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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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111 Reviews

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 566
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 182 | 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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Reviews: 111 | Hads: 566
Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the golden orange cloudy look of this beer. The smell is tangy, earthy hops. The taste is strong and bitter and it lingers for a while. Great head retention. Overall it's not my preferred style of IPA. nb (211 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a rich white head and very good lacing.Hazy burnt orange. Aroma is citrus and earthy hops and pale malts. Flavor is more balanced. Does not drink like a 7%/70 IBU IPA . Mouthfeel is good. Overall a mild one for the style but a solid citizen. (250 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 5/27/15. Pours a clear medium amber with just a hint of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus rind and spruce/pine over a rich biscuit. As it warms, orange is noted as well as a bit of caramel.

Rich medium body that is so smooth it is almost creamy. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and very well balanced. It begins with a burst of hop flavor that is mostly pine, but spruce and orange rind elements are present. The middle brings a mild bitterness, perhaps a bit light for the style, which is met with a balancing biscuit sweetness and caramel undertones. The finish is where the strongest orange notes appear over a receding sweetness. A mild pine and rind bitterness lingers with a slight alcohol note and associated light astringency. (917 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Grapefruit, West-Coast-style piney ("C"-hop), tropical, sweaty, dank, and fruity aroma. Robust, sweet malty character and that characteristically East-Coast bready backbone support the piney, fruity flavors and English yeast esters. Silky, creamy, with lower-than-avg for style carbonation (poured from the can) and moderate bitterness. Overall, a wonderfully modern blending of West-Coast hops with East-Coast malts and English yeast characteristics, similar to Jai Alai and Dogfish Head's 90. 90/100 (501 characters)

Photo of briansnat
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very well balanced IPA. I drank this years ago and understand that the recipe was lost, and they went through great lengths to re-create the original. Though I hadn't had it in 30 some years, it is close to what I recall. A very solid IPA. I think the fact that it's made by Pabst sinks the ratings some. Some people simply don't want to admit that a quality beer can be produced by a big brewery. But they did it! (420 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a healthy white head that has one of the best laces I've seen.
Primarily malt then floral, hops and citrus.
Nice tastes of citrus,mild pine, oily, malt and hops.
Mouth feel is light, plain, mildly carbonated and not to much bitterness.
Not a real exciting IPA, but worth the taste. (299 characters)

Photo of vainosuomi
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber color with thick cream colored head and lacing. Smell is of strong, slightly citrusy hops, with sweet malts. taste follows smell, with oak or pine notes. lingering bitter finish. Light feel and carbonation. Overall a solid IPA. (238 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear deep copper with a full one finger craterous slight off white head that never really settles,impressive.Grassy and piney hops stand out over top of biscuit malts.Very balanced for an IPA maybe closer to an APA but still nice piney hops intertwined caramel/biscuit malts,with a little bitterness in the finish.A solid IPA,I admit Iam pleasantly surprised with this one. (409 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The amber colored body was quite clear, and was topped with a three plus finger of foam, which made it hard to pour the entire can into the glass. The can appeared to be a throwback design, recalling the historic origins of the original beer. The smell of the beer was less citric than the "modern" American IPA, but wasn't rotted entirely in the earthy English hops either. It seemed to be a mix of both styles to me, with some dank herbal earthy notes, and some bright citric ones. The taste was similarly a mix of the evolving IPA style, with both English and American traits, and also some oak from the torpedo they dipped into the aging tank. The body was a little thinner than is the norm nowadays for the style, but the aftertaste was long and very woody. I never got to taste the original beer, but the new one is a nice and comfortable IPA with some interesting character. (886 characters)

Photo of mzablocki
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Nomad World Pub in Milwaukee. Burnt orange color, nice lacing. Pine/citrus notes with a nice malt balance. Couldn't believe it when I was told by the bartender that this was brewed by Pabst. (204 characters)

Photo of GlassOfHops
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap. Beautiful hazy burnt orange color leaving a trail of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell and taste were nice classic pine/citrus ipa notes.

Great creamy feel to it.

