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Grunion Pale Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 921
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 22.38%
Wants: 46
Gots: 280 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleytimes619 on 10-02-2013

Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn’t born on a beach, but in a backyard. Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy pale ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore. A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, while a soft caramel malt sweetness holds it all together.
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Reviews: 150 | Hads: 921
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beige head with some lace. Color is a clear orange hued gold.

Flavor profile: a lot of tropical flavors. Grapefruit and mangos with some muskmelon. Bready malts with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: mild bitterness. Ends with a slight hop resin aftertaste.

Overall, solid pale ale. Definitely could be an ipa.

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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.

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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.

Hops: Mosaic, Calypso
Malt: Marris Otter, Carapils

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Photo of woodchipper
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 07.16.15 to a pint glass.
L - Large fine white head, fades after about 4 minutes, beautiful lacing. Medium, clear amber.. almost the definition of amber.
S-piney hoppy
T-quick resin in front, fades to long lasting pine, ends super dry
F- Pretty good, but I would like slightly more carbonation to move things around in my mouth more.
Overall- I really like this beer. This may be a new go to, especially with 5.5% ABV. Too many of my go-tos are high in this respect. Can't believe I waited this long to try it.

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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 chiefbender
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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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

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ledouge
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Jaffa Orange in color which surprisingly has similar taste to the Citrus fruit
Smell: Sweet, mild but pleasant and subtle mustiness
Taste: Falling on the not so bitter side of the spectrum. Drinks above its nose. Sweet yeasty melon.
Feel: Good mouthfeel. Jumps at the tip of the tongue then down the sides bringing out a sweeter bitter lingering aftertaste.

Overall a wonderfully approachable "Happy Pale Ale". If you haven't had this, search it out and enjoy.

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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