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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Abandon Ship Smoked Lager
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: m1ked on 02-26-2008)
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wedge

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Raleigh Times

Dark brown with a soft white head. Aromas of Beechwood smoke, rich malt, clean lager yeast, and sweet bread with some subtle citrus. Clean, spicy, smoky flavor…rich German malt sweetness and a touch of salted caramel. Medium, crisp, and clean, with some finishing lager yeast. Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 17:07:23 | More by wedge
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; February 2012
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, almost half-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color with a bright, clear hue to it. The aroma has a nice, smooth, rich smokiness that seems to be beechwood smoke in derivation. There isn’t a whole lot of base beer character noticeable underneath the omnipresent smokiness. A subtle, grainy, pale caramelized malt character comes out a touch as the beer warms up.

This has a zippy, prickly carbonation, a touch of viscosity to it so that it isn’t overly light and in fact gets a bit chewier in my second sip. There is a fat smokiness here that is supported by a subtly sweet, savory accentuating malt character that supplies a bit of lingering, lightly toasted grain / malt character. Touches of caramelized malt serve as an accentuating, though balancing smoothness for the dominant smoke flavors so that it doesn’t unbalance the flavor profile; of course this assumes that you enjoy smoky beer. There is an almost nuttiness to this beer at time, it sort of reminds me of a smoked almond in some ways.

Amply smoky, perhaps a touch simplistic, but it is exactly what I was hoping for when I ordered this. You will of course have to really like smoked beers to like this, and I really like that they stayed away from the alternate smoked malts; so many of the newer (and peat too) smoked malts get harsh and weird tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 20:21:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into nonic at tap and mallet Rochester ny. Pours a brown amber wth no head...
Nice smokey sweet malt aromas and taste is similar. A bit over malty but easy drinker. Nice mild smoked brew and a borderline session its so easy. Nice but not amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 22:52:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
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beerpadawan

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured up with a robust, creamy head, light colored with good retention. The beer is clear, with a nice amber/reddish hue.

Aroma is of light smoke, wood, subtle malt/sweet.

Flavor is smooth and layered. The smoke is not overpowering. Present but restrained, imparting warmth, wood-smoke, sweet-smoke. Malt character is well balanced with a finish of earthy, lightly bitter hops.

Very drinkable, goes through an enjoyable flavor progression.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 00:20:48 | More by beerpadawan
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is brownish-copper with a small layer of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is distinctly smokey malt. There is a hearty malt taste upfront with a finish that is both touch sweet and dash smoked.

I have not had too many rauchbiers, but this may be the best that I have sampled so far.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 23:31:16 | More by 57md
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This brew is a watery caramel-brown color. Light flickers of deep amber shine through the transparency. Terrific lacing to the glass.

Smell - A roasting campfire smokiness hits you right up front for sure. Faint fruits and wild game.

Taste - Deep smokiness that ends in a delicious well balanced malt. Roasted barley and hops that lean towards the sweeter side. Light spices that remind me of smoked sausage and wild game. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Easy-going on the palate. All-in-all, a light-bodied, lightly spiced smoked lager. Quite sessionable with a bit of fruity sweetness on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 03:50:54 | More by Jesse13713
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with a light smoke flavor that lingers on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smoke is very mild in the aroma and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 01:37:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a chestnut brown color with dark amber edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Faintly smokey aroma with lots of sweet malt notes. Surprisingly lacking in smoke/rauchbier characteristics with predominantly sweet notes of toffee, caramel and hazelnut. Even when warmed up considerably, there's only subtle hints of smoke. Not bad smelling just not what i prefer for the style.

Thankfully the smokiness is more evident in the flavor than the aroma. Nice balanced of smoke and sweet malt notes with hints of charcoal, ash and smokes meat followed by caramel and toffee. Smokiness nicely integrated throughout but never becomes a smoke bomb. I generally like more smoke but this I see is well balanced, easy to drink and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 02:34:53 | More by corby112
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mithrascruor

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a dark caramel-brown color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma has a lot of semi-sweet malts, and a good deal of smokiness. Malty taste with some smoke (not as much as in the smell). There's apples in there as well, which aren't particularly sweet at the start, but which get sweeter as you drink it. Sort of odd aftertaste; hard to describe. Medium-bodied and smooth, with light carbonation.

