Ballantine XXX Ale - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.48/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Presentation: Half quart lime green can. No freshness date.
Appearance: Clear gold in colour with a finger thick foamy white head and lots of carbonation activity.
Smell: Musty citrus rind, light grain and metallic aromas.
Taste: Upfront this brew strikes the palate with a lot of rind-like flavours, mild salty bitterness and fizzy carbonation. Grain, musty and metallic flavours follow along with an underlining fusel alcohol taste and a touch of medicinal flavour. Malt sweetness is thin and almost balances the rest of the brew, adding only some body. Finishes with lingering metallic flavours and a touch of dryness.
Notes: "America's Largest Selling Ale" ... hmm, I kind of doubt that? However, I'll be damned if this is not one helluva good beverage! This is one of those old school beers that your grandaddy used to drink (ask him). It's extremely refreshing and so easy to drink that the 6pak of cans is gone before you know it.
I've found my new "have in the fridge at all times" summer brew.
Serving type: can
07-01-2002 16:41:54 | More by Todd
3.45/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Very thing yet sticky white lace, clear pale yellowish golden hue. Faint flowery and citric aroma with hints of grain. Crispness gets lost a bit in the moderate body, citric rind flavour and ample bitterness shows that the hops are there and want to be noticed. Malt flavour is a little weak with some sweetness, some residual sweetness in the end with a lingering rind hop flavour clean the palate.
For $5.00 a six-pack of 16 oz cans this is not too bad. Come August when it is 99*F with 100% humidity this may be a beer I resort to.
Serving type: can
06-20-2002 13:38:32 | More by Jason
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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
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