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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

593 Ratings
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002)
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to a snifter, no dates

Pours a very dark red with hues of brown and a little over a finger of tan foam. Moderate carbonation stemming from the center of the glass, pretty good lacing and retention on this one

Smell's a little muted for an imperial anything. Strong citrus hops taking the front followed by notes of pine. Very spicy caramel as is expected along with a nice dash of alcohol. Not very pungent but good when you get your nose in there

Taste is close with the nose, upfront citrus and some pine from the hops, the malts come in a lot stronger though. Heavy caramel along with a bit of biscuit, finishing with a big blast of alcohol. Pretty strong

Feel is a medium/thick body, dry finish, very bitter. Alcohol isn't masked much so drinks boozy, but comfortably warm. Definitely not something to be quaffed

Overall solid imperial red. Not something I'd get often for $8, but a solid one to try

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:10:06 | More by lordofstarside
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jjh19

California

3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep red, decent head.

Smell: Not a lot in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Some toffee. Much more intense flavor than I would have guessed from the aroma. Fairly boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body.

Drinkability: Solid. A bit heavy handed on the maltiness. Not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:54:25 | More by jjh19
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JoshuaMason

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Deep redwood; Fluffy, tan head; good lace; medium carb activity
Smell: Pineapple; Woody/Floral hops; Black Cherry; Caramel sweetness
Taste: Black Cherry; Plum; Woody/Floral hops; Orange rind; Alchohol
Mouth-feel: Balanced; Medium Body; Big Carbonation; Dry Finish
Overall: Wonderful West Coast style Red. The ample malt sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 21:13:20 | More by JoshuaMason
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BB1313

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber with nice clarity; fluffy off-white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts. Some candy apple. Some toffee and butterscotch. Subtle amount of citrus. The flavors are sharp and bold. Some grapefruit in the mix. Solid bitterness. Lots of malts. Lots of caramel. More toffee. Fresh red apple is in the mix. Some pine resin is there. Subtle warmth in the finish but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied and pretty creamy. Moderate carbonation making it pretty smooth. Alcohol ultimately goes unnoticed for the most part. This is ultimately dangerously drinkable, but the complexities make this a great sipper.

This is a very solid Imperial Red Ale. It has just about everything you can look for in the style. It's not flashy or over the top, but it's traditional and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:37:25 | More by BB1313
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BucannonXC5

California

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish amber semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. A good amount of spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled smooth citrus notes, lemon, floral notes, grapefruit, pine and caramel.

Tasted rye hops, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus notes, grapefruit and pine, all in a mellow form.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A really smooth beer and I enjoyed it very much. It was a good follow up to Bear Republic’s Café 15.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 05:39:00 | More by BucannonXC5
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Premo88

Texas

3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into mug

L: chocolate brown, murky, caramel/tan head about 1/4 to 2/5-inch tall that sticks a bit; the color is classic American DIPA -- brown, full murk, so opaque light struggles to get through it; next to no red/amber in this brew

S: at first I thought we had a cool English pale ale/brown ale thing going with that sweet lighter malt mixed with just enough hops, but as it warms, it's descending into standard American DIPA caramel/super sugary tropical fruit; definite fig; man, there's some malt trying SO HARD to peek through, but ultimately it's gone ... the hops have killed it

T: much like the nose, starts off with an interesting English ale note from the UK malt, almost light but detectable even amid the massive bittering hops; as it warms, standard American DIPA caramel/mango/tropical fruit

F: strong, solid, good carbonation; almost thick but not ... very drinkable and a definite midweight

O: I don't get why every American brewer has to make 4-10 versions of what we all consider the American Imperial/double IPA, but that's what they do, and that's what this is. There is nothing "amber ale" about this -- and, in fact, I wouldn't even put it into the American strong ale category. It's yet another DIPA, and I'm yawning as I drink it.

With that said, if you're a big DIPA fan, this will do you up right. It's got the big sweet, the big bitter; the hops won't disappoint if you want hops. I would also give it plenty of credit for hiding the high ABV -- and they're not kidding. It's *at least* 10%. Wow!

