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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 41
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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jgap
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 03/27/2009 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

A dark, caramel-brown hued beer with good clarity. Not much head, just some bubbles atop the fluid.

Aroma is, not surprisingly, smoky. Some sweet malts bring up the rear.

Flavor is somewhat nutty and meaty; reminds me of roasted peanuts and smoked bacon. Smoke flavor is prominent, though not overbearing. Notable (presumably) Munich malt backbone in this beer is reminiscent of a marzen/oktoberfest, which is apparently style-correct. Huh.

Anyway, the mouthfeel is slightly dry but otherwise unremarkable. There is a lingering smoky bitter aftertaste. I had no trouble finishing this pint.

My girlfriend tried a bit and declared it "bitter bacon water that goes down smooth".

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the craft ale house the other day. Talk about a pleasant surprise seeing this beer.

The beer pours a striking brown amber color with good head retention and OK lacing. Surprisingly, I didn't get a lot on the nose, just some very light smoke and charred wood. Consequently, I was all the more surprised and impressed by the flavor profile on this beer. There is a moderately sweet, liquid smoke flavor, coupled with a smoked salmon flavor. The sweetness is not over done and plays well with the smoke. Mouthfeel is very nice and full, with a viscuousness to it that I was impressed to see. The beer is very long on the finish, and is just flat out impressive. As for drinkability, normally I find it hard to drink too much of these smoked beers, as over time the smokiness overwhelms me. Not with this beer. I could easily knock back several at a sitting.

Another fine beer from this impressive Southern California brewery.

Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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@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.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear ruby red/brown hue, minimal head and lacing, plenty of effervescent bubbles

Smell is smoke and roast malts, earthy and grassy tones, clean but underwhelming

Taste is lighter tones of smoke and roast, hints of coffee, caramel, anise, grassy hops, finishes with sweet malts and smoked meats

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and creamy texture, high and prickly carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, low alcohol presence, this is an effervescent smokey beer that is a lighter version of heavier rauchbiers, good balance but I wouldn't drink a large amount of this one

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of m1ked
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Hamilton's, enjoyed on a slow monday after work happy hour.

A- A deep clear bronze color with thin white head.

S- Clearly smokey with a distinct odor of smoked meat.

T- Peat mossy, smokey with an obvious taste of bacon.

M- Smooth, subtle carbonation.

D- This is not my favorite style of beer, but definetly an interesting offer from BP.

Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at TND.

A- Abandoned Ship is a dirty red color with some amber spots throughout. Not much of a head just some loose scattered off white foam. No lacing came with this.

S- Nothing mindblowing just a light mix of peat and smoke. Not getting any hops in the nose, OK just a bit of bitterness, very faint. Some caramel from the malt. Not getting a blast of bacon like many Rauchbiers have.

T- Smoked beers are not my thing but this one was not burnt out. A nice mix of smoke and sweet malt with just a touch of hops to keep things in check. Getting some roast within as well. Probably goes well with some meat.

M- A nice bodied lager that is wearing a smoking jacket. I would say a step up in body then most lagers. Not so much carb in this. The smokey flavors stick around a bit.

D- A bit above sessionable but I would not go for another because smoked beers are not my thing, although this was the most drinkable one ive had yet. Glad I tried it out, not sure if it's bottled.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.