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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 72
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +6.9%
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.

Photo of beesy
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - gorgeous beer. A somewhat rocky, two and a half finger off white head forms above a brilliant mahogany colored beer. One of the best looking beers Ive had in a while. Nice lacing left from the head.

S - earthy and very piney. boozey.

T - its all about the bitterness. Very firm, resinous, bittterness with lots of pine. A nice course bitterness lingers on the palate. Alcohol present - you can tell this is a bigger beer when you're drinking it. Somewhat ne dimensional.

M - full bodied, almost creamy. Although I prefer my hoppy beers to be drier, I think if this were any more attenuated, it wouldnt hold all the alcohol and bitterness.

D - low for me due to the high IBU and alcohol.

Overall, a fantastic looking beer that is solid all around. mmmm- eye candy. I wish the taste were a bit more complex or followed up with more/different late hops.

Photo of localhost
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco’s In Ardsley, NY

Nose is boldly of hoppy goodness.

Pours ruby hued amber, medium tan head, stays and then leaves a thicker collar and plenty of fine lacing.

Dense layers of hops, resins and spruce. Big and bold brew, with interest, quality and attitude abounding. About what I would expect from the Ballast Point brewers.

Complexity, character and density of flavors adds up to a quality brew thats well worth seeking out.

Photo of Rayman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chilled glass from a bottle, it appeared like a smokey burgundy red. I found the look to be just that of a red ale

S - Smell of grains and citrus combine to give off a pleasant scent

T - Very malty and hoppy initially, which i personally enjoy. The after taste however leaves my tongue feeling conflicted. Its hard to describe but its a nice surprise, it felt like you need to brace your taste buds a bit.

M - Complicated and rewarding. After i finished the bottle i looked at the picture and laughed, its a pretty good visual description.

O - I have only tried a few red ales so my experience is not much, let alone this imperial red ale which is my first. If someone were to ask me if i ever tried any imperial red ales this one would definitely come to mind. I would buy again if i were in the mood for a imperial red ale.

Photo of FosterJM
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1276th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

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.

Photo of bradcochran1234
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of actone2001
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of broken22
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Topher78
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.