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J.R. Brickman Honey Red

Formerly brewed at Brick Brewing Company
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Waterloo, Canada


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
"J.R. Brickman Founderís Series is hand crafted using only the finest natural ingredients: pure Formosa spring water, malted barley and imported hops and yeast.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkdeep (1) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2006 does not count
Decent. Toffee, some floral and definite honey. Tastes a lot like Connorís Best Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1691) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Soon to be released "founderís series" (suggesting more beers to come) this is one of three newly released "craft" beers by Brick ( Ontarioís first craft brewer) Labelled as "J.R. Brickman" ( the Brick founder/chairman) this beer advertises "CQA Craft Brewed" as if this is a guarantee......................and from the lots Iíve tasted it is.....I was surprised to find a flavorful, all malt medium bodied beer!..................... Poured a orange-amber in the glass with a lovely puffy off white cap that lasted well and laced the glass decently................. Aroma was pungent: some grass and a distinct honey-toffee smells under the substancial bready smells of big malt protiens,...................................... bodied, with a fair malt spine....sticky mouth feel..................... Taste profile: Thick caramel malts up front are balanced by some light herbal hops but the honey is detectable and biases the balance towards sweet...although not cloying....finish is wet lightly sweet with a tang of honey and modest bittering from the German hops. An other wise nice aftertaste like a fresh biscuit with a dab of honey. ..................... Summary: This has the potential to be one of the best session beers from Brick in some years....if not "craft" quality, at least an all malt super premium lager.......update: Tried on tap today ( unpasturized) it is far better and there is a real malty finish. This is now a standard quaff for me. Consumed fresh from the tap there are few equals in taste and drinkability.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BytownJon (56) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
Dark appearance, only slightly darker than the Brickman Amber. Malty dark, foamy head. Very good flavour, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3212) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle - sampled at an Ontario Craft Brewers event. Second of the three beers in Brickís new "Founderís Series" line. I must admit that including a honey beer in a premium, "craft" beer line seemed odd to me, but after enjoying the Amber, I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Reddish-gold colour colour with a small head. Aroma of fresh malt, a bit of hay and grass, and a hint of honey - not bad. Flavour is fresh and sweet without being cloying, with caramel malt and honey notes balanced by a moderately hopped finish. Really well done - Iím looking forward to trying the Pilsner now!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle- Pours a deep amber coloured body with a good sized lasting froth. Aromas are all malt and brown sugar with some honey and bread. Sweet malty with some actual honey flavours and the slightest bittering hops. Finish is sweet and tasty. All in all this is enjoyable. A good summer beer. Another winner in the founderís series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (3094) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Originally rated June 2006. This was the first one of the Founderís Series I bought. Pours a copper colour with a small head that disappears rather quickly, but leaves a bit of lace all around. Not as much carbonation as the Pilsner, but smells the same. Grainy bread malt with some caramel. The taste is quite pleasant all-over, with some caramel, mild bitterness of grass, grainy malt and light honey to blend everything. Really enjoyed this one from the bottle before a Pelican show, but prefer their Pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lowg (148) - Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
Bought a six pack for Fatherís Day, had most for myself. Looks and smells pretty good, nice head and quite robust I must say. Had a more caramel/toffee than honey taste but a nice smooth finish nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 I actually really like this one, despite not totally understanding the whole honey beer thing. Nice aroma, with hints of toffee that become more apperent the longer it sits there. Nice brownish head (that leaves a good lacing on the glass), amber/red/orange in colour. Initially tastes of malty sweetness then the honey hits pretty strongly, but not severely. Thereís almost some bitterness in there too, but nothing too strong. After taste is good, mostly malty and sweet like, well, honey. Lower on the carbonation which I like. Pretty enjoyable IMHO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2006
The name intrigued me - honey AND red? Can they do that? Well, they did. Aside from the interesting colour, this beer has all the classic Brick characteristics - vanishing head, high carbonation, tastes like sweat. Normally, these are enough to turn me off the brand, but the honey taste actually puts all of these elements into balance and sort of causes them to make sense. Maybe that sweat taste is from craft brewing? Maybe the head disappeared so fast because the honey dampened it? Either way, this is still the best offering from a long line of Brick beers that ultimately taste pretty much the same. Take the pilsener, add food colouring and some actualy honey, and you get this. In fact, I think thatís all they did. And it somehow works!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 14, 2006
Medium amber in colour with a fair bit of carbonation. Aromas of caramel malts, a bit of bread, and floral honey. Very sweet in the mouth with a ton of honey flavor and a bit of grainy malt. Thankfully, the beer dries out quite quickly, and thereís a fairly nice crisp finish. Any hop aroma of flavor gets kinda lost, and might have lent a bit more complexity. Not a bad effort for a North American amber lager, but a more hopped up one would have been far more interesting. Thanks pootz!

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