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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

461 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 123 | 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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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

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 Dilbert65
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HarpuaCritz
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ale207
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 LarryV
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gnolan
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miket13
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kvnheet
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzarooski
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brownbass
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GFD400
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 SBrouse90
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 AdamStone
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.