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:
#5,092
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
1,437
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
484
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,437 |  Reviews: 267
Photo of BSEDS
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pretendeer
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Slightly hazy amber body, thick head
Rich earthy hops, citrus, caramel, pine, brown sugar, yeast
Orange peel, grass, malts
Medium body
Taste is a bit of a disappointment compared to the smell, but still a good beer. Malty and earthy, hoppy

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Photo of SB2017
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At first taste, I loved this beer. After halfway through my six-pack, it began to feel like a chore to drink. I lost track of the clean, refreshing bitter sweetness and mild malts of my first couple, and became bogged down by nondescript hops. All in all, a decent go to for a pale ale.

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Photo of Tjb14
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vRatchanon
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cyclonece09
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours deep orange with a tint of yellow and a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet citrus, but with a slight tropical fruit note. Tastes of sweet grain with citrus and slight tropical fruit notes. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

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

Photo of Luckydog91
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Xxambersky89
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This is actually a very nice pale ale. Nothing too innovative, but wonderfully balanced. The hops bring pine, rind fruit and hop spiciness. The malt mixture base has a honey and roasted herb complexion. All together this beer comes together to make a nice west coast pale ale.

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

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jodio
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CabbageA19
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp pale ale with a nice finish that makes you smack you lips and get ready for that next sip. Floral and very well balanced bouquet of hops the whole way through. First time I have picked it up and I have concern I might never put it down!

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

Photo of eppie82
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BombusBombus
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice bitterness, sits really well in the mouth and lingers a bit but not for too long. Not much aroma but makes up for it in taste. A nice pale ale all around, not too complex but rather straight to the point. Will definitely buy again.

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

Photo of Antg8989
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light gold-gold with a white head and very nice lacing. Aroma is fairly weak, but is indicative of a standard pale ale with piney and citrus aromas. Taste is a bit stronger than the aroma would have you expecting. An even blend of citrus and pine with breadiness in the malt - which is in the background - but it is there. Feel is medium carbonated and medium mouthfeel. Overall, a good Pale Ale. Nothing to complain about here. Certainly drinkable and a bit dry on the finish which I like.

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

Photo of shelby415
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,437 ratings