Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
938
Reviews:
242
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
123
For Trade:
1
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4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sadistic blood orange pour into the Duvel glass. Quite the devil. Very inviting looking...crimson red with a striking off-white frothy 3" head. Chill hazy...ominous. Aroma of hot citrus glaze on a piping hot waffle with pineapple singing backup. Big ole flavor of spruce tips and thick indian river grapefruit. So balanced for such a big ole crunchy hop bomb. Perfumey as hell in the mouth yet the tongue buckler sensation was omnipresent. Rich, malty taste and I get hints of bittersweet chocolate and toffee somewhere. So aromatic hop nasty yet so rich and malty. Citric piney overhand then a sweet uppercut maly smack. This one is a winner!

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Photo of CaliforniaBurrito
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good taste. Ballast Point never disappoints.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite styles done right. Huge beer here, balanced though. Pretty easy drinking for a 10%er

Incredibly balanced. Resiny hop flavors and sugary sweet malt flavors blend together to provide a feeling of perfection.

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4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have been craving an Imperial Red for some time, and just knew this would satisfy!
Dig the Pirate Skeleton label art!

One and a half finger head, diminishing quick. Mild ruby giving way to Blood Orange, then murky burgundy.
Light carb, no lacing.

Masterwork red ale, with an aquatic titan's Barley Wine strength! Malty toffee with well-balanced hoppy bitterness.

Deeply satisfying indeed.

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4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a tall, stemmed tulip glass. It glowed a beautiful maroon color, boasting a one finger head of creamy white bubbles. This showed great retention and thick lacing as the beer left us. Translucency was high, as no sediment or haze was noted. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma is immensely complex. There are bright bubblegum esters, making us think of Juicy Fruit bubble gum. The fruity part of that also applies, as guava fruit hits the palate hard. The hops are spicy and citric, with distinct grapefruit and lime. The malts are cooked and darker. They are actually on the pale side in flavor, but show a depth of darkness. With warmth the nose becomes sweaty and salty. As we sipped, the citric hops hit up front like crazy. These mix with even, calm malts. There is a limey quality here as well, with mustard seed, tannins, and a biting nutmeg spice. The malts act more towards the middle, with significant toast, and the faintest suggestion of caramel. They even give off a woody quality at times. The hops remain for further bittering and resiny dryness. The end holds most of the fruit, with tropical berries and hand fruits predominating among the grapefruity hops. Despite the sugars, the end is quite bittering, with pine and grass being the last things to leave your mouth. The aftertaste breathes of big booze and chalky grain. There is even more booze with warmth, but it becomes subdued by thick hop resin and pine cones. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. There is a definite drying astringency despite the fantastic slurp, pucker, and smack. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is quite warming. Drinkability here is supreme.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the big hops in both the nose and the taste. The aroma is damn near perfect, with a certain cleanliness and crispness to it. While the hops were so robust, the malts beautifully balanced this beer. The alcohol is hidden expertly, and the flavors all melt together. This is one of the best beers we’ve had in a long time.

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4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Red or brownish, cant remember exactly. No much head, or lace but there.

S - Smells of malts and caramel malts, somehops back there but not like an IPA

T- Taste is somewhat complex, think malty, grass/deep hops, red kinda beer flavor, kinda homebrew taste. Hard to explain.

M - Pretty great sipping a half pint fresh from BP, kinda lower carbonation, but well liked and balanced.

O - Nice, well rounded strong ale, malty, hoppy, and redish all at the same time, mixed in with a homebrew kinda vibe. Thumbs up for a different style!

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4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is red-ale lover's review. If you don't like strong strong malty wild fresh sugary raging fruit unnameably tropical intonations and spicy incantations upon the palate. Just go elsewhere, don't hate!

Been on the coat tails of this brew for a minute. Glad to catch up with it.

L: Ballast Point's Handsome labeling excels once again. This is a special painting, of label, and of beer in a dogfishhead pint glass. It's a deep, brassy, ruby. Tough to see through, like a dusty powder of snow borne in a sturdy, icy breeze. This stuff really is beautiful, especially if you pour it at about ehhh, half a foot above the -*bottom*- of your glass. This gets some foam in there! Come get some fome!
S: Rich and sweet. Deep grainy breeze from the bottle says this has really been fermented artistically.
T: Really good. There, I said it. Meets the deep deep and rigorous requisites for a red, and meets them imperially. Literally. The perfect deep Fall beer, if we're talking seasonally. This taste really that good. Taste is a very competitive category overall for me, and the redness of this beer blasts its rankings way up, because of how much gravity i give to my red beers.
F: Smooth, quick, thick, fruity, wild. Kind of new. Again, passes quick is and is dry, yet within this constrains achieves huge things as an imperial red with ease....

O: Drink this asap if you can, it's availability is dwindling in my areas. Probably cellars really really well, frankly. This beer is uniquely sturdy for its lofty hoppiness.

Mastery. For more red mastery, and more of my reviews, chase after Anchor's Big Leaf Maple and Alaska's Imperial Red, and thanks for enjoying ballast point's tongue buckler with me. Keep drinking, reading, chilling, etc.

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