Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & HoneyBarmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with 2-row malt, Galena hops, house yeast, apricots and carmelized honey. On old sailing ships, barm was the foam on top of fermenting fruit and Barmy was the adjective used to describe it.

Added by HopHead84 on 06-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
372
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
78
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 372 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of SteveS1111
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really great stuff. It's 12 percent alcohol, so not something you'd generally want to drink more than one or two of. However, it's really amazing and truly unlike any beer I've ever had. It has a flavor that has some similarities to mead, yet it's still a beer in it's own way. The smell is also somewhat mead like. It has somewhat of a head, but it quickly settles down. However, this isn't the most important attribute of this beer. The taste is really what sets it apart in my opinion, and it more than makes up for not having a large and foamy head. The overall mouthfeel is quite strong, yet doesn't have the "edge" that most 11%+ beers have.

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Photo of mikr
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wceaton
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of archero
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of turboedtwo
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this at the Scripps Ranch, Ballast Point.

a - nice golden color with about 1 finger of white head

s - seriously? this smells like apple juice. but in a good way. maybe apricot juice.

t - initially sweet then immediately sour with a fruity aftertaste

m - it's really light on the tongue, kinda has that sour kick on the tongue

d - this stuff is dangerous, you could drink a lot of this before it even hits you. on my 2nd glass already.

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Photo of threeviews
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (BOD: 16179 = 27 June 2016 into a 13oz Brussels glass (aka: Belgian Snifter/Balloon)

A - Pours a perfectly clear, apricot orange color with a 1-finger, ephemeral white head. I am a sucker for clear beers, so this one receives my highest mark. (5.0)

S - Certainly not pungent, but the adjuncts are immediate: mild aromas of Apricot and Orange Blossom Honey. As it warms, the malt sweetness becomes noticeable and is reminiscent of a blonde, confectionery cake (aka: poundcake). Absolutely no hint of the 12% ABV. (4.25)

T - Like the nose the flavor is sweet and restrained. Apricot marmalade would be my best descriptor. However, the sweetness does not linger long and finishes with an earthy hop bite. Like the aroma, alcohol content is hidden somewhere in the nautical depths where the ponderous fish which decorates the label resides. (4.5)

M - For being 12% ABV, the mouthfeel is an impressive Medium+ with a pleasantly spirited carbonation. Barmy finishes massively dry which (unless disciplined) will have you reaching for the glass time and again. (4.5)

O - Traditional Belgian Golden Strong and Tripel ales are my favorite styles and Barmy provides a really great and uncompromisingly American twist: Orange/Golden in color, heavy on the adjuncts, fruity in aroma and flavor along with a deceptively high ABV. IMO, BP nailed it this time and hope they brew it again. At ~$16/6-Pack, this is a great (and tasty) value and one of the best fruit-inspired beers I have tasted of late. (4.75)

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright amber orange with a small off-white head. The aroma is fruit and malt with some sweetness (honey). The taste is similar to the nose. Nice malt and fruit flavor with honey. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

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Photo of rahijo3
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: (Weizen Glass) Hefeweizen-like, minimal flat head, lacking bubbly appearance.

Smell: Crisp, mild malt, sweet fruit.

Taste: Sweet start with a smooth finish. Mildly alcoholic.

Feel: Thick and syrupy with a gentle finish.

Overall: Easy drinkability with a high alcohol content. Delicious and dangerous!

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Photo of leodarko
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Thingus
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting, 4 oz. taster on tap at Ballast Point...

Appearance; pours a beautiful clear golden honey color, minimal head falls quickly...

Smell; apricots, honey and a slight bready, yeasty aroma.

Taste; jumps out at you with honey, hints of apricot sneak in but never becomes overbearing... Not a hint of the 10.5% ABV in the flavor profile... Amazing..

Mouthfeel; lively in the mouth, good carbonation with a slightly velvety mouthfeel... Fantastic and easy drinkin, firmly light bodied...

Overall; get some of this. Amazing.

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Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Niche in Geneva, Illinois. Served in a Deschutes branded pint glass. Told it was one of only 3 kegs of Barmy Ale tapped in Illinois and it is now retired. This was my first Ballast Point beer and it was outstanding. I'll admit that I was originally drawn more to the fact that it is a rare/discontinued beer than to the apricot and honey aspects of the ale. That being said, the apricot taste was very subtle and the honey made it incredibly smooth and drinkable for a 10.7% ABV beer. The subtle apricot brought some sweetness but it was overall a very balanced beer that I would love to have again. Unfortunate that it was only brewed once.

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Photo of scott2269
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdecross
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoreyK
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strongest beer I've ever had and it has a fruity apricot flavor with very little bitterness at all. Kinda dangerous if you drink this all night! Exclellent choice for a first or second beer to start out a great night. Highly recommend this microbrew from San Diego!!

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Photo of Drewvel
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A fruity and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of apricot and honey. Pale malt with a scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, and cracker with yeast. Sweet scent of honey. Fruit scent of apricot and orange. Subtle earthy hop hints. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and sweet malt driven taste with notes of apricot and honey. Pale barley malt with notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and cracker along with some yeast. Sweet taste of honey. Good fruit notes of apricot and orange. Light notes of earthy hops. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly chewy and pretty smooth for 12%. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A pretty solid brew. Nice sweet mix of citrus and honey that avoids becoming overly syrupy or boozy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I seem to have become downright barmy after all of these Ballast Point bottles! It is a pleasure to drink these new offerings as they become available, even if it is from yet another bottle.

From the bottle: "Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey"; "Dedicated to the Craft".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a modest pour, but I was still met with two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose definitely smelled strongly of apricots, more like jam or preserves than beer! Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big and full, laying on my tongue like the bloated fish on the label. The taste was most definitely apricots with a fusel heat to remind me to go gently with this big boy. I kept thinking of apricot preserves or dried apricots as an indication of their prevalence in this beer. There was a time, while I was on active duty in the Navy, that I was running between 5 miles and a 10K every day & my snack of choice was dried apricots. Their chewy mouthfeel helped take my mind off of the run itself & the concentrated sugars were like fuel for the run. This beer was very evocative of dried fruit. Finish was dry, thanks to the high ABV which resulted from the ease of conversion of the inherent sugar in the fruit and honey. Speaking of which, it was on the finish that I really began to taste the honey! This was worth licking my lips between sips. Mmmm.

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Photo of KevCan
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

Golden color and slightly hazy, with little head. Smells of malt and, predominantly, honey. Taste is sweet with lots of light malt, honey, and apricot. The high ABV is well-hidden. Medium body and carbonation. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of jpd026
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Switz160
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Jerk
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BrewClint
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tleifj
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 372 ratings.
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