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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 69
Gots: 54 | 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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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.

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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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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.