Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml.brown bomber with a comical black and white (with a slash of red) label. This version was brewed bigger than the original to fit into there "Robust Series" of bottled brews. It pours a deep coppery red with brilliant clarity and a couple fingers of dirty tan foam rise to the top. The head is short lasting as it settles to a ring.
Sweet caramel malt supports a fairly massive dose of hops to the nose. Smells a bit like Stones DB, but with a bit more hoppiness. A bit metallic and earthy is this malty big reds aroma.
The flavor is a little on the raw side in that this taste could use a bit of aging. The high alcohol content doesn't help much here as it tends to dominate the brew as it warms, substantially. It really does taste alot like fresh Double Bastard, which I don't enjoy much until it ages some...not quite sure how well this will age but I don't think it would hurt. It does have a big hop pine and citrus astringency which is nice, but the alcohol kind of mutters up the balance from how I remember the Tongue Buckler from days gone by.
Big body and big ABV, along with plenty of carbonation give a good full (and somewhat astringent) mouthfeel, the aftertaste is refreshing and a bit sharp to the tongue. We'll see what happens with a little more time spent in the bottle...it might just kick it up a point or so overall.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2009 18:20:21 | More by scottoale
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