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

Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & HoneyBarmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey
BA SCORE
3.63/5
374 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:
#34,905
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
374
pDev:
14.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
79
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 374 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright amber orange with a small off-white head. The aroma is fruit and malt with some sweetness (honey). The taste is similar to the nose. Nice malt and fruit flavor with honey. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

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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 BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Copper, with clarity, and 1 finger of head and slight lacing left on the glass

S - Apricots and pears

T - Sweet, boozy, and fruity

F - Thin body, medium to light carbonation

O - A boozy fruit forward brew.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mpenske
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of deereless
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of apricot and sweet fruits. The apricot shines. It's slightly floral with some sweet malts in the mix. The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of apricot with some hints of peach. Strong malt backbone. It's sweet, but not cloying or over the top at all. It's slightly syrupy. It finishes warm with some mild spicy alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy at all. The alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice fruit brew. The apricot shines. It drinks like a big beer, but it comes off as balanced at the same time. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alwaysplayin
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hop_God
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: glowing orange hue. Thick creamy white bubbles.

S: hops. Pine. Apricot. Honey.

T: honey and apricot very prominent. Some bitter resin at the end.

F: good body. A bit cloying in sweetness and aftertaste.

O: a bit over sweet but still not bad for what they were doing

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 JakerLou
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirkdebonaire
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fell off wagon today after 18 days. And joined BA!
Played with some Percocets in the meantime.
Had one of these gals and WHOA, much better.

I tasted apricot, not a favorite fruit or vegetable.
Heard that cyanide tastes/smells like apricot pits.....
Anyway, I pretty much enjoy all the higher ABVs that BP puts out.
I LIKE it!
Gets me where I want to go QUICKLY.
Drink it COLD.
Dirk

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Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barmy Golden Ale with Apricot & Honey from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 374 ratings
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