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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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88
very good

790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 219
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: 790 | Reviews: 219
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Rochester Taproom in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark amber, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like strong caramel malt, and bitter pine.

The taste is similar. A little bit of grapefruity-ness, but lots of pine needles and sweet caramel malt. It's fairly bitter, but not quite as much as the name implies.

Medium bodied, creamy, sticky mouthfeel, very drinkable, no discernable alcohol.

A pretty decent imperial amber, could be a little cleaner.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Photo of matjack85
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Roommate brought a few of these home as he works at the distibutor for Ballast Beers in this area, so not sure what the store price is on these 22oz brown bottles. He gets to bring them home for $1 each, so it was nice to take advantage of that insider discount. An enjoy before date is stamped on the bottom of the front label.

The beer pours a clear dark crimson color with a 1-finger tan head that lasts a few minutes and leaves lots of nice lacing.

The beer smells like burnt sugar and lots of hops.

There is nothing subtle about the flavor. Everything in here is put in in massive doses. The first thing that hits you is a massive rush of sugar. The caramel sweetness is so intense it borders on being sickening sweet. This is followed up by over 100 IBUs worth of orange/grapefruit citrusy hops. I wouldn't call it balanced because both the malts and the hops scream for equal dominance. Neither one can tame the other. Big lingering bitter grapefruit aftertaste along with some alcohol.

This is a thick, creamy full bodoed beer with medium carbonation.

I can't decide if I like it or don't like it, but it certainly is different. This is also definitely not a session beer. Between the 10% abv and a 22oz sized bottle, one is enough to start your head spinning.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Some light red tint to it but some DIPAs are the same color. Medium lacing and visible carbonation. Good transparency and filtered.
S: Clean hop smell but not too much on the nose. You get the malts paired with the grapefruit and lemon profile.
M: A lot of bittering hops without the mouthfeel that usually follows. still medium-heavy on the palate and medium carbonation.
O: Recently there has been a number of IRAs being released and this one is good but does not quite measure up to some of the competition (e.g. oskar blues)

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.