Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Updated Review: New Recipe w/ Mosaics

Had this on draught at The BP brewery restaurant – Miramar, SD as well as from growler, can, and bottles on after..

First noted on 06/25/2015

A: Dark golden amber with a lightly burnished look and decent clarity across the body. Somewhat copperish if you will. My glass has a smallish foamy whip topping that settles out slowly. There are some nice broken tracks of lace displayed all down the glass.

S: One of the most aromatic APA’s I have come across yet. Just a super Mosaic explosion ripe with tropical guava, peach, grapefruit, floral melon, and a light green onion note. So much stank on this one it wafts across the bar top. Somewhat herbal and cheesy almost and I mean that in a good manner. Heady tropical dank all the way. Man some A-1 aroma right here. From a fresh can or c/growler this is a full on nose grenade. Love that Mosaic niff!

T: Flavor falls a bit flat from the nose to reveal more of that pale malt bread awash underneath. Mosaics still flourish a bit with that grapefruit, green melon, floral tropics, and spiced guava. It’s just not at the capacity of the aroma. Nice light and crisp with a moderate to lower amount of actual hop bitterness. Trails into more of that more herbal essence with some mild green onion. Seems they loaded up on the Mosaic Dry Hop here which is all good to me.

M: Moderate to lighter filling body with an even keel of popping carbonation and some minimal hop bitterness. Finishes semi dry but a tad thin and watery too. Not all that resinous as you would expect either.

D: Very solid, easy drinking, and hop-bursted with Mosaics if you are a fan. A brilliant move on Ballast Point as I recall the original Grunion to be lacking that hop flare and being somewhat forgettable. Aroma is where it is really at with this one.

Review of Original Recipe
Look - 4.25
Smell - 3.5
Taste - 3.75
Fell - 4.25
Overall - 3.75

On tap at Linda Vista – 8oz pour served in a Tulip style glass

A: Medium dark caramel amber body with some really well conditioned clarity. Finger width of dense khaki suds hold fairly strong. Some sticky splash sprays the glass within every sip.

S: Smells of a blend of biscuit and bready pale malts with a touch of sourdough even. Lots of that rich toasty malt up front. Faint but present with some piney hops and a twist of citrus/orange fruit. Fairly nominal nose to be honest but nothing to mark negatively here.

T: Bready pale malts develop a tasty doughy pretzel flavor with some light accents of orange-citrus peel and piney hop character. Has some nice floral hops making their way through as well with a dash of cali buds. A solid step up from the nose. Very doughy but not sweet as it is dry in the finish and balanced with a moderate amount of bitterness. Alcohol is completely disguised making for a nice session. There is good balance here but this is definitely one of the breadier APA’s I have had in sometime.

M: Smooth texture from a nice even level of carbonation. Light to moderate filling body. Nicely crisp with a drying finish. Slightly resinous and sticky but pretty clean overall.

D: Definitely your more classic take on the APA rich with toasted bready malts. The hops seem to take a back seat during the show but what you do have is a nice sessionable brew with fair balance. Not one of my favs but still enjoyable none the less.

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,440 ratings