Cornballer | The Bruery

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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 largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pale hazy straw yellow, looks almost like a witbier. The head shows excellent longevity. Awesomely dank hop nose of marijuana and citrus, a bit grassy and vegetal. There's a note of Corn Flakes beneath the abundance of hops. Tastes very much like a DIPA. Marijuana, fresh herbs, citrus, lemon oil. Punchy citrus peel bitterness in the finish. Little in the way of malt, perhaps a touch of corn. The mouthfeel is almost gritty, probably from liberal use of hop pellets. Light bodied and very dry. Basically a gimmicky DIPA, but a very good one.

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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 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 MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #1250. Big thanks to t0rin0. This treat was found amongst some other fine brews he contributed to our upcoming malt liquor showdown. Served in a plastic cup.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that features good retention and eventually settles to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is a prototypical piss yellow, and only its haziness hints that it has higher pedigree.

S - I think the Bruery has created a new style - the IML (India Malt Liquor). Huge amounts of pine, citrus zest, cat pee, and a very neutral malt character. There's a hint of creamed corn sweetness as it warms up.

T - Loads of citrus, some pine, a bit of sweet malt character, and a clean lager finish that is largely devoid of alcohol. There's less of the corn sweetness than was suggested by the aroma. Some mild hop bitterness lingers.

M - Medium body that is light for 9.5%, but probably accurate for the style. Carbonation is much lower than you'd get from a canned malt liquor, but I'm guessing that is due to the growler fill - would have to try it on-tap to get an accurate carbonation level. Finishes dry, with light residual stickiness. Even though there is minimal alcohol, my face started to feel warm and flush after a couple pours.

D - This stuff is great - I couldn't stop drinking it. If actual malt liquors sold at the gas station tasted like this, I could save myself a ton of money on craft beer. Please Bruery, sell this in 40oz bottles or 24oz cans.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is basically Humulus lager but with higher alcohol due to the corn addition.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden straw yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and had a finger of frothy head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma had more hoppy character then expected with citrusy, malty sweetness, grassy and hints of the corn but no booze was detected.

T: the taste was also hop forward like the nose would suggest alongside citrusy, grassy, sweet malty accents and a touch of corn to it as well that was well hidden along with the booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy, and hoppy finish.

D: drank really good and was definitely better than your average malt liquors, definitely glad I got to try it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions, on to the beer:

Looks like a Belgian ale with its bright yellow color and haze in the body. It's certainly a lot more attractive than your typical malt liquor. It wasn't the only characteristic that was better than the typical malt liquor; the nose took me be surprise. I was expecting a ton of corn, and got a more hop dominant aroma with modest corn in the back. More specifically, milled corn at the base while tropical fruits and pine pull through.

Now it gets fun. The beer starts off with light tropical flavors. Pineapple too. And the corn? Usually corn in beer tastes rancid, but here it tastes a lot like sweet white corn eaten from the cob. In this context, it is excecuted well. Alcohol is difficult to find, on the smooth side of things, relatively easy to consume.

Business as usual from The Bruery, another oddball beer that works.

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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 rodbeermunch
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Comes out rocking that usual malt liquor gold with a white smattering head that is gone quicker than liquor off the shelf during a loot and riot. If ever there was a beer that smelled like a medical dispensary, this is the one. So dank, so much pine and other greenery hop similarities going on here, could smell it for days.

I'm not shitting you, this is so easily the best malt liquor of all time. So much hop flavor all over it, hides the alcohol immensely well. So light bodied, yet heavy handed with the hops and alcohol, alcohol you would never know. The hops are a great blend in and of themselves, some regular, some proprietary.

Please make this beer again, this is the ultimate summer beer. Would totally get into some stupid shit if I was crushing this around the pool, by the river, at the lake, on the beach etc. . .

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the tasting room.

A - Pours a light clear yellow with a white head that stuck around for a little bit.

S - Hoppier than expected, some sweet corn/sugar scents.

T - hoppy pine, slight sweetness.

D - Lower carbonation. Very light body.

O - didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like typical malt liquor, yellow, no head. That's where the comparison stops.

Massive hop blast of pine and grapefruit from this one. Couldn't help but think of ganja as well.

Taste, even more hops, can't believe the alcohol isn't noticeable at all, this is barleywine alcohol territory, but the body feels so thin and effortless to drink. Love the idea of lightening up the body of a beer with corn as long as you supersaturate it with hops hops hops like this one does, comes off like the new breed, simcoe, summit, amarillo or citrus, I'd bet at least 2-3 of those are present.

Very clean, dry, light, but hoppy. This is the ultimate summer round the pool beer I'd say. Yeah, session stuff has its place, but this is 4th of July let's shoot bottle rockets down the street party stuff. A great spritz zest feel on its feet, won't weigh you down or leave you feeling like it is lacking flavor.

