bartlebier (1480) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(backlog in abstinentia) Draught@The Distillery, Savannah GA 2409/2012.
Missing some aromatics in the nose: taste is mainly a non-floral, sprucy notes on an almost woody caramalt backbone, imparting austere bitterness without much lure. Feels stronger than its under 7%.
Errl (1474) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle...Pour is golden with a white head...Nose is caramel, musty, earth, pine,...Taste is caramel, pine, dirt, dirty bath water, bitter and musty..
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA while enjoying a Giants vs. Braves game. This stuff was great for a ballpark brew! I didnít take tasting notes because I was too busy taking in Melky Cabreraís arrogance, but I remember this being pretty damn good and hoppy with a light potency and citrusy goodness. Again, great ballpark brew!
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Poured a hazy deep gold with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was grapefruity hops, some malt. Flavor was that plus some pine, a bit of diacetyl, sort of a soapy quality. Needed some more malt backbone, I thought.
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
translucent amber orange with a thick beige head and lots of swirling debris. sticky medium body with medium carbonation.
aroma: toffee and caramel malt, metallic herbal hops.
taste: hop bitterness, caramel malt sweetness, dry herbal hops.
astringent and papery, without any enticing hop aromatics.
jjuf1853 (1227) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at World of Beer in Land O Lakes. Pours a medium copper orange color with a slight haze. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma has a fair amount of hoppiness. Decent flavor and bitter finish.
nilsas (1192) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fin duft av citrusfrukter. Gulbrun farge. Tynt lag skum. God litt syrlig smak av citrus.
ronaldtheriot (1180) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
Finhead (1146) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber-brown with an off-white head. It has a nice citrus aroma with grapefruit, orange, and some pine. The light body has a smooth texture with average carbonation. The bittersweet taste is easy to drink and finishes smooth.
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.