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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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88
very good

786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 73
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

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002

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Ratings: 786 | Reviews: 217
Photo of travolta
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Minimal head retention, a nice ring of lacing. Red and golden tinge of apricot. Not very attractive.

Nose: Apricot, pine, sweet grains, a little licorice and medicinal at the end. A bit of citrus in the middle as well.

Taste: Crispy carbonation with a bold and heavy mouthfeel. Syrupy just long enough to be taken over my hop bitterness. Alcohol hotness forms at the end. Bitterness, malty sweetness, carbonation, and alcohol all get a chance to show you their stuff during each sip. It is a heavy beer with lots of medicinal and metallic qualities coming through. The dryness s pronounced and plays with the bitterness. Very medicinal at the end.

Photo of Mattdshangraw
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopmodium
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thumperskibum
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FanofHefe
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper colored body with a very sticky, dense head; lots of clinging sheets of foam coating the glass. Rich caramel aroma; heavy fruits--apricot; pine resin. Sweet grain and cereal flavors with a bold, intense hop bitterness from the git go and lasting long into the finish. Coarse on the palate; chewy; heavy body.

A fantastic, deep, rich, complex and nicely balanced beer. The alcohol content remains behind the scenes while the grain bill and hops do the bulk of the work in pleasing your senses. The malt sweetness isn't in your face while the hop bitterness isn't too brash. If big, bold, and beautiful (in a beer) is your thing, then this is one to check out.

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Soneast
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of N_Schleret
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerLover99
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendry
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True Imperial Red appearance,frothy two finger ecru head, laced the Teku in rings all the way down. Beautiful looking beer.

Sweet malt mingles with pungent and earthy hops, rich aroma.

After the initial blanket of sweetish malt, a wave of intense hoppiness takes hold, rendering a strongly bitter aftertaste that not fade away. There seems to be a blend of hops used, leading to complex flavors that are predominately dank and bitter overall.
TB is anything but subtle, and it seems it wasn't created to be that way.

Mouthfeel is light medium,lower level of carbonation.

Fans of Imperial Reds should find something to enjoy about Tongue Buckler, but there is an intense bitterness that may not be for all, and at $10 for a bomber, the value factor is on the low side. I find the recent wave of New England style hoppy Red Ales more to my liking, finding the Simcoe for hopping and dry hopping more appealing personally (Lawson's Steve's Back Yard Red Ale and Fiddlehead Ruby Claire are my favorite examples of this style). I'd recommend trying it if you can handle a beer that was designed to challenge your palate to a duel!

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is crazy beer, super hoppy and not sweet at all, like i often associate red beers as being, or at least ambers, which i expected this to be, you know, heavy with caramel malts and overbalanced. not the case, this one stands as a gnarly big red ipa, super hoppy, a lot of action on this one, resins and pine, grapefruit peel bitterness, and some of the alcohol. its distinct from others in its size but gentle feel, in its refreshment capacity for a strong ale, and in its use of red malt to add character without sweetness. hoppy as can be, but never harsh, just super intense there, and a little hard to drink in mass quantity, but like all beer from ballast point, especially the big strong ones, this is excellent and original beer, worthy at any table.

Photo of SudsSurfer
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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