I've not had many Rauchbiers before, but this one seems a bit sweeter. Certainly an interesting beer to try - I enjoyed it, but I would've preferred a half-pint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 03:06:02 | More by mithrascruor
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mactrail

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich and slightly sweet. Smokiness is up front but not overbearing. Modest hops and less bitter than many regular lagers. It would be interesting to hop it up a little. Makes me think of a Scotch Ale. Dark amber color. Average head, some lacing but not heavy on carbonation. Pretty flat after sitting in the glass a while.

Just a tang of acidity. Pleasant nose with a whiff of the campfire. In the tulip glass at Tiger! Tiger! in San Diego where ABV is listed at 7.3%. I've also seen 5.9, 6.0, 6.6%, so maybe nobody knows.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:10:43 | More by mactrail
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HopHead84

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/22/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Transparent golden brown with a small white head that quickly fades.

S: Pronounced beechwood smoke with a little applewood bacon character. The malt profile is rich and toasted with bread, reminding me of a Marzen. The nose is clean, devoid of esters and diacetyl.

T: Light and well integrated smoke up front and throughout that reminds me of beechwood. Faintly sweet with notes of rich caramel and bread. Toasted malt notes are pervasive. Low level of bitterness. The end is lightly smoky with rich toasted malt and beechwood smoke. The terminus is clean.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. The smoke isn't nearly as intense as other Rauchbiers I've had (Aecht Schlenkerlas, for example), but the balance of complex malt and beechwood smoke makes for an enjoyable and very drinkable beer. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 21:46:37 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a brownish color with some red/amber highlights to it and a soapy khaki head.

S: The nose is certainly smokey as hell. Lots of bacon bits and meat to it. There is some bready malt character to it along with a slight saltiness and charred wood note.

T: Tastes like bacon bits to start out with. There is a mild chocolate flavor which is one of the better points of the beer (as is the toffee sweetness). A bit of salt and toasted bread. The smoke is certainly there, but not as intense as the aroma.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: For a rauchbier, I thought this was pretty enjoyable. Nice depth of flavor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 16:57:15 | More by womencantsail
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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear brown color with some amber & ruby highlights. The head is dense and short lived, settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of a light brown malt, cinnamon, vanilla and a light smokey note. Not sure if the smoke is producing the cinnamon and vanilla notes or if they added it to the brew. Bit weird.

The taste doesn't really have a cinnamon flavor to it but does have some light vanilla notes. The base beer is light and fruity with some caramel sweetness. Decent smoke flavor but it seems a tad shallow. Quite sweet even with the smoke.

The feel is light with soft carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a light astringent character.

An average rauchbier, a bit too sweet. You would think the smoke would bring an earthy quality but no. I do think that the smoke is approriate for the body. The body is light and so is the smoke. It does drink fairly well.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2011 00:45:39 | More by Gmann
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SDtastentune

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great dark brown ale looking, not much lace though.

S - Malty and roasty, some kinda beer/pilsner toasty thing goin on.

T - Roasted maltyness, a little watery with some smokeyness in there.

M - Good carbonation, goes down easy, not to bad of an aftertaste but leaves me wanting more of a porter taste.

O - Overall a little toned down, wish it had more of a robust taste. On tap from the brewery at Old Grove

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:19:07 | More by SDtastentune
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FosterJM

California

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

481st review on BA
Draft to taster
@Old Grove

App- This was a rusty red/brown color with no real head to it. No lace either. Color is what stuck with me.

Smell- Right up front the smoke just fills up your nostrils. I am not a smoke fan so this just wasnt for me, however, not slamming it because it could have been a lot worse.

Taste- Again, too smoky for me as it was a struggle to even finish a taster of it. The malts were nice but just too overpowered.

Mouth- Nice big mouth feel with a little bit of residual smoky wood flavors. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Drink- It was hard to finish. There are other smoked beers a lot worse and I am sure better. This was right down the middle for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 00:57:15 | More by FosterJM
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This smoked lager is actually not too bad. The smokiness actually give off some kind of sweetness instead of a saltiness like some smoked beers do. The smoke is Light enough that it's doesn't over power the beer either. The color is a copper with a pretty nice head on it. The taste doesn't scream bacon which is pretty nice for a change. The beer has a medium mouthfeel that allows the drinkability to increase. Not a bad brew but it could be a little stronger.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 22:18:24 | More by Knapp85
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a fairly clear auburn color with some golden hues, thinner layer of beige head, a filmy collar and a few spots of lacing.

Nice smooth smokiness in the nose with malty edges and a hint of sweetness, roasted warmth with a leathery touch.

