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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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88
very good

642 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 64
Gots: 29 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002)
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-10-2013 21:22:26 | More by McAndrew
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slavall

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-09-2013 23:36:41 | More by slavall
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-08-2013 00:51:31 | More by ThrashMaster
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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Skramer

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-03-2013 22:56:57 | More by erialbill
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oberon

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Iam a big fan of uber hopped imperial reds so here we go!Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich bronze color with a billowing one and a half finger off white head that spits and shoots into a craterous mass leaving a full ring of lace behind.Herbal and grassy hops with a tinge of pine resin,not a big malt profile wich surprised me a little,but I loved the hops.Not quite as full as I would have liked in the mouth,not watery but for the style I may have liked a little more fullness.Flavors of alcohol dipped malty-gummy fruitiness and brown sugar then more of a herbal/leafy hop flavor that turns into a big of grapefruit rind,as I drink more the complexities unfold more.There is a nuttiness that keeps the beer from becoming overly sweet and boozy.At first the beer didn't impress much but as I drank more it impressed more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:29:22 | More by oberon
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

08-03-2013 18:54:31 | More by JohnnyK
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, best by 4/17/2014, pours red-copper topped with a creamy beige head that holds great retention. Aromas are toasty grain, caramel, earthy, piny, citric hop. Tastes include a sharp bite of bitter hops up-front, piny, pungent, grapefruit, burnt caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, earth, prickly booze. Creamy yet resiny mouth-feel, medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Overall, nice Imperial Red, but there are some better ones out there, in particular one lucky one that is half the price...


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 03:46:53 | More by barnzy78
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Ohio

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of Binny's Scumburg. Bottle dating is illegible. Harumphhh...

Pours a smattered crimson with plenty of residual splatter.

Smells a touch solvent-y with a healthy serving of brown sugar. Hops in the form of pine and vague citrus linger along the periphery along with baked rye bread.

What an aggressive bitch this is and quite a surprise given the semi limp dicked hand shake at the front door. Tinny malts that are all to common within the style are assisted by brown sugar in an bold attempt to thwart the onslaught of hops. Mean and rugged, the abrasive hops tumble along the tongue and grab spastically at my tasting places. It's rather a kitchen sink feel approach: limes, cat piss, oranges, baby aspirin...it's all here. The finish is scraping bitterness that rakes along the tongue leaving a ruinous affect and a drying barren wasteland in its wake.

This is quite good and I'm happy to have had this available semi-locally as a welcomed impromptu pick up. I enjoyed this much more than any bottle of Sculpin I've enjoyed and hazarded to guess at its relative freshness. A nice big boisterous bomb of Imperial redsiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:53:35 | More by BarrytheBear
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Iowa

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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GallowsThief

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A – Poured out a cloudy, golden honey brown with about a finger of off white creamy head that settles down and stayed around a bit. Nice strong lacing.

S – Solid punch of hops with a twinge of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T – Big flavor start with the caramel sweetness and brown sugar. Hops follow along with the piney taste we all know and love. It is not overwhelming ( I expected bigger bitterness) but instead is balanced off nicely with the sweetness. Has some of the citrus flavors as well. Nice slow burn from the ABV rolls along after a few seconds. Nice.

M – Creamy, smooth with good carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

O – I was expecting much more of a hop bomb here but it is not that. It is a well balanced flavorful brew. Nice balanced taste. I enjoyed this one. Goes down easy..maybe too easy at 10%!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:44:56 | More by GallowsThief
Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.