Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale
BA SCORE
3.91/5
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:
#6,426
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 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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Photo of Beerbirdnerd
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle date, but it was fresh off the truck when I was at my local store. Pouring this bomber in my 13oz. tulip for the unveiling.

Look- Pours a very clear dark amber color leaving a very generous finger of light tan foam.

Smell- A mix of mild grapefruit and pine along with some spice.

Taste- Grapefruit, pine, and solid floral notes in the finish. A slight amount of caramel malt emerges as well.

Feel- Slick and oily with a bitter dry finish.

Overall- I bought this $4.99 bomber when my beer guy said some new BP bombers were being unloaded off the truck. A solid imperial red at a great price with wonderful hop flavor washed down by a slick malt backbone. A big beer at a economical price.

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Photo of paullmcm25
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtw21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a gorgeous ruby red with a 3 finger off white head that leaves gobs of lace all over the place.

Smell is caramel, biscuit, apricot, toffee, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows nicely toffee, caramel, and apricot upfront and a massive hit of pine, grapefruit, and a little hint of alcohol in the enormous finish.

Mouthfeel is on the large side, plenty of life, a little dry, and even with the alcohol presence it is still very approachable.

Overall this is very good, I will drink this fairly often this Spring.

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Photo of JCarson410
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of vonSchulze
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Cold_1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

4-11-16 - On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room in the Little Italy section of San Diego. 8 oz. pour into a tall tulip glass. Super hoppy "red" ale. Menu notes that "IBU's top 100". Super smooth and tasty. Get this one again when you can.

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Photo of Muss42
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey3236
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Darker than average red here, borders on light brown, mahogany, auburn. 1/4" head, off white. Aroma was just not dropping the hoppy notes here.

Gigantuar amount of toffee and caramel from the malt and a grip load of bitterness. Expected more from these guys, this comes off more like a red barleywine. Tons of hops, almost all bittering, nothing late stage or giving a tasty mouthfeel. It was cool to be all big and barleywiney, but would be nice to be more robust in other more complex ways too.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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