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Ballantine India Pale Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ballantine India Pale AleBallantine India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

482 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 57
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 08-21-2014

750ml bottles are limited release but 12oz and draft are year-round.

70 IBUs
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Ratings: 482 | Reviews: 108
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark orange, copper, and unfiltered. Has a nice, frothy, 2 finger head. Fairly thick head. Nice looking bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Great looking IPA for sure!

S- Tropical fruits and pine. Fruits are of pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, and mangoes. Leathery as well. Hops are fairly dank and oily/resinous smelling. Caramel malty notes and toffee are there as well. Some bready, biscuity notes too. Little bit of salt as well.

T- I'd have to say the nose is the same as the taste. Tropical fruits and pine right away on the palate. It is an upfront hoppy, bitter beer. It's more hoppy and malty. Very good tropical fruits with the pine. I even detect a slight soapiness, which isn't too uncommon in some hoppy brews like this. In the background is the malty flavors of bread and biscuits, mixed with the caramel and toffee. Salt is there from the nose. I like the salt aspect. It seems to help the beer finish on the dry side. It gets rid of the intense bitterness (I say intense in a positive manner). It's salty and bready when it finishes. I personally wish I could detect the woody presence like this IPA was traditionally aged in, but I sadly cannot. But it's good anyway. This stuff is very nice.

F- This is straight up a medium beer. I find it to be crisp, clean finishing, and it's refreshing to me. It does have a slightly slick mouthfeel and oily taste. They are using imported hop oils from the UK, so it's no wonder I'm detecting an oily flavor.

*Overall, this is a great IPA. Is it my favorite IPA? No. Would I ever hesitate to buy it? Not in the least. I think I paid somewhere between $7.99 and $8.99 for my 6 pack. I think that's a fantastic price for this beer. If you like IPAs, history, or both, get this beer!

Photo of markgugs
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stoutmasterjames
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a damn good beer. But then again, so is Torpedo. I consider this beer on par with Hop Nosh/Torpedo. It must have been truly a marvel to behold in the 50s and 60s when craft brews were rare, but nowadays, this beer is matched (and outmatched) by many, many competitors.

If your looking to scratch that IPA itch, this will do the job. I pronounce it good.

Photo of MikeRusso
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allenson21
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hippieflip
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cheah
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Plissken
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curmudgeon236
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davecharlie0
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a badass IPA, I will be drinking it for a long time

Photo of RPConover
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As an American IPA this was impressive. I tend to prefer English or East Coast American varieties. It was perfectly balanced. If I didn't know any better I'd easily accept that it was a microbrew.the attention to detail was that good.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well rounded. Tasty and full body.

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iralevinson
1.35/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Why? Why would they even release this. It's mildly bitter, flat and just bad. Don't get it. I predict it'll be off the market with 12 months. Sorry, but I'm being honest.

Photo of Lemke10
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-clear, golden amber color with a slight foamy head. The aroma is rich with hops. The taste is smooth and rich with bitter hops. The bitter flavor lingers throughout as the beer finish crisp and clean. This is a brew that really lives up to it’s rating.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Amber in color and smells of pine and citrus. The taste follows suit with more of a grapefruit flavor. Hop bitterness on the palate with a smooth finish. All in all a real nice ipa that has pretty good drinkability.

Photo of Stofko1992
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuBeats
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TTripp725
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, Pours amber, with clingy white head, and laces the glass nicely. Pine and herbal notes lend a cleaning/disinfectant aspect in a good way. Aromas translate directly into the flavor, which is consistent through the finish.

Photo of hinemk76
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beer272
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank a room temperature bottle.

No defining hop. Learned there are 6 hops in beer (2 of them Magnum, Cascade) plus two hop oils (1 EKG). So just a broad hop flavor.

Took Pabst 2 years to recreate after the beer had not been brewed for years. They attempted to figure out what was used years ago. Then also threw in oak chips figuring barrels were used in past.

Not a beer for me.

Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.