a bright with a a slight golden brush. Lacing is light and falls down the side of the glass as you drink.

Smell - Bright citrus with strong grapefruit notes. Mild earthy backing with some pine. Great balance of each note though. Enjoyed sticking my nose deep in the glass before each sip.

Taste - The citrus hops are right up front but slowly diminish and fade to the back. You're left with a subtly dry and caramel finish. From the smell I expected a bit more bitter in the taste, but was left a little disappointed here. Still a smooth, easy drinking IPA, but wanted a little more bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Very dry, and flavors leave quickly.

Overall - First time experiencing something from Red Brick. A well done IPA but felt it lacked a little in the taste and mouthfeel. A great IPA for kicking back and enjoying the summer. I especially believe this to be a great introductory IPA for someone looking to perhaps explore the type of brew.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured refrigerator cold into two pyramidal wine glasses. Consumed over 15 minutes.
A: Downright chunky debris, swimming opacity on a bubbly orange
S: Orange, bready. Hops more obvious in the flavor than the nose.
T: Early flowers droop into spice, but the whole taste folds early with late emergent bitterness. With warmth, there is a background of caramel apple that smoothes out the final sips some.
M: The chunks make one fearful of the impending feel, but there is an astringent zing of metallic fizz that’s holds interest.
O: Not thrilling, with a consistently bitter end that spoils it some on its own and what food one might add alongside. But not uninteresting—glad we met.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red Brick HopLanta has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, orange appearance with lots of bubble streams (etched glass), some lacing left behind, and an enormous amount of fairly big, light gray chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of full, sweet, citrus and white bread, and the flavor is of the same, with a heafty piney bitterness across the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Red Brick HopLanta finishes semi-dry, sweet, tasty, and easy drinking. Overall, this is really nice.

RJT

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a Goose Island Glass

Appearance: light brownish, amber. Upon pouring the beer, it contained a one inch white head, but soon after pouring the beer the white head subsided to about a centimeter. I an also see small particles in the bottom of the glass from the hops itself.

The Aroma is sweet, yet citrusy and hoppy.

Taste: The hoppiness definitely cuts through on this one, but it's not bitter. It's very smooth on the palette and it goes down smooth. I feel a slight tingling sensation on my tongue, which must be from the citrusy bitterness contained and the alcohol, but the alcohol taste is not dominant. It's somewhat bitter on the forefront, but contains a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I can feel the bubbly carbonation, but it's not thick. This one falls more on the thin side for sure.

Overall, I feel like this is an underrated IPA and not much attention is given to it as a result. This one is definitely one of my favorites beer; since I'm a hop-head, this is definitely my favorite style of beer, and I like the fact that Hoplanta goes down very smoothly. Perfect for those who dislike the bitterness from the hops, because you can still taste the hoppy presence, but the sweet malts added make it a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: cloudy burnt orange with 1 finger white head, lots of lacing

smell: bitter earthy hops, apple, floral, some citrus, lemon, very subtle grapefruit

taste: follows the nose, eas expecting it to be more bitter by the smell, and it is a decently bitter beer, but it's a lot more balanced than I expected. Surprisingly smooth, this seems to be like a very underrated beer. Lots of floral notes with a lemony/apple like body that ends very refreshing.

mouthfeel: pretty thin body and average carbonation

overall: Pleasantly surprised buy this random buy at the beer store. Surpassed whatever expectations I had, this is a very very well balanced IPA with some great floral earthy hop action, but to overly bitter, just enough to satisfy a hophead but could also appeal to people who don't like the really bitter IPAs. Very refreshing beer, goes down really smooth, highly drinkable, will be buying again.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lighter golden with a nicely formed half finger white head that held well.Lighter herbal citric hop notes in the nose along with a firm malt base wich was not very sweet.citric and herbal hops are the main flavor nots,although not in your face they pack a nice little punch,mild biscuit malt notes underneath.Although not a big American IPA it packs enough hops to satisfy.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy goldish amber. Nice lacy foam with large pockets.

S - Clove, allspice, bready, wine-y. Good amount of grapefruit on the fruity side.

T - Resinous hop character: muted bitterness, grainy flatness, grassy, very faint roasted malt

M - Smooth and crisp, very clean and dry

Shows some signs of age, I would like to try it on draft fresh and see what is up after that.

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Photo of GoblueMS
2.41/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

So I bought a case of this as it was one of the few IPAS available in beer deprived (depraved) MS. We still do not have enough quality offerings via distribution here, as presumably most quality breweries have enough distribution already. Hopefully we will continue to gain in assortment.

On to this beer: I bought a whole case from my vendor without trying it first. Big mistake. The product pours so foamy that it will run out of a 24 oz. mug, just by decanting it (properly, as I am so very well versed). Next it is very malty, rather than hoppy in any sense of the word. Mouthfeel is of heft without redeeming taste qualities. Smell is not like Ruination or West Coast IPA--it is more like, well just a malt-bomb. Can't describe it better, sorry. Overall it is something I will never buy again, though it remains better than the macro-brews. I still have 5-6 left from a case I bought almost 6 months ago, and that is saying something.

Red Brick, you should go to school and fix this offering. In the words of Chevy Chase, "you're really not that good..."

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Red Brick Hoplanta from Red Brick Brewing Company
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