Calm Before The Storm
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Cream Ale
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
922
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 18, 2020
Added:
Apr 24, 2015
Wants:
  103
Gots:
  355
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: 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
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Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 04, 2020
 
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
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Rated by Nass from Florida

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Better than I expected but I really don't care for the coffee adjunct in a cream ale. Cheers! C
Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Oct 23, 2018
 
Rated: 2.78 by cwb14 from Wisconsin

Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.4 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by Z-man from Michigan

Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.58 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by TheBeerbarian from California

Feb 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.41 by TheCrowsEye from California

Jan 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 11, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

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.
Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by braskey from Tennessee

Oct 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Eammon1920 from Ohio

Sep 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2017
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

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.
Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by briandschorr from North Carolina

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.
Aug 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by armock from New York

Jul 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.22 by Fantasy_Growlers from Arizona

Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

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.
Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

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.
Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.24 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

Jun 03, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by Aceofbass from New York

Jun 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by DMc8ride from California

May 01, 2017
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
Mar 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by Timtac from New Jersey

Mar 09, 2017
Calm Before The Storm from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1198 ratings