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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

646 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 646
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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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
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very deep and murky amber brown. thick tightly packed deep tan head. decent retention. spotty lacing.

S - dark and dank resinous aroma. notes of spicy herbs and citrus, with a dark bread malt profile.

T - the flavors are a more intensified version of the nose. dark bread up front with lots of citrus/grapefruit rind character. the bitter fruit flavors last long after the finish.

M - milky. lighter bodied verging on medium than one would expect. carbonation is medium.

O - a decent "IPA" with an interesting malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 04:37:09 | More by Teleweizen2
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A handpull at Al's; KBS warming beside it.

A: Darker than I was expecting (maybe I glossed over that red ale part), a deep reddish ochre brown, barely translucent, under an off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Thick and malty, again I was caught unaware. The caramel roasted aromas are strong, to the point of a barleywine; even the prodigous dry hopping can't avoid that thickness.

T: Anyone else expecting the tongue to buckle under the intense bitterness of the hops? I sure was. The only buckling is from the overwhelming malt load - this is as close to a barleywine as a red ale can get - with caramel and roasted malts. The hops are present, adding to the thickness, but they don't bring the fresh bitterness that dry hopping ought to impart. The ale goes down well, tastes good, and packs a mean punch; it's just too dark and roasted. I didn't really get into this one.

M: Very much a red ale, verging towards Black red ale with the roasted undertones. It's not as hoppy as one might expect it to be though.

Serving type: cask

04-13-2012 19:28:53 | More by akorsak
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2012 17:37:03 | More by tbeq00
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wattershed

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2012 04:28:46 | More by wattershed
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-06-2012 02:05:28 | More by hoppymcgee
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Ralphs66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-05-2012 16:26:55 | More by Ralphs66
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-31-2012 23:43:34 | More by hpthebull
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a majestic clear and beautiful rich amber that gets deeper in color as you peer deeper to the middle of the glass

S: Huge floral and pine brightly caress the nose. Smells so good with hints of caramel that creeps

T: Full massive hop flavor and bitterness kicks your socks of in the friendliest way possible. Huge piney hops murder the forward end with a lovely dough/bread and caramel back end. Slight alcohol trickles up in the middle. 

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation and wonderfully dry

O: So amazing this beer is. I always get it on tap whenever u see it at my local san diego brew pubs. Bad ass beer that provides full crazy amounts of flavor. So amped there bottling again. 

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 03:31:28 | More by PatrickSwayze
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ridedatrainmarv

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-27-2012 23:37:05 | More by ridedatrainmarv
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srandycarter

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear mix of reddish brown amber. Small tan head appears. Lots of cling lace.

S - Lots of sweet caramel in the nose, and a large hop presence.

T - Nice FAT caramel center, invading your mouth. The hop jump on top of it and destroy the sweet, making that lingering bitter dry smack at the end.

M - Not as carbed as I would like, medium body, pretty good balance for size.

D - Drink it till it hurts, baby!

Serving type: growler

03-27-2012 02:11:41 | More by srandycarter
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-17-2012 17:13:07 | More by ScottyC54
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DZales1000

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-16-2012 20:48:22 | More by DZales1000
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a light amber leaning toward red with a light tan that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with a blast of dank, juicy grapefruit with less intense citrus and pine hops. As it warms you detect more of the malt backbone highlighted by some brown sugar and caramel.

The tastes begin with light sweet maltiness; brown sugar and darker caramel once again. Then the hop flavors, particularly grapefruit, a bit of citrus and lesser pine are not quite as bitter as I would have expected. Bitterness increases as it warms in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with a crisp carbonation and lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is little to none exisitent.

Overall this is a very nice example of a West Coast Amber Ale. Plenty of dank, resinous, citrusy hops to balance a mellow but substantial caramel maltiness. Very easy to drink and dangerous @ 10%ABV. Not my favorite of the style but definitely worth a go if you see it on tap. Not mind-blowing but super solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 13:22:57 | More by claspada
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange to amber in color with a finger tall beige head. The head reduces to a ring at the edges of the glass and some patches of bubbles. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots and lots of hops - pineapple, pine, and grapefruit are all present with pine being the most dominant.

T: Pine hops with some pineapple and grapefruit notes. There is a real lingering bitterness after each sip of this beer. The flavor of the beer is very sharp and the finish is almost resin like.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very nice for the hop head in all of us but not an easy drinker - the hops are really intense and the name of the beer is appropriate. Probably would be amazing with the correct food pairing but on it's own it is a little difficult to consume much of.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 02:47:02 | More by dbrauneis
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iskeptopotamus

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-11-2012 23:55:47 | More by iskeptopotamus
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-11-2012 20:04:20 | More by UltimateLivewire
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-05-2012 00:39:34 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness is most notable and alcohol is also part of the aroma.

Taste: caramel, ripe apples, nice hearty bitterness, a bit of citrus, and some alcohol are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a dry finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a slow sipping beer that will catch up to you quickly. Not a bad beer, a bit over the top for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 23:00:10 | More by Gavage
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-21-2012 19:27:57 | More by John11486
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bullywee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-21-2012 05:53:43 | More by bullywee
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit, citrus zest, and a slight alcohol kick. Taste is of malt, grapefruit extract, and very bitter citrus zest. The bitterness with each sip is quite assertive and lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it is extremely bitter just like the name implies.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 06:52:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.