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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

701 Ratings
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 65
Gots: 36 | 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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3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into mug

L: chocolate brown, murky, caramel/tan head about 1/4 to 2/5-inch tall that sticks a bit; the color is classic American DIPA -- brown, full murk, so opaque light struggles to get through it; next to no red/amber in this brew

S: at first I thought we had a cool English pale ale/brown ale thing going with that sweet lighter malt mixed with just enough hops, but as it warms, it's descending into standard American DIPA caramel/super sugary tropical fruit; definite fig; man, there's some malt trying SO HARD to peek through, but ultimately it's gone ... the hops have killed it

T: much like the nose, starts off with an interesting English ale note from the UK malt, almost light but detectable even amid the massive bittering hops; as it warms, standard American DIPA caramel/mango/tropical fruit

F: strong, solid, good carbonation; almost thick but not ... very drinkable and a definite midweight

O: I don't get why every American brewer has to make 4-10 versions of what we all consider the American Imperial/double IPA, but that's what they do, and that's what this is. There is nothing "amber ale" about this -- and, in fact, I wouldn't even put it into the American strong ale category. It's yet another DIPA, and I'm yawning as I drink it.

With that said, if you're a big DIPA fan, this will do you up right. It's got the big sweet, the big bitter; the hops won't disappoint if you want hops. I would also give it plenty of credit for hiding the high ABV -- and they're not kidding. It's *at least* 10%. Wow!

But for the price ($10.52 for the 22 oz. at Spec's in Houston), it's not worth it for me. Ballast Point makes some good stuff -- Sculpin might be my favorite IPA. Tongue Buckler is a one-off for me; I shant be walking down this plank again.

Premo88, Dec 28, 2013
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Big-Frog, Dec 28, 2013
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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.