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Cornballer - The Bruery

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Cornballer
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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 02-24-2011)
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Reviews by errantnight:
Photo of errantnight
1.88/5  rDev -50.5%

A sticky head (tons o' hops) and a rich golden hue. Purdy.

But the problems begin in the nose. Initially there's a big waft of pleasant citrus notes, backed by a sticky resin that disintegrates into a harsh, vegetal, muck.

Unfortunately this is backed up on the palate. Compensating to hide a "malt" backbone that is thin, flabby and sweet, the hops have been delivered by the truckload and while the blend seems nice, they've sat too long. Their is a rough, ragged bitterness that doesn't so much cap a pleasant swallow as it does attempt to scrape away any residual flavor. Which is probably the right idea, I don't know that I'd like this sitting on my tongue, but it adds to the overall unpleasantness.

The body is overly thin, lacking the structure of long chain sugars and proteins you might want in a beer of this size.

Overall, a gimmick and a disappointment. Clearly overcompensating and trying to get some value out of their crazy 21 year whiskey beer, they produced something that if a pilot batch would never have seen the light of day (I'd hope).

I do love The Bruery, but I wish they'd quit dancing around the IPA if they want to play with American hops, or at least just make their XPA (now that they've got it down) and their Humulus Lager regular draft brews. Or if not, at least come up with a more novel way to rescue a poor base than smothering it in hops. Belgian yeast and blending in some wheat heavy wort and perhaps an interesting, and drinkable, Saison could have come of things. This... this was more unpleasant than your average malt liquor from the corner store.

errantnight, Mar 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

Looks like typical malt liquor, yellow, no head. That's where the comparison stops.

Massive hop blast of pine and grapefruit from this one. Couldn't help but think of ganja as well.

Taste, even more hops, can't believe the alcohol isn't noticeable at all, this is barleywine alcohol territory, but the body feels so thin and effortless to drink. Love the idea of lightening up the body of a beer with corn as long as you supersaturate it with hops hops hops like this one does, comes off like the new breed, simcoe, summit, amarillo or citrus, I'd bet at least 2-3 of those are present.

Very clean, dry, light, but hoppy. This is the ultimate summer round the pool beer I'd say. Yeah, session stuff has its place, but this is 4th of July let's shoot bottle rockets down the street party stuff. A great spritz zest feel on its feet, won't weigh you down or leave you feeling like it is lacking flavor.

Would love to be able to score growlers of this stuff regularly.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of nkersten
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

A HUGE thanks to Alex and TORINO for scoring this one. Poured into a plastic cup, opaque yellow with a small white head that settles to a collar. Huge hoppy aroma with lots of tropical fruit, some pine, big pineapple hops, and a bit of malty sweetness. Hop flavors dominate the taste, lots of resinous pine hops, some creamy corn and rice adjunct, bitter finish. This beer is so hoppy that the adjuncts dont even matter. Very crisp lager finish, I already have a headache from drinking too much of this. Full body with a light carbonation. As far as malt liquors go, this stuff is amazing. One of the most drinkable 9.5% abv beers I have ever had, for sure in the top five malt liquors ever made. Thanks to TORINO for sending this stuff to Alex, you are only encouraging him to get more malt liquor. Well done.

nkersten, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5.3%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bombadil
3/5  rDev -21.1%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

On-tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions Shop. I was excited to see this on the menu, never thought I'd get to try it. Oh, and major props on the Arrested Development reference!

A - Pale straw with a thin white head that recedes to a slight ring.
S - HUGE aromas of fresh, pungent hops, nice and "green" with a whiff of "cattiness". Bit of citrus and sweet corn in here as well. Definitely stand up to the title of hoppiest beer the Bruery has ever made, this is ridiculous (in a good way)!
T - Again, a full-out hop assault, lots of citrus, dank weed, and cat, with a subtle corn sugar sweetness.
M - Slick and sharp, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. No sign of the high ABV, this stuff could be dangerous.
O - A wonderful take on a Malt Liquor, this really take the style to a whole new level!

jsanford, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

dull golden amber, almost a straw or hay like color. Initially a big fizzy white head formed on top, but quickly evaporated leaving behind nothing but a pale yellow fizzy liquid.

Grainey and musty would be the best way to describe it. Like wet old grass cuttings, or moldy bread. There a slight note of a hoppy touch in there, but the smell was rather unremarkable. It was crisp, with a clean finish, and had a touch of some kinda different back to it, but that was about it.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pale hazy straw yellow, looks almost like a witbier. The head shows excellent longevity. Awesomely dank hop nose of marijuana and citrus, a bit grassy and vegetal. There's a note of Corn Flakes beneath the abundance of hops. Tastes very much like a DIPA. Marijuana, fresh herbs, citrus, lemon oil. Punchy citrus peel bitterness in the finish. Little in the way of malt, perhaps a touch of corn. The mouthfeel is almost gritty, probably from liberal use of hop pellets. Light bodied and very dry. Basically a gimmicky DIPA, but a very good one.

largadeer, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of vacax
3.23/5  rDev -15%

