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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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
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
361
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
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15
Gots:
71
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 361
Photo of Mitchster
2.11/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle at BevCo. No ingredients per the website or bottle, other than brewed with apricots and honey.
32 IBUs, 12% ABV.
Pours out to a brilliantly clear medium honey golden, forming a modest white head with average retention and OK lacing. Carbonation is moderate-mild, maybe 2.0 carbs or so. The nose has an interesting slightly skunked hop extract nose that you'll get from many euro lagers, but it's pretty subtle. Smell of slightly off muskmelon, muscat grape, faintly floral honey and a little alcohol. Mouthfeel is syrupy, finishing sweet, cloying and dense bodied. Taste is again, lots of grape juice and muskmelon and booze. A bit hot in the finish. Finishes quite sweet. Very mild bitterness, a little metallic, a bit oxidized. Definitely some wet cardboard towards the end.

This just isn't very good. Would be much better with a lower OG, lower FG, more IBU and a cleaner ferment. Just way too boozy and syrupy. Not a good combination. I can't recommend this one. Pretty close to being a drain pour.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.16/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Strong Ale

A: The pour is a clear golden color with perhaps some notes of orange to it and a white head.

S: This really just smells like a sweet, high alcohol lager, or even a malt liquor. Grape and apple juice with perhaps a touch of sweet apricots, but it's really more "corny" than anything.

T: Flavor is similarly sweet, almost to the point of cloying. The apricot flavor is there a little bit, but it does little more than make this beer more sugary and overbearingly sweet. Pretty much just tastes like white grape juice, apple juice, honey, and corn.

M: The body is medium and sort of syrupy. The carbonation is moderate at best.

D: This was just no good, I have to say. I am unsure as to whether this was the original batch or a re-brew, but either way, I was not a fan.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.21/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out a nice, clear golden color.

Aroma is super sweet and honey dominated with a hint of apricots.

Taste is also extremely cloyingly sweet, Lots of honey, caramel/toffee sweet bread and some apricots.

Syrupy, heavy, thick, boozy.

Not digging this at all. Better luck next time?

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear copper body with minimal slowly rising bubbles. A white head recedes to nothing, no lacing.

Aroma: Booze, faint cedar, carmelized honey, just a touch of apricot.

Taste: Sour up front, with honey more than anything coming through with any sort of flavor. Apricot is hard to detect as the beer goes down, a syrupy mess of hot alcohol and grassy-like sourness.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy.

Overall: Another example of how high alcohol volume ruins the taste of beer.

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Photo of teromous
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle date (born on date) is on the bottom of the bottle. It is listed as "BA 17 16165 07:56" so according to the Ballast Point website that means BA is Barmy Ale, 17 is the batch number, 16 is the year, and 165 is the julian date." That would make this born on the 14th of June 2016.

Appearance: It has a wonderful looking dark gold colored body with hints of bronze and lighter gold. There is a ton of visible carbonation releasing itself from the glass like an upside down waterfall. The body is very transparent but the darkness makes it hard to see anything. The short-lived white head can't stay afloat despite the ample carbonation. No lacing.

Aroma: It has a bit of an eggy smell. I am not getting any apricot despite the label saying "Golden Ale with Apricot and Honey." I am also not getting any honey. Really it just doesn't have much of an aroma at all. Pretty unimpressive if not disappointing.

Taste: There is a fairly strong alcohol flavor that makes an appearance immediately. I can't call that a negative given that it is carries a bold 12% ABV but it should be noted that it does not hide the alcohol. There is a bit of sweet malt flavor in this like Kellog's Corn Pops. Again there is no presence of apricots. Really it just tastes like a high alcohol blonde ale without the requisite hop character to support the beer.

Mouthfeel: Drinkability is slightly hampered in this sweet beer. Carbonation is high and the body is medium with a slight syrupy stickiness. It does not have a very dry finish often found in mead despite being made with honey.

Overall: As a fruit beer it is highly disappointing. It simply does not taste like apricots. The honey might have contributed to just the higher alcohol or even possibly some of the sweetness but overall the beer just didn't work well. Not considering the fruit, the beer is just too sweet and it is a bit of a mess. It's not a beer I would drink again and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are hunting for some non-standard high alcohol beers.

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Photo of parkeak0
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was a drain pour for me. Thin on the nose, thin on the palate, alcohol is really overwhelming. Hoped it would evolve/open up as it warmed, but just got sweeter. At 12 percent ABV simply not worth he alcohol or the calories (and I rarely say that about a beer!). Glad I only got a single.

