Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,351
Reviews:
245
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
449
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden-amber, murky. Lots of bubbles rising. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit, bitter orange, piney, bready malts, hint of toffee.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrus-piney hop forward, a bit of grapefruit. Solid malt backbone, a little caramel. Finish is bitter, crisp and dry. Medium bodied, refreshing, slight sharp carbonation, highly drinkable.

Overall:
Very good American Pale Ale.

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

Photo of dbauer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramerican
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever had and the taste backs it up. Citrus and pine hit the nose and the pallet, strong flavors that really work well together. Might revisit this soon and see if this should be all perfect 5's

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Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redscot
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of decker1313
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

refrigerated can dated 1/12/17 poured into glass

A - golden yellow, slight haze, frothy two finger head, active carbonation

S - sweet, fruity, melon becomes more pronounced while drinking, toasty on the back-end

T - slight fruit to mellow hop bitterness, lingers

M - smooth medium body, mellow carbonation, lingering slickness

O - I'd say its average for an APA, not my favorite but not the worst I've had either. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Curt3
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alecmedeiros
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.49/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

**
01/02/2016

AROMA: is Light malt, corn.
LOOK: Yellow color. Small white head.
TASTE: is beer. Nothing less, nothing more.
FEEL: is a little slimy, below avg carbonation.

Not quite OK.

**

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Photo of Beers-es
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a clear orange-gold. Two fingers of white foam leaves a bit of lacing. Smell has lots of fresh pine, along with citrus and a touch of earthy herbs. Taste is piney and dank, with a nice herbal spiciness and a very dialed in bitterness. May be one of the most flavorful 5.5% beers I've had. Gotta say I love this beer. Has all the flavor of a really good West Coast IPA, but doesn't hammer you with a high ABV.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PNWhops
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer, golden look to it with a very strong pine smell with and hoppy taste! Sculpin is quickly becoming my favorite

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl oz can marked 17012-19:13. Sampled on April 9, 2017.

The pour is a murky looking copper-yellow with this tremendous foamy, milk shake-like head that lingers.

The short description of the aroma is that it is clean. But I also get notes of toasted malt, herbs, orange or nectarine, and grass.

Medium mouthfeel.

I still get a little orange-like fruitiness in the taste but it is otherwise toasted and sweet with a clean, fruity finish.

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Photo of megamick
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-golden color with a firm, off-white tight cap. 10% opacity.

Aromas of cereal malts, light juicy orange, faint banana peel, slight grapefruit and pine.

Flavor is kind of odd, but it's a mix of grapefruit, lemon rinds, onion, suggestions of garlic, starches of grain, and lots of random fruit rinds. It's just kind of a mess. It's not clean at all.

Feel is carbonated and crisp, but again, not clean.

Overall it's bizarre and borderline gross, it's nothing I'm compelled to visit again.

P.S. If this is award-winning, I need to start submitting some of my homebrews as they're 5x better than this.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dflo32
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nolster
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlegz
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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