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

Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & HoneyBarmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey
BA SCORE
50%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 372 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:
#34,558
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
372
Liked:
186
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
14.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
78
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 372 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hot cough syrup. Horrendous.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of npachl
1.87/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

terrible terrible offering

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Photo of mothman
1.95/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Tuckersmth
2/5  rDev -44.9%

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

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

Photo of BoRaeCho
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of entenduintransit
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Rjk00
2.07/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I wanted to like this beer great abv and it is from ballast point a great brewery. It was just flat out bad very disappointed.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
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 -40.5%
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 -39.1%
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 acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of ricecracker420
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of LoveStout
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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 -25.9%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Mikexw
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of funkel81
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of parris
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 372 ratings
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