Grunion Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleytimes619 on 10-02-2013

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. A great bitter punch at the start but smooths off with a nice finish. Great for the summer and BBQs. This and Victory at Sea is getting me more and more into Ballast Point.

Photo of NotTheGeeks
1.86/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Seriously? Beer that taste like onions? WTF? I just don't understand this one at all.....
I usually love the BP offerings, but this is too strange for me. I'm going to finish the 6er just to make sure, though. I haven't yet found a beer I could not finish, but this one is close.

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, grassy, and floral hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Stone and candied fruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts. Some chewiness and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation. Enjoyableand crushable.

Overall: Another tasty APA. Will revisit again this summer.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, clear Amber color. Not much of a head. Love the aroma, hops, herbal, citrus. Taste is excellent: seems dry-hopped to the bejesus belt. Dank, citrus, bitter, more of an IPA than a pale ale but who's complaining? This is an excellent pale ale. Now I'd love to get it in cans like the other Ballast Point offerings.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones.Came in a standard pint a deep burnt orange with a thinner white head atop.Citric hops and some mild nutty malts with some caramel sweetness to go along with the nuttiness.The hops are not as big as i thought they would be,some grapefruit/citrus the there but somewhat tame,the malts stand out almost as much as the hops giving some caramel and biscuit.Eh I was happy to try it but was a little underwhelmed.

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1/2 growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near clear medium honey amber, fluffy and long lasting cap.

Pungent and full flavor hop nose, nice

Nose carries onto the palate, fresh tasting with more hops all over. High quality and well worth seeking out

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very solid. Citrusy with some bitterness but perfectly balanced. Definitely my favorite american pale ale. Wish it was available more often here in Ohio.

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle.

Pours clear golden with ample visible carbonation. It is topped by a tall, thick, semi-durable white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the gless. .

The flavor is a bit better than the aroma, with typical hop strength for style.

Excellent lively but smooth feel with a near medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Photo of jow_42
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - Crystal clear, darker amber almost copper color. Bright white head.

S - Reminiscent of AleSmith's .394. Hops jump out of the glass. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines. Little bit of cat pee, some dank, earthiness. There's a bready note underneath all that citrus.

T - Grapefruit, grapefruit pith, orange, orange zest. Dankness middle of the mouth, sweet, dry finish. Very tasty for a 5.5% pale ale. The hops shine.

O - This is the perfect summer beer. I'll have this in the fridge at all times. These lower ABV hoppy beers are great to have. Grunion is crushable for sure, ha!

Photo of twizzard
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had to update this review. I've been drinking the hell outta this for 2 months...I tend to tire of most beers/APA's but this one never gets old.....One of my absolute new 'go to's'

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed the last pint at Astoria Beer & Cheese. Fruity hop character and a lighter but balanced body. This is a great sessionable pale ale. The bitterness is relatively mild, but there's still a large floral, tangerine and tropical fruit character with a piney, grapefruit bitterness. Like the best pale ales, Grunion covers a lot of ground in hop character over a highly drinkable body.

Photo of Irbycp
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not sure who's tasting the fruit. Great smoky taste off the bat with good balance. Tastes like a stone iPa with toasted hops. Very cool beer.

Photo of Jwburns75
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed two pints on tap at The Savoy in Merrick NY. A nice, hoppy pale ale with some fairly strong citrus notes. Similar though not quite as good as Knee Deep Citra Pale Ale.

Photo of Highbury09
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perfectly hoppy balanced Pale ale. Delicious>

Photo of hophugger
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Not a fan, usually of beers with onion flavor, but this one is awesome, Cheers to Ballast Point !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a crystal clear golden-orange color with a small bubbly white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- very hop forward nose for a pale ale; notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pine, garlic, fresh cut grass, ramps, clean malt

T- citrusy hop up front with flavors of tangerine peel, earthy grassy notes kick in after, followed by grass and a hint of garlic. Underlying malt is clean and crisp, allowing the hops to take front stage, while remaining very drinkable

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy yet crisp

O- at 5.5%, this is packed with hoppy goodness, while having the drinkability of a pale ale, very good

Photo of jamex
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the new BP brewery in Little Italy. Massive improvement over their original Pale Ale (Yellowtail). Very tasty and highly recommend. Crisp and clean with just the right hoppy bite and citrus undertones. Cheers.

Side rant: The prices at this location are MORE than at other locations. They wanted 7.5 for a Sculpin. WTF. Guess I'll keep drinking at Bottlecraft.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice nose of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is good, west coast but heavy on the tropical fruit. Fairly dry finish with some woody bitterness.

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

20oz pour into imperial pint glass @ The Hop & Vine (Portland, OR)

a- pours gran marnier-orange with amber edges, fluffy white head that never really settled down.

s- oh mama, hold me. wonderful aromas of sweet grapefruit candy, mild pine, mango, pineapple holy cow.

t - a huge zing of dank, green hops with more tropical essense washes over the tongue with some piney earthy edges before quickly dying down. Now that is a pale ale.

m- perfect weight. Like Barley Brown's Handtruck Pale, basically an ipa that drinks like a pale. Very sessionable, if a tad sweet, but I like it that way.

o - in Grunion's case, this beer had me at hello. No beer lover on the planet could resist this aromatic bomb of tropical hoppy goodness. The taste delivered on the promise. Awesome.

Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Imperial pint poured at TRIA Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. Great color and aroma. Feel was JUST a bit slighter than other ales I've had from BP. This could become my second "house" ale. One more, please.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Beer Market in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear and slightly dark orange, with a half inch head, and a lot of lacing down the glass.

This one has a big pine/herbal scent, almost like an evergreen tree, with some solid grapefruit and orange as well.

This is just so unbelievably drinkable. Of course it tastes good, but I think the most remarkable thing about it is how smooth and easy to drink it is. It feels like delicious, herbal hop water. That's not to say it's watery, it's very full, it just drinks as if it's water. The herbal/evergreen pine feel from the aroma is present here in the taste as well, with a bigger dosing of citrus hops. There's a little bit of biscuity malt, but it's not all that present.

This is light bodied, with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation.

This was quite excellent. I could see having 3-4 of these and really enjoying it.

Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Ridgewood

Golden colored under a sticky white head. Bright, aromatic hops hit the nose…spicy, herbal, vibrant, and green with some citrus rind. Flavor pops with fresh hoppiness: earthy, herbal, and brisk. Green pine resin, grapefruit, fresh apples, crackers, and general fresh dankness. Snappy, oily mouthfeel makes drinking very easy. Just a great APA dripping with vibrant hoppy freshness.

Photo of Immortale25
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

My new favorite Ballast Point beer

Photo of Absolut
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent example of a hoppy pale ale. Very fruit and citrus profile. Could drink all day long

Photo of jtk21351
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good example of a pale ale, just a little too generic for me to rate it very highly.

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.