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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

76 Ratings

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
70 IBUs

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 08-21-2014)
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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a orange/deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, a bit of citrus. Taste is well balanced. Hops, pine, citrus, malts, all working well together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

tone77, Today at 12:30 PM
Photo of Seanniek91
4/5  rDev +2.3%

750ml bottle into a Woodcock Brothers Imperial pint. Just over a month old.

Pours a hazy amber with two finger fluffy white head that is leaving rings all the way down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, oak, vanilla, light grapefruit. Taste is Piney hops, grapefruit, light oak, caramel malts and a little extra citrus lingering at the end. Mouthfeel is off-dry, smooth, crisp, medium bitterness with a lingering hop presence. Overall a very drinkable IPA.

Skeptical about it, but I figured it's probably the closest beer I'l drink to the original beer. This has been a fun and pleasant take on reinventing a classic beer.

Seanniek91, Yesterday at 10:59 PM
Photo of LawrenceHandy
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Have been awaiting the return of Ballantine IPA for over 15 years.
I scored my last two cases of Fort Wayne brewed Ballantine at a distributor in
Lancaster PA in 1997. At that time it was a well balanced blend of malty on the sip, and hoppy
in the finish. What most craft brewers haven't learned is that loading up a pale ale with cascade
hops does NOT an IPA make.

The 2014 reincarnation of Ballantine IPA, brewed on contract at the Cold Spring (MN) brewery.
does not disappoint. While my initial impression on 8/21, two days after the south-eastern PA
release date was that it is considerably more hoppy than the Falstaff version, the press on the
beer is that the brewer is reaching back for the pre-1971 Ballantine version. A hard task as
Ballantine aged the ale "in the wood" for a year before sale.

I sampled the 12oz bottle, the label states it to be 7.2% and 70 IBU
Impressive for a national brewer, but exactly where an IPA should be.
The beer poured with a dense light-tan head, with a deep amber color.
Great hop aroma immediately on opening the bottle - possibly attributable to the hop oil
used in the fermentation. Used by Ballantine in the past, but uncommon today.
Ballantine was known to have their own in house distillery for making hop oil.

Despite being hoppier than the long-sought Falstaff version, this is an outstanding IPA.
with a long history behind it. Truly what an IPA should be,
and will have a permanent place in my beer fridge.

LawrenceHandy, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

VonZipper, Today at 02:42 AM
Photo of jodybrutal
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jodybrutal, Today at 01:39 AM
Photo of PVMT
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

PVMT, Today at 01:25 AM
Photo of WanderingFool
3/5  rDev -23.3%

WanderingFool, Today at 01:12 AM
Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle dated 8/7/14

Amber pour with nice lacing. Aroma of sweet honey and bready malt with light citrus and piney hops and a touch of booze. The big malts (which taste much less sweet than they smell) are balanced by fairly bitter hops primarily featuring citrus and grapefruit pith which is long lasting. The oak chips make an appearance with a nice vanilla note but seems to add an astringent bitterness that is a little off to me. Medium to medium heavy in body with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very interesting beer but a little too bitter for me.

brianmandell, Today at 11:44 PM
Photo of MichaelLamb
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

MichaelLamb, Today at 10:21 PM
Photo of pep
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

pep, Yesterday at 10:51 PM
Photo of jrand2621
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jrand2621, Yesterday at 11:29 AM
Photo of tkdchampxi
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

tkdchampxi, Sunday at 10:08 PM
Photo of SawDog505
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

SawDog505, Sunday at 06:33 PM
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2.3%

megamass, Saturday at 10:07 PM
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

IdrinkGas, Saturday at 12:19 AM
Photo of Korcula2chill
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Korcula2chill, Friday at 11:31 PM
Photo of threeviews
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Poured from a 750ml bottle (BOD: 08/05/2014) into a Spiegelau signature IPA glass (yep, the one designed in conjunction with Sam Calagione and Ken Grossman).

A- Pours a beautifully clear, classic light amber (think Grade A Medium Amber maple syrup) with a full finger of a frothy, white head. The residual lacing on the glass is exquisite...each sip is marked with a defined ring around the glass. (5.0)

S- Equally pungent and as it is complex. Citrus (lemon peel, orange, ruby red grapefruit), pine resin, coconut, tropical fruits (peach, apricot) and a hint of vanilla. Completely mouthwatering. (5.0)

T- An absolute explosion of flavor! Malt sweetness is quickly followed by a huge blast of citrus rind and sticky, resinous bitterness. The tannins from the oak chips are mild but definitely present. Although the beer finishes dry, the resiny, hop oil contributes to a long and lingering finish. The 7.2% ABV is masked entirely. (5.0)

M- It is a solid, medium bodied beer with a creamy carbonation that opens the palate and allows the hop oil to coat the tongue. The oak chips mellow things out just enough to keep the residual bitterness in check and as a result, increases its drinkability factor. (5.0)

O- Two words...world class. This beer is absolutely impressive and is sure to make friends with many a hop-head. What's more, this reminds me of DFH's Burton Baton (and could easily qualify as its little brother)...not only one of my all-time favorites, it is also a modern take on one of Ballantine's other legendary offerings: Burton Ale. If this modern-day interpretation of Ballantine India Pale Ale is anything close to the original, then Ballantine was way ahead of its time and am now convinced why people are claiming this to be the genesis of the American craft beer revolution. (5.0)

threeviews, Friday at 04:55 PM
Photo of SuperHop18
4/5  rDev +2.3%

SuperHop18, Friday at 04:24 PM
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.3%

ejimhof, Friday at 02:13 PM
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

750ml brown bottle.

Epic lacing dresses the copper hued brew. Stodgy hop resin on the nose with hints of orange rind, wild flowers, and fresh cut grass ... hint of wood as well. Kiss of warmth on the palate as the hops try to dominate. Bitterness has a firm grasp though the wood, an oaky character, round this brew out. A bit brash but clean at the same time, very bold but with a solid foundation. Extremely well put together.

Jason, Friday at 03:15 AM
Photo of dcolatriano
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

dcolatriano, Thursday at 08:48 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

RHB33, Thursday at 06:58 PM
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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.