Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red AleTongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale
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3.91/5
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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

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Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,639
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
972
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Bstoeckel
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

22oz bottle - with some rather disturbing label imagery. All I can say is that I'm glad that I'm writing, not talking, I guess.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium orange-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent broken web pattern lace around the glass as it eventually subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, indistinct black stone fruit, a further biscuity toffee sweetness, and some as yet restrained earthy, musty, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, gritty toffee squares, some raisin and dried plum fruitiness, further citrus vodka notes, and more edgy leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the typical interlopers seem a tad disinterested in mucking about here. It finishes off-dry, the big-boy malt not about to let go of the reins so readily.

Overall - this is a rather enjoyable and intense version of the style, which could arguably be deemed a malty DIPA, but that's just splitting hairs. The 20-proof booze quotient is pretty darned sneaky, not exactly showing its hand until it's already too late, your tongue no longer able to provide the warning it normally would. Well done, well done.

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Photo of Dduquette
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 972 ratings