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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
944 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,774
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
944
pDev:
11.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
125
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 944 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of stomioka
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very mildly boozy what is otherwise a pretty standard-tasting red. Smooth though, and I like the style, so… great "with food" beer.

Also: great head on this one.

ALSO: an adequate substitute for the Lagunitas Imperial Red (though the Lagunitas is superior by a full point).

Maybe *slightly* overdoing it in the hop bitterness department.

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Photo of Cbustard
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CaliforniaBurrito
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good taste. Ballast Point never disappoints.

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Photo of murphius1118
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doom_deluise
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, with a light beige one finger head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel, and floral hops.

Has a mostly bitter taste, balanced by some sweetness. There is grapefruit, pine, floral hops, citrus zest, and caramel. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste, which is impressive for a 10.00 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Chewy, and has a long, bitter finish.

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

Photo of sillyhed8
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazed orange/reddish amber with a thin creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin with citric/tropical fruit, bright caramel and a hint of toasted bread.

The taste is of big bitterness upfront with pine and citrus, but plenty of the smooth caramel backbone comes through. Smooth despite the big bitter bite, it has a long, juicy finish.

A wonderful hoppy red - juicy, chewy full-bodied beer. It's like hop candy in a bottle. By the way, the alcohol is so wonderfully covered I didn't realize the abv was so quite so high until I went to enter the review.

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

Photo of Ginepiece
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maltlikker
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tvoss99
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.85/5  rDev +24%
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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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Darker reddish-amber body, half finger white head with fair retention, no lacing.

S- Straight up grapefruit mixed in with toffee. It smells just about what I expected it to- lots of west coast hop character backed up by caramel-forward malt.

F- Caramel, grapefruit, a bit of lemon. Quite bitter, with the grapefruit and pine finishing things out with a strong stinging bitterness. Again, as expected!

M- Medium bodied, slightly syrupy but good carbonation; the bitterness is a bit much as it doesn't seem to be as superbly balanced as I'd like.

O- Solid imperial red, but I think it's not as balanced as it should be.

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Photo of Mbertrand2
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaimiebell
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fremont897
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sdlhy
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Minimal head retention, a nice ring of lacing. Red and golden tinge of apricot. Not very attractive.

Nose: Apricot, pine, sweet grains, a little licorice and medicinal at the end. A bit of citrus in the middle as well.

Taste: Crispy carbonation with a bold and heavy mouthfeel. Syrupy just long enough to be taken over my hop bitterness. Alcohol hotness forms at the end. Bitterness, malty sweetness, carbonation, and alcohol all get a chance to show you their stuff during each sip. It is a heavy beer with lots of medicinal and metallic qualities coming through. The dryness s pronounced and plays with the bitterness. Very medicinal at the end.

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 944 ratings
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