Barmy | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.63/5
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380 Ratings
BarmyBarmy
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:
#36,591
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
380
pDev:
14.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
82
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 87
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

Photo of SteveS1111
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really great stuff. It's 12 percent alcohol, so not something you'd generally want to drink more than one or two of. However, it's really amazing and truly unlike any beer I've ever had. It has a flavor that has some similarities to mead, yet it's still a beer in it's own way. The smell is also somewhat mead like. It has somewhat of a head, but it quickly settles down. However, this isn't the most important attribute of this beer. The taste is really what sets it apart in my opinion, and it more than makes up for not having a large and foamy head. The overall mouthfeel is quite strong, yet doesn't have the "edge" that most 11%+ beers have.

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Photo of mikr
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/6/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big honey, apricot, peach, pear, apple, white grape, mango, cracker, biscuit, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. A bit of booziness in the aromas as well. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of apricot/honey, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big honey, apricot, peach, pear, apple, white grape, mango, cracker, biscuit, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitter/spiciness and light tart/tangy fruit notes on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, apricot, peach, pear, apple, white grape, mango, cracker, biscuit, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of apricot/honey, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly slick/syrupy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is a very good fruited imperial golden ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of apricot/honey, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BeerMeister8
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldManMetal
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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 LeRose
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
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 GreenEggsHam1
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mamaraza
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of greengumby
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Pours a deep burnt orange with a light, white head. The pour is quick and despite the apricot and honey, it does not appear thick.

S - Pungent. Apricot is the most prominent smell but there is a bit of alcohol, malt, and honey.

T - Big on the alcohol upfront. You can tell that it is 12% up front. That taste dissipates quickly and there are touches of apricot, yeast, and a honey finish.

M - Not as syrupy as one would imagine.

O - Worth drinking, but not nearly as exciting as I had hoped. The whole thing was a little flatter than such a big boozy ale should be.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma reveals some subtle apricot, but the combination of pale malts and alcohol also give it a boozy pineapple juice vibe similar to a triple IPA. Alcohol also lends it a subtle, almost fungal sourness (not sour as in tart, sour as in musty) Letting it open up will reveal more apricot goodness - a lot more, actually. Honey remains subdued. It's a strange-smelling beer (redolent of something Dogfish Head would make), but it comes together pretty nicely. The opening sip brings plenty of apricot flavor. It finishes with some honey and a slight kick of alcohol, sandwiching some of the pale malt flavors nicely. Honey is the X-factor here - it defines the sweetness of both the fruit and the general massiveness, while drying the finish enough so that it doesn't linger on the palate cloyingly. It's nonetheless a very sweet and bulky feeling beer that will take a bit of time to consume. Honestly, this was a pleasant surprise: as big as it is, it doesn't get too over-the-top at any point. I doubt I'd buy it again considering how pricey a six-pack is, though.

3.62/5: Expensive, yeah; barmy, no

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Photo of Nat1975
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drbenderdo
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Barmy from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 380 ratings