Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 90
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: m1ked on 02-26-2008

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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 90
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (422 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (416 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (943 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (361 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev +6%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/22/2011

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. (915 characters)

Photo of jgap
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (442 characters)

Photo of beerpadawan
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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". (731 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (466 characters)

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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