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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by t0rin0 on 02-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 36
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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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3.58/5  rDev -6%
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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4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +5%
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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4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
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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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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