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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

359 Ratings

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 42
Gots: 71 | 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:
750ml bottles are limited release but 12oz and draft are year-round.

70 IBUs

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 08-21-2014)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vince_arch_beer
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of handpullme
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well, I'm a believer. I tried this beer expecting it to be pretty good, just based on the ratings I've seen here on BA. But what I never expected was for it to stack up favorably with some of the best IPA's I've ever had. (Think Stone Enjoy By, Maine Lunch, Ballast Point Sculpin, etc.) Hoppy, piney awesomeness. I'll certainly be looking to buy more of this next time I see it. And the fact it's brewed by Pabst shatters the notion that a big brewer can't brew a quality IPA.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tkolterman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that gradually died down but eventually settled to a thin film of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of piney hops and caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of floral and citrusy hops along with additional notes of biscuit malts and hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a surprisingly a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of crispness become apparent as the beer warms up.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops, making it seem like an East Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Hitmanoo
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DPiasecki
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dan3099
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BigMike
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of norehowsky
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.91/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It looks like it is contract brewed by Cold Springs MN. 750ml bottle.

A hazy amber colour, there's a good 2 finger head of foam sitting atop. Pretty impressive lacing too.

Gosh, the hoppy notes I get in the smell remind me sooo much of the once proud and beautiful XXX..hop oils and uber pine nose that's unreal.

The taste? Like a stronger version of XXX in its heyday. Wow! Hop oils that exude pine needles, or cones if you prefer. Earthy earthy malt that does not get in the way of the hoppy goodness. A bit more balanced than the old XXX but in every way, just as if not more than enjoyable as it was.

Medium body with carbonation perfecto, this is having me giggling up a storm. Old school but in this case, old school is kicking arse. My hat is off to Cold Springs BIG TIME!

I got 2 more bottles of this nectar of the gods. Not enough!

Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%

Deep copper color. The nose has potent earthy hop and piney notes. The malt backbone is solid on this one but the bitter hoppy finish is the feature and turns out to be quite impressive.

Considering this is brewed by a macro-brewer, I did not know what to expect but I HAD to give it a try anyway. I’m sure glad that I sampled it because it has quickly moved to a position among my favorite IPAs.

Photo of BJC
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Made my third purchase last evening. I loved it.

My father bought me a six of this in 1973 soon after the drinking age was changed in NJ. I ddn't like it.
Seven years later, I renewed my acquaintance and regulrly dranki till the mid-80's when the dumbing down statrt to hurt.

In those days, you never got fresh stuff. Often it was more than a year old. But it was made to keep and I learned to appreciate the different tastes as the ale aged. I plan on letting a six age to test my memory.

Now they should work on amking the XXX what it was.

Photo of twizzard
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.