But for the price ($10.52 for the 22 oz. at Spec's in Houston), it's not worth it for me. Ballast Point makes some good stuff -- Sculpin might be my favorite IPA. Tongue Buckler is a one-off for me; I shant be walking down this plank again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 07:33:22 | More by Premo88
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Big-Frog

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had a clean palate when I tried this beer. It wasn't nearly as bitter as it's "off the scale," IBU label description declares. However it's 10% ABV content is hidden well. It's probably the smoothest 10% beer I've ever had. It tastes like a normal 5% Lager. That's where this swash-buckling pirate draws first blood. Deceptively strong is the best way to explain this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:57:42 | More by Big-Frog
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, it’s not all that red. It’s more of a amber, even verging on brown without sunlight directly on the glass. The head is also somewhat odd, very, very vigorous with odd juts and edges forming. Not the prettiest beer I’ve ever seen.

Smells like a nice red IPA though. The imperial aspect isn’t hinted at it in the nose. Nice caramel and high crystal, along with earthy hops with a touch of citrus. A very good aroma.

Tastes incredibly drinkable. Like, unbelievably drinkable. The first sip took out about 1/3 of the pint glass. It’s very light in the mouth, with only the hops and the alcohol lingering. The alcohol burn is nicely warming, encouraging you to appreciate what you’ve just drank rather than immediately go back for another sip. It’s very well-played in a somewhat hard to hide heat style.

Overall, I think I paid $7 for this, and it’s pretty delicious. Not a pretty beer by any means, but a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 19:00:30 | More by VincentFrey
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Brenden

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tongue Buckler is a deep orange-brown; there's a red effect, but it's not exactly red as such. The light brown head is about half a finger high and soft but firm. Retention is fair and lacing is decent.
Fruits flash for a brief couple of seconds in the aroma before a big bitterness bursts out. It's delicately spicy all the way through. The hops bouquet offers mostly pine and citrus rind. Malts come through with a touch of caramel, but those hops are powerful.
As with the aroma, in the flavor there's a quick flash of sweetness right up front before, this time, a big pine bitterness comes out. Breads and caramel add malty balance, and it's necessary with this much hop punch. It's got a warmth from alcohol and just a little flavor with some depth, but otherwise a skillfully masked alcohol content. A taste of brown sugar is at the back end of every sip.
Despite the size and heft of this beer, it impressively manages a proper medium body. There's a bite all the way through while it remains creamy smooth until the end.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 20:13:41 | More by Brenden
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color with deep hues of mahogany, and a fluffy 2 finger off white head.

Smell has spicy earthy piney hops forward. Smells like there is a fair amount of bitterness. There is also a heafty amout of toasted malt present.

Hoppy bitterness is forward and has more notes of earthy pine. The malt follows with a rich husky maltiness. Lots of residual Bitterness last well into the swallow and exhale.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with high carbonation keeps this drinkable through the bold flavors and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 00:25:01 | More by Fcolle2
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Kirkman

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, rich flavor. Aftertaste has a touch of bite consistent with imperial. I am glad that they didn't go overboard on the "imperial" that maintains drinkability. Note: Any imperial should have a slight drop in drinkability due to the concentration of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:13:06 | More by Kirkman
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try another of the semi-rare but delicious imperial red ale style. This pour is breaking in my new DFH signature glass. Pours a deep, clear blood red with a thick fluffy off-white head. Smell is boozy caramel malt, completely overshadowed by hops. The hop scents start off with some mild pine/citrus rind, followed by tons of sweet fruit. Taste is sweet toasted malt, a sudden wave of booze carrying tons of juicy and bitter hop flavors with it. Finishes with sticky sweetness rolling in bitterness and the heat left over from the alcohol. Definitely a sipper, but great if you like big hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:56:48 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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oberon

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Iam a big fan of uber hopped imperial reds so here we go!Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich bronze color with a billowing one and a half finger off white head that spits and shoots into a craterous mass leaving a full ring of lace behind.Herbal and grassy hops with a tinge of pine resin,not a big malt profile wich surprised me a little,but I loved the hops.Not quite as full as I would have liked in the mouth,not watery but for the style I may have liked a little more fullness.Flavors of alcohol dipped malty-gummy fruitiness and brown sugar then more of a herbal/leafy hop flavor that turns into a big of grapefruit rind,as I drink more the complexities unfold more.There is a nuttiness that keeps the beer from becoming overly sweet and boozy.At first the beer didn't impress much but as I drank more it impressed more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:29:22 | More by oberon
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, best by 4/17/2014, pours red-copper topped with a creamy beige head that holds great retention. Aromas are toasty grain, caramel, earthy, piny, citric hop. Tastes include a sharp bite of bitter hops up-front, piny, pungent, grapefruit, burnt caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, earth, prickly booze. Creamy yet resiny mouth-feel, medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Overall, nice Imperial Red, but there are some better ones out there, in particular one lucky one that is half the price...


