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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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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-06-2011 23:56:48 | More by imyourhero21
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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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alalvarez75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

07-18-2013 14:31:38 | More by jbaakko
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 17:11:10 | More by John_M
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charlzm

California

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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".

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 17:44:02 | More by charlzm
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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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robear

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-24-2014 19:35:12 | More by robear
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nasa258e

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-17-2012 08:50:22 | More by nasa258e
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ksherry112

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-29-2011 21:03:02 | More by ksherry112
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-22-2012 21:25:46 | More by djaeon
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +7.8%

09-27-2013 23:44:27 | More by ralphw56
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MickeyHops

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-08-2012 23:23:25 | More by MickeyHops
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 00:54:34 | More by codynevels
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-01-2011 12:40:37 | More by jwelsh
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teleman

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-25-2012 22:15:31 | More by teleman
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Beardcore

Nevada

4/5  rDev +7.8%

09-16-2013 18:20:11 | More by Beardcore
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-14-2011 22:24:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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pkalix

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-27-2013 00:40:12 | More by pkalix
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Annesemj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 00:14:55 | More by Annesemj
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-15-2013 09:19:12 | More by GrindFatherBob
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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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jgap

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

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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