A dash of bitter hops in the beginning before a nice layer of smoked malt envelops the palate. A decent char continues with some roasty malts and a nice dollop of caramel. Faint suggestion of dark fruit sweetness. Finishes a bit smoky and warm.

Medium body, mellow carbonation, sticky and dry. Nice flavor and use of smoke, not overpowering and pretty smooth overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 05:42:45 | More by xnicknj
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DoubleJ

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This is a brown colored beer with average head and little retention on top. The nose is sweet and slightly smoked like teriyaki beef jerky. Not an intense smoked beer, this is lightly smoked with jerky-like character to it. It's got a medium feel, though at times I thought that I could chew on it.

Solid all around beer. Order a pint with food if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 23:36:39 | More by DoubleJ
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured brown with maroon highlights that had a finger of head and left good sticky lacing. I really enjoy smoke beers like this which had a great smokey aroma with roasty malts, faint caramel, and crazy barbeque notes that were like throwing meat on the grill; very intresting. Upfront the smokiness also dominated the taste that had roasted malts, caramel, and barbequed meat accents. There was also very faint hop characters which popped up in the background. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a real big smokey meaty and chewy finish. Overall the brew drank quite well for me and was really enjoyable. I do like smoke beers and this one was no exception. Great offering from ballast point that was out of the ordinary; good job.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 10:44:22 | More by Gobzilla
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem I was able to try on tap at Barleys the other night. This one I had to be honest I had never heard of before and that only made me go after it even quicker. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/17/2010.

Nice medium amber pours with touches of brown coming through as well. Light head of off white caps the top of the glass and leaves a light lacing all along the sides and bottom. Aroma is light, roasted malts, touches of peat and an ice and well rounded campfire note. Light flavor rolls in the same way. It is sort of searching for direction at times. Light caramel, hints of smoked and peat, but again light and seems to fall short of really defining the style. Light feel, well carbonated and quite easy to drink left no issues at all in the department, just really needed a bit of a push to pull it all together.

Overall not bad, but it could have been better. Still very enjoyable and a nice change to see the style on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 23:27:19 | More by mikesgroove
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep reddish brown with a minmal head,aromas were very light,faint caramel and even more faint smoke are all I really picked up.Flavors are still light on the smoke but there is some good maltly sweetnes to it,brown sugar and some modest roast flavors,a light drying almost earthy finish.Not bad but not one of the higher end of the style in my modest opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 17:57:50 | More by oberon
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, clean dark brown color, with some reddish tinges along the sides, and a good white head. On the nose, I get mostly peat smoke, along with some roasted nuts, but mostly smoke. Intense peat smoke dominates on the palate as well, hiding a nice caramel malt sweetness that lies beneath the surface. A noble, interesting and ultimately nice effort, but I know one was more than enough.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:34:06 | More by emmasdad
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augustgarage

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic 20oz nonic.

Slightly reddish-brown with chestnut highlights, crowned by a thin creamy layer of beigs bubbles which laces in gradients of ribbon against the sides. Faint legs drip down quickly. Very good clarity. Average retention.

Dark malt, a hint of caramel, low roast nut notes, and an almost peaty whisper of smoke in the nose.

Well balanced, very lightly smoked malt notes, a bit of glazed carmelized oranges, toast, and German malt. Caramel is stronger in the taste than in the smell, but the finish dries up the sugars pretty well. Rather light in flavor and the smoke is almost too subtle. Shares some commonality with an English Mild in terms of the flavor profile.

Moderate carbonation, slightly soft mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable, pairs well with food, on the other hand I would prefer something more potent. A "smoked lager" maybe, but a Rauchbier? I'm not so sure...

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 21:16:19 | More by augustgarage
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a tasting at the Ballast Point Brewing Company. Served on tap in a tasting glass.

A-garnet body with an off white head

S-sweet smell in the front with a mesquite smoke finish

T-sweet and fruity in the front, german malt middle and a nice mesquite bbq flavor at the end. Not too assertive in the smoke department.

M-medium

D-very good rauchbier. Would be great with bbq. I think this would be a nice beer to introduce rauchbier. Would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 02:10:09 | More by jneiswender
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ
A - Ruby red in color. Light tan head falls to a skim. Nice lacing
S - Smells quite malty with slight smokiness.
T - Quite sweet, some caramel with a little tang on the back end.
M/F - Light/Medium body with great carbonation which was fine yet active.
D - This was a fairly tasty brew. Good pairing with BBQ as it isn't too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 17:18:19 | More by ThirstyBird
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