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 03:46:53 | More by barnzy78
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of Binny's Scumburg. Bottle dating is illegible. Harumphhh...

Pours a smattered crimson with plenty of residual splatter.

Smells a touch solvent-y with a healthy serving of brown sugar. Hops in the form of pine and vague citrus linger along the periphery along with baked rye bread.

What an aggressive bitch this is and quite a surprise given the semi limp dicked hand shake at the front door. Tinny malts that are all to common within the style are assisted by brown sugar in an bold attempt to thwart the onslaught of hops. Mean and rugged, the abrasive hops tumble along the tongue and grab spastically at my tasting places. It's rather a kitchen sink feel approach: limes, cat piss, oranges, baby aspirin...it's all here. The finish is scraping bitterness that rakes along the tongue leaving a ruinous affect and a drying barren wasteland in its wake.

This is quite good and I'm happy to have had this available semi-locally as a welcomed impromptu pick up. I enjoyed this much more than any bottle of Sculpin I've enjoyed and hazarded to guess at its relative freshness. A nice big boisterous bomb of Imperial redsiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:53:35 | More by BarrytheBear
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A – Poured out a cloudy, golden honey brown with about a finger of off white creamy head that settles down and stayed around a bit. Nice strong lacing.

S – Solid punch of hops with a twinge of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T – Big flavor start with the caramel sweetness and brown sugar. Hops follow along with the piney taste we all know and love. It is not overwhelming ( I expected bigger bitterness) but instead is balanced off nicely with the sweetness. Has some of the citrus flavors as well. Nice slow burn from the ABV rolls along after a few seconds. Nice.

M – Creamy, smooth with good carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

O – I was expecting much more of a hop bomb here but it is not that. It is a well balanced flavorful brew. Nice balanced taste. I enjoyed this one. Goes down easy..maybe too easy at 10%!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:44:56 | More by GallowsThief
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Enjoy by 8/16/13.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with ruby highlights when held to the light. Three fingers of almond embryo colored head dies to a centimeter in a few minutes. Speckled lacing is left behind.

S - The aroma is powerful. I begin to catch whiffs as I pour. Big caramel and blood orange sweetness couple nicely with pine sap. Slightly roasty grain adds complexity. Smells similar to a ripe, bitter American Barleywine. I like it.

T - Assertive, resinous, pine bitterness from the get-go. Refreshing and welcomed brown sugar sweetness cuts the "buckle." A good amount of citrus on the back end. The flavor is exactly what i was looking for. Insanely hopped, but well balanced.

M - Smoother than anticipated with a rich, creamy feel. Alcohol is masked by the intense flavors. The bomber was gone quicker than it should have been, considering the 10% alcohol billing.

O - Yesterday I heard about this beer on this site and thought to myself "that sounds delicious." Today, I walked into Whole Foods (as I do weekly) and saw it for the first time in my life. Funny how those things work. It lived up to my expectations and then some. I'm a sucker for hoppy imperial reds, but this is one fine beer. I'm yet to try a bad beer by Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:00:54 | More by NoLeafClover44
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 04/17/2014
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Richly caramel-like with equally substantial bitter grapefruit and pine-like hops, Tongue Buckler is a serious exercise in avoiding restraint and seeing what happens. The result is a bold smash of caramel malt, hop, and ethanol flavors that at times seems to blur together into a hugely flavorful, but not particularly distinct, mass. After partaking of Bell's and Two Brothers' imperial red ales, I have to say that I just don't find myself thinking that highly of the Imperial Amber style, though Ballast Point's is probably the most well-executed of those three. I enjoy the beer, but do not feel the need to try it again given the $8 price and 22oz bottle format.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige to light tan-colored foam, made up of small bubbles for a fairly dense-looking effect. Retention is about average, lasting 1.2 minutes before settling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass with a medium-sized island of residue sitting atop the body. Lacing is present, but mostly resigned to a smattering of small dots sticking to the sides of the glass: not poor, but not noteworthy, either. The body is a dark reddish-brown color with orange highlights. Light brings out strong red-amber hues with orange and yellow highlights around the glass.

Aroma is of rich caramel malt sugar presence with some citrus and pine resin-like hops, a dash of cumin, and spicy, somewhat hot ethanol. Really, I think the large amounts of ingredients used here and the ethanol end up drowning each other out significantly, rather than exposing the nuances of each. While still enjoyable, the aroma is not as mouthwatering or as deeply complex as it could be.

