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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
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3.63/5
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375 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#35,736
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
375
pDev:
14.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
81
Trade:
0
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Boone757
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-golden ale with apricots and honey, 12.0%

A: Dark orange body, with a good clarity and a soft spacious rise of macro-bubbles. Frothy light tan head, 0.5 inches is moderately retaining leaving a small calling card on the vessel.

S: Sweet apricot, lightly dry, with some warm honey malt alcohol being the most noticeable at first on the nose. Light barley grain notes with some dry peach sweetness. Abv% of 12 is pretty well refrained on the nose.

T: Dry apricot and peppery honey alcohol flair first for flavor. Spicy warm hops, with some dry orange and golden raisin fruit. Finishes off with some warm, peppery honey finish.

M: Nice thick creamy consistency, near full body experience with some edgy carbonation moments around the tongues edges. Dry.

O: A warm, spicy hop affair, peppery honey alcohol notes, with warm apricot juice, good to style and good to style by golden ale standards. Big drinking experience, good belgian feel, one bottle will leave you satisfied both flavor and alcohol wise.

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Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 375 ratings
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