Grunion Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion Pale AleGrunion Pale Ale
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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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Handsome dark amber in the pint shaker with a decent cap of foam. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Light body.

Great mouthful of citrusy hops. Supposed to be brewed with Calypso and Mosaic hops. This has the classic Pale Ale flavors with the crisp biscuity malt and a restrained by enthusiastic dose of hoppy taste. This gets rather bitter after a few sips. It just makes you want another.

So much citrus flavor with a distinct orange taste. Fruity hints and a little malty sweetness. Bitter aftertaste but a nice San Diego version of the old classic. On tap at Local Habit.

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20oz pour into imperial pint glass @ The Hop & Vine (Portland, OR)

a- pours gran marnier-orange with amber edges, fluffy white head that never really settled down.

s- oh mama, hold me. wonderful aromas of sweet grapefruit candy, mild pine, mango, pineapple holy cow.

t - a huge zing of dank, green hops with more tropical essense washes over the tongue with some piney earthy edges before quickly dying down. Now that is a pale ale.

m- perfect weight. Like Barley Brown's Handtruck Pale, basically an ipa that drinks like a pale. Very sessionable, if a tad sweet, but I like it that way.

o - in Grunion's case, this beer had me at hello. No beer lover on the planet could resist this aromatic bomb of tropical hoppy goodness. The taste delivered on the promise. Awesome.

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Grunion Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,435 ratings