Front of palate finds sweet caramel malts with hints of forthcoming grapefruit and pine-resin hop flavors and a light spicy tingling from the ethanol. Mid-palate is of bitter and subdued grapefruit and pine-flavored hops, oily hop resins, with spicy ethanol and a strong caramelized sugar malt backbone. Back of palate finds strong caramelized malt sugars, cumin, ethanol, and primarily bitter hops with a modest grapefruit and pine-like edge. Aftertaste of long-lingering bitterness, a bit of grapefruit rind and pine resin, with fairly abundant spicy ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in weight, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a smooth and slightly foamy mouthfeel. Ethanol can be felt as heat and mild burn in the nostrils and back of throat throughout. Leaves substantial stickiness on the lips and palate after each sip. Enjoyable mouthfeel, given the heaviness of ingredients and resulting ethanol content.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 18:04:06 | More by falloutsnow
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/14/14 (therefore I assume it's about 2 months old now).

The beer pours a dull rusty amber with a thin blanketing of off-white head that dissipates into a thin halo that laces. The nose is definitely alcohol and caramel forward with robust, earthy/piney hops in the background...maybe a bit of B.O. and leather. The taste has a mild caramelized sweetness, which is overwhelmed by the abrasive and intrusive hop profile. I have no respect for >100 IBU beers that can't mitigate the gross, grapefruit rind bitter aftertaste...which this one seems to push to the max. As the beer warms the malt sweetness pops a bit more, but it really doesn't do much to cut down on the insane bitterness. This is a reasonably priced, shelf-ready bomber...that I will probably never drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:59:40 | More by ThePorterSorter
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a murky reddish amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with barleywine-like flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit that are quickly followed by a hearty malt character and a strong but not-overpowering hops presence. There’s a touch of an alcohol sting and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sticky and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful stronger beer to drink for a as long as you can handle it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 03:37:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Kinda reminds me of the War of Jenkins's Ear, only with a tongue. Yeah. This stuff pours a clear midnight garnet-copper topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light leek, pine resin, and light spicy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with less leek and a light menthol character in the finish. Unfortunately, what is present--in abundance--is the clash between the caramel and the resin, which are apparently acting out a centuries-old feud right on my tongue. Buckle, my ass, it's a fucking raze job! The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this just didn't work for me, as the hops and the malts just clash far too much for any enjoyment to result.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 20:09:11 | More by TMoney2591
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bendern

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip.

Bottle stated best by 08/16/13, had on 4/21/13.

Appearance - Very hazy, opaque dark copper. Around two and a half fingers of beige head with a gentle pour. Head dissipated fairly quickly, but left a lasting layer throughout the rest of the glass. Minor lacing.

Aroma - Malts, caramel, pine hops, biscuit and other bready smells.

Taste - Pine hops, sweet malts, caramel. Definitely taste more of the malt than the hops. The alcohol is not hidden well, especially in the finish. Alcohol warmth throughout. Drinks like a barley wine, which is a style I don't care for.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. High carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing I'd particularly care to pick up again. Tastes more like a barley wine than a red ale. Good to try once. Not terribly impressed, especially considering the typical quality that Ballast Point puts out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:38:25 | More by bendern
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Not_John_Wayne

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice coloration. Sriracha brings out the sweetness quite a bit. Good head if all you care about is presentation and bouquet.
Flavor is maltier than I want in any Imperial Amber. I'm eating a biscuit that has absorbed all my hops.

I would never drink this beer again unless someone bought it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:16:43 | More by Not_John_Wayne
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InlandTaipan

California

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured and drank on 4/17/2013

Bottled dated best by 3/23/13

A: Beer poured a hazy reddish mahogany. Off-white head was not long lasting and left minor lacing.

S: Aroma is of figs, caramel, butter (Diacetyl), fusel alcohol, pine, worty.

T: Flavor is caramelized malts, lingering punchy hop bitterness, and alcohol.

M: Velvety, thick. A lot of sugar so your lip sticks to the glass with each sip (Not sure if I like that)

O: An interesting take on an imperial Red Ale. I really enjoy Ballast Point's beers, but I feel this one neglects some of the balance that defines the great beers they make. I would still try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:35:42 | More by InlandTaipan
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown to amber. Darker in color with a slightly cloudy look. Healthy head - at least a finger and quality lacing. Smell is dominated by a great hop aroma and slightly balanced with some malts. Taste is good with malt and candimsugar more present with the hops some hidden well. Spicy. Good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:40:58 | More by Oakenator
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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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