Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by portia99:
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle sent as a great extra in a trade with beernerd81. This has been a long time want of mine, so I am very thankful to finally get to try this one. Cheers Ben! Poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a very pretty and super clear amber red color with a huge two fingers of long lasting cream colored head. The foam slowly fades away after a couple of minutes leaving tons of beautiful lacing on the glass and a thick skim coat that never fades away.
S - Getting a combination of caramel, some toasted malt, grapefruity citrus and pine with some alcohol and a light soapy aroma.
T - Very hoppy up front with an assertive bitterness that gives a slight medicinal and maybe a bit of a metallic aspect also. Pine and citrus hop flavors are prominent too. Some caramelly sweet malty flavors are firmly planted at the base with some contribution of breadiness and some toasted and medium-dark roasted malts as well. Bitterness is pretty harsh overall, even for the hophead that I am. Still very good overall.
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. Carbonation is slightly prickly, but tends more towards the creamy feel. Mild to medium alcohol warmth. Hops are a bit harsh and coat the entire mouth with a sticky, resiny feel. Bitterness and alcohol warmth linger past the swallow.
D - Reminds me a bit of fresh Flying Mouflan. Strongly hoppy and bitter. Definitely lives up to the name - the bitterness is a bit bracing and in your face. I'm enjoying this beer, but it is certainly not an easy drinker...tends more towards being a sipper. I started the night with this bomber and I think this is where my night is going to end too. This 22 is a session in itself.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2010 01:23:55 | More by portia99
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3.09/5 rDev -21%
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
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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