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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: 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:
#8,865
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
1,179
pDev:
9.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
355
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,179 |  Reviews: 274
Reviews by condorsim:
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Absolut
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange. Smells of vanilla and coffee. Taste is the same, but subtle. Really an except beer. Feel is a bit thin which is the only complaint

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Photo of breadwinner
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I'm saying this, but I oddly quite enjoyed this beer. I was a skeptic, to say the least, and really only picked it up because my local bottleshop had some single available in the cooler. Pour is clear, copper, and with a nice dense bit of foam atop. Fitting, I suppose, that foam, because this thing is creamy! The body is creamy enough (especially for just a basic ale), but the sensation of creaminess -- of milky, vanilla-laced, sweet creaminess -- is darn on point. The nose had a couple whiffs of harsh coffee bitterness at opening, but it opened up and mellowed out quickly into that great, smooth coffee/cream combo. Palate is ne'er to sweet, rather seamlessly integrating the coffee/vanilla/cream into the base beer. Again, I'm somewhat astounded at how they make it work (though BP has proven to have deft hands with adjuncts). Good, and honestly tasty, beer that I'd actually drink again.

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Photo of NWSREM
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had high expectations for this, I love Victory at Sea and haven't had a bad BP beer yet. Clear amber pour with small white head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, coffee and grassy malt. Taste is all coffee, with vanilla and some sourish? malt taste in the background. Light smooth body, not especially creamy, with mild carbonation. This sounded really good but was a bit disappointing for me.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Brownish yellow, half finger head stuck around
-Amazing roasted coffee
-Same amazing coffee, sweet ish crackery malt
-sharp carbonation but not much of it

-top tier coffee beer for me. Awesome

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color, pours with an inch and a half of off white foam. Medium amount of retention. Coffee is the star here and it works nicer than any other non-stout/porter beer that I've had. Aroma isnof freshly ground coffee and a pleasant caramel like sweetness. Esters are present in the nose, but fairly mild. The coffee flavor embraces the tongue right away and the smooth body and medium-high carbonation level carry it properly. More caramel accompanies the taste, but it's not overly sweet and still finishes quite dry. There is a slight hop presence but barely noticeable. Great smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a slight Amber hue to it. Foamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is toasted malts, with a heavy presence of coffee. Vanilla does not really come through on the nose, but the cream ale and coffee components do. Vanilla comes through in the taste, along with the coffee and that cream ale in the back. The slightest metallic off-flavor on the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium carbonation. This is an interesting beer and a nice attempt at a golden stout.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is basically a warm weather stout,

Copper in color with a two finger, effervescent, rocky head.
Smells of vanilla beans, malted cereal grains and freshly made cappuccino.

This is one of my absolute most beloved offering from Ballast Point.
It's luxurious and decadent on the palate, with notes of heavy cream, espresso, vanilla and dry, roasted malt.

It tastes and smells exactly like a freshly made iced coffee/latte from Dunkin Doughnuts or Starbucks

Has the full body and heavy mouthfeel you expect to find in a great cream ale without ever being sticky or overtly sweet.

Finishes with a crisp, hoppy snap and vanilla coffee aftertaste. Very prolonged and drawn out coffee aftertaste and tasting experience that leaves you with the flavor of the beer long after you've taken a sip.

This and Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M are my favorite cream ales of all time.

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Photo of username
1.84/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

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Pours a slightly hazy SRM 7-8. Average head characteristics; foamy, good retention.

Intense smell of coffee beans, almost burnt. No vanilla detected as claimed; it might be there but is totally overpowered by the coffee.

Tastes primarily of coffee, and essentially nothing but.

Higher astringency, with a soft, mouth-coating feel.

Overall the intensity of coffee ruins this beer. Almost don't feel ok referring to it as a beer, as it tastes more like a coffee flavored soda without sugar. Coffee isn't at all balanced with characteristics of the ale; appears to have been added with reckless abandon to the detriment of the brew. Uncomfortably light in color for the flavor. Would not recommend over any other coffee-flavored brew.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dvaia44
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I heard that Ballast Point Brewery was up and coming so I decided to try Calm Before the Storm which was on tap at the moment. Little did I know it was going to be one of the best beers I have had and will ever have. For those of you who love coffee and cream soda this is the perfect beer for you. After taking a sip you experience the sweetness of a cream soda and a mildly bold coffee taste finish. I couldn't help myself but order 7 more. I obviously took an Uber home that night. Every time I go to the liquor store I look for Calm Before the Storm. I was told that this beer is a fall release so look for it between August and November. Cheers!

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

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beaver13
2.49/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper gold with a big white meringue head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is cream ale with vanilla.

The flavor is cream ale with vanilla and some coffee roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, cream ale with vanilla and coffee is not really my thing.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boxerjay
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a crystal clear caramel color, orangish. White wispy head that faded fast. Smells of roasted coffee and a touch of vanilla. Tastes of coffee and finishes with a nice vanilla sweetness almost like a touch of cream with the coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth.

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Photo of mmcurran
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MrUse
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquazr1
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange color with a short white head with minimal lacing. Nose is coffee roast. Tastes is coffee and some vanilla. The cream ale gives it a very different taste and a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Calm Before The Storm from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,179 ratings
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