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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager
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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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Photo of ffejherb


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
Photo of emmasdad


3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

04-06-2010 00:34:06 | More by emmasdad
Photo of jsanford


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-27-2013 19:58:54 | More by jsanford
Photo of Floydster


3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

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

05-12-2008 06:21:57 | More by Floydster
Photo of Overlord


1.85/5  rDev -50.1%

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.

10-06-2008 05:01:57 | More by Overlord
Photo of DrinkSlurm


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
Photo of beerpadawan


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
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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
Photo of notchucknorris


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-15-2013 04:30:22 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-15-2013 09:19:12 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of charlzm


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

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".

04-01-2009 17:44:02 | More by charlzm
Photo of djaeon


4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-22-2012 21:25:46 | More by djaeon
Photo of magictrokini


3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

12-05-2008 00:00:58 | More by magictrokini
Photo of augustgarage


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
Photo of codynevels


4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 00:54:34 | More by codynevels
Photo of pkalix


4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-27-2013 00:40:12 | More by pkalix
Photo of ralphw56


4/5  rDev +7.8%

09-27-2013 23:44:27 | More by ralphw56
Photo of 57md


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

07-11-2012 23:31:16 | More by 57md
Photo of mithrascruor


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
Photo of Pecan


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-08-2013 04:44:02 | More by Pecan
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-16-2012 23:07:57 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of jneiswender


4.65/5  rDev +25.3%

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.


D-very good rauchbier. Would be great with bbq. I think this would be a nice beer to introduce rauchbier. Would drink again.

03-05-2010 02:10:09 | More by jneiswender
Photo of JustinMatthew


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-10-2012 00:30:08 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of ambruns1979


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-17-2013 06:03:19 | More by ambruns1979
Photo of imyourhero21


5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-06-2011 23:56:48 | More by imyourhero21
Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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