Longfin Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Clear, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Faintly toasty cracker, with a substantial vegetal quality of green plant stem. A trace of sulfurous metal anchors the other nuanced qualities firmly in the pale lager family.
T: Begins dry, with crisp Munich pale malt that is overstepped by herbaceous/spicy hop aromatics. Flavors turn distinctly sweet on the palate into the middle as malt becomes more refined. Fruit is delicate during the second act, like golden delicious apple. Flavors become diffuse into the finish, barely bitter but with a resurgent huskiness to the lightly toasted grain.
M: Thin viscosity, seltzery and energetic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Full of traditional qualities, this American pale lager does a credible job of measuring up to the German archetype. The constant craft beer drinker may be misled, dared to contemplate how this beer does not stand apart meaningfully from everyday adjunct lagers. In fact, the truth could not be farther away from such a thought. In a direct comparison, evidence of traditional ingredients and careful contemplation on the part of the brewer ooze from this product. It should not be mistaken for an aggressive, next-generation American craft pilsner such as Sam Adams Noble Pils or Green Flash Fizzy Yellow. This is for the old-school beer purists--and those that simply order 'a beer' when trying Beachwood BBQ for the first time.
04-19-2013 00:28:32 | More by beagle75
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3.56/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured one and a half cans into a 1/2 liter stein,poured a light lemon tinged dull golden with a nice fluffy one finger bone white crown that left a nice full ring of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas are grainy with a tinge of iron and straw.Grassy and mild lemony notes on the palate with a dryer more crsip malt base,a decent toasted shot in the finish.Not anything earth shattering but not looking for that today,just lookin for an after work patio beer.
08-25-2013 21:09:24 | More by oberon
3.49/5 rDev -1.4%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: Very light yellow with bubbly white head.
Smell: Straw, apple and almost a slight skunkiness.
Taste: Straw, apple and spicy notes. Some cereal like graininess. Not much bitterness.
Feel: Light body with some carbonation. Crisp finish but only semi dry.
Overall: Decent lager. Better than most macros but not by much.
09-29-2013 23:58:43 | More by bsp77
3.95/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A bready and fairly earthy malt driven aroma with hints of biscuit and light fruit. Pale malts upfront with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, crackers, and yeast. Earthy European hops with hints of spice and grass. Citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon zest. A decent Euro style lager aroma.
Taste: Like the smell hints at, a bready and earthy malt forward taste with notes of bready grains and light fruit. Upfront pale malts with notes of grains, wheat, straw, crackers, biscuit, and lager yeast. Earthy and somewhat grassy European hops with some slight spice. Bright citrus notes of lemon zest and orange. A decent lager taste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth with a fairly drying finish.
Overall: A decent take on a Euro style lager. Good bready and citrusy taste.
11-26-2013 07:35:45 | More by MattyG85
3.29/5 rDev -7.1%
Undated, recently purchased, 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pours very light with a generous white head and lots of visible carbonation.
The carbonation is medium-high and feels surprisingly soft. Light body.
They must use a similar hop load to Heineken because it has a similar flavor profile, including a hint of skunk in the aroma and aftertaste. Aroma is also pilsner-like, with a stronger hop note than found in the flavor.
O: Aside from the feel, this is a remarkably average lager. Served its purpose, nonetheless. being thirst-quenching and refreshing on this first hot day of summer.
05-23-2013 21:17:32 | More by chinchill
2.29/5 rDev -35.3%
Enjoy by date of 4/19/13
Appearance - Pours a touch hazy, pale yellow with a white, 1/2 finger head. Sub-par retention. Spotty touches of lace around the glass.
Smell - Subtle esters and a slight sourness.
Taste - Touches faintly on a bready malt character, hints of grain, then a ghostly mild lemon finish. Not much.
Mouthfeel - Is it possible to be lighter than water? Yes, yes it is. Virtually no carbonation. Bone dry, making it a bit of a chore to swallow. Maybe the worst body I've ever experienced with a beer.
Overall - Lagers are light in nature, but this is ridiculous. Boring, relatively flavorless and utterly disappointing. Sorry Ballast Point, this beer sucks.
03-15-2013 03:42:19 | More by TheSixthRing
3.14/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured a straw pale yellow. very thin white head.
The smell is very light and a touch grassy.
The flavor is light and grainy with a touch of noble hops in the finish, a bit of citrus and fresh cut grass.
The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.
Nothing bad, but on the boring and bland side for a brewery as good as ballast point.
03-20-2013 23:19:42 | More by bashiba
1.6/5 rDev -54.8%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass.
Light gold color, quickly fading head. Smells like a cheap malt liquor like you'd find in a 40oz. Tastes like Miller Genuine Draft. My friend and I were really disappointed. Ending up making red beers from it since it was so awful. When I got home I ended up drain pouring it. Hate to give a beer from BP such a low mark but it really was awful. Pretty sure my growler was clean so I don't get it. Maybe I just have to stay away from this style.
09-19-2011 02:18:42 | More by jamex
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, a touch of sweetness to it. Taste is light and mild, malts, a bit of hops at the finish, not exactly bursting with flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.
06-28-2013 05:00:43 | More by tone77
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with part of the stamped number smudged off. #25...and #3784. Sampled on January 20, 2014.
It pours a hazy pale yellow-olive color with a full fizzy white head that settles back to a ring around the edge. Good carbonation.
The German influence is clearly evident in the aroma with those Euro-barley and grain malts, light toffee, herbs, and a slight citrus feel.
Light and creamy body.
Again, like the nose Ballast Point put some thought into brewing this to emulate the German style beer. The sweet biscuit malts are formidable as are the herbs and mildly hopped finish. This is a good true-to-style lager.
01-19-2014 18:38:56 | More by puboflyons
3.51/5 rDev -0.8%
Clear pale gold with a huge white head and some lacing.
Smell is grassy euro hops.
Taste is light euro hops with a good amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is just right for this style.
Overall an easy drinking lager with just enough flavor to put AALs to shame. Nice beer.
01-02-2014 09:25:14 | More by Spikester
Longfin Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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