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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: m1ked on 02-26-2008)
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Reviews by Gobzilla:
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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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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.

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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.

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.