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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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Photo of wceaton
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

wceaton, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of turboedtwo
4.68/5  rDev +30%

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.

turboedtwo, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of leodarko
4.5/5  rDev +25%

leodarko, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Thingus
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

Thingus, Feb 29, 2012
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.

schmidtmattsays, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of CoreyK
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%

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!!

CoreyK, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

crob3888, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

tleifj, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

beerpadawan, Oct 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of charlzm
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.

charlzm, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Axnjxn, May 16, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
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.

TheFightfan1, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

rudzud, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Knapp85, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

n2185, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Patrickbrusil, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ckollias
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

ckollias, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

SocalKicks, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

tmhessel, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

HopHead84, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

srandycarter, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

paytoplay, Jun 17, 2009
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Barmy Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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