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Grunion Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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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Ratings: 346 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Linda Vista – 8oz pour served in a Tulip style glass

A: Medium dark caramel amber body with some really well conditioned clarity. Finger width of dense khaki suds hold fairly strong. Some sticky splash sprays the glass within every sip.

S: Smells of a blend of biscuit and bready pale malts with a touch of sourdough even. Lots of that rich toasty malt up front. Faint but present with some piney hops and a twist of citrus/orange fruit. Fairly nominal nose to be honest but nothing to mark negatively here.

T: Bready pale malts develop a tasty doughy pretzel flavor with some light accents of orange-citrus peel and piney hop character. Has some nice floral hops making their way through as well with a dash of cali buds. A solid step up from the nose. Very doughy but not sweet as it is dry in the finish and balanced with a moderate amount of bitterness. Alcohol is completely disguised making for a nice session. There is good balance here but this is definitely one of the breadier APA’s I have had in sometime.

M: Smooth texture from a nice even level of carbonation. Light to moderate filling body. Nicely crisp with a drying finish. Slightly resinous and sticky but pretty clean overall.

D: Definitely your more classic take on the APA rich with toasted bready malts. The hops seem to take a back seat during the show but what you do have is a nice sessionable brew with fair balance. Not one of my favs but still enjoyable none the less.

More User Reviews:
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

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 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 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
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent example of a hoppy pale ale

Photo of pda22
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grunion is delicious! It's not bottled, as far as I know; I don't know how my local store received a keg, but they did. I pickup up a growler and am enjoying this beer!. Drinking out of a 16oz DFH snifter. Light caramel looking. Outstanding fruity hop aroma. Very light and crisp. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Klebe
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at my local watering hole.

Photo of Reidrover
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass poured from a Growler purchased at Growl Movement in Salem OR $13...one of the most expensive in the place. Deeper gold coloured ale with a small white head..leaves gorgeous lace down the glass. Great fruity , orangy hoppiness in the aroma..wonderful for only 35 ibus! Taste is the same bursting with fruity bitterness! Getting some Seville marmalade in here..grapefruit..lemon zest..just great. Malts are here too Good mouth feel keeps things moving along. One of the tastiest and best APAs I have had. UInbelievable hoppiness for 35 IBUs..a skilled brewer made this.

Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

Since Yellowtail Pale was never really a pale ale (especially as sold in SoCal), Ballast Point decided to hop-up a non-ipa pale, and it looks like it was a good idea. This is kind of a Sculpin-light, with aggressive hops at the front of the palate, a dollop of caramelly sweetness and a crisp, grassy dry-snap distinctive to a pale ale.

Eminently drinkable, I'm sure this is going to be a hit in the coming summer months

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge tropical aroma. Mosaic really comes through. Great summer beer.

Photo of SSS
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one as a sampler at the actual brewery, I think I may have geeked out a little, but this beer is great. Definitely bitterness is the primary character in this story. Nice hoppy aroma, and it goes down smooth. I only had the sample, so I'm not sure if the bitterness becomes too much as it was quite bitter. Great beer!

Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid entry into the APA style. Lots of grapefruit hop to the nose and to the tongue. The malt is subdued but not missing. The body is solid and the carbonation neutral.

Overall, one of the best APAs I've ever had.

Photo of cmq103
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well done pale ale.

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

Look: A golden color with a short white head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Tropical fruits, citrus, and some pine, with some biscuit and bread malts

Taste: More bread malts, with citrus, pine, and a hint of floral hops,

Feel: Light body, good feel, slightly dry finish

Overall: A good APA, not something that stands out over the gold standard Sierra Nevada, but good nonetheless. Would gladly drink again, but not something I would seek out.

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome dark amber in the pint shaker with a decent cap of foam. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Light body.

Great mouthful of citrusy hops. Supposed to be brewed with Calypso and Mosaic hops. This has the classic Pale Ale flavors with the crisp biscuity malt and a restrained by enthusiastic dose of hoppy taste. This gets rather bitter after a few sips. It just makes you want another.

So much citrus flavor with a distinct orange taste. Fruity hints and a little malty sweetness. Bitter aftertaste but a nice San Diego version of the old classic. On tap at Local Habit.

Photo of grover37
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really good. Great aromatic nose. A bit thin.

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.