Cornballer | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by t0rin0 on 02-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of errantnight
1.94/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A sticky head (tons o' hops) and a rich golden hue. Purdy.

But the problems begin in the nose. Initially there's a big waft of pleasant citrus notes, backed by a sticky resin that disintegrates into a harsh, vegetal, muck.

Unfortunately this is backed up on the palate. Compensating to hide a "malt" backbone that is thin, flabby and sweet, the hops have been delivered by the truckload and while the blend seems nice, they've sat too long. Their is a rough, ragged bitterness that doesn't so much cap a pleasant swallow as it does attempt to scrape away any residual flavor. Which is probably the right idea, I don't know that I'd like this sitting on my tongue, but it adds to the overall unpleasantness.

The body is overly thin, lacking the structure of long chain sugars and proteins you might want in a beer of this size.

Overall, a gimmick and a disappointment. Clearly overcompensating and trying to get some value out of their crazy 21 year whiskey beer, they produced something that if a pilot batch would never have seen the light of day (I'd hope).

I do love The Bruery, but I wish they'd quit dancing around the IPA if they want to play with American hops, or at least just make their XPA (now that they've got it down) and their Humulus Lager regular draft brews. Or if not, at least come up with a more novel way to rescue a poor base than smothering it in hops. Belgian yeast and blending in some wheat heavy wort and perhaps an interesting, and drinkable, Saison could have come of things. This... this was more unpleasant than your average malt liquor from the corner store.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.11/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Disclaimer: Poured into a small tasting glass.
Pours deep pale yellow. Nice lacing, thin head.

Pungent. Sweet and sour lemon. Nice at first but then there are these nasty undertones of you trusty corny, astringent malt liquor.

Weird. Hops and...malt...liquor? Thick earthy corn taste. This is wrong!

Well carb'd, alcohol is there.

Oh my god no I don't want another glass. This was fun to try but is not a tasty, sessionable, complex or graceful beer by any means. Worth a shot though - interesting idea.

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Photo of bombadil
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Skuter
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of vacax
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is clouded nearly greenish yellow, little head, decent retention with some sticky lace, appears to have high carbonation. The aromatics are completely dominated by the clusterbomb of Columbus hops, piney and leafy. The flavor repeats the one-note hop bomb present in the aroma. Leafy, piney, green, bitter hops summarize the experience, followed by a slightly grain, cottonmouth dry finish. Light bodied, very bubbly but not fizzy feel, and bone dry. I applaud The Bruery for not fearing corn, and this experiment is moderately successful. The end result here is an ultra dry imperial pilsner that has a one-note hop flavor at the core. Decently drinking, but lacks depth and is overly dry.

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Photo of vince4953529
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this filled in a growler for around $17 without the glass.

The poured color was cloudy yellowish, looked like a hefeweizen.

Smelled very hoppy, just like how a west coast IPA would smell. If not for the color or the described style I would say this is an IPA just by smelling.

It's hoppy, but there were something underlying there that separated this from an IPA. It's sweeter, a very faint taste of corn, a bit cloying without the super-dryness that I look for in a hoppy IPA.

It's fairly drinkable, the 9.5 abv is hidden extremely well. I didn't dig the corn part a lot, this drinks fine but the corny taste gets a bit yucky after awhile. I bet the Bruery can brew an exceptional and mind-blowing DIPA if they wanted to.

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Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very hoppy, with bright citrus and flowers that are followed by more neutral or even alkaline talc/paste smell. No alcohol detected.

T: Begins sweet, with clean piney and lemon citrus hop aromatics amidst mild acidity. Astringency develops in the middle, staying restrained, while a bland sweetness persists. The finish is clean with slightly medicinal bitterness that becomes fairly intense. No alcohol detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While not a bad vehicle for hops delivery, this leaves some essential part of the ale experience on the cutting room floor. Just when the drinker might expect malt flavors to surge in support of bold hops, instead a character-less sweetness limps along. Still, for such a strong beer it is probably one of the brightest-tasting in existence. Lemony qualities are a lovely reoccurring theme, but it can't shake the overall feeling of being compromised.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bruery. Was super excited to try this and it did NOT live up to my hopes.

Pours a pale yellow with a nice clean white head. Smells corn heavy and yeasty. There isn't much going on on the nose. Pretty boring but what do you expect for a malt liquor. Tastes very bitter. Hop presence is big, a light sweet malty backbone that is really simple. Way hoppier than I was expected. Huge hops for a malt liquor. Its interesting and I commend the Bruery for trying this but I don't think it worked...

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dull golden amber, almost a straw or hay like color. Initially a big fizzy white head formed on top, but quickly evaporated leaving behind nothing but a pale yellow fizzy liquid.

