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Barmy Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

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, barmy was the foam on top of fermenting fruit.

Added by HopHead84 on 06-11-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
194
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
29.33%
 
 
Wants:
10
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30
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Photo of turboedtwo
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
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 +20.5%
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 Thingus
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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 +18.7%
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 CoreyK
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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 MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
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 KevCan
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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 charlzm
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

Clear golden hue, somewhere between light and medium shade. A little carbonation in evidence in the glass, streaming tiny bubbles up to an incredibly uniform and creamy thin white head.

Sweet, fruity aroma - apricots, pears, dates, lemon.

Mildly sweet flavor favors the pears and apricots with a tidy little touch of bitterness on the finish. Fleeting brush with alcohol warmth as it goes down. This is 10.5% ABV? Completely unnoticeable!

Easy to drink and, at this high an ABV, perhaps the most insidious beer ever created.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle dated 6/14/16

Pours clear golden amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh apricots, grass, caramelized honey, with slightly boozy sweet bready grain malt. Tastes like sweet, slightly tart apricot, caramelized orange blossom honey, slightly boozy bready grain malt, with fresh earthy grass lingering. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice, strong abv malty fruit ale.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a generic snifter.

A - Poured into a snifter a crystal clear golden pour with a nice half a finger head that left some really nice side lacing.

S - Sweet apricots as well as light honey aromas.

T - Nice high ABV hits the mouth intermixing with well, apricot juice. Nice honey malt sweetness too. This stuff is almost like a hard cider!

M - Light carbonation, like slightly carbonated fruit juice.

O - I really liked this stuff. It reminded me more of a hard cider than a beer, and the potent apricot really gives this a nice fresh warm weather mood.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a Ballast Point pint glass.

Pours a reddish golden color with a medium white head that dissipates slowly. Quite a beautiful look. Smell is slightly sweet, maybe apricots...not that strong of a scent. the taste is very flavorful though! if i had to describe it the best way i'd say it is a mix between a barleywine and a sour. you can really taste the honey in this one, and it is intially pleasantly sweet. on the finish its almost like a sour on the back of your tongue. very very interesting, i really enjoyed it. medium bodied with medium carbonation. would NEVER have guessed this was 10.7%, i'd have thought 6 or 7% alcohol was not present at all. very impressed with the drinkability.

overall a very interesting beer that i'd honestly buy if they bottled it. get a pint of this if you can because it's awesome.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into a flute.Pours a nice translucent golden color. Fizzy white heading that turned flat in a few ticks.

Smell is very fruity,sour apple,apricots,and slightly tart.

Taste is like a carbonated apple juice , sour , citric and refreshing. Nice honey notes and very enjoyable.

Mouth is crisp. Light-medium bodied and the 10%ABV is very well hidden. Neither thick nor watery.Amazing balance in the mouth.

Damn this one was shocker. I am a rookie when it comes to this style but damn this was enjoyable.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a quick fading white head on top. There is a sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is a little funky, it's not really fruity, it's kind of sweet smelling. The taste is strong, lots of sweet fruity flavors with honey in the mix. Minor bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick. Decent carbonation too. Overall it's not a bad beer, glad I tried it.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent golden orange with a half-inch eggshell head that fades to a ring on top and leaves thick spots of lace. The smell reminds me of an apricot or peach pit: fruity and earthy. The taste follows with moderate fruit sweetness, grain and a hint of honey. 12% ABV is absolutely undetectable and therefore, dangerous.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a clear orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Honey, vanilla, bready, candied apricot, pale malts, and some herbal notes.

Taste: Sweet candied apricots, honey, vanilla, bready, booze, and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, light booziness, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and slight sweetness.

Overall: This beer was like a mixture between a honey beer and pale ale with the addition of apricots. Very cool but you can only have a couple due to the booze and sweetness.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer out of a growler.

A: Pours a copper hue with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S: sweet fruit apricot and honey aroma

T: Similar to the smell there is sweet fruit mostly apricot flavor followed by hints of honey and
some mild hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Yummy brew – just enough fruit

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber with a medium head that poofs. nose; bubble gum & rotted fruit. an easy nose that gives little indication. taste; sweet malt, apricot reduction, gentle ethanol, banana ester, gum, light citrus hops, & light honey. low+ carbonation & slightly heavy mouthfeel. i want to say this one is too sweet... but, it just barely isn't. it's still indulgent, sort of a hoppy apricot mead and has to be among the gentlest 12%ers around. an enjoyable departure from my usual, especially after the glass is almost done. :)

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Linda Vista location.

Pours vibrant and translucent gold with a pillowy white head. The aroma is of ripe apricots, sweet honey, caramel, and alcohol. The apricots are the dominating characteristic in the aroma.

The flavor is a lot of apricot with caramelized honey. The taste is sugary sweet. Tannins impart noticeable bitterness and there's a low level of acidity. The alcohol is apparent, but it's hard to believe it's nearly 11%.

The beer is light bodied with a sticky mouthfeel.

This is like a mixture of cider, mead, and beer. Very interesting but the sweetness limits how much you can drink.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of it... Saw it at Downtown Johnny Brown's.

A - Light clear honey, near white head leaves fast to disk.

S - Malty, fruity, tart sour smell.

T - Apricot, booze, lots of tartness.

M - Medium body, good carb, sweet fruit balances well with the tartness.

D - Not cloying, easy to drink in spite of the high ABV.

Another winner by Ballast Point.

UPDATE 2.13.11 This batch very sweet, cloying, not enough bitter to balance and carbonation is low. Would not rate it so high if I was rating again. Hope this is just a bad batch.

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Photo of paytoplay
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricots and honey shine from the get go. Really nice amber golden color. There is a richness and sweetness but still nice acidity and a touch of tart that makes this pretty good. Sample at the brew mart and will be enjoying a growler over the coming days. Fun drink but I'd try and keep it really cold, helps acidity stay fresh. Alc really wasn't noticable, then again a 2oz taster so hard to judge what a pint would do.

drank the growler with friends, was great cold, and got some funk and different with it warming up. very enjoyable and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of SDDanC
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at obriens, great golden orange no head. Nose is defintely candied apricots, honey, and pear. Taste is quite the same, lots of tart apricot, sweet from the honey, slight malt presence. Mouthfeel is subtle, not very carbonated but it helps accentuate the fruit. If it were more carbonated it would definitely lean towards a weak wild ale. Overall, quite enjoyable, refreshing and tart. Would love bottles of this

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Photo of K-Dog
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle to give a try. This is normally not my style of beer so dint know what to expect. Didn't really care for the smell. Had a funky aroma, I'm assuming it's the frutiness. However a very nice looking golden copier color. As for the taste I a culturally kind of enjoyed this. The perfect blend if apricot and honey. Thus was very smooth for a 12 percent beer. This was a sipper for sure.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apricot, honey, subtle alcohol, and peaches. The flavor was of sweet malt, apricot, honey, and sweet alcohol on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had a big fruit profile going on throughout. It tried really hard to hide the alcohol on the flavor but the followthrough is just too overpowering for it. I will say that this one is definitely worth trying/ticking if you get the chance.

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Photo of QueenCityYeastBeast
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pretty pour, orange, darker than expected for a golden ale, good lacing, appropriate head
S: subtle apricot, hint of booze
T: initial sweet and bready, less fruit than smell predicted, finish is weaker than expected
F: good carbonation, booze well hidden
O: tasty "fruit ale", the sweet/bready beginning are a great start, but are fleeting and I expected a stronger finish. Still, another tasting offering from a solid brewery

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour at the Better Weather Fest at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, apricots, honey, and some mead-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a strong alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

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