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Photo of bnes09
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow. No head. No aroma. Super sweet, dense malty, boozy, honey flavor. Minimal hop character. Dense body. Sticky and syrupy. Too sweet. Not my thing.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Barmy Ale for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try and I thought it was worth taking a chance on, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it fits the brewery and the name a little, plus it's a little eye catching. It poured a pretty clear golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness with a huge honey aroma being the first to show up and it imparts an aroma that is almost mead like and it's followed by a light and weird funky aroma that goes into the fruit which imparts a fruity aroma with the apricot maybe being a little noticeable, but not by much. Towards the ends there's some sweet malts and a little bit of grainy aroma. This beer doesn't have a great aroma, it's unbalanced and heavy on the honey.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the honey being the first to show up and it's just about as big as it was in the aroma and it imparts a big super sweet honey flavor which reminds me of a draft mead. Up next comes the fruit, which like the aroma imparts more of a fruity flavor with the apricot flavor not really being noticeable and it's followed by that same weird estery yeast flavor that I got int he aroma and it goes into the malts which impart some sweet malt and grainy flavors. On the finish there's a heavy honey flavor with a little bit of bitterness and lots of sweetness with some noticeable alcohol that's a little warming, but it's fairly well hidden for being 12% abv. with some sweet honey and light fruity flavors in the aftertaste. This is an ok tasting beer, but I thought it was too unbalanced with the honey dominating this beer.

M- Not too smooth, cloying, a little boozy, a little carbonated, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I wish it wasn't so sweet.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and it was pretty average for the style, it's not bad, but it seems like they got a little carried with the honey when it came to this beer. This beer didn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me, no way I would want more than that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer, What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, balance and the drinkability, all those aspects need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend unless you like strong beers that are very sweet and you have to like honey a lot too. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't too far off from it's description, but I just don't think it came together to make for that great of a beer. It's one of my least favorite Ballast Point beers and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap @ provisions

Look: Golden yellow in color and translucent and a thin bubbly head

Smell: Sugary apricot sweetness

Taste: Again its a bit sugary with apricot in the background

Mouthfeel: Thin body and ample carbonation

Overall: After having two beers today brewed with Apricots I have come to the conclusion that Apricot does not belong in beer PERIOD

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Photo of LeRose
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a fabulous beer visually...looks like carbonated brandy. It's Jurassic Park amber, no head to speak of, but a steady mist of super-fine bubbles rising up through the crystal clear liquid. Looks stunning.

I get mostly honey on the nose, almost no apricot, prevalent alcohol, and a little sweet malt. The beer is definitely hot - the alcohol is hardly blended into the flavor. Then there is kind of a honey flavor, and an artificial, nasty apricot flavor that lingers and turns unpleasantly sour, astringent, and bitter.

The feel is medium bodied, mildly carbonated. There is a residual flavor that is apricot like in the negative sense - bitter, harsh, and astringent. Extremely drying and honestly it numbs the tongue.

Overall, I do not find this beer pleasant and would not recommend it.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks clear and orange, with barely a head, some decent lacing.
Smells of subtle apricot, but with a stale sort of aged and candied funk that's unlike anything I've ever noticed in a beer. Not sure if I like that much; it depends on how it tastes
Taste is lackluster, as it is booze and malty mineral, with some apricot, with a very dry finish and barely a hint of the old fruit that made up the odd nose. The longer I give this a chance, and let this sit a bit, the more off-putting it becomes. This is fair to say, in my opinion, of a beer from a brewery that produces so many world-class examples.
Love the brewery, love the beer names, the label design etc etc.
Just not this beer. Is there a reason it's sold in six packs, of all things, a beer of 12% abv.?

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Photo of elNopalero
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a hot mess. Literally. Pours hot and boozy. A clear gold in the glass. Smells like apricots meets window cleaner. The alcohol hits hard and stings, obscuring a faint fruity note on the back end. Thin bodied and rough.

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Photo of beergoot
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sharp and clear golden body; mild carbonation; thin yet creamy head attempting to leave foam and lacing along the glass. Dull apricot smell; grassy. Tangy and sweet flavor that quickly gives way to a hot alcohol flavor and phenolic bitterness. Medium body; somewhat glassy; hot with a heavy sweetness.

Too much booziness in this beer to make it very enjoyable. It brings on a somewhat sour tang that is quickly lost with the alcohol and almost acrid aftertaste. Interesting but rough...Sure, it's a high ABV beer yet nothing really mixes or blends well to bring about any balance. A one-shot wonder for me...

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Billed as a Golden Ale brewed with apricots and honey, Barmy certainly looks the part: the golden body is crystal clear and very effervescent; a thin, brief-lived off-white head leaves fair lacing consisting of rotten, skeletal bands. The nose is medium in intensity; it leads with ephemeral stonefruit notes that leap ahead of a very nice blend of tart apricot and peach, backed by more subtle sweet florals and a modest yeast character, with the dry bite of the yeast and the tartness of the fruit combining to produce a Sweet Tart-like aroma. Modest alcohol overtones belie the ABV. The palate is initially a sweet blend of apricot, peach and more subtle caramelish malt, but is quickly overtaken by bitter, fumey alcohol. The finish is a boozy hit of indeterminate fruit, followed by a modest solvent bitterness that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the medium body, and is very warming and fairly astringent from the alcohol; the texture is thin and solvent-like, and very slightly peppery from the mild carbonation. This beer is way too boozy for its own good. (12 oz bottle, 49 days after pkg)

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite orange amber in the small tulip at Pizza Port in OB. Strange fruit, I call it. Salty and sweet with an odd syrupy flavor. Sharp and heading towards acidity. Lots of apricot, finally, in the nose. A strange smoky, cardboardy hint. After finishing most of it, I took a sniff of the nearly empty glass- weirdest smell of old fruit and the gym.

