Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale
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88
very good

720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 68
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002)
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4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sadistic blood orange pour into the Duvel glass. Quite the devil. Very inviting looking...crimson red with a striking off-white frothy 3" head. Chill hazy...ominous. Aroma of hot citrus glaze on a piping hot waffle with pineapple singing backup. Big ole flavor of spruce tips and thick indian river grapefruit. So balanced for such a big ole crunchy hop bomb. Perfumey as hell in the mouth yet the tongue buckler sensation was omnipresent. Rich, malty taste and I get hints of bittersweet chocolate and toffee somewhere. So aromatic hop nasty yet so rich and malty. Citric piney overhand then a sweet uppercut maly smack. This one is a winner!

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4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a tall, stemmed tulip glass. It glowed a beautiful maroon color, boasting a one finger head of creamy white bubbles. This showed great retention and thick lacing as the beer left us. Translucency was high, as no sediment or haze was noted. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma is immensely complex. There are bright bubblegum esters, making us think of Juicy Fruit bubble gum. The fruity part of that also applies, as guava fruit hits the palate hard. The hops are spicy and citric, with distinct grapefruit and lime. The malts are cooked and darker. They are actually on the pale side in flavor, but show a depth of darkness. With warmth the nose becomes sweaty and salty. As we sipped, the citric hops hit up front like crazy. These mix with even, calm malts. There is a limey quality here as well, with mustard seed, tannins, and a biting nutmeg spice. The malts act more towards the middle, with significant toast, and the faintest suggestion of caramel. They even give off a woody quality at times. The hops remain for further bittering and resiny dryness. The end holds most of the fruit, with tropical berries and hand fruits predominating among the grapefruity hops. Despite the sugars, the end is quite bittering, with pine and grass being the last things to leave your mouth. The aftertaste breathes of big booze and chalky grain. There is even more booze with warmth, but it becomes subdued by thick hop resin and pine cones. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. There is a definite drying astringency despite the fantastic slurp, pucker, and smack. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is quite warming. Drinkability here is supreme.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the big hops in both the nose and the taste. The aroma is damn near perfect, with a certain cleanliness and crispness to it. While the hops were so robust, the malts beautifully balanced this beer. The alcohol is hidden expertly, and the flavors all melt together. This is one of the best beers we’ve had in a long time.

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4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Red or brownish, cant remember exactly. No much head, or lace but there.

S - Smells of malts and caramel malts, somehops back there but not like an IPA

T- Taste is somewhat complex, think malty, grass/deep hops, red kinda beer flavor, kinda homebrew taste. Hard to explain.

M - Pretty great sipping a half pint fresh from BP, kinda lower carbonation, but well liked and balanced.

O - Nice, well rounded strong ale, malty, hoppy, and redish all at the same time, mixed in with a homebrew kinda vibe. Thumbs up for a different style!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm ready to walk the plank with this strong red ale. On to the beer:

Good clarity in the body. It has a beautiful amber reddish glow, topped by a thick, hearty head which continues to hold up. The aroma is quite a treat as well, it's both malty and hoppy. Where to start? Assorted tropical fruits, mango, passionfruit, caramel, toasted malt. Is this a Double Bastard clone?

Oh my! All the flavors are mixed together, and it feels softer than silk. A burst of citrus, passionfruit, and burnt sugar cling on to the palate at first. Hops explode everywhere, but they are controlled without getting too fiesty. A little uncooked veggie gets noticed. Toasted towards the end. A tad more malt would make this perfect for me, but I'm merely nitpicking at this gem. Luscious and smooth like no other (sorry Newcastle!), the alcohol is hidden extremely well, and it is dangerous to drink.

Tongue Buckler is more of a Mind Buckler to me. How Ballast Point managed to pull off this beer without any major leakage of alcohol deserves props. An excellent beer, but watch your consumption: it drinks more like 7% ABV than its listed 10% ABV.

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4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.