Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 68
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a color close to amber but it looks both brown and orange at different angles. Head is big, dense and lasting. The head is a pronounced tan color. The head also refuses to die off. The tall foam cap leaves much less lacing than I would expect. One of those heads that is big but refuses to stick to the glass and would rather keep its height throughout the drinking process. A great looking brew.

S-Piney hops are very potent. The aroma does not jump out of the glass and hit you from a distance, but when you do commit to smelling the beer you find its intimidating power. Sweetness seems to be set quite high as well, but the herbal, super-spicy and resinous hops really provide the thesis to the overall aroma.

T-The incredibly intense pine-oil hops collide with a comparably tough chocolate covered caramel flavor. The choco-caramel battles the spicy/herbal/dank hops but eventually the abrasive hop bitterness wins out. Both components are shockingly rich and coercive. There is some sort of sadistic balance to this beer with both the malt and the hop working together to eviscerate my tongue's flavor receptors.

M-Creamy, full body. Carbonation is almost muted by the combination of the flavors and the beer's lasting bitterness. Resinous (hop) and syrupy (malt) on the tongue.

O/D-This brew is brutish in both malt and hop. A supremely intense drink. It will take me a while to finish this, but I really enjoy beers of this magnitude. Tongue Buckler is a great name for this; it fits the beer well. At nearly $10 a bomber it is pricey; but if you're looking for a beer to literally burn away the uvula in the back of your throat, this is the beer to choose.

Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of timwardjr
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SalMineo
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of mwayne
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12 oz tulip.

A: pours a rusty amber ruby-brown with about half a finger of off white head that dissapates slowly and leavs a nice lacing.

S: Pungent tropical fruit.... Pinneapple/mango... A touch of sweetness, earthy/toasty malts, caramel.... Aroma
Reminds me of hawaiian punch... Takes a bit of warming for the aroma to really come out on this one.... But it does smell delicious.

T: reminds me of hoppy earthy fruit punch. Deep and slightly toasty amber Malts blend with tropical citrus fruit hop flavor.... A good amount of resinous bitter pine in there as well. An interesting blend of flavors here.... Caramel notes becoming more and more apparent as the beer warms. The alcohol becomes a bit more apparent as well.

M: medium bodies with medium carbonation and a dry bitter finish.... There is a bit of lingering mouth coating bitterness.

O: a pretty good beer, reminds me of bitter tropical fruit punch.... I wish the lingering bitterness was toned down a notch here as I am not a big fan of the aftertaste. It is deffinatly worth giving a whirl though, grows and grows on me everytime i drink it.

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jdougherty
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ridgeline23
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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

A- Bright ruby red pour into a goblet. Light tan head with a creamy texture and good retention. Tons of web laces coat the glass.

S- Strong almost like a Barleywine or big DIPA. Notes of pine, citrus and earthy hops. Also big caramel, dark fruit and slight alcohol.

T- Huge amber ale. Big hop forward with pine, earthy, herbal and citrus notes. Also caramel, alcohol hints, bread and fruit.

MF- Creamy and moderately thick body with nice carbonation. Finishes with a big bitterness and alcohol heat.

Really good strong amber. Hops forward and flavorful. Big but all works out nicely.

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the red side of amber with a good sized yellowish tan colored head. Held up to the light it is a clear red colored ale.

Smells sweet the moment you open it, I smell malt syrup from 3 feet away from it. Sweet malt with a minty hop aroma. Smells woody with a Cedar chest scent. Slight sour scent, there is more pine here than citrus.

Starts out bittersweet with a little pine board in the after taste. Strong bitterness but the malt does a good job smoothing the taste out. Not a lot of subtlety here, just a smooth bittersweet ale that is solidly in Barleywine territory. Alcohol level is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

Overall a mild tasting Barleywine that kicks you in the head like a Mule.

Photo of brentusaurus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt and sweet fruit aromas with some bitterness

T-rich malt and dried fruit with slight hoppy bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid imperial red ale with decent balance and body

Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber red color with a LARGE off-white egg-shell color that goes down slowly. Scent is quite malt forward, with plenty of sweet caramel malt aromas. There is also a ton of hop resin in the nose. A little bit of that lovely cat piss aroma we get from some hoppy beers as well. Taste is initially sweet, and the sweetness actually lingers. Very bitter in the middle, but starts out smooth and ends rather smooth. Nice malt profile to compliment the intense hop profile. With each sip, the bitterness tends to intensify, which is rather unique. Definite lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, while the front of the tongue leaves a nice sweet candy flavor. Burnt malts as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated for this particular style. Drinkability is scary for how high the ABV is. Overall, this is another great hoppy offering from Ballast Point. Sweeter than I had expected, but not overly sweet.

Photo of Tucquan
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-05-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear dark amber-red with a pillowy 3-finger head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

S - Mild sweet and lightly roasted malt, some hop bud oils and hop floral.

T - Initially hop forward then a sweet malt with caramel and a light stone fruit that becomes earthy and metallic. The alcohol is very apparent. As advertised, it is very bitter. This bitterness and vegetal hop flavor lingers long into the aftertaste without quite enough malt sweetness to balance it out.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Thick, resinous and very prickly. Nice.

O - I like double/triple IPAs quite a bit, and Sculpin is high on my list, but this brew doesn't have a flavor or finish that propels it even close to the top of my BA ratings. I finished the 2nd half of the bomber the next day and liked it better than on day one because the excessive bitterness had faded enough to let the malt profile show through a bit.

Photo of peacebone116
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright dark amber, the color of a worn copper penny. This ale pours with a great off-white head that fades to create fine lace along the leg of the glass.

N: Rich malty sweetness and beautiful citric hint at pink grapefruit.

T/M: Following the aromas, the sweet and tart flavors wind across the tongue. The heat of alcohol is noticeable, but the body is not overwhelmingly heavy, but rather light for the heft of this beer's potency.

Overall, this is a great take on the style. Excellent flavors!

Photo of WeedKing4
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Picked this up at City Beer Store in San Francisco. Pours a dark, slightly clear, ruby amber colour. Decent head. Tastes very bitter, and quite malty with a almost caramal like finish. Decently hoppy as well, and the name follows suit. It makes your tongue tingle and sing. Very nice beer overall, and a style I would like to try more of.

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.