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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: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: m1ked on 02-26-2008)
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of jneiswender
4.65/5  rDev +26%
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 alalvarez75
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Screper
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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 charlzm
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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".

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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