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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber with nice clarity; fluffy off-white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts. Some candy apple. Some toffee and butterscotch. Subtle amount of citrus. The flavors are sharp and bold. Some grapefruit in the mix. Solid bitterness. Lots of malts. Lots of caramel. More toffee. Fresh red apple is in the mix. Some pine resin is there. Subtle warmth in the finish but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied and pretty creamy. Moderate carbonation making it pretty smooth. Alcohol ultimately goes unnoticed for the most part. This is ultimately dangerously drinkable, but the complexities make this a great sipper.

This is a very solid Imperial Red Ale. It has just about everything you can look for in the style. It's not flashy or over the top, but it's traditional and well crafted.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish amber semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. A good amount of spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled smooth citrus notes, lemon, floral notes, grapefruit, pine and caramel.

Tasted rye hops, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus notes, grapefruit and pine, all in a mellow form.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A really smooth beer and I enjoyed it very much. It was a good follow up to Bear Republic’s Café 15.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into mug

L: chocolate brown, murky, caramel/tan head about 1/4 to 2/5-inch tall that sticks a bit; the color is classic American DIPA -- brown, full murk, so opaque light struggles to get through it; next to no red/amber in this brew

S: at first I thought we had a cool English pale ale/brown ale thing going with that sweet lighter malt mixed with just enough hops, but as it warms, it's descending into standard American DIPA caramel/super sugary tropical fruit; definite fig; man, there's some malt trying SO HARD to peek through, but ultimately it's gone ... the hops have killed it

T: much like the nose, starts off with an interesting English ale note from the UK malt, almost light but detectable even amid the massive bittering hops; as it warms, standard American DIPA caramel/mango/tropical fruit

F: strong, solid, good carbonation; almost thick but not ... very drinkable and a definite midweight

O: I don't get why every American brewer has to make 4-10 versions of what we all consider the American Imperial/double IPA, but that's what they do, and that's what this is. There is nothing "amber ale" about this -- and, in fact, I wouldn't even put it into the American strong ale category. It's yet another DIPA, and I'm yawning as I drink it.

With that said, if you're a big DIPA fan, this will do you up right. It's got the big sweet, the big bitter; the hops won't disappoint if you want hops. I would also give it plenty of credit for hiding the high ABV -- and they're not kidding. It's *at least* 10%. Wow!

But for the price ($10.52 for the 22 oz. at Spec's in Houston), it's not worth it for me. Ballast Point makes some good stuff -- Sculpin might be my favorite IPA. Tongue Buckler is a one-off for me; I shant be walking down this plank again.

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3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had a clean palate when I tried this beer. It wasn't nearly as bitter as it's "off the scale," IBU label description declares. However it's 10% ABV content is hidden well. It's probably the smoothest 10% beer I've ever had. It tastes like a normal 5% Lager. That's where this swash-buckling pirate draws first blood. Deceptively strong is the best way to explain this beer.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 943 ratings.
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