Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4.07/5
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1,436 Ratings
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:
#4,992
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
1,436
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
483
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,436 |  Reviews: 267
Photo of Kataco16
1.6/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just was not doing it for me

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Photo of Lornee56
1.75/5  rDev -57%

Photo of NotTheGeeks
1.86/5  rDev -54.3%
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 NeckBootHeadAss
2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ChrisMon02
2.12/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Really guys? Straight up onion with a side of onion. No thanks. One and done.

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Photo of beertunes
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of DomingoOrtiz
2.42/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First Ballast that I did not like.

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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 sweemzander
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 KnappStout
2.59/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dil_thebeerdrinking_do
2.61/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a rubber/latex aftertaste that not even hot wings could overcome. It was painful to consume.

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Photo of Miami66
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bbuck1990
2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gwiedman1
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CraigFarrell
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of NateMac13
2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really dissapointed in this. This has received a lot of praise, and I don't get it. Smell is odd, containing an odd note. Taste is the same, I pick up an odd note. It is an otherwise unoteworthy pale ale. At 15$ a 6pk, I eexpect much better. 10$ gets you a pretty good pale in Cali these days

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Photo of k204
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
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 Totalpackage411
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good but didn't blow me away, easy drinking beer for a warm day

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,436 ratings