Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
3.7/5 rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a plain pint glass.
A: Pours a very clear, golden yellow color with a thick, fizzy head of bubbles which dissipates quickly, leaving a light, soapy lace.
S: Smells fairly grainy, like corn and cereal with a bit of zesty lemon aroma.
T: Super crisp and clean toasted grain malt with a slightly sweet and drying citrus hop twang and a rapidly vanishing bittersweet aftertaste. Not very complex, more or less a guzzler.
M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a little sticky twang and drying pucker.
D: This classic American brew is a great, cheap session beer. High drinkability, no frills, good, simple taste with clean flavors and a quality that makes it easy to drink en masse.
Grabbing a 6-pack of 16-oz. Ballantine's would make a great companion for say, a fishing outing or to throw in the cooler for a trip to the beach. It's got that certain old school novelty feel to it, but is actually a decent brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2009 06:53:52 | More by Gambrinus1184
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +39.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Ballantine Ale is unique. For me it's a treat and a bit of a rarity, yet it is widely regarded as run of the mill type stuff for many due to its status as a heritage or granddad beer. However, leaving it at this would be a serious oversight of a great American ale.
Ballantine's is an affirmation that real hop flavor existed in beer well before the craft boom, and that heritage beers are not automatically shadows of what they should be. It's clean, refreshing, and has real flavor. I was truly surprised and said 'wow' out loud several times with my first pint can. While it's not quite on the hop level of a contemporary APA, Ballantine really has a similar feel to it. Will try again when I get the chance.
Serving type: can
07-07-2014 02:02:49 | More by DagenhamDavis
2.91/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface, a miniscule collar around the edge of the glass, and bits of lacing running down the sides.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of skunk.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and I can pick up traces of corn adjuncts along with a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of skunk and these seem to be most prominent in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There seems to be slight amounts of wateriness.
O: This beer came in a green bottle, so that might explain the bits of skunk that I picked up in the smell and taste of this beer. However, it's not bad for a macro beer and doesn't have much in the way of adjuncts in the smell and taste. It also doesn't seem to be as bland as other blonde ales.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 16:18:14 | More by metter98
Ballantine XXX Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.