Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,221
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
980
pDev:
11.25%
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Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smiths400
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very rare, I saw it on the menu at Ballast Point Brewery & Restaurant in Daleville VA (July 21, 2018) and was intrigued by its description. High ABV beers often have some weirdness in the offering - either they smell strange (or awful) or the color or mouth feel is peculiar or they just taste like someone poured grain alcohol into a regular, average tasting beer. Not so for this delightful, beautifully shiny red beer with perfect carbonation and head. The taste was wonderful, a hint fruity, a taste of malt, lightly hopped , very smooth (!) and a great mouth feel with no surprises in the finish. Very well balanced. Served in an 8-oz goblet, I was able to sip this delicious beer with family at my side as we all watched a dramatic sunset peeking out from behind waning and wispy clouds over the stunning mountainous horizon looking west from Daleville. This beer produced a soft and warm buzz that came over me slowly and held on throughout our excellent 40 minute dinner. Ballast Point lists only 3 other places in the state that offer or sell this wonderful beer. Ah, man.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, golden amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, roasted malt and pine. Rich malty flavor with sweet orange flavor. Piney, sharp bitter hops.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanLane
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Tongue Buckler"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, PKG 06FEB18" and sampled on 25APR18
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a mostly clear reddish body with golden and orange highlights beneath a full head of creamy yellowed off-white foam. The aroma expresses medium dark caramelish malt, some dried fruit, some soft citrusy fruit, some bruised apple, and a hint of pine. Wow, the flavor really amps that up without becoming too much. It's neither too malty, nor too caramelish in its maltiness (which is a common mistake in beers like this), and although it's also quite bitter it's not completely "tongue buckling". The fruitiness offers some additional citrus, and I'm finding notes of apple, plum, raisin, orange, soft grapefruit, and fig. It's dry in the finish, and bitter, with some dark skinned fruit lingering shortly and then fading to allow more pine/spruce and earthiness to appear. Medium leaning towards medium-full in body and gently crisp. The strength is evident but not overblown... how strong is this? 10%, that makes sense. It's kind of like a strong, very hoppy English old ale done up with some Pacific northwest hops... or just an American Imperial red ale. Worth trying for fans of strong ales.
Review# 5,970

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Half-full
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a twelve ounce bottle, this brew is clear, crimson red, and with a wispy off-white head. The aroma is malty, with toast and sweet scents. Some fruit...a bit of booze. Nice. The taste is warming, filling, and intense with malt, spice, and a lots of melanoidin flavors. Very full in body and satisfying.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too much for me.

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Photo of ananddullabh
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbell23
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper brown pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Rich caramel malts and bitter hops. Sweet and grainy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Rich sweet caramel/bready malts. Big time hop presence... pine and resin. Mild tropical fruits but the pine dominates. Earthy... medium bodied. Sticky on the tongue... bittersweet malt/hop finish. Lingers for a bit on the palate.

O: A big, rich, malty, bitter Imperial Red. Delivers what it promises. Great flavor... boozy (not super well hidden) but worth the ride.

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Photo of mchegash
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A very clear SRM 13.5ish. A small amount of tan head. Looks good.
S: Smells sweet and sticky, a bit malty, pine and resin hops
T: tastes similar to the smell: a hearty malt flavor with significant sweetness, pine hops dominant with secondary resinous aspects. Fairly strong aftertaste (only slightly unpleasant)
F: medium-full to full-bodied. Moderately crisp. supposedly this beer is 108 IBU but it doesn't taste that bitter to me.

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Photo of Driftpunx
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance
Brilliant amber red. 1/2 finger of tan head. Excellent clarity.

Nose
Dank, wintergreen, mango, papaya, fruit punch, caramel, and candy sugar.

Taste
Mango, papaya, dank, wintergreen, and fruit punch. Grapefruit and pine resin. Caramel and candy sugar maltiness. Booziness is very apparent.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, warming, bitter, and semi-dry.

Overall
Bitter, bold, and warming. Good hop:malt ratio.

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Photo of TNPhillips
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 980 ratings