Grainey and musty would be the best way to describe it. Like wet old grass cuttings, or moldy bread. There a slight note of a hoppy touch in there, but the smell was rather unremarkable. It was crisp, with a clean finish, and had a touch of some kinda different back to it, but that was about it.

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Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of beerdweeb
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of clarkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is quite hazy and turbid, just like many of the Bruery's other beers. The head is about a finger tall and white in color without great retention.

S: Smells like hops more than anything. Lots of fresh grapefruit and some definite grass and straw qualities. There's a touch of cooked corn in there and a mild sweetness. A big vegetal at points.

T: A mild sweetness: nowhere near what I'm accustomed to with beers of the malt liquor variety. Decently citrusy with some of that grapefruit character. Grass and hints of light fruits. A mild bitterness from the hops.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: This was actually not bad. Sort of like a sweeter and less awesome batch of Humulus lager (of one of the other humulus beers, perhaps).

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

339th review on BA

App- A nice darker yellow with a 1 1/2 finger puffy head. No real lacing but pretty nice looking.

Smell- A summer day in a field with a fresh weeds smell(not WEED)and at the same time a bit dank.

Taste- The corn is pronounced but still palatable. Wasn't over dominant. Most beers from the Bruery are this way. Clean and subtle, except when they want them to be bold. A bit malty with notes of hop and pine.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium/high carb level. A bit lighter. Wasn't expecting this route but it was good.

Drink- A solid brew again from the gang at the Bruery. I probably wont have this one again because I am not a fan of the style but good for what it was.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Straw yellow in color with 1/4 head and ok retention

Smell: Floral and citrus hops

Taste: Same as the smell but just a bit more balanced from the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation and a hair dry

Overall: As it says it's a malt liquor that is hop infused. Is that a good thing??? The hops do overpower the beer for the most part but in this beer I think that is a good thing. I would recommend this beer to anyone that loves hoppy beers but for me this was a one time purchase... Worth trying though

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At The Bruery. Into a tasting glass.

One finger head which fades quickly. Hazy gold color. The nose is hops and something a bit off-putting, the corn maybe? Taste is bitter hops and hemp. This is very close to IPA territory, the corn adds a different dimension to it though. The hops are super bitter, but citrus flavors are absent. Feel is medium with a high level of carbonation. Can't detect much of the ABV due to the bitterness. Not bad, but not my favorite either.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours an opaque goldenrod with a medium white head. Pretty good retention, some lace.

S: Very hoppy on the nose with some corn, English peas, and pot.

T: Really hop dominated. The malt flavour is pretty much non-existent, and there is a minor corn play. The grassiness is intense, some secondary pine notes as well.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, fairly soft carbonation, easy going.

D: This is all hops, so you better like them going in. Good flavour, not a lot of nuance to it, but in the end an enjoyable effort.

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold colour with a smooth white head. Fair head retention.

Big, grassy, citrussy hop nose with some grapefruit and dank herb notes.

Big alcoholic flavour with a hefty hop bitterness. Mild citrus. Seriously hoppy for a 'malt liquor'.

Medium light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer for which I have no real point of reference. It's definitely weird but oddly decent.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a chance to try this yesterday at the Bruery tasting room, on tap of course, poured into a full serving glass.

The beer pours a very light straw yellow color, hazy, cloudy, with a thin, light, and murky head of carbonation that rested on top. Some lacing.

The beer smelled like Ganja to me to be perfectly honest, very strange. Huge hop aroma up front, fresh cut crab grass, hay (though not in that funky barnyard sour way), and green corn on the stalk.

Taste was also very hoppy, with some corn in the background, much less then I was expecting. Some pine, citrus, bitter bite, with a dry finish.

The mouth feel was light, crisp, and a bit
gritty. Like so many Bruery beers, it does not taste as strong as it is, 9.5%, more like 6%, dangerous in that regard.

Overall, this tasted more like a higher ABV, hopped up pale ale, nothing like any malt liquor I've ever had that's for sure, and though it is not my style, it is certainly an interesting beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shipped by ArthurPendragon.

A - Cloudy light yellow color with nice bubbles flowwing to the top. Huge frothy head that left spots on the sides. Pretty impressive looking beer.

S - Smells like a super citrusy APA or maybe IPA with a healthy dose of alcohol. Corn is pretty evident, but it's not a bad thing.

T - Taste follows suit with the citrusy hops and corn. It's like a very boozy and citrusy APA. It tastes decent enough but you really have to like alcohol to like this one.

M - Crisp, light bodied, good carbonation bite.

O - It's great, for a malt liquor, which makes it a decent, but not awesome, beer.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Cornballer from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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