The pour is clouded nearly greenish yellow, little head, decent retention with some sticky lace, appears to have high carbonation. The aromatics are completely dominated by the clusterbomb of Columbus hops, piney and leafy. The flavor repeats the one-note hop bomb present in the aroma. Leafy, piney, green, bitter hops summarize the experience, followed by a slightly grain, cottonmouth dry finish. Light bodied, very bubbly but not fizzy feel, and bone dry. I applaud The Bruery for not fearing corn, and this experiment is moderately successful. The end result here is an ultra dry imperial pilsner that has a one-note hop flavor at the core. Decently drinking, but lacks depth and is overly dry.

vacax, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Buck_Jones
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Buck_Jones, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Straw yellow in color with 1/4 head and ok retention

Smell: Floral and citrus hops

Taste: Same as the smell but just a bit more balanced from the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation and a hair dry

Overall: As it says it's a malt liquor that is hop infused. Is that a good thing??? The hops do overpower the beer for the most part but in this beer I think that is a good thing. I would recommend this beer to anyone that loves hoppy beers but for me this was a one time purchase... Worth trying though

DarthKostrizer, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

pperez38, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of beerdweeb
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

beerdweeb, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mrkrispy
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Was fortunate enough to have a friend share his growler with me. I had heard about the cornballer and being someone that isn't shy about giving a malt liquor an occasional fight, I had to try it.

Pours a hazy yellow with a tint of green (from the dry hops?).
Slightly fluorescent?

MASSIVE grassy and dank hop aroma, not getting any floral or fruity hop aromas.

Somewhat light body, has a familiar taste of corn/rice adjunct beers with a faint faint sweetness that isn't a malt-sweetness...and is also dry? Interesting. Finishes with a hoppy and moderately bitter finish that quickly clears up. A few more tastes....not a lot of complexity but quite drinkable.
Hops in the flavor similar to the aroma, slight citrusy notes that make it a refreshing drink. My inclination is that of a hoppy XPA that is unbalanced and corny. Not getting any fusels or jet-fuel flavors. By the bottom of the glass I feel the alcohol.

I love the huge explosion of hops , it is refreshing but kind of a one-note beer. A great SoCal take on the old and tired malt liquor style, but done without the harsh off flavors. I see it as taking an Xtreme interpretation of a San Diego IPA with a even-more diminished malt bill and clean yeast and giving you a Hop punch to the face. With the exception of the huge hop smack this beer fits the style but is cleaner than macro versions. Job well done.

mrkrispy, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Skuter
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Skuter, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Growler shipped by ArthurPendragon.

A - Cloudy light yellow color with nice bubbles flowwing to the top. Huge frothy head that left spots on the sides. Pretty impressive looking beer.

S - Smells like a super citrusy APA or maybe IPA with a healthy dose of alcohol. Corn is pretty evident, but it's not a bad thing.

T - Taste follows suit with the citrusy hops and corn. It's like a very boozy and citrusy APA. It tastes decent enough but you really have to like alcohol to like this one.

M - Crisp, light bodied, good carbonation bite.

O - It's great, for a malt liquor, which makes it a decent, but not awesome, beer.

AgentZero, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of tjfinkle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is quite hazy and turbid, just like many of the Bruery's other beers. The head is about a finger tall and white in color without great retention.

S: Smells like hops more than anything. Lots of fresh grapefruit and some definite grass and straw qualities. There's a touch of cooked corn in there and a mild sweetness. A big vegetal at points.

T: A mild sweetness: nowhere near what I'm accustomed to with beers of the malt liquor variety. Decently citrusy with some of that grapefruit character. Grass and hints of light fruits. A mild bitterness from the hops.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: This was actually not bad. Sort of like a sweeter and less awesome batch of Humulus lager (of one of the other humulus beers, perhaps).

womencantsail, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Jstark5150
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

339th review on BA
Draft

App- A nice darker yellow with a 1 1/2 finger puffy head. No real lacing but pretty nice looking.

Smell- A summer day in a field with a fresh weeds smell(not WEED)and at the same time a bit dank.

Taste- The corn is pronounced but still palatable. Wasn't over dominant. Most beers from the Bruery are this way. Clean and subtle, except when they want them to be bold. A bit malty with notes of hop and pine.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium/high carb level. A bit lighter. Wasn't expecting this route but it was good.

Drink- A solid brew again from the gang at the Bruery. I probably wont have this one again because I am not a fan of the style but good for what it was.

FosterJM, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very hoppy, with bright citrus and flowers that are followed by more neutral or even alkaline talc/paste smell. No alcohol detected.

T: Begins sweet, with clean piney and lemon citrus hop aromatics amidst mild acidity. Astringency develops in the middle, staying restrained, while a bland sweetness persists. The finish is clean with slightly medicinal bitterness that becomes fairly intense. No alcohol detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While not a bad vehicle for hops delivery, this leaves some essential part of the ale experience on the cutting room floor. Just when the drinker might expect malt flavors to surge in support of bold hops, instead a character-less sweetness limps along. Still, for such a strong beer it is probably one of the brightest-tasting in existence. Lemony qualities are a lovely reoccurring theme, but it can't shake the overall feeling of being compromised.

beagle75, May 27, 2011
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Cornballer from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.