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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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of mrkrispy
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was fortunate enough to have a friend share his growler with me. I had heard about the cornballer and being someone that isn't shy about giving a malt liquor an occasional fight, I had to try it.

Pours a hazy yellow with a tint of green (from the dry hops?).
Slightly fluorescent?

MASSIVE grassy and dank hop aroma, not getting any floral or fruity hop aromas.

Somewhat light body, has a familiar taste of corn/rice adjunct beers with a faint faint sweetness that isn't a malt-sweetness...and is also dry? Interesting. Finishes with a hoppy and moderately bitter finish that quickly clears up. A few more tastes....not a lot of complexity but quite drinkable.
Hops in the flavor similar to the aroma, slight citrusy notes that make it a refreshing drink. My inclination is that of a hoppy XPA that is unbalanced and corny. Not getting any fusels or jet-fuel flavors. By the bottom of the glass I feel the alcohol.

I love the huge explosion of hops , it is refreshing but kind of a one-note beer. A great SoCal take on the old and tired malt liquor style, but done without the harsh off flavors. I see it as taking an Xtreme interpretation of a San Diego IPA with a even-more diminished malt bill and clean yeast and giving you a Hop punch to the face. With the exception of the huge hop smack this beer fits the style but is cleaner than macro versions. Job well done.

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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 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 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 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 nkersten
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A HUGE thanks to Alex and TORINO for scoring this one. Poured into a plastic cup, opaque yellow with a small white head that settles to a collar. Huge hoppy aroma with lots of tropical fruit, some pine, big pineapple hops, and a bit of malty sweetness. Hop flavors dominate the taste, lots of resinous pine hops, some creamy corn and rice adjunct, bitter finish. This beer is so hoppy that the adjuncts dont even matter. Very crisp lager finish, I already have a headache from drinking too much of this. Full body with a light carbonation. As far as malt liquors go, this stuff is amazing. One of the most drinkable 9.5% abv beers I have ever had, for sure in the top five malt liquors ever made. Thanks to TORINO for sending this stuff to Alex, you are only encouraging him to get more malt liquor. Well done.

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