Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-28-2012 00:20:48 | More by beerpadawan
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-22-2011 21:46:37 | More by HopHead84
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
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
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ
A - Ruby red in color. Light tan head falls to a skim. Nice lacing
S - Smells quite malty with slight smokiness.
T - Quite sweet, some caramel with a little tang on the back end.
M/F - Light/Medium body with great carbonation which was fine yet active.
D - This was a fairly tasty brew. Good pairing with BBQ as it isn't too filling.
01-02-2010 17:18:19 | More by ThirstyBird
3.84/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
08-31-2013 20:21:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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
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
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
On tap at Teresa's Next Door on 6/28/09.
A - Clear, deep amber brown, copper-tinged body with no visible carbonation and virtually no head or lacing, save for a slim ring around the top.
S - Subtle smokey notes up front with some sweet malts reminiscent of caramel and toffee. Some mild earthy hops peek through in the back. Not much else going on, really.
T - The smokiness really comes out in the flavor, with plenty of meaty flavor, but not over the top at all. Some light floral hops and sweet caramel malts emerge in the middle to off-set the smokey, meaty flavor.
M - Medium bodied with a light syrpuy texture that's a little thin overall. Sweet and smokey on the palate with a light hop bitterness in the finish.
D - Nice smoked beer that's not too meaty or overwhelming at all. I found this to be quite drinkable overall, as I've slowly been getting more into this style lately.
07-01-2009 00:51:21 | More by ffejherb
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
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-30-2011 05:10:43 | More by mactrail
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Great dark brown ale looking, not much lace though.
S - Malty and roasty, some kinda beer/pilsner toasty thing goin on.
T - Roasted maltyness, a little watery with some smokeyness in there.
M - Good carbonation, goes down easy, not to bad of an aftertaste but leaves me wanting more of a porter taste.
O - Overall a little toned down, wish it had more of a robust taste. On tap from the brewery at Old Grove
05-27-2011 00:19:07 | More by SDtastentune
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
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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
03-05-2008 05:12:06 | More by Stoneman78
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-29-2009 02:19:20 | More by BARFLYB
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
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.
Pours a dark caramel-brown color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma has a lot of semi-sweet malts, and a good deal of smokiness. Malty taste with some smoke (not as much as in the smell). There's apples in there as well, which aren't particularly sweet at the start, but which get sweeter as you drink it. Sort of odd aftertaste; hard to describe. Medium-bodied and smooth, with light carbonation.
I've not had many Rauchbiers before, but this one seems a bit sweeter. Certainly an interesting beer to try - I enjoyed it, but I would've preferred a half-pint.
01-20-2012 03:06:02 | More by mithrascruor
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.
Pours a chestnut brown color with dark amber edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Faintly smokey aroma with lots of sweet malt notes. Surprisingly lacking in smoke/rauchbier characteristics with predominantly sweet notes of toffee, caramel and hazelnut. Even when warmed up considerably, there's only subtle hints of smoke. Not bad smelling just not what i prefer for the style.
Thankfully the smokiness is more evident in the flavor than the aroma. Nice balanced of smoke and sweet malt notes with hints of charcoal, ash and smokes meat followed by caramel and toffee. Smokiness nicely integrated throughout but never becomes a smoke bomb. I generally like more smoke but this I see is well balanced, easy to drink and flavorful.
05-21-2012 02:34:53 | More by corby112
Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.