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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, barmy was the foam on top of fermenting fruit.

Added by HopHead84 on 06-11-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
29.46%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
38
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 258
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into a flute.Pours a nice translucent golden color. Fizzy white heading that turned flat in a few ticks.

Smell is very fruity,sour apple,apricots,and slightly tart.

Taste is like a carbonated apple juice , sour , citric and refreshing. Nice honey notes and very enjoyable.

Mouth is crisp. Light-medium bodied and the 10%ABV is very well hidden. Neither thick nor watery.Amazing balance in the mouth.

Damn this one was shocker. I am a rookie when it comes to this style but damn this was enjoyable.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Crudo in San Francisco.

A-Fizzy, translucent golden yellow with almost no head.

S-Vinous, sweet, a bit of dried apricot and bready malts.

T/M-Somewhat wild and funky, medium bodied, on the sweet side. Sauvignon blanc grapes and apricot were the standout flavors, with bready maltiness, a little farmhouse funk and a slightly cloying finish. ABV is well hidden.

D-Too sweet, but definitely something different.

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Photo of cbutova
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 womencantsail
2.16/5  rDev -41.6%
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 srandycarter
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of it... Saw it at Downtown Johnny Brown's.

A - Light clear honey, near white head leaves fast to disk.

S - Malty, fruity, tart sour smell.

T - Apricot, booze, lots of tartness.

M - Medium body, good carb, sweet fruit balances well with the tartness.

D - Not cloying, easy to drink in spite of the high ABV.

Another winner by Ballast Point.

UPDATE 2.13.11 This batch very sweet, cloying, not enough bitter to balance and carbonation is low. Would not rate it so high if I was rating again. Hope this is just a bad batch.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep yellow body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Simple, though distinct aroma of sugary sweet honey and fresh sliced apricots splashed with a little Viognier.

Taste: Lightly tart, fruity apricots tossed with a good dose of table sugar and coated with copious amounts of honey. There's a touch of alcohol in there, but, to me, it's nowhere near the asserted high ABV. Well, Ballast certainly doesn't cheat the drinker when it comes to fruit or honey flavor. No real hop character or bitterness though. Finishes expectedly sweet and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While it is quite flavorful, the excessive sweetness and somewhat expansive body does, as gford217 says, hamper the overall drinkability. But would I recommend it? Sure, why the hell not?! Recommended! So long as "sweet" and "apricots" are fond members of your vocabulary that is.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler courtesy of WeeHeavySD shared with the boys at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a decent sized whitish head that lingers a bit as a cap and leaves hints of lacing.

Whoa, I wasn't expecting this aroma. It's definitely got a ton of apricots which are evident from the get-go. There is also more than a dash of honey sweetness in the nose as well.

The taste is more of the same with a massive honey sweetness forming the backbone underneath the apricot and some oaky tannins lending a slightly bitter finish to this one. The finish also has a floral presence, not from hops, but more like actually flowers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very sticky - lots and lots of sugary sweetness lingering on the palate throughout.

This is a very interesting and tasty beer. The sweetness limits the drinkability fairly substantially for me. I really, really like this one, but getting through my second glass wasn't easy. Tasty and unique.

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Photo of paytoplay
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricots and honey shine from the get go. Really nice amber golden color. There is a richness and sweetness but still nice acidity and a touch of tart that makes this pretty good. Sample at the brew mart and will be enjoying a growler over the coming days. Fun drink but I'd try and keep it really cold, helps acidity stay fresh. Alc really wasn't noticable, then again a 2oz taster so hard to judge what a pint would do.

drank the growler with friends, was great cold, and got some funk and different with it warming up. very enjoyable and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of turboedtwo
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler of this at the Scripps Ranch, Ballast Point.

a - nice golden color with about 1 finger of white head

s - seriously? this smells like apple juice. but in a good way. maybe apricot juice.

t - initially sweet then immediately sour with a fruity aftertaste

m - it's really light on the tongue, kinda has that sour kick on the tongue

d - this stuff is dangerous, you could drink a lot of this before it even hits you. on my 2nd glass already.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Linda Vista location.

Pours vibrant and translucent gold with a pillowy white head. The aroma is of ripe apricots, sweet honey, caramel, and alcohol. The apricots are the dominating characteristic in the aroma.

The flavor is a lot of apricot with caramelized honey. The taste is sugary sweet. Tannins impart noticeable bitterness and there's a low level of acidity. The alcohol is apparent, but it's hard to believe it's nearly 11%.

The beer is light bodied with a sticky mouthfeel.

This is like a mixture of cider, mead, and beer. Very interesting but the sweetness limits how much you can drink.

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