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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Iam a big fan of uber hopped imperial reds so here we go!Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich bronze color with a billowing one and a half finger off white head that spits and shoots into a craterous mass leaving a full ring of lace behind.Herbal and grassy hops with a tinge of pine resin,not a big malt profile wich surprised me a little,but I loved the hops.Not quite as full as I would have liked in the mouth,not watery but for the style I may have liked a little more fullness.Flavors of alcohol dipped malty-gummy fruitiness and brown sugar then more of a herbal/leafy hop flavor that turns into a big of grapefruit rind,as I drink more the complexities unfold more.There is a nuttiness that keeps the beer from becoming overly sweet and boozy.At first the beer didn't impress much but as I drank more it impressed more.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, best by 4/17/2014, pours red-copper topped with a creamy beige head that holds great retention. Aromas are toasty grain, caramel, earthy, piny, citric hop. Tastes include a sharp bite of bitter hops up-front, piny, pungent, grapefruit, burnt caramel, brown sugar, bread crust, earth, prickly booze. Creamy yet resiny mouth-feel, medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Overall, nice Imperial Red, but there are some better ones out there, in particular one lucky one that is half the price...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of Binny's Scumburg. Bottle dating is illegible. Harumphhh...

Pours a smattered crimson with plenty of residual splatter.

Smells a touch solvent-y with a healthy serving of brown sugar. Hops in the form of pine and vague citrus linger along the periphery along with baked rye bread.

What an aggressive bitch this is and quite a surprise given the semi limp dicked hand shake at the front door. Tinny malts that are all to common within the style are assisted by brown sugar in an bold attempt to thwart the onslaught of hops. Mean and rugged, the abrasive hops tumble along the tongue and grab spastically at my tasting places. It's rather a kitchen sink feel approach: limes, cat piss, oranges, baby's all here. The finish is scraping bitterness that rakes along the tongue leaving a ruinous affect and a drying barren wasteland in its wake.

This is quite good and I'm happy to have had this available semi-locally as a welcomed impromptu pick up. I enjoyed this much more than any bottle of Sculpin I've enjoyed and hazarded to guess at its relative freshness. A nice big boisterous bomb of Imperial redsiness.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A – Poured out a cloudy, golden honey brown with about a finger of off white creamy head that settles down and stayed around a bit. Nice strong lacing.

S – Solid punch of hops with a twinge of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T – Big flavor start with the caramel sweetness and brown sugar. Hops follow along with the piney taste we all know and love. It is not overwhelming ( I expected bigger bitterness) but instead is balanced off nicely with the sweetness. Has some of the citrus flavors as well. Nice slow burn from the ABV rolls along after a few seconds. Nice.

M – Creamy, smooth with good carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

O – I was expecting much more of a hop bomb here but it is not that. It is a well balanced flavorful brew. Nice balanced taste. I enjoyed this one. Goes down easy..maybe too easy at 10%!

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 939 ratings.
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