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Barmy Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Barmy Ale
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85
very good

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 29.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer | 12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-11-2009

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.
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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of paytoplay
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of turboedtwo
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Barmy Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.