Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Certainly pulling not punches, the brewers at Ballast Point bring out their big hoppy and malty guns with an imperial amber ale that toes the line of imperial IPA. But rounded with a firm malt backbone and the ale is exquisitely balanced although bold.

Tongue Buckler kicks off with a powerful scent. Tropical, citrus and nutty aromas swirl about the senses, rising above a deep crimson pour that settles with a dense sepia stained froth. Flavors pick up directly where the nose leads off: rich caramel, toffee, shortcake and toasted pecans hinge on granola and graham cracker influence.

As the flavors develops across the middle palate, its IPA trek becomes more apparent. The weight of malt relaxes gently and the hops grow into a dominant flavor of apricot, mango and pineapple along with an undercurrent of pink grapefruit and tangerine. Peppery, spicy and nutty, the taste of peanut skins link up with an assertive pine bitterness and spicy alcohol.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's malty taste and texture provides a sweet base taste to buffer against the brunt of alcohol and bitter resins for a balance that certainly favors the hops but doesn't completely rely on them. A long bittersweet aftertaste is of peanut brittle and muddled citrus peel. Tongue Buckler certainly lives up to its name.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville SC in a Gouden Carolus glass.

Clear dark amber body with a large, semi-durable beige head.
Aroma: hops, toffee, soft ripe fruits.
Flavor: as the aroma suggests, this is fruity. Also boozy. Typical (or a bit higher) bitterness for style.

Feel: the body is medium; medium+ carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth.

Overall: fruity imperial red.

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Photo of hawkssb04
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
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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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Everydayoff
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

It comes in clear deep reddish brown color with thick silky tan head that stands proud with great retention, it just slowly dissipates to a thin everlasting foamy film on the surface along with plenty of lacing trails.

Super solid and sweet malty profile in the aroma, it ranges from roasted, biscuit, bread, grain, slight buttery, to some smoke while hop with touch of lemon, citrus and some earthiness.

Malt leads forward with the same qualities as in the aroma, then it is earthy hop and solid bitterness but not that overpowering the malt bill, very good balance, also some zesty citrus and lemon.

Medium body with very smooth mouthfeel from its crisp and lively carbonation through the palate, refreshing, and dry finish.

Great in any aspect, alcohol is deceivingly hidden and such big IBU figure is not devastatingly wrecked the palate because it is being leverage by solid malt profile.

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Photo of robebo44
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vikinggary28
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my handy chilled glass mug. Nice looking cloudy amber/red with an off white head. Smells of both pine and citrus. Taste has a great combination of both hops and malts as well as a hint of citrus and bread. Mouthfeel is great as well, goes down smooth. This is a great beer. PROST!

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy flavors sliced by malt sweetness
Mouthfeel is quite good. Possibly the best aspect of this brew.
Subtle alcohol derived bread flavors
Is it busy or complex? It's busy

Musical allegory wise, less Mingus more dream theatre. And that's an insult.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smb71481
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip, a dense ruby red with brown and red elements. Couldn't decipher the code on the bottom. A one finger fluffy tan head decorates the top. Smells like a red, with some orange citrus and some bread. The taste is barley wine esque, heavy hops, a touch of heat, and dark fruit sugars. Very dense, carbonation is medium low. Things get a little sticky as it warms. Overall, I like it, but not quite the top the style.

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Photo of beercam
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
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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