Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn’t born on a beach, but in a backyard. Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy pale ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore. A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, while a soft caramel malt sweetness holds it all together.

Added by barleytimes619 on 10-02-2013

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#2,600
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
1,413
pDev:
9.34%
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Photo of sokol_1993
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got one at GSA Party, UCSD.
Felt very much like an IPA. It is unbalanced for a pale ale, as all I got was the hoppiness, but could not discern the malt back.

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Photo of Duoglass
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StephenM
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: light golden, clear, thin head
S: Grapefruit rind, slightly grassy, piney
T: Bitter up front, grapefruit rind, slight lemon, with a metallic tone. Minimal malt, doesn't develop when chill comes off
F: thin, with lingering bitterness
O: My first Ballast Point beer, not taken with it. The bittering is not balanced with malt sweetness or yeast fruitiness.

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Photo of grue_soda
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k204
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be clear, my taste buds are not quite refined, but here's my take anyway (partially for my own reference later). This was a fine beer, and good. But, it wasn't really notable. I purchased it thinking it was an IPA and found it to taste kind of like an IPA but have less kick. Then I log on here and found it's a pale ale (hey look, the label says that too).

If an Indian from New Delhi offers to make a meal, I hope for a meal that's absolutely New Delhi-ish. An Indian from Hyderabad ought to make a dish that's his version of Indian cuisine, complete with overkill turmeric with a side dish of a sermon on the health benefits of turmeric and drinking water from copper vessels. If a Mexican offers to prepare a meal, I hope he's wearing a sombrero, speaks nothing but Spanish, and makes something that's all Mex and no Tex.

Perhaps that's my problem with pale ales. Though generally likable, I appreciate the up front, overkill harshness of a DIPA / Imperial IPA, followed by a very long lasting finish. Therefore, to me, this pale ale seems maybe too likable. Maybe like somebody wanted to crank it to eleven, but instead there was a committee that determined most people would prefer a good loud 5 or 6.

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Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thick two finger head with decent retention.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of tangerines, pine, grapefruit, slightly toasted malts, melon and American yeast.
Bitter flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, tangerines, slightly toasted malts, onion, caramel and melon. Dry aftertaste with a pungent bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very good exemplar of traditional second generation hoppy APA (IPA borderline) with bold citrusy, piney and spicy notes. Not world changer, but it is flawless.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewnme
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Dsimenson
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cindicameron
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too hoppy for me. Not a fan.

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Photo of dctarga
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsTheBeer
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Miramar location.

Light yellow with a thick, sticky white head.

Bright and citrusy with strong Cascade hop aroma. It smells bone dry.

Assertive bitterness, yellow grapefruit, Cascade hops, dry through and through.

Dry, thin, just enough bubbles.

This is a textbook American Californian pale ale. Yum.

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Photo of JustinAbs
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vikinggary28
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hopheadhoward
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap 11/17. (Brand new keg) This pale ale lives up to my fondness for Ballast point. It is an excellent pale ale that has all of the bitterness I want, without the high alcohol. It poured a bit cloudy, with an average head. The smell is light, but it is FULL of flavor! Not quite an IPA, but this is a nice ale that should satisfy the IPA lovers who want a little lower alcohol level. No hesitation in recommending this one.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: fresh melon, piney hops mixed with a grain and malty backbone. Bread and a fresh floral hop nose. Dark Gold/Honey color, semi clear, medium body, some clean finish with a bit hint of grain at end. 50 IBUs

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,413 ratings