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Barmy Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Barmy Ale
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Made with 2-row malt, Galena hops, house yeast, apricots and carmelized honey. On old sailing ships, barmy was the foam on top of fermenting fruit.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-11-2009)
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Reviews by SDDanC:
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

On tap at obriens, great golden orange no head. Nose is defintely candied apricots, honey, and pear. Taste is quite the same, lots of tart apricot, sweet from the honey, slight malt presence. Mouthfeel is subtle, not very carbonated but it helps accentuate the fruit. If it were more carbonated it would definitely lean towards a weak wild ale. Overall, quite enjoyable, refreshing and tart. Would love bottles of this

09-24-2011 03:49:06 | More by SDDanC
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-01-2012 21:02:28 | More by ste5venla
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

06-05-2013 05:14:17 | More by Tuckersmth
Photo of schmidtmattsays


4.46/5  rDev +23.9%

On-tap at Niche in Geneva, Illinois. Served in a Deschutes branded pint glass. Told it was one of only 3 kegs of Barmy Ale tapped in Illinois and it is now retired. This was my first Ballast Point beer and it was outstanding. I'll admit that I was originally drawn more to the fact that it is a rare/discontinued beer than to the apricot and honey aspects of the ale. That being said, the apricot taste was very subtle and the honey made it incredibly smooth and drinkable for a 10.7% ABV beer. The subtle apricot brought some sweetness but it was overall a very balanced beer that I would love to have again. Unfortunate that it was only brewed once.

07-18-2013 03:01:10 | More by schmidtmattsays
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, honey, subtle alcohol, and peaches. The flavor was of sweet malt, apricot, honey, and sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had a big fruit profile going on throughout. It tried really hard to hide the alcohol on the flavor but the followthrough is just too overpowering for it. I will say that this one is definitely worth trying/ticking if you get the chance.

05-18-2011 11:03:38 | More by thagr81us
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-27-2012 21:50:52 | More by n2185
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-01-2013 02:35:35 | More by largadeer
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-26-2013 00:05:17 | More by Chugs13
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

07-30-2013 16:13:57 | More by afrokaze
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-15-2012 13:20:43 | More by Patrickbrusil
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

08-19-2013 23:01:03 | More by mendvicdog
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-29-2014 16:32:58 | More by dannyfayy
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

On tap @ provisions

Look: Golden yellow in color and translucent and a thin bubbly head

Smell: Sugary apricot sweetness

Taste: Again its a bit sugary with apricot in the background

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: After having two beers today brewed with Apricots I have come to the conclusion that Apricot does not belong in beer PERIOD

02-18-2012 05:13:28 | More by DarthKostrizer
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-20-2013 20:12:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

on-tap at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into a flute.Pours a nice translucent golden color. Fizzy white heading that turned flat in a few ticks.

Smell is very fruity,sour apple,apricots,and slightly tart.

Taste is like a carbonated apple juice , sour , citric and refreshing. Nice honey notes and very enjoyable.

Mouth is crisp. Light-medium bodied and the 10%ABV is very well hidden. Neither thick nor watery.Amazing balance in the mouth.

Damn this one was shocker. I am a rookie when it comes to this style but damn this was enjoyable.

02-26-2011 14:08:02 | More by TheFightfan1
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

On at Sunset Grill.

A- Clear orange with a small white cap. Tiny ring leaves

S- Hard to put words to. Slight vinegar grape juice. Faint apricot and sweets behind it. Very heavy wine and mead feel.

T- General apricot flavor mixed with honey sweets, bread yeast, grape acetic, apple and faint spice. Once again has a wine or mead feel to it.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth moderate carbonation.
Warm from honey added alcohol.

DB- Different to say the least. The dominant flavor is grape wine and not really sutr how I feel about that, more apricot would be good.

01-01-2011 02:32:54 | More by cbutova
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

04-08-2014 02:55:18 | More by Mikexw
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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

On tap at Bar Crudo in San Francisco.

A-Fizzy, translucent golden yellow with almost no head.

S-Vinous, sweet, a bit of dried apricot and bready malts.

T/M-Somewhat wild and funky, medium bodied, on the sweet side. Sauvignon blanc grapes and apricot were the standout flavors, with bready maltiness, a little farmhouse funk and a slightly cloying finish. ABV is well hidden.

D-Too sweet, but definitely something different.

01-23-2011 01:16:05 | More by DaveHS
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-09-2013 03:24:27 | More by corysmith01
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-13-2012 15:34:54 | More by crob3888
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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Big fluffy head fades slowly over crystal clear golden orange color.

Nose is very fruity apricot, sour apple, light dry yeast, light Belgian sweet malts.

Taste is very sweet, some fruits again, light apricot, sour apple, touch of pear, lots of light candi sugar and other sweeteners. Light Belgian delicate malts, dries a little bit on the finish leaving a bit of a wild style dry bready gritty farmhouse taste, but the sweetness lingers way too long. A bit of bitterness comes out on the finish as well.

Mouth is a little lighter bodied with decent carb, semi syrupy but still gritty, and touch of warming booze.

Drink is meh, way too sweet and doesn't dry much, and the fruits are a little too bright, but the alcohol feels lighter than it really is.

12-24-2010 00:54:36 | More by jlindros
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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

Clear golden hue, somewhere between light and medium shade. A little carbonation in evidence in the glass, streaming tiny bubbles up to an incredibly uniform and creamy thin white head.

Sweet, fruity aroma - apricots, pears, dates, lemon.

Mildly sweet flavor favors the pears and apricots with a tidy little touch of bitterness on the finish. Fleeting brush with alcohol warmth as it goes down. This is 10.5% ABV? Completely unnoticeable!

Easy to drink and, at this high an ABV, perhaps the most insidious beer ever created.

03-18-2011 12:49:41 | More by charlzm
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Enjoyed this beer out of a growler.

A: Pours a copper hue with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S: sweet fruit apricot and honey aroma

T: Similar to the smell there is sweet fruit mostly apricot flavor followed by hints of honey and
some mild hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Yummy brew – just enough fruit

10-03-2013 19:20:03 | More by ckollias
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-05-2013 19:48:21 | More by jscheuf
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-25-2013 19:09:30 | More by drewone
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Barmy Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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