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Barmy Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Barmy Ale
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90 Ratings
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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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wceaton

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

08-28-2012 02:45:17 | More by wceaton
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turboedtwo

California

4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this at the Scripps Ranch, Ballast Point.

a - nice golden color with about 1 finger of white head

s - seriously? this smells like apple juice. but in a good way. maybe apricot juice.

t - initially sweet then immediately sour with a fruity aftertaste

m - it's really light on the tongue, kinda has that sour kick on the tongue

d - this stuff is dangerous, you could drink a lot of this before it even hits you. on my 2nd glass already.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2009 04:49:06 | More by turboedtwo
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leodarko

California

4.5/5  rDev +25%

07-28-2012 20:03:19 | More by leodarko
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Thingus

California

4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting, 4 oz. taster on tap at Ballast Point...

Appearance; pours a beautiful clear golden honey color, minimal head falls quickly...

Smell; apricots, honey and a slight bready, yeasty aroma.

Taste; jumps out at you with honey, hints of apricot sneak in but never becomes overbearing... Not a hint of the 10.5% ABV in the flavor profile... Amazing..

Mouthfeel; lively in the mouth, good carbonation with a slightly velvety mouthfeel... Fantastic and easy drinkin, firmly light bodied...

Overall; get some of this. Amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 19:42:58 | More by Thingus
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strongest beer I've ever had and it has a fruity apricot flavor with very little bitterness at all. Kinda dangerous if you drink this all night! Exclellent choice for a first or second beer to start out a great night. Highly recommend this microbrew from San Diego!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 04:30:20 | More by CoreyK
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-13-2012 15:34:54 | More by crob3888
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tleifj


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-20-2012 04:24:16 | More by tleifj
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

10-05-2012 01:31:07 | More by beerpadawan
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

08-20-2012 02:32:17 | More by t0rin0
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-17-2013 00:13:45 | More by DrFunkenstein
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charlzm

California

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 12:49:41 | More by charlzm
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a Ballast Point pint glass.

Pours a reddish golden color with a medium white head that dissipates slowly. Quite a beautiful look. Smell is slightly sweet, maybe apricots...not that strong of a scent. the taste is very flavorful though! if i had to describe it the best way i'd say it is a mix between a barleywine and a sour. you can really taste the honey in this one, and it is intially pleasantly sweet. on the finish its almost like a sour on the back of your tongue. very very interesting, i really enjoyed it. medium bodied with medium carbonation. would NEVER have guessed this was 10.7%, i'd have thought 6 or 7% alcohol was not present at all. very impressed with the drinkability.

overall a very interesting beer that i'd honestly buy if they bottled it. get a pint of this if you can because it's awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 02:25:24 | More by Axnjxn
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 14:08:02 | More by TheFightfan1
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a generic snifter.

A - Poured into a snifter a crystal clear golden pour with a nice half a finger head that left some really nice side lacing.

S - Sweet apricots as well as light honey aromas.

T - Nice high ABV hits the mouth intermixing with well, apricot juice. Nice honey malt sweetness too. This stuff is almost like a hard cider!

M - Light carbonation, like slightly carbonated fruit juice.

O - I really liked this stuff. It reminded me more of a hard cider than a beer, and the potent apricot really gives this a nice fresh warm weather mood.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 01:24:25 | More by rudzud
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a quick fading white head on top. There is a sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is a little funky, it's not really fruity, it's kind of sweet smelling. The taste is strong, lots of sweet fruity flavors with honey in the mix. Minor bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick. Decent carbonation too. Overall it's not a bad beer, glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 01:57:40 | More by Knapp85
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n2185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-27-2012 21:50:52 | More by n2185
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-15-2012 13:20:43 | More by Patrickbrusil
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: growler

10-03-2013 19:20:03 | More by ckollias
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-03-2012 05:49:29 | More by SocalKicks
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tmhessel

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-15-2012 00:40:43 | More by tmhessel
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Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-15-2013 06:03:45 | More by Zbeetleman
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Linda Vista location.

Pours vibrant and translucent gold with a pillowy white head. The aroma is of ripe apricots, sweet honey, caramel, and alcohol. The apricots are the dominating characteristic in the aroma.

The flavor is a lot of apricot with caramelized honey. The taste is sugary sweet. Tannins impart noticeable bitterness and there's a low level of acidity. The alcohol is apparent, but it's hard to believe it's nearly 11%.

The beer is light bodied with a sticky mouthfeel.

This is like a mixture of cider, mead, and beer. Very interesting but the sweetness limits how much you can drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 22:54:30 | More by HopHead84
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srandycarter

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of it... Saw it at Downtown Johnny Brown's.

A - Light clear honey, near white head leaves fast to disk.

S - Malty, fruity, tart sour smell.

T - Apricot, booze, lots of tartness.

M - Medium body, good carb, sweet fruit balances well with the tartness.

D - Not cloying, easy to drink in spite of the high ABV.

Another winner by Ballast Point.

UPDATE 2.13.11 This batch very sweet, cloying, not enough bitter to balance and carbonation is low. Would not rate it so high if I was rating again. Hope this is just a bad batch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 06:07:55 | More by srandycarter
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paytoplay

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricots and honey shine from the get go. Really nice amber golden color. There is a richness and sweetness but still nice acidity and a touch of tart that makes this pretty good. Sample at the brew mart and will be enjoying a growler over the coming days. Fun drink but I'd try and keep it really cold, helps acidity stay fresh. Alc really wasn't noticable, then again a 2oz taster so hard to judge what a pint would do.

drank the growler with friends, was great cold, and got some funk and different with it warming up. very enjoyable and glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 22:13:11 | More by paytoplay
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Barmy Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.