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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Abandon Ship Smoked Lager
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%


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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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a red amber with a mild off-white head, looks like an average pint, head retention is average.

S: Nice barbeque, smoke smell to it, wood notes, pleasing.

T: Upfront smoke flavour, light peatiness, not as robust as Schlenkerla but gives a noticable presence. Has a sweet maltiness to it and an off-dry finish.

M: Carbonation is quite light, thin feeling all around, effervescent, light/medium body.

D: A tasty drinkable rauchbier, went well with my BBQ brisket sandwich, an interesting offering from Ballast Point, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2008 23:11:20 | More by Halcyondays
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a fairly clear auburn color with some golden hues, thinner layer of beige head, a filmy collar and a few spots of lacing.

Nice smooth smokiness in the nose with malty edges and a hint of sweetness, roasted warmth with a leathery touch.

A dash of bitter hops in the beginning before a nice layer of smoked malt envelops the palate. A decent char continues with some roasty malts and a nice dollop of caramel. Faint suggestion of dark fruit sweetness. Finishes a bit smoky and warm.

Medium body, mellow carbonation, sticky and dry. Nice flavor and use of smoke, not overpowering and pretty smooth overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 05:42:45 | More by xnicknj
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This smoked lager is actually not too bad. The smokiness actually give off some kind of sweetness instead of a saltiness like some smoked beers do. The smoke is Light enough that it's doesn't over power the beer either. The color is a copper with a pretty nice head on it. The taste doesn't scream bacon which is pretty nice for a change. The beer has a medium mouthfeel that allows the drinkability to increase. Not a bad brew but it could be a little stronger.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 22:18:24 | More by Knapp85
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Pehlman

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 16:57:15 | More by womencantsail
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This is a brown colored beer with average head and little retention on top. The nose is sweet and slightly smoked like teriyaki beef jerky. Not an intense smoked beer, this is lightly smoked with jerky-like character to it. It's got a medium feel, though at times I thought that I could chew on it.

Solid all around beer. Order a pint with food if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 23:36:39 | More by DoubleJ
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with a light smoke flavor that lingers on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smoke is very mild in the aroma and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 01:37:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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m1ked

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 04:03:16 | More by m1ked
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:34:06 | More by emmasdad
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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint at O'Briens in San Diego about a month and a half ago, reviewed from notes I took on that date, think a glass cost me around five dollars but I cannot remember exactly

A-Color was a clear ruby with brown highlights, head was slightly off white and a little foamy, did not stick around long, minimal head and not much lacing either

S-Smokiness, roasted malts, earthy accents, some traces of skunkiness, burned barley, some faint meaty aromas, light coffee, caramel, grassy tones, and sweetness

T-Starts off tasting like a regular old lager, then there is some slightly chewy malt in the middle, finish is full of smokiness, for some reason I could taste some barbequed meats and bacon, my palate was going nuts, not a big fan of smoked beers but I wanted to try this one anyways, balance was decent, just wish it was not as smoky, did not change much as it warmed, smokey accents dominated any malt or hops

M-Medium body, lots of carbonation and small bubbles, creamy, slightly smoky, and chewy mouthfeel, taste lingered for a little bit

D-There is a low alcohol presence and the ABV did not seem very high, taste keeps you coming back for more because of its lightness mostly, could have drank two pints and that is about it, smooth though

Never heard of this Ballast Point brew and it sparked my curiousity, so this was the first thing I ordered that day, not of their best brews but definitely a unique one, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 06:21:57 | More by Floydster
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FosterJM

California

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 00:57:15 | More by FosterJM
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magictrokini

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Hamilton's and looked like an amber color but it was so dark in there I could not be sure. The smell was a little odd but the taste was something else. It smelled a little smoky which was fine but then the flavor was like wet dog and smoke. It was like somebody soaked a dog in lager and then squeezed it into my glass, yuck. I drank it anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 01:48:30 | More by ArrogantB
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Overlord

California

1.85/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light golden brown. Thin white head. Smells like smoke ... and ... jerky? Strange.

Taste is just a mess. I'm serious, I get a real beef jerky vibe from this. I have concluded that smoked beers may not be my thing. There's a bit of peat/earthiness ... maybe some malt, but boy, I can't take the smoke.

Thin mouthfeel. Didn't want to finish my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 05:01:57 | More by Overlord
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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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