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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

792 Ratings
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 76
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002

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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 220
Photo of beerinmybelly
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reedbrew
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A bit thin and alcoholic for my tastes.

Photo of mscudder
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass.

Look - looks like I want to drink it

Smell - Honestly doesn't smell like all that much to me, which I feel is typical of a red. I can smell some hops and a little bit of an "Earthy" scent

Taste - Solid beer here, slightly bitter with a nice blend of hops and malts. IMO some reds can have too much of one or the other (hops/malts) but this one has a great balance to it. The hops feel "dirty" and I don't mean that in a bad way. It just has a tinge of pine, which adds to the Earthy feeling you get when drinking. I feel obligated to drink this beer on a nice day that I am able to spend outside. The booze is hardly noticeable at all (the opinion of the booziness seems to be split down the middle based on other reviews I have read.)

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light carbonation. Goes down easy despite the complexities of the flavors.

Overall - While red ales are not my favorite style, I can definitely enjoy them; although I do struggle to review them, as my palate may not be advanced enough to single out certain flavors in this style. This is a nice, complex beer that I enjoyed and any aficionado of red's should as well.

Photo of Nabs350
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sa93
2.27/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This has the distinction of being the least enjoyable beer I have had this year. Despite being just 10% ABV, it tasted like pure booze. I could hardly even taste the hops and malts anymore. More boozy than any barleywine, quad, or imperial stout I've had. No balance at all. This beer pretty much turned me off on anything Ballast Point.

Photo of DrunkinIrish101
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stomioka
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very mildly boozy what is otherwise a pretty standard-tasting red. Smooth though, and I like the style, so… great "with food" beer.

Also: great head on this one.

ALSO: an adequate substitute for the Lagunitas Imperial Red (though the Lagunitas is superior by a full point).

Maybe *slightly* overdoing it in the hop bitterness department.

Photo of Cbustard
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaliforniaBurrito
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good taste. Ballast Point never disappoints.

Photo of murphius1118
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doom_deluise
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, with a light beige one finger head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel, and floral hops.

Has a mostly bitter taste, balanced by some sweetness. There is grapefruit, pine, floral hops, citrus zest, and caramel. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste, which is impressive for a 10.00 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Chewy, and has a long, bitter finish.

Photo of chefbigjon
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sillyhed8
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazed orange/reddish amber with a thin creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin with citric/tropical fruit, bright caramel and a hint of toasted bread.

The taste is of big bitterness upfront with pine and citrus, but plenty of the smooth caramel backbone comes through. Smooth despite the big bitter bite, it has a long, juicy finish.

A wonderful hoppy red - juicy, chewy full-bodied beer. It's like hop candy in a bottle. By the way, the alcohol is so wonderfully covered I didn't realize the abv was so quite so high until I went to enter the review.

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ginepiece
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maltlikker
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tvoss99
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.