Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
4.55/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bomber, listed at 10%, well up from 6.4%,
A: Pours a red-brown with a thick 2-finger off-tan head.
S: A pine tree/bitter resin bomb, heavy caramel with some volatile ethanol.
T: Grapefruit and some guava immediately in the hops. Some toasted biscuit and caramel come as the malt shows up. Great cinnamon spice meets Christmas tree in the finish. Hoppy throughout, but always a good balance. Ethanol is present, but it melds seamlessly with the spice and the hops note; it is very well integrated, great structure of flavour.
M: Pretty much what you would want in this style. Resinous of course, but very smooth and silky. Soft, luxurious carbonation. The finish is long and true, also being zesty and tangy.
D: Usually with a beer this big like a barleywine, the bomber would last 2-3 hours, but 20 minutes into this one I had about 8 oz. left in the pint glass. Just a beautifully drinking beer for it's strength. A fantastic Imperial ale, I really just can't say enough good things about it.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2009 22:54:31 | More by Halcyondays
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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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