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Barmy Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour at the Better Weather Fest at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, apricots, honey, and some mead-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a strong alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.13/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Strong Ale

A: The pour is a clear golden color with perhaps some notes of orange to it and a white head.

S: This really just smells like a sweet, high alcohol lager, or even a malt liquor. Grape and apple juice with perhaps a touch of sweet apricots, but it's really more "corny" than anything.

T: Flavor is similarly sweet, almost to the point of cloying. The apricot flavor is there a little bit, but it does little more than make this beer more sugary and overbearingly sweet. Pretty much just tastes like white grape juice, apple juice, honey, and corn.

M: The body is medium and sort of syrupy. The carbonation is moderate at best.

D: This was just no good, I have to say. I am unsure as to whether this was the original batch or a re-brew, but either way, I was not a fan.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 20, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep yellow body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Simple, though distinct aroma of sugary sweet honey and fresh sliced apricots splashed with a little Viognier.

Taste: Lightly tart, fruity apricots tossed with a good dose of table sugar and coated with copious amounts of honey. There's a touch of alcohol in there, but, to me, it's nowhere near the asserted high ABV. Well, Ballast certainly doesn't cheat the drinker when it comes to fruit or honey flavor. No real hop character or bitterness though. Finishes expectedly sweet and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While it is quite flavorful, the excessive sweetness and somewhat expansive body does, as gford217 says, hamper the overall drinkability. But would I recommend it? Sure, why the hell not?! Recommended! So long as "sweet" and "apricots" are fond members of your vocabulary that is.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -16.9%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

mendvicdog, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite orange amber in the small tulip at Pizza Port in OB. Strange fruit, I call it. Salty and sweet with an odd syrupy flavor. Sharp and heading towards acidity. Lots of apricot, finally, in the nose. A strange smoky, cardboardy hint. After finishing most of it, I took a sniff of the nearly empty glass- weirdest smell of old fruit and the gym.

I wouldn't call it very drinkable, but it's interesting at least. Not to mention, an alternative to the nuclear hop war. It really doesn't seem that strong, not did it feel alcoholic either. A friendlier version of this, or one less strong with Saison yeast might be more enjoyable.

mactrail, Mar 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

beernads, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

drewone, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Whole Foods

Barmy Ale is a new one to hit the market here on the east, the color of the liquid is golden with a light bronze shade popping through minimally. A clean looking beer with an egg colored firm head up top that does not stick, Some swirls bring back the bubbles when they die off.

Smell is pretty bold and on the fruity side The honey pops out the most with the apricot trailing. I get some grape scent and a bit of peach. Some grassy notes with warming and some alcohol peeping through. The fruit shines through during the whole glass

A strong ale with a fruity twist. Definite strong ale characteristics, one the alcohol is there when it warms, two, there is a strong sense of honey, it rushes through the mouth. Apricot comes through with a small medicinal tone. Some grassy tastes with small traces of pale malt mixing in with the honey. Not overly sweet, but STRONG Some alcohol is noticed, it's right there.

Feel is semi coating to the mouth, body is a sturdy medium, carbonation is there and sort of biting, some heat coming from the 10 percent. I had 7oz of this stuff and called it a day. It reminds me of something DFH would brew. Good for a go, grab some.

BARFLYB, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

HopHead84, Jun 11, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Rhettroactive, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

Axnjxn, May 16, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, May 18, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler courtesy of WeeHeavySD shared with the boys at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a decent sized whitish head that lingers a bit as a cap and leaves hints of lacing.

Whoa, I wasn't expecting this aroma. It's definitely got a ton of apricots which are evident from the get-go. There is also more than a dash of honey sweetness in the nose as well.

The taste is more of the same with a massive honey sweetness forming the backbone underneath the apricot and some oaky tannins lending a slightly bitter finish to this one. The finish also has a floral presence, not from hops, but more like actually flowers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very sticky - lots and lots of sugary sweetness lingering on the palate throughout.

This is a very interesting and tasty beer. The sweetness limits the drinkability fairly substantially for me. I really, really like this one, but getting through my second glass wasn't easy. Tasty and unique.

gford217, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

rudzud, Jul 06, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

akang, Aug 01, 2013
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Barmy Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.