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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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very good

500 Ratings

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 60
Gots: 142 | 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: 500 | Reviews: 115
Photo of dhurrikane
2.14/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Got on special. Nothing memorable, bland in taste, very little hoppiness.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A PBR with some bitterness thrown in.

Photo of Mulegrinder
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nothing going on here besides the deep amber color.

Photo of kkleu357
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 3/7/15

Nice job Pabst. Was talking to the rep, and this is the original recipe from the 1800’s. They actually did know how to make good beer back then. Nice well balanced IPA, with a good bitter hoppy taste.

Photo of HoppyADK
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I haven't seem this label since I was too young to drink. Had to take a stab at it. Absolutely wonderful. Great aroma, starts clean and finishes with obvious hop presence. I was pleased with it and found it to be a great everyday IPA. I would choose it over a good number of IPA's I've tried. Keep up the great product and I thank them for keeping or bringing back an old name in ALES! Cheers!

Photo of Stex69
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding flavor, no residual after taste....very smooth finish...can't say enough

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The label lists the abv at 7.2% and the IBUs at 70. The back label has a nice description of the beer. Appearance: The body has a nice deep golden color with a very slight haze and lots of visible carbonation. It also has a few small speckles floating around in the beer. On top there is a very nice thick head of foam. This foam is just off white in color and hangs on very well making cool lacing on the glass as I drink. Smell: It is full of mouth watering citrusy hops with a light kicker of pine like hops. I also get some sweet bready maltiness as well. Taste / Palate: Right up front there is sweet maltiness mixed with bitter citrus rind, fruity notes of pineapple. The finish brings out the piney hop bitterness which lingers on the palate. The palate has a good medium to full feel with good lively carbonation. Notes: I would say that Ballantine has done there homework. They have crafted a very solid IPA.

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 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 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 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 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 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 cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been looking to review this for quite some time. I had always been interested in it since its revival. Did not know it was 7.2% but that is often a very nice range.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with an extremely hazy body where random chunks seem to be suspended in solution. A one finger, frothy white cap rises and falls somewhat quickly to a large ring. A few speckles and spots at the top but not much else for lacing.

S- Citrus zest and pine hops seem to balance out in strength with cracked pale grains and caramel. Mostly the previous but an herbal and floral quality there as well.

T- Retains the qualities of the nose but more specific things come to mind for me here. Pine resin, bitter orange peel, red grapefruit, floral, herbal and grassy hops up front leading to a somewhat candied sweet caramelized grain backdrop.

MF- Body is on the heavy side and it suits the sweetness and malt flavors present; allows them to work better. Creamy and chewy. Carbonation is moderately high while it all ends fairly bitter.

I hesitate to say the malty flavors in this beer work for the better but in the end they actually do work. The body and the hop profile allow a certain level of sweetness and caramel flavor which is also offset by the grassy bitterness present. Probably not something I will stock up on but Pabst has done a good job here.

Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Balanced but certainly leans towards the maltier side with some muted hops

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this 75oml at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is a medium amber with slight haze and thick substantial white head with fine bead and carbonation is visible in solution. The smell is nice with hop odors that are slightly citrus and herbal with gentle woody accent. The feel is excellent with moderately high bitterness with medium carbonation with low sweetness level and light astringency with a mostly dry bitter finish with almost no alcohol presence.

The taste is very good with hop dominance and citrus almost grapefruity flavor with slight herbal accent and gentle woody quality with a light malt support adding only a mild sweetness to keep this from seeming abrasive. The taste is great and the finish is mostly dry. Overall I was surprised by this and would drink it again without question. The reason I was surprised is not that the original ballantine is bad, but this is as good as many modern IPA's and this recipe is supposed to be one of the first IPA's produced in America.

Photo of nomisma
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA. If it weren't from Papst I would have guessed it came from a small New England micro brewery.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a Ballantine pub glass.

A- See-through copper-amber, near pure amber, color with a fluffy white head, 1f. The head tapers slowly and leaves heavy lacing.

S- Light citrus and floral aroma, some pale malt bready notes along with a touch of caramel. Just shy of sweet.

T- Dry citrus flavor, like a fresh grapefruit without any sugar. Some English malty and wood-like flavors, and caramel.

M- Great. Citrus hop bitterness, dry and lingering. Hearty malt without sweets, the right abv. Silky smooth with bold body.

O- Well done. American IPA, English IPA, either way it works. As I drank, I waited to get the sugar shot, thankfully It never showed up. I like that.

Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Body is a chill-hazed orangey-amber with a small off-white head. Modest "legs" of lace left behind.

S: Good - if not overwhelming - IPA nose: citrus, pine and a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

T: More or less follows the nose, with piney, floral and citrusy hops on top of caramel malt. I swear I'm also getting an oaky, tannic bite at the finish - more accurately, lingering on the aftertaste.

M: Medium in heft, moderate-to-light on the carbonation, but it doesn't cross over into slick at all. Finishes with a nice drying bitterness

O: This is a very solid IPA.

Photo of Provner
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good tasting beer

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 11-19-14, poured into a Great Adirondack pint glass. So about 2 months old.

Ballantine IPA is a beer that keeps me coming back. Tipoff for me that this is a world class IPA. (Or at least HVS-class!) Pale/Amber in color, nice aroma, lacing, full-bodied and chewy. Very hoppy, naturally, and some piney,woody character - don't think this beer is barreled, maybe chips added at some point.

Delicious brew, hops are over-the-top but not palate killers. Ballantine was my first taste of beer as a youth sneakin' a sip, so it's nostalgic. But this IPA will stand up to the greats. Apparently brewed by Pabst at the old Latrobe (Rolling Rock) Brewery. though my current bottle says Cold Spring, Minnesota.

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.