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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

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Ratings: 943 |  Reviews: 243
Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A) Beautiful thick and hazy dark orange-amber colored beer with very little head.

S) Smells like orange, pine and caramel with a little bitterness that hits the nose.

T) Woah. A very complex beer that starts off kind of sweet and very malt-forward with a little orange citrus balance that fades into a deep bitterness.

M) This is a fairly thick an heavy beer but good for an Imperial Red Ale.

O) A decent Imperial Red but leaves a lot to be desired. I would take Great Lakes Nosferatu over this one in a second. It is almost too bitter for my taste but overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of arfenhouse
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NearTheGrove
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly tan head into a snifter that left a thick ring throughout. the body was a dark amber color.
s - overwhelmingly piney with a hint of malt underneath. as this beer warms the malt begins to balance it out more.
t - big piney hops with a hint of bready malt underneath. tongue buckler tried to warn me!
m - medium and slick mouthfeel.
o - really good red ale and one i'll seek out again.

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Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sjones5045
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Fresh
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Durge
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fairly clear copper-brown color with a proud oatmeal colored head and plenty of chunky lacing. The aroma offers a deep nutty malt and pine hop and a bit of toffee alcohol. Very nice! The flavor brings a very sweet pine malt with a nice leafy bitterness and a somewhat boozy finish. There's plenty of graham cracker-rye grain goodness mixed with the grassy-pine. This beauty is medium-full bodied with a frothy carbonation and feel. This is yet another triumphant effort from Ballast Point.

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Photo of Coldsnack
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jgluck
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Murrhey
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a taster at Ballast Point in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width tan head. Long retention, fluffy lacing. Reddish brown color, nice clarity.

S- Caramel malts and spicy hops. More subdued than I thought it would be.

T- Some bitter hops, but balanced out with sweet malts. Not terribly impressed.

M- Medium bodied and fairly wet.

O- I wasn't really impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber says enjoy by 05-24-13. Consumed on 11/30/12.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is turbid amber - kind of looks like apple cider - that is more orangey-amber when backlit. 1-finger ecru-colored head on top settles to leave some splotchy lacing down the glass.

S: At first I thought I sensed some oxidation, but that seemed to go away quickly. Lots of hops, sure, but I think there's more malt - of the caramel, brown sugar and toffee type smells. Reminds me of a barleywine, though I'm having a hard time remembering which one. Hops present smell of citrus and pine. Alcohol is noted too.

T: First impression is the booze. That 10% ABV is obvious. Overall I get some grapefruity hops on top of a big malt profile - caramel malt, toffee and brown sugar again. Decent bitter finish, however, provides a bit of balance offsetting what I'm guessing is a big malt profile. Finishes with drying alcohol spice and warmth - which is felt as heat (not just warmth: heat) down the gully and into the belly. Lingering bitterness at times surprises me given that big malt profile.

M: I'd call this full bodied. Carbonation is good, provides a slightly sharp bite.

O: I wouldn't classify this as an Imperial Red Ale (which is how Ballast Point describes it on the bottle), but rather as an American Strong Ale, along the lines of Stone's Double Bastard - though like I said, at times this even brings to mind an American Barleywine. Definitely a "big" beer, with the alcohol announcing its presence and telling you to slow down.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, Best before 03/23/12
Bruery tulip

A: Cloudy murky reddish orange. Full finger of off white head. Some lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet are present.

S: Lots of sweet malt. Bready. Caramel. Light toffee. Bitter citrus pith hop bitterness.

T: Not anywhere as bitter as I was expecting. Sweet malts. Some caramel. Piney hops. Dank citrus. It's a good beer, but I was expecting more of a hop bomb/malt bomb blend and that wasn't what I got.

M: Medium bodied. Not as bitter as expected.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber colour, with a tan coloured head. Lots of spongy lace. Aroma is more caramel and dark fruity malts, with some floral hops notes. The taste is not "buckling" my tongue though. The bitterness is noticeable, but tame. But there's a lot of sweet malts, caramel and toffee. It's a solid upper medium body with a slick, almost oily feel.

It's a nice beer for sure, but the name makes it not as enjoyable as I was expecting a hugely bitter beer.

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