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3 Sheets Barleywine - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3 Sheets Barleywine
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BA SCORE
87
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2008)
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3.26/5  rDev -16.6%

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki 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 a strong alcohol aroma. Taste is much the same with fruity and strong alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but it's very boozy and strong in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

On-tap at Linda Vista/Home Brew Mart

A: The pour is dark amber in color with a creamy khaki head.

S: As expected for a barleywine, a malty nose with some caramel and toffee along with a light hoppiness. The hops give a definite perfume character and somewhat of a floral note. Some booze on the finish.

T: A slightly more fruity hop character with a touch of pineapple, which lasts all the way through the sip. Plenty of toast and just a mild roast and bitterness. The hops give their same perfume notes and there is certainly some booze. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and citrus peel.

M: This is certainly full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I had wanted to try this beer for quite awhile, but it didn't really live up to expectations. Sort of stuck in the middle between a hoppy barleywine and a sweet one.

womencantsail, Aug 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

largadeer, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a bright amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, light caramel malts, annd bready malts. Smell is a bit muted and more fruity then most barleywines, but nice.

t - Tastes very fruity, or fruity malts, oak, citrus hops, floral hops, bready malts, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent barleywine, but more on the fruity side vs. caramel and toffee. Worth checking out.

mdfb79, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Appears a murky dark amber with a deep mahogany hue and a thick, off white cap that slowly fades out into a gentl cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich toffee, caramel, cocoa, nouget, minerals, and tobacco.
Taste is of the aromas with an astingent flavor of nailpolish pulling through before the end of the finish with molasses.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, sticky sweet, and syrupy.

weeare138, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +2.3%

drewone, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Had this fresh version side by side with the BA version.

Served in a sampling glass.

Served with /2 finger of light tan head. Color is a clear copper gold.

Aroma: Big malt profile, caramel, toffee, floral hops, and citrus. It reminds me of a big IPA.

Taste: Big malts again. Nice toffee and caramel notes. Tons of floral hops along with the citrus. Just like the aroma. A nice b-wine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a touch of heat. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very malty, but a little dry.

Overall, a nice hopped up b-wine. I enjoy it a lot. It is fairly drinkable for the abv. I would easily have this again.

mothman, Jan 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

PEIhop, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

7/19/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Slightly translucent dark amber with a small beige head.

S: Prune, dried date, and a little fig. Earth and some grapefruit with evident alcohol wafting from the glass. There's a short-lived candy sweetness in there. I get a little baked bread as well.

T: Dried dates with a strong booze profile. Light caramel and toffee. Notes of plum and prune with a moderate bitterness. The caramel is lightly sweet in the midpalate, but that fades as the flavor progresses toward the bitter dried fruit boozy finish.

M: Upper medium body with a matching level or carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A pretty good American Barleywine. I remember liking this a lot more a couple years ago.

HopHead84, Jul 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

WOLFGANG, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

popery, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

mattmarka1, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 28, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Growler

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Bright but dark amber in color with a moderate-sized light khaki colored head which leaves oily and dotted stick down the glass.

Sweet aroma with some caramel and mild toffee notes leading the way, along with floral and mild citrus hop character. The alcohol is fairly well hidden in the aroma.

Fairly big bitterness, along with floral and citrus hop notes, and bready and sweet malt profile. The alcohol is present, but doesn't affect the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation, though crisp and enjoyable.

Tasty, somewhat bitter, and straightforward for the style. Very drinkable.

ehammond1, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

WDJersey, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

GrindFatherBob, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

djaeon, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Tap @ O'Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
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3 Sheets Barleywine from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.