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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

603 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002)
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12 oz tulip.

A: pours a rusty amber ruby-brown with about half a finger of off white head that dissapates slowly and leavs a nice lacing.

S: Pungent tropical fruit.... Pinneapple/mango... A touch of sweetness, earthy/toasty malts, caramel.... Aroma
Reminds me of hawaiian punch... Takes a bit of warming for the aroma to really come out on this one.... But it does smell delicious.

T: reminds me of hoppy earthy fruit punch. Deep and slightly toasty amber Malts blend with tropical citrus fruit hop flavor.... A good amount of resinous bitter pine in there as well. An interesting blend of flavors here.... Caramel notes becoming more and more apparent as the beer warms. The alcohol becomes a bit more apparent as well.

M: medium bodies with medium carbonation and a dry bitter finish.... There is a bit of lingering mouth coating bitterness.

O: a pretty good beer, reminds me of bitter tropical fruit punch.... I wish the lingering bitterness was toned down a notch here as I am not a big fan of the aftertaste. It is deffinatly worth giving a whirl though, grows and grows on me everytime i drink it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:09:39 | More by PeterIngemi
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BraisingCain

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matjack85

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3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought a few of these home as he works at the distibutor for Ballast Beers in this area, so not sure what the store price is on these 22oz brown bottles. He gets to bring them home for $1 each, so it was nice to take advantage of that insider discount. An enjoy before date is stamped on the bottom of the front label.

The beer pours a clear dark crimson color with a 1-finger tan head that lasts a few minutes and leaves lots of nice lacing.

The beer smells like burnt sugar and lots of hops.

There is nothing subtle about the flavor. Everything in here is put in in massive doses. The first thing that hits you is a massive rush of sugar. The caramel sweetness is so intense it borders on being sickening sweet. This is followed up by over 100 IBUs worth of orange/grapefruit citrusy hops. I wouldn't call it balanced because both the malts and the hops scream for equal dominance. Neither one can tame the other. Big lingering bitter grapefruit aftertaste along with some alcohol.

This is a thick, creamy full bodoed beer with medium carbonation.

I can't decide if I like it or don't like it, but it certainly is different. This is also definitely not a session beer. Between the 10% abv and a 22oz sized bottle, one is enough to start your head spinning.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 11:23:19 | More by matjack85
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SavvyStudent

Texas

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Some light red tint to it but some DIPAs are the same color. Medium lacing and visible carbonation. Good transparency and filtered.
S: Clean hop smell but not too much on the nose. You get the malts paired with the grapefruit and lemon profile.
M: A lot of bittering hops without the mouthfeel that usually follows. still medium-heavy on the palate and medium carbonation.
O: Recently there has been a number of IRAs being released and this one is good but does not quite measure up to some of the competition (e.g. oskar blues)

Serving type: on-tap

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.