Moscow Mule | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DISKORD on 12-26-2017

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#42,537
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6
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19
pDev:
32.69%
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bringing the flavors of popular cocktails into the beer world is always a tricky proposition. But the Ballast Point brewery accepts the challenge and rolls the prominent flavors of the moscow mule into a lightly soured caramelized ale.

Aptly named Moscow Mule, the solid amber ale brings a bright clarity and a frothy, ivory cap the the bar. The citrusy scent of limes gain most attention, but the complementing scent of ginger, caramel, cola and pecan lurk closely behind. Sweet on the front of the tongue, those caramel, cola, honey and pecan malty influences set a sweet and toasty tone.

Much of the same transpires across the middle palate as the beer's malt sweetness stays the course while lightening slightly toward finish. The interplay of lime and ginger intertwine for a spicy and fruity fusion of flavor that continue to steal the flavors stage. Lightly hopped, the ale prefers to have the ginger and lime bitterness do the heavy lifting in balance as the late palate brings mild tartness and caramelized sweetness.

Medium bodied throughout, the taste trends cola and nutty heading into a slightly bitter and tart finish that concludes much more well-balanced and refreshing than it starts. A medium length afterglow of fruit and spice continues to bring what's best about the culinary art of the mixed drink to every part of the session.

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Photo of JasonKaufman
1.08/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really enjoy ballast point. Solid IPA’s, Excellent Stouts, and even slightly obscure beers like the Red Velvet. I’ve really enjoyed them all. In addition, I have become a big fan of complex sour beers. But then came this beer, which I can only assume is an attempt at a sour. It’s disgusting. It’s beyond disgusting. Not to be overly hyperbolic, but I think this is the worst beer I have ever had. I appreciate the ambitious attempt Ballast Point, but this one was a swing and a miss.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eychung
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - copper with no head or lacing

S - ginger, sweet.

T - like the aroma, sweet worth ginger dominating

F - medium body and carbonation

O - better as a drink than as a beer

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Photo of beerrat
4.13/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light copper color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has resounding ginger and lime hints
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant ginger and lime flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice ginger lime variation

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Photo of Rodinmk
4.76/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

was prompted to review due to such a dismal amount of folks who enjoyed this brew. If you're already not a fan of sour beers this one might not be for you. However, for us sour lovers this one is perfect. If you enjoy lime it's the best yet. Perfect amounts of g
inger heat and small notes throughout. 10%? No chance I would of guessed that. Barely tastes like 7%. Very impressed by a company that hasn't impressed me very much thus far. Good job San Diego.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FluxComplex
3.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keithkam
1.05/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I've been a long time lurker on beeradvocate (at least 6-7 years by now) and while I appreciate all of the reviews on here and agree with most of the ratings; I've never felt compelled to write one...until now. What a fall from grace for ballast point. I remember when sculpin was one of the highest rated iPas out there and I would struggle to find it. Paid a premium for it and it was very good, overhyped yes, but still a good all around IPA. Like many others I also was turned off when they got bought out by ABinbev, but at the same time it made their slightly above average IPA more widely available...not to mention the multitude of flavored offshoots (pineapple, grapefruit, habanero, etc. Etc.). While I stick mainly to IPA's and RIS', if I'm going to drink a cocktail it'll be a Moscow mule. I thought this drink would be the best of both worlds but HFS and JFC is this garbage!!!!! It's an epic fail on so many levels that I have sworn off ever buying a ballast point beer again, and in my dismay at how bad it is it prompted me to finally post a review on here instead of steady creeping. This drink (can't call it a "beer" or "ale") misses the mark in every way possible. It doesn't taste like an ale, and doesn't taste like a Moscow mule. Wait....there's ginger in it?!??!? Couldn't detect it in the least. All I got was a taste of extremely sour artificial lime...no hops, no ginger, no body or mouth feel to it. This atrocity had to be bestowed upon us by the generic think tank of AbInbev who realized that Moscow mules are very popular at the moment as are craft beers, so anything that would tie the two together must be a hit. My best guess is that they took the recipe for Bud light lime (lolololol) and upped the alcohol and lime flavor then passed it off as a ballast point. Even more infuriating is that I dropped $17 on a sixer of it with high expectations. I won't get fooled again, and hopefully like the Who some WE as craft beer fans won't get fooled again. In closing, F abinbev, F ballast point, and F macro "crafty" gimmick beers. I'll stick with what I know and like from here on out or at least try new things from only independent breweries I can trust. Peace!

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Photo of heddar33
2.41/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.06/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ananddullabh
2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Destri
1.8/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Strong. Noxious taste. Advertised as a Moscow Mule " Ale," but tastes neither like ale or a Mule. Rather bitter, like lime juice.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moscow Mule from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 19 ratings