Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A-Pours a color close to amber but it looks both brown and orange at different angles. Head is big, dense and lasting. The head is a pronounced tan color. The head also refuses to die off. The tall foam cap leaves much less lacing than I would expect. One of those heads that is big but refuses to stick to the glass and would rather keep its height throughout the drinking process. A great looking brew.
S-Piney hops are very potent. The aroma does not jump out of the glass and hit you from a distance, but when you do commit to smelling the beer you find its intimidating power. Sweetness seems to be set quite high as well, but the herbal, super-spicy and resinous hops really provide the thesis to the overall aroma.
T-The incredibly intense pine-oil hops collide with a comparably tough chocolate covered caramel flavor. The choco-caramel battles the spicy/herbal/dank hops but eventually the abrasive hop bitterness wins out. Both components are shockingly rich and coercive. There is some sort of sadistic balance to this beer with both the malt and the hop working together to eviscerate my tongue's flavor receptors.
M-Creamy, full body. Carbonation is almost muted by the combination of the flavors and the beer's lasting bitterness. Resinous (hop) and syrupy (malt) on the tongue.
O/D-This brew is brutish in both malt and hop. A supremely intense drink. It will take me a while to finish this, but I really enjoy beers of this magnitude. Tongue Buckler is a great name for this; it fits the beer well. At nearly $10 a bomber it is pricey; but if you're looking for a beer to literally burn away the uvula in the back of your throat, this is the beer to choose.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2012 20:13:23 | More by VelvetExtract
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