Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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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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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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