Grunion Pale Ale
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #124
Ranked #3,831
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by k204:
Photo of k204
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
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 NotTheGeeks
1.86/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Seriously? Beer that taste like onions? WTF? I just don't understand this one at all.....
I usually love the BP offerings, but this is too strange for me. I'm going to finish the 6er just to make sure, though. I haven't yet found a beer I could not finish, but this one is close.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. The color is a deep gold with a thick, frothy milk-white head and lacing. The smell features grapefruit and melon with a distinct hoppiness. The initial taste is quite bitter, hoppy grapefruit and pine. At first, I didn't taste any sweetness. There's some mild yeast taste at the finish, but as it warmed in the glass, I finally detected a slight melon taste. This is a nice, crisp ale with pleasant carbonation. It drinks easily. If the ABV were higher than 5.5, then it would be a bit overpowering. Overall, this ale seems to be more of a session IPA than the pale ale I expected. It's quite good, though.

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with solid clarity; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. Smells great. The aromas have lots of ripe pineapple and grapefruit. It does have a bit of that "garlic & onion" vibe, but I like that. It's not even over the top for those who don't like that. The flavors match the nose for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a very nice pale ale. This beer reminds me exactly of Habanero Sculpin, minus the habaneros.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Altamont glass.

Clear yellow-orange, with two fingers of short-lived head.
It smells heady and delightful, with lots of melon, aromatic herbalness, and hint of citrus.
Lovely! A crisp, quenching pale ale hits with a wall of smooth malt, before becoming all about the scintillating hop presence. Grapefruit and orange, basil and pine and earth. It's bitter in a minerally sort of way, but it's fairly short-lived, allowing the aftertaste to be more hard and clean than abrasively hoppy.
Excellently made pale ale. Recommended.

Hops: Mosaic, Calypso
Malt: Marris Otter, Carapils

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, grassy, and floral hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Stone and candied fruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts. Some chewiness and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation. Enjoyableand crushable.

Overall: Another tasty APA. Will revisit again this summer.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw or amber appearance with a significant head and too much carbonation. Aroma is definitely hoppy with an onion or strong vegetable accent. Taste is also hoppy and onion or something similar.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, clear Amber color. Not much of a head. Love the aroma, hops, herbal, citrus. Taste is excellent: seems dry-hopped to the bejesus belt. Dank, citrus, bitter, more of an IPA than a pale ale but who's complaining? This is an excellent pale ale. Now I'd love to get it in cans like the other Ballast Point offerings.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber-colored beer with a three finger high, fluffy, white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: Spicy hops, grass, grape, lemon and pine.
Taste: Bread, sweet malt, pine, grass, grapefruit and bitter orange peel.
Mouth: Medium body. High but smooth carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter ending.

Great beer!

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. A great bitter punch at the start but smooths off with a nice finish. Great for the summer and BBQs. This and Victory at Sea is getting me more and more into Ballast Point.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PHBoiler
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really smooth and slick pale ale. Perfect balance with a slick mouthfeel, bright tropical hops, and just enough malt. Very low bitterness. Quenching fruity hops.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice pale ale pours a clear
medium amber with a fantastic head of white foam that subsides to a thick beaded
ring, thin light pool, and features some darn tasty looking lacing. Nose of grapefruit,
ripe musk melon, sweet caramel malts, pineapple, and a touch of mango mixed with
bitter hop notes. Flavors hit the perfect notes and for me one of the best darn pales
I have had in a long time with musk melon and caramel malts dancing about a dose of
pineapple and mango with strong herbal hops in the background.
Very nice body, medium mouth feel, light coating of sticky hops, medium light carbonation
that is lively, and a sweet hoppy finish.

Overall----excellent for a stronger hopped pale which is interesting to me
since I am by no means a hop head but can appreciate a well crafted one when I have it.


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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden orange with a fluffy white head with good distribution and retention. Smells of dank green onions, mango, peach, and orange rind. Taste is bitter up front, again hit with dank green onions, a bit of grapefruit, and slightly vegetal. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there is a noticeable amount of oilyness. The beer looks and smells great, tastes pretty good too, but doesn't quite live up to the expectations set forth by the appearance and nose.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of algebeeric_topology
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'd been going back and forth on whether or not to try this (as I've typically been somewhat underwhelmed by Sculpin), but I picked up a can tonight and am thoroughly impressed. The nose is big, hoppy, and actually reminds me of a lot of northeast IPAs. The taste falls off a bit and the body is a little light, but I will definitely keep this in mind whenever I'm shopping for something off the shelf.

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of EConnOG
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple bomb.... well done ballast point. This beer must have mosaic of galaxy. Such a fresh and crisp pineapple flavor. A top class pale ale. Hope I find this one on tap eventually.

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