Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 11-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
938
Reviews:
242
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
123
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 938 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of DOCRW
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of vonSchulze
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Cold_1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey3236
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
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 +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew_V_dt
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of ledouge
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twenteone
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber purchased locally for $10.49. Poured into a tall tulip. Pours a turbid mahogany color with a tall, off-white head that takes forever to settle down and leaves some nice lace. Aroma is a mixture of malty sweetness combined with a citrusy hop scent, maybe a bit of bread and yeast. Taste is nicely balanced mixture of amber malts and a bracing bitterness that lingers and offsets the sweetness quite well. Feel is just right for the style, medium body, perfect level of carbonation, not too sweet or dry, with the high-ABV quite hidden. Overall, this is one of my favorite styles so I probably rate this higher than some others. I really liked Hop Flood by Evil Twin and compared to that this is not quite as good, but a pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 938 ratings.
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