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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

642 Ratings
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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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FosterJM

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1276th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

Has a bottle date but cant read it.

Thanks to GuruDel for the gift

App- It actually looks red in the glass and has some orange highlights. A bit of a large three finger head falls slowly with impressive webbing and cling. Truly one of the best clings ive seen.

Smell- The label doesnt lie. Its really more malts and hops than most DIPAs are. Put it this way, Fat tire on roids. Just a malty explosion with a big thick hop backbone.

Taste- Hot damn!! Malty and hoppy!! Again the label doesnt lie. Just a complete malt bomb! On the flip side has a big creamy hoppy bitter flavor. This is truly creamy with a balanced palate attack. Not sure if its growing on me. I do appreciate the layers on this of citrus, malt, hops and creaminess.

Mouth- A full medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Big creamy malts and hops with residual citrus as well.

Drink- I really wanted this to be CA's Nugget Nectar. Guess that will stick with Lagunitas for the time being. This beer is big, bold and brash. Really does punish your tongue. I dont know if
I would have again actually.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 06:08:42 | More by FosterJM
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-12-2012 03:05:13 | More by bradcochran1234
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-10-2012 20:45:44 | More by jmccraney
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Nugganooch

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchase from the Homebrew Mart - Nice to see this one in bottles again.

22oz with my Alpine pint glass

A: Pours a deep dark amber color with nice clarity. Has a dense reddish-brown core and nice fingers worth of dark beige head that displays some awesome longevity. Clingy strips of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops upfront with some underlying citrus fruits. Carmelized malts. Touch of chocolate and some light alcohol aromas.

T: Alcohol asserts itself right away making it hard to discern much of the flavor but it does eventually subside to a massive charge of hoppiness. High bitterness factor full of orange flesh and pine notes. Classic American C's at play here. Has a real residual pucker going on. I get lesser notes of sundried fruit such as raisin and some ripe plum. Toffee sweetened malts with just a touch of mild chocolate and a bit of earthiness. Caramelly but not really bready or chewy at all. Really nice once your palate adjusts to the bitters and alcohol. The malt and hops are harmonious.

M: Has a great creamy mouthfeel that really saves the brew from being a boozy mess. Warming for sure. Medium to heavy body. Carbonation is on point. Real nice dry crisp finish with a tremendous amount of resinous hoppy linger.

D: Big Brew for sure. All things considered this is a nice brew given the Imperial quality. Teeters the scales at times but really comes along as you make your way through the drink. Should please both hops and malt lovers but watch yourself with this one at 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:20:47 | More by Nugganooch
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-09-2012 03:45:54 | More by GRG1313
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-09-2012 01:35:43 | More by bsuedekum
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actone2001

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-06-2012 18:50:12 | More by actone2001
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broken22

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-06-2012 14:48:58 | More by broken22
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Topher78

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice copper color leaving 2 fingers worth of a khaki head and great lacing. The aroma consisted of citrus, light grass, pine and pepper. The taste was a combination of spicy and citrusy, leaving your palate very dry. Overall it was a very pleasant beer and one I would seek out if you're a hop head.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 20:25:07 | More by Topher78
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Hill Farmstead pint glass.

Pours a beautiful, brilliant garnet shade with one of the sexiest foam crowns I've seen. Easily 2-3 fingers thick, the head is still over a finger thick by the time the glass is half finished. Insane. The nose is loaded with rich vanilla, some caramel, and a healthy dose of malt. The taste has a good dose of hops that were noticeably absent in the nose. Lots of caramel in this. Awesome. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a sublime biterness to it. It's not sour OR tart...but you can see where the tongue buckling comes into play. I've never encountered a beer where the hops greatest presence was in the finish. Very very unique. Overall, this rules. Want more.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:43:59 | More by Retail1LO
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-01-2012 20:37:12 | More by olympicgatorade
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Jaldama

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-30-2012 18:25:44 | More by Jaldama
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-29-2012 04:31:42 | More by drewone
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +28.2%

04-29-2012 02:24:17 | More by CEDAMA
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kornkid8600

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-28-2012 23:04:44 | More by kornkid8600
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justiceavocado

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-28-2012 21:19:05 | More by justiceavocado
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MrBURTON55

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-28-2012 18:20:13 | More by MrBURTON55
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John_M

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Al's of Hampden the other day.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing (especially for cask). Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light cherry and light honey/vanilla. On the palate, this moderately sweet beer is pretty yummy, showcasing considerable butterscotch, vanilla and light cherry cough drop. The alcohol is fairly well disguised in this 10% abv. beer, especially considering the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is soft, full and very long, with almost a creamy consistentcy.

Couldn't drink a lot of this, but the one glass I had was pretty tasty.

Serving type: cask

04-28-2012 17:19:17 | More by John_M
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BoRaeCho

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-28-2012 08:27:42 | More by BoRaeCho
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MikeDre

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-27-2012 03:53:00 | More by MikeDre
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass. Can't read the "Enjoy By", but this just came out about 2 weeks ago. Arrr.

A: Pours a hazy, dark reddish amber, with a finger of head which manages to be both coke-float brown and a brilliant white. It recedes to some sloppy looking head and lacing. It clears up as it warms.

S: Pine, some amber/crystal/caramel malts, and a little sugar coated grapefruit.

T: A blast of hop flavor (mostly pine, hint of citrus) and amber malt in good balance, with the hops hitting you up front and then slowly fading out over a good minute; maybe some burnt caramel as well. Almost no trace of bitterness.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O: Overall, I applaud Ballast Point for bringing more of a pirate theme to their bottling labels. That was one of the biggest weaknesses of the brand. The beer is less abrasive than expected; good, if pretty big, amber. Hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 04:42:17 | More by pmarlowe
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teleman

New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

04-25-2012 22:19:53 | More by teleman
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baybassboy

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-23-2012 17:12:37 | More by baybassboy
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-21-2012 05:35:29 | More by Rollzroyce21
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mhaugo

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-20-2012 03:50:20 | More by mhaugo
Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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