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:
1,379
Reviews:
251
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of heymikew
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Smells of hops, fresh citrus, and some malts. Tastes of bitter hops, slightly off citrus, and malt. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a very good APA, just a little something off in the flavor.

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Photo of MJ64
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ericcmay
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Look - 4 - Nice golden brown color, very clear once settled, about 1 finger of foam head (but not very substantial perhaps)
Smell - 4.25 - With just a touch of hops and a good sniff of citrus the smell is very pleasant. The citrus lingers nicely
Taste - 4.25 - It tastes like it smells, but perhaps the hops linger on longer than the citrus this time around
Feel - 4 - Very pleasant to the mouth and slips down nicely

Overall - 4.25 - For some reason I think of this is as the "poor sibling" to the Sculpin, but do not let that put you off. They are very different, and yet similar, at the same time. In the Grunion, a nice balance of hops and citrus sits on the tongue, in a very lively and pleasant manner, their blend definitely works well in the warmer California environment. I would perhaps say this is the "casual drinking" Ballast Point IPA that is best suited to the evenings out here, where its "big brother" is for the more formal occasions! ;)

[ Meh - read that how you will - basically, if you like Sculpin, you'll like Grunion, and the price difference is awesome - just try it out!!!! :) :) :) ]

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drafted pour on a half pint glass.
Clear amber copper tone with an inch head.
Sweet hoppy nose with subtle grapefruit peel.
Rich resin hoppy but refreshes the palate.
Above average IPA, definitely on the list of an IPA lover.

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

Photo of cgrunin
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh895
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dms1767
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation runs up at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Spotty lacing sticks nicely around the glass. The smell starts off with a nice crisp sweet fresh cut grass to it. A little bit of citrus and sweet pine come in underneath. Bitterness is there but not overly bearing. The taste was balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness. Malts don’t show much sweet presence as the hops seem to be the leading factor of the sweetness. A light citrusy to pine aftertaste leads into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice crisp sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely as an APA and the bitterness seems a little bit more than other APA’s but that’s okay. Overall, I like this one and would have it again.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of addiwilliams
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbom
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrjbrown27
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMe8
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a nice golden color with small bits floating about, one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, there is light lacing on the glass.

SMELL: pineapple, bread and pine.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet pineapple, bread and then a nice piney finish.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a decent beer but nothing special, there are better beers available in this style so I will probably not but buy this one again.

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,379 ratings.
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