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Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale
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
Ranking:
#2,504
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
1,399
pDev:
9.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
471
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,399 |  Reviews: 256
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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Photo of braskey
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am not having much luck with this brewer...

My second offering from Ballast Point and I have walked away, once again, unimpressed. I hear and see all the love for this brewer's beers but damn, I haven't had one yet that I really liked. This one was at least much better than that cream ale I had a while back, but still not something I would turn too again. The look and the smell of the brew is certainly appealing - dark-orange liquid with a head that laces quite well. The smell has a complex blend of fruits, hops, and those caramel notes advertised on the can. Even the feel has creamy quality to it, though it's more carbonated than I like. And that's where it all ends for me - the taste is simply a bitter take on an IPA, and this is touted as a mere pale ale. (I just hate it when these pales lean into the IPA realm...) Anyway, it wasn't awful, but I certainly don't get the love that this brew gets...

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Photo of Eman17
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glf60
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mai11oux
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,399 ratings
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