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
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
Ratings:
369
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of JoshuaGreer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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 +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidobrienii
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JoeTheFranc
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mambajahamba
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jibrahim414
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of Switz160
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rahijo3
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: (Weizen Glass) Hefeweizen-like, minimal flat head, lacking bubbly appearance.

Smell: Crisp, mild malt, sweet fruit.

Taste: Sweet start with a smooth finish. Mildly alcoholic.

Feel: Thick and syrupy with a gentle finish.

Overall: Easy drinkability with a high alcohol content. Delicious and dangerous!

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Photo of tmcarter23
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I seem to have become downright barmy after all of these Ballast Point bottles! It is a pleasure to drink these new offerings as they become available, even if it is from yet another bottle.

From the bottle: "Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey"; "Dedicated to the Craft".

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a modest pour, but I was still met with two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose definitely smelled strongly of apricots, more like jam or preserves than beer! Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big and full, laying on my tongue like the bloated fish on the label. The taste was most definitely apricots with a fusel heat to remind me to go gently with this big boy. I kept thinking of apricot preserves or dried apricots as an indication of their prevalence in this beer. There was a time, while I was on active duty in the Navy, that I was running between 5 miles and a 10K every day & my snack of choice was dried apricots. Their chewy mouthfeel helped take my mind off of the run itself & the concentrated sugars were like fuel for the run. This beer was very evocative of dried fruit. Finish was dry, thanks to the high ABV which resulted from the ease of conversion of the inherent sugar in the fruit and honey. Speaking of which, it was on the finish that I really began to taste the honey! This was worth licking my lips between sips. Mmmm.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was another winner from BP. You definitely get apricot, honey, and a mead-like quality from this right off the bat. It was even better once it warmed up a little. Maybe buy more if i run across it again.

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Photo of moodyxc9
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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