Would love to be able to score growlers of this stuff regularly.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Sean, poured into my Narke tulip... The body is a very murky honey gold that has a neon tint to it, not liking it. The head is bright white, ok retention, not so on the lace... The aroma is very strong, you can almost see alcohol waifing up from the glass. Other notes of grassy flowers. Not bad at all. A hoppy citrus ipa... The taste is nice floral hops on the front, alcohol and hops in the middle, a lot of alcohol on the finish. Reminds me of a lesser dipa.

Worth trying.

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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 xnicknj
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

growler thanks to gcphilli

Pours a hazed straw yellow color with plenty of lacing and retention which rests on top.

An unexpected bite of floral hops in the nose, some grain and bread malt. Slight fruit sweetness too.

Some hoppy bitterness up front with floral notes and citrus pith. Grain and corn malt character with some light body. Biting juiciness and slight citrus. Finishes with alcohol bite.

Medium body, high carbonation, slightly creamy for some reason. A decent drinker for what it is, and it definitely defies what I might usually consider a malt liquor.

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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 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 Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growlier thanks to my main CA homie, Gorefiendus. You are uber-generous for all that you do!

A - Pours golden yellow, big frothy white head, nice lacing along the sides of the glass and a thin cps on top with a thick ring around the glass.

S - Hops and alcohol, plain and simple. Lots of citrus notes, good bitterness, large dose of alcohol.

T - Taste is similar. Nice bitterness, hops, citrus, big malts and a decent alcohol kick. Bitter and hot alcohol finish.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, oily malty finish.

D - Pretty damn good. I could pass out drinking this stuff, which I might just do here in a few hours.

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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 jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions Shop. I was excited to see this on the menu, never thought I'd get to try it. Oh, and major props on the Arrested Development reference!

A - Pale straw with a thin white head that recedes to a slight ring.
S - HUGE aromas of fresh, pungent hops, nice and "green" with a whiff of "cattiness". Bit of citrus and sweet corn in here as well. Definitely stand up to the title of hoppiest beer the Bruery has ever made, this is ridiculous (in a good way)!
T - Again, a full-out hop assault, lots of citrus, dank weed, and cat, with a subtle corn sugar sweetness.
M - Slick and sharp, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. No sign of the high ABV, this stuff could be dangerous.
O - A wonderful take on a Malt Liquor, this really take the style to a whole new level!

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Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw gold with a big, one to two inch white foam head. Sudsy!

Smells like fresh grass with some straw and a bit of grapefruit, along with a yeasty twang to it. Interesting aroma, not what I expected. I detect nothing about this that makes me think "malt liquor." Pretty straight-forward hop profile.

Taste is more yeasty/zesty than expected, with an almost mineral edge to it. Almost no citrus in the flavor, it's basically grass with that yeast zest. Extremely straight-forward.

Liked it. Nice fluffy mouthfeel.

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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 DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was stoked to see this on tap at Beer Revolution, Oakland on Saturday. Pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold straw color with a medium white head. Scent is extremely hoppy with a bit of graininess to it. There are also aromas of weed and citrus. Taste is IN YOUR FACE BITTER HOPPINESS. I did not see this coming. This is like no other "malt liquor" I've ever had. Taste is very hoppy and bitter with some nice citrus and pine notes. The corn flavor is there, but not overwhelming in any way. A bit of booziness as well. Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with a nice bite at the end. Drinkability is this was a delicious beer, I think one would do me just right. Overall, if this is an actual "malt liquor", then it's the best damn malt liquor I've ever had. It could easily be labeled as a DIPA and kick ass in rating IMO. Great beer!

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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 ShogoKawada
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a weird beer.

64oz thanks to Caleb! Poured into my .5l swiss boot (I only break this out a few times a year for special beers).

A- pale pale dirty yellow beer with a huge snowdrift of a head. Head is brilliantly shimmering and laces rather nicely.

S- Piny, citrus, not much else. Very hoppy.

T- A huge hop assault greets me at first sip. Scathing bitterness, mostly pine resin but also floral/fruity. Bitterness isn't overkill, but there's something about it I just can't fully embrace it. Mild oorn sweetness is fleeting, it's too hoppy to get much out of it.

M- A bit gritty/grainy, body is thinner than I expected. A good attempt at a malt liquor in this category.

D- Moderate but goes down pretty easy. A head-scratcher.. I wasn't in love with it but I enjoyed it enough to polish off 3/4 of a growler in a sitting. I think with some tweaks on the hops- I found them too bitter and lacking depth- this one could be a real winner.

Thanks again, Caleb!

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