I wouldn't call it very drinkable, but it's interesting at least. Not to mention, an alternative to the nuclear hop war. It really doesn't seem that strong, not did it feel alcoholic either. A friendlier version of this, or one less strong with Saison yeast might be more enjoyable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Crafty Fox in Denver. i only got a small sample of this which was enough. Orange color, almost no head. Aroma is a weird peach candy type thing. Flavor is the same but booze heavy, almost like a mixture of rock candy and peach jolly rancher. Weird.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with a bubbly, white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is sweet fruit, apricot, honey, and caramel malt. The flavor is apricot and honey. This beer kind of tastes like an energy drink with some alcohol heat. Not really something I could drink on a regular basis, but interesting to try.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear copper color, thin head dissipates quickly
S- apricot, honey, boozy
T- apricot, honey mostly
M- medium bodied
D- I thought it was pretty good. For the price, I probably wouldn't buy it again though. Good beer but not worth the price.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10/18/2014. On draft at Chuck's 85th as part of a 4-Ballast Point beer sampler. Clear golden-brown color, medium amoount of head, mottled in appearance. Some lace on the sides. Bready, apricot aroma, some grassy hops. Flavor is mostly sweet, and a bit sour, not very bitter. Heavy, thick body, some alcohol burn, full mouth feel and long finish. Not particularly carbonated. Interesting beer.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with so many of Ballast Point's flavored offerings, this one seemed ever-so-slightly artificial to my palate. I did get a bit of honey, and a bit of apricot, but these bits did not strike me as fresh, natural, and pure.

In its defense, it's fairly drinkable for such a big beer, and a decent value. And the label's sorta cute.

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Photo of cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On at Sunset Grill.

A- Clear orange with a small white cap. Tiny ring leaves

S- Hard to put words to. Slight vinegar grape juice. Faint apricot and sweets behind it. Very heavy wine and mead feel.

T- General apricot flavor mixed with honey sweets, bread yeast, grape acetic, apple and faint spice. Once again has a wine or mead feel to it.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth moderate carbonation.
Warm from honey added alcohol.

DB- Different to say the least. The dominant flavor is grape wine and not really sutr how I feel about that, more apricot would be good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a really bizarre beverage from the usually incredibly steady ballast point. this is an oddity, and perhaps a rarity as well based on the really limited number of reviews it has here. not a barleywine, not a belgian strong pale, not like any style really, its unique, but its also not all that amazing, and i dont think up to the very high standard these guys have set. its pale in color, yellow to golden, just in between, without much haze and a pretty solid inch of head on it. smells like apricot jam, but its subtle, not jumping out of the glass by any means, and without any appreciable yeast profile, which is real uncommon in a beer thats this strong. i can smell the booze it made though, fusel and a little hot. i can taste the honey right away, sweet and rich, right out in front of an overripe apricot flavor that i almost have to go looking for its so faint. expected and in the end wanted more fruit from this. its sort of odd, after the initial rush, how the flavor almost goes away entirely, a little tang for a second, but the flavor really does die on it. left is only residual sugar and booze, which really isnt a great finish for a beer with more promise than delivery in the end. good not great, although some may dig it more than me, its just not my palate...

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Photo of dcotom
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into tulip glass. Very attractive pour, a crystal clear golden color with a medium white head that dissipates in short order, leaving spotty lacing and a thin ring. Aroma is heavy on the apricot and honey, with a little alcohol present on the nose. Lots of fruit and sweetness on the palate, leaving the base beer in the background. Sweet aftertaste, fading to a surprisingly dry finish. The alcohol in this is very prominent. If you like sweet and hot, this isn't bad. Use caution!

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Big fluffy head fades slowly over crystal clear golden orange color.

Nose is very fruity apricot, sour apple, light dry yeast, light Belgian sweet malts.

Taste is very sweet, some fruits again, light apricot, sour apple, touch of pear, lots of light candi sugar and other sweeteners. Light Belgian delicate malts, dries a little bit on the finish leaving a bit of a wild style dry bready gritty farmhouse taste, but the sweetness lingers way too long. A bit of bitterness comes out on the finish as well.

Mouth is a little lighter bodied with decent carb, semi syrupy but still gritty, and touch of warming booze.

Drink is meh, way too sweet and doesn't dry much, and the fruits are a little too bright, but the alcohol feels lighter than it really is.

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: beautiful gold, with a thin white head, that quickly dissipates
S: apricot marmalade and honey
T: sweet, very boozy, almost like a dry mead
F: oily, boozy
O: definitely a sipper, but not one I find all that enjoyable

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