Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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2.89/5 rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance: Beautiful translucent mahogany with a foamy off-white head that settles to a half finger with a fair amount of lace.
Smell: Citrus hop notes that comes through as an almost artificial lime scent that reminds me of Rose's Lime Juice. Some tart pineapple as well. There is a an odd scent that I can only describe as brussel sprouts. Grainy and grassy notes come through as well. A minor hint of alcohol comes through.
Taste: Pine and grapefruit notes of hop bitterness. Some sweeter malt notes of caramel and grain that come through as well. The finish is balanced, not too dry, and consists of grapefruit pith.
Mouthfeel: The hops have some presence on the palate. Nothing more than a gentle tingle, and definitely not buckling my tongue. The beer is fairly thick.
Overall: This beer is okay. There are some off-putting elements on the nose that reminds me of cooking brussel sprouts or cauliflower. There is an artificial citrus element as well. I love the big amber style of beer, and I will say that this does not come close to Nugget Nectar or Lagunitas Mondo, which are two of my favorite examples. Overall, I think it falls short because it lacks that clean, crisp and fresh hop character that the others have.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2014 00:20:34 | More by antott0523
Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.