Abandon Ship Smoked Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by m1ked on 02-26-2008

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Raleigh Times

Dark brown with a soft white head. Aromas of Beechwood smoke, rich malt, clean lager yeast, and sweet bread with some subtle citrus. Clean, spicy, smoky flavor…rich German malt sweetness and a touch of salted caramel. Medium, crisp, and clean, with some finishing lager yeast. Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; February 2012
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, almost half-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color with a bright, clear hue to it. The aroma has a nice, smooth, rich smokiness that seems to be beechwood smoke in derivation. There isn’t a whole lot of base beer character noticeable underneath the omnipresent smokiness. A subtle, grainy, pale caramelized malt character comes out a touch as the beer warms up.

This has a zippy, prickly carbonation, a touch of viscosity to it so that it isn’t overly light and in fact gets a bit chewier in my second sip. There is a fat smokiness here that is supported by a subtly sweet, savory accentuating malt character that supplies a bit of lingering, lightly toasted grain / malt character. Touches of caramelized malt serve as an accentuating, though balancing smoothness for the dominant smoke flavors so that it doesn’t unbalance the flavor profile; of course this assumes that you enjoy smoky beer. There is an almost nuttiness to this beer at time, it sort of reminds me of a smoked almond in some ways.

Amply smoky, perhaps a touch simplistic, but it is exactly what I was hoping for when I ordered this. You will of course have to really like smoked beers to like this, and I really like that they stayed away from the alternate smoked malts; so many of the newer (and peat too) smoked malts get harsh and weird tasting.

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Abandon Ship Smoked Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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