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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager
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BA SCORE
83
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
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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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

notchucknorris, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

fmccormi, May 07, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +8.4%

pkalix, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

51mmz0rz, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Pecan, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of pukahi91
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of pearljam118
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

pearljam118, Dec 13, 2012
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.

beerpadawan, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.7%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
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.

57md, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

MickeyHops, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of HStoilkov
3/5  rDev -18.7%

HStoilkov, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Jesse13713, Jul 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

leodarko, Jun 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Ralphs66, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JohnLynch, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

corby112, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

teleman, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

nasa258e, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

alalvarez75, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mithrascruor, Jan 20, 2012
Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.