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Grunion Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale

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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 768
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 35
Gots: 201 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 768
Reviews by Fcolle2:
Photo of Fcolle2
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber in color with a big fluffy finger and a half head that retains nicely.

Smell has some great crisp hop aromas of ripe mango, juicy citrus, some dank note and some pine.

Taste follows the nose with crisp juicy hop flavors if mango and citrus along with a bigger presence of some dank hops. Very mild bitterness.

Light crisp drinkable with lots of hoppy oils and resin to help balance it out (409 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of NotTheGeeks
1.86/5  rDev -54.7%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Altamont glass.

Clear yellow-orange, with two fingers of short-lived head.
It smells heady and delightful, with lots of melon, aromatic herbalness, and hint of citrus.
Lovely! A crisp, quenching pale ale hits with a wall of smooth malt, before becoming all about the scintillating hop presence. Grapefruit and orange, basil and pine and earth. It's bitter in a minerally sort of way, but it's fairly short-lived, allowing the aftertaste to be more hard and clean than abrasively hoppy.
Excellently made pale ale. Recommended.

Notes
Hops: Mosaic, Calypso
Malt: Marris Otter, Carapils (622 characters)

Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. The color is a deep gold with a thick, frothy milk-white head and lacing. The smell features grapefruit and melon with a distinct hoppiness. The initial taste is quite bitter, hoppy grapefruit and pine. At first, I didn't taste any sweetness. There's some mild yeast taste at the finish, but as it warmed in the glass, I finally detected a slight melon taste. This is a nice, crisp ale with pleasant carbonation. It drinks easily. If the ABV were higher than 5.5, then it would be a bit overpowering. Overall, this ale seems to be more of a session IPA than the pale ale I expected. It's quite good, though. (643 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of DrStiffington
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

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. (440 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcorn
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Hoppy but not overly so. Not sure exactly what I like about it but I like it a lot. (99 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (263 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with plenty of microscopic haze suspended within the body. There's a quarter inch of off white resting on top. Light lacing is present. A very pleasant welcoming aroma of citrus hops is present. The flavor is a nicely balanced blend of citrus hops and pale bready malt. The body is very smooth and highly quaffable. (335 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cnagle28
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.