Barmy | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#37,769
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
383
pDev:
14.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
83
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 383 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light copper color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has honey and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with honey and fruity flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A heavy hitter

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Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wanted to treat myself to a nice dessert beer after 300 miles of driving today. Barmy hit the spot. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass - a small very bubbly foamy white head and a nice almost clear apricot/light copper color. The head fades fast as could be expected from a 12% abv beer, but the thin white covering at the top of the glass lingers for a while. Lacing is just a few thin wisps. Aroma is pleasant, the apricots and honey really shine. Taste reminds me of a Belgian as far as the fruit and sweetness go. The apricot and honey are up front, but there is more than a hint of alcohol in the very malty beer. Mouthfeel is sweet and rich. The alcohol goes beyond warming, there is a little "burn" here. Little to no hoppiness. This is a very pleasant slow sipper at the end of a day!!!

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Photo of NonicPanic
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmryan21
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a growler via Savor Growl in Columbus in a snifter. This interesting little
strong ale pours a muddled orange tinged murky brown with a moderate head of
white foam that settles to a thin ring and layer with very subtle lacing. Nose of stewed
apricot, subtle herbal notes, light booze, and sweet malts. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with
a nice honey sparkling mead note surrounding stewed apricots with a subtle herbal note that
is difficult to put ones finger one other than being like a light soda cracker. Very nice mouth feel;
medium light carbonation that is just light enough to give this some needed lift, medium body, and
a sweet subtly dry finish.

Overall, a nice and unique desert brew that is perfect as a finisher.

Cheers

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Photo of Kips
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derekmbarton
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulwain
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - 4 - Has a dark gold, dare I say apricot, color. Head also has a slightly golden tint as expected
Smell - 4 - Not an unpleasant smell. Hints of apricot and, wait for it, honey. Not too hoppy
Taste - 3.75 - Was expecting a little more in the fruit arena, so that was missing. However, as commented elsewhere, the taste is not as harsh as some beers at >10% ABV
Feel - 3.75 - Definitely has a bit of "stickiness" on the way down - probably again due to the high ABV, so that leaves a little to be desired but overall the texture is smooth and not sickly as might be expected from a high alcohol/fruit/honey combo

Overall: 4 - This is not a "chugging beer" its definitely for use with something sweet or after a meal. It has a pleasant taste, but you do know you are drinking something "a bit stronger" than usual. As expressed elsewhere a "sipper" more than a gulper but none the less very tasty!

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Photo of JoshuaGreer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dried apricot gold, actively effervescing, somewhat short lived head but remaining white lacing
Smell: Like sweet apricots! Also has mild malt nose to it, not much in terms of hops
Taste: Estery apricot and noticeable alcohol with toasty malt, bitter
Feel: thick, syrupy, not very lively, you can tell this is a higher ABV beer
Overall: Good, a sipper that would compliment a sweet dinner or relaxing night

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidobrienii
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JoeTheFranc
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and easy on the palate. The apricot really shines through on this one. 12% abv but youd never know it. Hidden well within the honey and apricot notes. Definitely worth a shot especially if your sweet tooth is engaged.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mambajahamba
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Barmy from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 383 ratings