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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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119 Reviews

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 583
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 28.43%
Wants: 71
Gots: 196 | 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: 119 | Hads: 583
Photo of steveh
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A surprise gift from a co-worker (okay, I heard he'd bought some and had a few left that he didn't want and I begged one from him -- gracious gift nonetheless).

L -- Clear, deep gold with a dense, rocky, long-lasting light tan head that leaves nice sticky lacing.
Second pour leaves a cloudiness and thick, suspended floaters. A good sign of bottle-conditioning, but the dense head should have tipped me off.

S -- Piny, spicy hops with sweet caramel character malts in good balance. Reminds me a lot of Celebration.

T -- Interesting balance of spicy hops and toffee flavors. Mild fruity esters in the finish with citrus hop notes. But the bitterness throughout is unlike many IPAs I've tried; it's not overwhelming, but it's definitely bitter -- almost metallic, but not quite. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste with some mild mustiness.

F -- Mouthfeel is silky smooth up front with a dry finish. Body is light-robust.

O -- This is a pretty respectable take on an American IPA from a not-so-respected brew-house. It's nothing I (myself) would drink in great quantity at one sitting, but I'm not that sort of IPA drinker. On the other hand, I'd definitely pick this up if I was in the mood for a good IPA. Well worth a sample if you like IPAs.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden orange color. Small tan/white head. The nose is very hip heavy. Hop oil. I am also getting tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose. No citrus, but plenty of mango, papaya, and a lingering bitterness on the finish. Not too carbonated which would've improved the mouth feel. If you are a hop head, give this IPA a try. My bottle was bottled on 6-15-15. So that makes it almost 4 months old. I'd love to try this beer with less than a month on it and compare.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + orange + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops which contribute a moderate to strong amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty well balanced with some malt sweetness upfront and aggressive hop bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very Good IPA and not what I expected from Ballantine. Has all the points you would want in an IPA, the good floral aroma, the bite of the Hops. Very drinkable. I was hoping the pricing would be a little lower, but when you are putting out a very good IPA. You get what you pay for.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a cloudy golden hue with a thick head that disappeared shortly after. Smelled of hops and a faint citrus. Tasted hoppy and malty with a bitterness. Overall this was good but I prefer my IPAs to be less bitter.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy orangey-amber with a thinner creamy white head. Decent retention leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is a combo of spicy, floral, and tropical. The taste is much the same. The body is a little thinner, but not bad, with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The beer is a murky amber colored ale with a thick off-white head. The aroma is an overwhelming hop aroma, very nice especially if you are a hop head. The flavor is hop overload with a nice bite. The beer is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. The ABV is pretty well hidden and it is a really enjoyable brew.

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

Ballantine IPA has a very thick, foamy, spongy, off-white head, an opaque, orange-gold appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of white bread, subtle sweetness, and mango. Taste is of rather intense hop oil (pine and mango), white bread crust, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Ballantine IPA finishes semi-dry and easy going.


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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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

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Photo of briansnat
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Tilly
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mzablocki
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of GlassOfHops
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of ppvora
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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!!

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Photo of ricknelson
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.