Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale
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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

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#4,951
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
1,435
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

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

on tap at hops and pie, those guys always do a great job. this is nice pale ale, the kind i like to drink when ipa is just a little bolder than i want to go for a session. ballast point has been brilliant at hitting that mark for me, between the calico and this one, they have it covered. frothy and creamy feeling piney pale, medium bodied, dry, satisfying yet crushable. the hops scream winter at me, fresh, but evergreen in a way, good for snowy weather, maybe a little sturdy for summer, but i think its balance is on the money. pale two row stays in the background, but there might be some honey malt or a light crystal giving just a faint sweetness to this. carbonation is robust and the whole thing just feels expertly crafted. for being simple, straightforward beer, its really impressive. so often beer has to stand out for me by being unique or different or weird. its very rare when one stands out just for its quality, not for its inventiveness. this one does, and i admire it greatly for that reason. do they bottle this one???

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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some streaks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of honeydew melons are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of melons—honeydew seems to stand out in particular—and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is very easy to drink. The aromas and flavors of melons make this a nice beer for the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

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4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - aaah, grunion is a kind of fish, got it.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of slightly dank pine resin, bready and crackery caramel malt, mixed exotic citrus peel notes, green onion, and further leafy, earthy, and perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, gritty pale malt, saltine crackers, a fading caramel sweetness, some herbaceous dankness, muddled tropical fruit, and more weedy, floral, and spicy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the task at hand, via its plebeian frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of scallion-like acerbity fiddling about. It finishes trending dry, the maltiness ebbing, and the fruity and verdant hops holding the line.

Overall, this a pleasant enough west coast pale ale, the various hop esters keeping my palate's due attention. Perhaps the dank side of things might grate on me after a while, but I could very well see enjoying a few of these while watching people run through the surf, grabbing for sardines. What a world!

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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the most polarizing discussion among hop-lovers is the tug-o-war match that plays out with tropical and finesse bitterness on one side and deeply resinous, earthy bite on the other. As most brewers try to massage the dialogue, weaving them both together, this beer doesn't do that.

Ballast Point's Grunion pours honey amber with a slight cast of haze. Building a fluffy, creamy cap of foam, Its earthen perfume awakens the senses with the pungency of chive, garlic, fresh-cut grass and a gentle waft of cannabis. With a caramel backbone to anchor its taste, the flavors are balanced with graham cracker and the toasted sweetness of barley malt.

And its flavor development treks on with intensifying vegetal, herbal and botanical flavors that are exotic of grasses, garlic and onion as the caramel and toasted sweetness begins to retreat into the recesses of balance. Citrus, pine and fresh lawn clippings frame the bitterness as the ale trends hop-forward with the finish looming.

Medium bodied but malty-dry and pleasantly toasty, the late taste is bitter but balanced to almost even-keel perfection with malt remnants. But alas, the hops win out as those bodacious herbal tones extend well beyond the sweetness and offer an aftertaste of cannabis, citrus and chive.

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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/4/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, melon, passion fruit, berry, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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