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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager
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84
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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 Pehlman:
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Pehlman

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ the other night at their Ballast Point tasting.

A - A light amber color with fairly minimal head and little lacing as well. Might have just been the pour.

S - Very malty aroma. Smell reminded me of the Sam Adams Black Lager. Didnt notice much smokiness in the smell at all. The malts were just a little toasty smelling. Caught a bit of dark fruit in there as well.

T - Again very malty but with a smokey apple flavor. Not overly sweet, which is good IMO. Maybe even a hint of grapes in there as well.

M - Great! Carbonation was perfect. Light but not thin.

D - Good for drinking with some tasty BBQ. I couldn't really see myself just having one of these alone though.

03-28-2009 00:43:12 | More by Pehlman
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours clear copper with a small ring of off-white bubbles. Light aroma of smoked corn. Taste is weak until the beer warms. Once it does, it is a pleasant smoked malt with some meat/bacon flavors. A little iron. Good, but I just want more smoke in my smoked beer.

12-05-2008 00:00:58 | More by magictrokini
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JohnLynch


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-06-2012 04:17:13 | More by JohnLynch
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Johnny58

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-29-2013 19:04:28 | More by Johnny58
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-07-2014 20:48:33 | More by Griffith
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augustgarage

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

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...

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

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

On tap at Toronado San Diego. Not exactly what I expected with a name like "Abandon Ship". I thought it would be richer and fuller, but I guess I should never judge a beer by its name. It's a dark amber-red-chestnut in color beneath an off-white head. Head retention and lacing are limited. The aroma is clearly smoky, but it doesn't beat you over the head. It's bacon/wood/BBQ over a moderately caramelish malt base. The smokiness is probably from Beechwood but I can't be certain. The flavor is pretty much as the nose suggests, with the addition of a hint of roastiness, and some mild grassy hops. The bitterness is balancing, and the smokiness does the rest. It's medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Overall, it's a fairly drinkable pint but I don't think that there's enough malt there to sustain the smokiness for more than one or two. It's interesting though, in that it's fairly restrained, and that makes it pretty unique.

10-09-2008 00:53:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

On-tap at Tap and Table in Emmaus PA for $6/pint. I thought this was a wonderfully balanced smoked beer. It appeared a slightly hazy brown with no head. The aroma was a bit simple with liquid smoke, but the flavor was a tasty mix of molasses, milk chocolate, bacon (yum), caramel, and toffee. The aftertaste is a bit thin, but the basic profile is delicious. Definitely worth a try if you a smokey, but not all-smoke beer.

07-22-2009 13:03:22 | More by tempest
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Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-16-2012 23:07:57 | More by Ralphs66
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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-17-2013 06:45:17 | More by HinghamRick
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-27-2013 19:58:54 | More by jsanford
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wedge

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

@ 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.

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

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-28-2013 19:17:06 | More by largadeer
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fmccormi

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-07-2013 02:20:45 | More by fmccormi
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

04-24-2013 22:52:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-24-2014 19:35:12 | More by robear
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alalvarez75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-16-2012 01:31:59 | More by alalvarez75
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%

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.

03-05-2010 02:10:09 | More by jneiswender
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nasa258e

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-17-2012 08:50:22 | More by nasa258e
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

If there is a style secondary to American IPAs and Czech Pilseners for me, it is rauchbier. This was presented to me with a finger of tawny head erupting with CO2 bubbles and evincing good retention. Nose had a slightly smoky sweetness, like a mild BBQ sauce. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a good deal of smoke on the tongue. Warming, the malt became a bit more forward, making it taste like hickory or maple wood-smoke cured bacon. The finish filled my sinuses with that bacon-like flavor. I found it pleasant, but it may not be for everyone. This would be outstanding with BBQ ribs, no doubt.

12-31-2009 23:46:24 | More by woodychandler
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jgap

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

It's a dark lager with a brown-orange hue and very little head that somehow fades to less head. No matter, if it's a good beer it will taste good, right? Smell is smokey. Like smoked ham and charred toffee or caramel. Taste is crisp caramel that fades to toasty toffee finally finishing with a strong, deep smoke malt. Quite a lot of taste- it finally finishes in a long, barley-smoke aftertaste. Warms to even more smoke. Great smoked lager!

02-16-2009 06:19:42 | More by jgap
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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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