Calm Before The Storm | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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
Ranking:
#15,692
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
1,189
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
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Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwb14
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of robotic_being
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Z-man
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerbarian
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale amber with swirling particulates and some effervescence streaming, producing 2 fingers of off-white, foamy, shortlived head that leaves a respectable surface cap, collar ring & wispy lace. Aroma is perfumy coffee & vanilla swimming in cereal grains, pale malt & cream soda. Taste is vanilla, coffee, cream soda, toast/roast, a bit of nuttiness & thin chocolate. Moderately lasting afrertaste is mostly lightly bitter cream soda & coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation producing a prickly bite, a little slick, being dry & crisp in the finish.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braskey
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucBasil
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured from the 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Bought at an expat grocery store in Shanghai China. The beer is a solid orange color with a late foamy off-white head.

S: Malty and sweet with a little of the advertised vanilla but not really any coffee. Smells more bready than anticipated with a hint of brown sugar.

T: Bright and refreshing but the cream ale overpowers the coffee flavor, which isn't very noticeable. The beer does have a vanilla sweetness in the back along with a sweet malty character that is perhaps its most dominant note. Reminds me more of a cream soda with a little something extra added. This was surprising as many of the reviews said the coffee flavor was really strong, but I didn't get it. Kind of a letdown for me.

F: The beer is smooth with just a little kick of carbonation. Cream character is nice.

O: This seems to be a good summer beer, but the unique coffee aspect just didn't happen. There was some vanilla and a touch of sweetness which made it a little different, but not enough for me to go for it again.

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Photo of briandschorr
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife is watching Ellen so I'm trying some BP today. What can I say? Another great beer from BP. The look: great. There is a reddish-orange color and the nose is vanilla and coffee. A decent one-finger head. The taste follows the nose. The bitterness is slight, which I like, and the feel is smooth, medium bodied and full of carbonation. not the best that BP has ever put out but this is still a beer worth a try.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fantasy_Growlers
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boto
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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%
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 +11.1%
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 -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Calm Before The Storm from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,189 ratings