Calm Before The Storm | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Calm Before the Storm came from a quest for a warm weather alternative to our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. Like its more robust cousin, we infuse a punch of flavor using cold brewed Caffé Calabria coffee and a hint of vanilla. But this time, we added it to a lighter-bodied golden cream ale. The end result is a surprisingly bright, coffee-forward beer that’s perfectly refreshing.

15 IBUs

Added by billab914 on 04-24-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,171
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
354
For Trade:
6
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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fantasy_Growlers
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boto
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was about a finger of an off white head that didn’t linger or leave any lacing. Lighter nose. Definitely a whiff of coffee. Not too much else getting by the coffee. Decent enough tasting. Medium bodied caramel malts with a bit of coffee flavor. Maybe a hint of vanilla. OK, but nothing to make it memorable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking transparent hazy burnt orange to ruddy yellow color. A one finger white foamy head started and glided gently into the beer. Lacing was semi-sticky and mostly messy in its arrangement around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet vanilla rolling into a light bitter to sweet cocoa and a sly bitter coffee bean to balance. The taste was sticky sweet with the vanilla taking hold to gloss over the sweet contour of the cocoa. Light bitter coffee beans come back nicely. A smooth sweet vanilla/coffee aftertaste rolls into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a really nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth underneath. Not as creamy on my tongue, but nice. Overall, for a cream ale, this one is a bit different, mostly hits the marks of the style.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

By far the best cream ale I've ever had. Coffee and vanilla on the nose as well as on the palette. Pours surprisingly orange with no head, although this has been sitting in the fridge for a while. Would pick up again if I'm trying to change things up.

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Photo of -chii-
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Aceofbass
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMc8ride
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this beer off the single shelf at Binnys. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent carried coffee and vanilla and the mix almost gave a peppery note. The taste was coffee leaning with vanilla latte finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's interesting.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timtac
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsfish
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cliff1066
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice cream ale, vanilla-heavy (which I like), providing a definitive cream soda experience. Not a lot of breadth or depth of aroma or taste, but an easy sipper to be sure.

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Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle – Imperial Nonic glass
First noted 10/04/15

Golden blonde body with a nice refined brightness. Dense cloud of taupe colored cream hangs true for some time before finally residing back into the glass. Large globs of stick hang on to the glass walls in a random pattern. Smells like a vanilla latte. Like stepping foot into Caffé Calabria for the first time. A rush of fresh earthy roasted beans with a vanilla cream sweetness and some mildly toasted and nutty malted grains. The flavor follows suit with a showcase of gourmet Calabria roast. Super fresh, earthy, and slightly nutty with a sweet vanilla essence to balance. Low actual perceived bitterness and a very smooth texture on the palate. Moderate to light in body with a dry lasting finish.
A solid attempt at this new found style. Might as well join them right. Probably not a regular for my personal line up but cool to grab every now and then.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber gold, with an ample off white head. The head didn't last, disappearing eniterly in about five minutes, with nonexistent lacing. The body of the beer is perfectly clear, show casing a large amount of vigorous carbonation. The nose is dominated by black coffee. There is a nutty sweetness, and a very genital vanilla tone serves as backdrop to the coffee forward scent.

The flavor profile is actually lighter on the coffee than I was expecting. While it's definitely there at all stages of the tasting experience, it is often times supplanted by a lovely nut profile. The flavor is also much more bitter than the nose initially lets on. There is sweetness to be found here though, right as you swallow a small burst of a creamy sweetness pulls through. This quickly becomes a background flavor, being overtaken by a coffee bitterness, but it is this sweetness, combined with the nutty flavors that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and full of carbonation. The carbonation is tightly controlled however, making for a uniform drinking experience. Overall a great beer, and one I'd revisit in the future.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2015 vintage; drank 8/23/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge eggshell head; strong, frothy lace.

Black coffee & rich vanilla notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Burnt coffee & cream flavors up front; a macro creamed corn note on the finish. This smelled pretty damn good, but the flavor was abrasive. I think I've had my last one.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Calm before the storm pours a golden color with very little head. Aroma is a creamy coffee smell. Taste is crisp with big fresh coffee flavors. Good feel. Overall a nice different coffe front beer.

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Photo of Gregf51
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmorris15
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Calm Before The Storm from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,171 ratings.
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