Tongue Buckler
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #33
Ranked #15,664
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Nov 06, 2020
Nov 25, 2002
Very Good
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Notes: Our Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale doesn’t pull any punches. This is a big brew with hops and malt in extreme abundance. The I.B.U.’s (International Bitterness Units) alone test the limits of your palate. Yet while the timid should take warning, Tongue Buckler generously rewards the bold with an exceptional ale experience.

IBUs: 108.
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep red orange with a small white head. Smells of caramelized grain with slight fruitiness. Tastes of caramelized grain with bright berries and slight citrus notes. Beer is medium/full bodied yet easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Nov 06, 2020
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by misteil from Ireland

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Oct 16, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by Avitra from California

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Lucular from Maryland

Jun 05, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Wolfangel from Florida

Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by Heeenrik from Finland

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Aug 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by jwg782 from Texas

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by bcsbeer from Florida

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by smiths400 from Virginia

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.
Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

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.
Jul 12, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Jul 06, 2018
Rated: 3.41 by DanLane from Virginia

Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by Strigiform_Witness from North Dakota

Jun 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 28, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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
Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by Vandelay1863 from Florida

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Half-full from Illinois

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by JuiceMan818 from California

Apr 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

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.
Apr 15, 2018
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Too much for me.
Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by ananddullabh from California

Apr 06, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Apr 02, 2018
Rated: 4.54 by dbell23 from Tennessee

Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

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.
Mar 30, 2018
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Reviewed by michiganmatt from California

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.
Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Driftpunx from California

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

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

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

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

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

Bitter, bold, and warming. Good hop:malt ratio.
Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by TNPhillips from Tennessee

Mar 14, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by moundbz from North Dakota

Mar 08, 2018
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