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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale

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88
very good

648 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 65
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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rdmendoza

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-23-2014 21:53:34 | More by rdmendoza
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Vigilante

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

05-20-2014 08:35:42 | More by Vigilante
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-20-2014 01:13:55 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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swaltn

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-19-2014 07:04:32 | More by swaltn
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-16-2014 06:02:58 | More by zestar
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RBuckley73

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-16-2014 04:32:51 | More by RBuckley73
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Nunya

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-16-2014 00:57:52 | More by Nunya
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-13-2014 06:18:52 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-10-2014 12:29:46 | More by mcsauter82
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antott0523

New Jersey

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
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tmryan21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-06-2014 17:35:14 | More by tmryan21
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-03-2014 02:31:02 | More by captainbearcat
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cdean801

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-03-2014 01:39:22 | More by cdean801
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

04-30-2014 21:21:05 | More by mweso2000
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Domvan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

04-28-2014 16:35:02 | More by Domvan
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gmendez1122

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-28-2014 02:23:20 | More by gmendez1122
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-28-2014 00:24:36 | More by cantfindme
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terpinsd

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-27-2014 06:46:52 | More by terpinsd
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2014 00:57:41 | More by GreesyFizeek
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golf4collet

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-25-2014 01:23:13 | More by golf4collet
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BraisingCain

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-23-2014 14:36:39 | More by BraisingCain
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SplitsAtoms

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-23-2014 03:00:07 | More by SplitsAtoms
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matjack85

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 11:23:19 | More by matjack85
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SavvyStudent

Texas

3.84/5  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)

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 22:01:36 | More by SavvyStudent
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Booner818

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-21-2014 02:59:44 | More by Booner818
Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.