Pleasantly surprised. (203 characters)

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed the hop presence on this one, clean, with a very noticeable bite. Touch of citrus, hints of pine, lots of really interesting notes. Thought the balance was able to hang on while cold, but as this warmed up things really fell out of whack. Clean throughout, but heavier and heavier in the back (312 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color; the head is impressive (three fingers and sticks) with plenty of lacing left behind

Smell: Caramel, pine and grass tones

Taste: Caramel malt forward, with a fruity character; grassy and piney hop flavors developing, in the middle; rather bitter, in the finish, but with plenty of malt to balance the bitter flavors; a hint of woody flavors in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit resinous

Overall: Nice to taste this historical recipe; time has marched on, and it is not something I would normally seek out; still, it is worth trying, just for historical perspective (656 characters)

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L - orange amber, nice lacing , suspended carbonation
S - dank and hoppy, orange/citrus aroma
T - hoppy, fresh citrus, green earthy flavors
F - medium body, tingly carbonation, earthy/dank finish. Bitter at first but smooths out (229 characters)

Photo of ppvora
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Light brown color, with some "muddiness" -- the kind of look you get with unfiltered beers. A finger of head with some aeration.

Aromas: large ripe orange with a tinge of lemon and noble hops. Loved the aroma!!

Taste: Noble hops and high-quality malt with some barley. This beer reeks of classiness and style without trying too hard. Despite the aromas of citrus, I didn't taste any fruit.

Mouthfeel: some bitter hops, but not in an unpleasant way.

Just a lovely, stylish, subdued IPA. A keeper!! (553 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To bad it was ahead of its time years ago. This is a great beer, What a difference it could have made if people had caught onto this taste all those years ago. Maybe they did and
those sissy beer drinkers, those girlei-mans, ruin the market for the true beer lovers then. (271 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 23 Apr so just over a month old.

Pours out into a Duvel glass a nice clear rich copper color with light, active carbonation and a 1" ivory head that slowly recedes leaving a ring line and some patches of lacing as it eventually settles down to a thin surface cover with a few islands here and there. Sipping leaves behind multiple small speckles along with a few long legs of lacing.

The gentle aroma contains both hops and some background malt. The contribution of the hops seems to contain pine resin, grapefruit citric and floral components at different times. What surprises is the gradual emergence of a wee bit of what seems to be woodiness from oak.

As expected from the nose, the flavors include pine resin, grapefruit citrus and some caramel sweetness from the malt. There's also noticable dank bitterness, mostly on the back of the palate. Again there's a contribution here that seems to be from the oak. There's also lots of complexity here in the interplay among the flavors and some seem to fade and then reappear.

The beer is medium bodied, has ongoing light prickly carbonation. The finish begins in some malt sweetness that gradually turns dry as bitterness takes over the back of the palate, helping to turn the malt sweetness into that lingering bitter dryness that invites yet another sip.

So far I'm liking this beer and glad there are more in the fridge just waiting. Its nicely drinkable and I can see buying more now and then in the future. Furthermore it seems to have a challenging complexity to it which I don't feel I've completely unraveled yet but I expect to keep trying. (1,625 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What's with all the high ratings for this beer? I can appreciate and respect the romantic history (this may well have been America's first IPA), but by today's standards, this is only marginally better than mediocre. A veritable malt bomb, salvaged only by decent hop bite, but the flavor profile is truly pedestrian. If it was the only beer available at the bar, I'd drink it, but there are so many sexier gals out there to be content with this. (446 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The original Ballantine IPA was brewed long before I had even been born. That's why it's such a treat to be able to try a modernized take on it. I'm not sure about all the details regarding the recipe.

Pours a mild copper hue with a one-finger head into my glass.

Decent hop aroma upfront. Citrus and pine come to mind. Smells like one of the premium IPAs/DIPAs that are so popular with people today.

Crisp with that old school pine bitterness (albeit muted) and a touch of citrus. Ok, maybe that's just my taste buds defaulting to citrus. Definitely piney.

Finishes with a decent citrus bite. Crisp finish too.

Exceeds my expectations. I would love it in cans but I am sure they would sell them at a high mark-up to cash in on the Heady/SOS craze. (755 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Golden Amber color what is pretty transparent with heavy bubbles and a thin white head which rose to about half an inch with a hard pour.

Smell: Light hops and citrus scent.

Taste: Bitter and lovable. Heavy grapefruit...you appreciate the quality of the brew the more you sip it. Tends to mellow out.

Mouth: sticky, chewy.

Overall: Good brew, honestly one of the best at home watch a fight with friends beer. Or overall football beer. Personally would buy again and keep a steady during certain events. (542 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of foam. Aroma is quite potent, with a nice grassy/hay hoppiness and crystal malt sweetness.

First sip is quite sweet - hops are not the dominating flavor here. There is a nice grassy flavor but the main focus is the sweet malt.

While I appreciate that there may be a lot of history behind this beer, this does not compare favorably with modern day IPAs as far as flavor profile. This is a nice, malty sweet beer, but not something overly special. (533 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (225 characters)

Photo of HoppyADK
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (407 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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! (1,758 characters)

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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