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Itís Hoppier then a bullfrog with a stubbed toe: Yup, you read correctly. Red Brick now has a year round IPA called HopLanta! Red Brick will be launching in Atlanta this month then branching out to our 7 other states HopLanta will be packaged in 1/2 barrels, 1/6 barrels and 6 packs. Be sure to look for it hitting stores and restaurants near you!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2013
On tap at Taco Mac Prado. Pours a clear deep orange gold with a fluffy white head that lasts throughout the beer and laces. Aroma has a nice sweet but slightly earthy citrus note with a light backing grain. Flavor has an earhy citrus note that has a hint of sweetness backed by earthy but sweet grain.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2013
A dark golden color with a white head. Aroma contains some citrus and celery? Weird. Flavor is somewhat bitter but also sour. Im getting some oranges, lemons, cooked veggies. Overall drinkable but a bit off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Not an overly complex beer. If youíre a fan of bitterness without much balance, this is for you. Could use a tad more malt finish, more body, more sweetness. Still, with the catfish I was eating in Vicksburg, it wasnít too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nero55 (665) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber/copper color with a large cream head. Nice lacing. Slight citrus aroma. Resin hop flavor with some malt sweetness. Medium body with a bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rollinsr (371) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a hazy amber with some yeast sediment. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor also is sweet and hoppy. This is a decent beer, there is just nothing very special or unique about it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Pours light orange / golden color. Big head. Aroma was faint. Taste was good. Made up for weak aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5991) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Murky orange pour with a small frothy head. Citrus and pine - pretty decent IPA.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3502) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a pillowy white head. Nose is fairly hoppy, but there some muddled maltiness underneath. Taste is fairly bitter with no balance. The palate is extremely dry, which I find odd.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1140) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
I like a bitter India Pale Ale, but sheer bitterness isnít the key to a good IPA. Red Brick HopLanta is definitely a hop-forward beer, but itís not as hop-tasting as it is all-out bitter.

I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with Ding (thanks!). I poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber/light orange hue thatís opaque from the haziness. Forms a huge, white, Belgian-like head that is slow to dissipate and leaves great lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light candy-like aroma of Sweet Tarts and a hint of flowers.

Taste: I love the tagline for this beer: "Hoppier than a bullfrog with a stubbed toe." I just wish that were true because hops actually have some flavor (e.g. citrus, pine), but Red Brick HopLanta is pretty much just bitterness incarnate. From the moment it hits the tongue until well after itís swallowed thereís an intense dry bitterness. It peaks at the apex of the swig before imparting a bit of orange candy-like flavor or perhaps orange sherbet.

Iím not sure of the IBUs for this brew, and for a single IPA it could give some imperial IPAs a run for their money. But hops alone does not a great IPA make. Thereís not a lot of complexity to this palate, certainly not much malt character to balance out the bitterness. Thatís not to say itís an off-putting palate entirely. I can find some things to enjoy here, but the qualities are drowned out in the distraction of the intense dry bitterness. A beer you pretty much have to drink with a spicy meal to put it to good use.

Drinkability: I like hops, but when a beer is this beer that itís challenging for me to drink I think that says a lot. Red Brick HopLanta seems to be over carbonated and the head is quite telling. It foams in the mouth and is bitter in and of itself - itís not creamy at all. The mouthfeel is rather intense from the bitterness, though the texture and weight is fine. The bitter aftertaste is what brings it down. At 6.7% ABV itís got a lot of chutzpah, though I donít think many drinkers will want to go for multiple servings of this.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
CelticBrew (752) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a nice hazy amber, aroma notes of hoppage, tin, and veggies. Taste much of the same. When poured into shaker, huge foam head formed. Overall drinkable, but not noticeable....


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