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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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84
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
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:
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(Beer added by: m1ked on 02-26-2008)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 02:34:53 | More by corby112
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 23:27:19 | More by mikesgroove
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mithrascruor

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 03:06:02 | More by mithrascruor
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augustgarage

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 21:16:19 | More by augustgarage
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Stoneman78

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 05:12:06 | More by Stoneman78
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 02:19:20 | More by BARFLYB
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Johnny58

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-29-2013 19:04:28 | More by Johnny58
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-07-2014 20:48:33 | More by Griffith
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-27-2013 19:58:54 | More by jsanford
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BigLittleHokis

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-04-2013 06:00:09 | More by BigLittleHokis
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Zorora

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-23-2013 21:38:10 | More by Zorora
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-17-2013 06:03:19 | More by ambruns1979
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-17-2013 05:31:08 | More by 51mmz0rz
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wedge

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ 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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 17:07:23 | More by wedge
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:10:43 | More by mactrail
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SDtastentune

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:19:07 | More by SDtastentune
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 00:51:21 | More by ffejherb
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2008 00:53:22 | More by NeroFiddled
Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.