Homework Series # 1 - Hoppy Red Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Homework Series # 1 - Hoppy Red AleHomework Series # 1 - Hoppy Red Ale

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 76
Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.

Clear dark red-brown with a vey nice beige head. A little spotty lacing

Feel: medium to medium-full body; smooth for style; Medium carbonation.

Smell: hmm. not as expected and a bit dank, but a clear hop presence.

Taste: lightly spicy, moderate-high hoppy; faint malt backbone.

O: interesting but not relatively strong among BP's offerings.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Deep clear copper with a rich off-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lace. The aroma smells of fresh pine and green citrus, with a malty combo of burnt grains and sticky sweetness behind it. The taste is similar, with a fresh blast of citrus and resin that sits against a backbone of sweet caramel and toasted graininess. Pine and bitterness really stick hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue but then more oily and smooth underneath which combines with a well hid ABV to keep this drinking pretty darn easy. This is a nicely done American Amber with the type of aggressive hop character and an equally assertive malt presence that I really go for in the style. I’m glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a nice tightly formed one finger off white head atop.Aromas are nutty and doughy with with mild earthy and leafy hops.Not overly sweet on the palate with nutty malt flavors at the onset,some more of the bread dough and earthy somewhat spicy hops in the finish.It's not a big left coast hopped up red but it's a solid beer,nice job.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruintation IPA pint glass
From: Whole Foods Market in La Jolla (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.49
Purchased: July 23, 2013
Consumed: July 24, 2013
Misc.: Ingredients and directions located on back of bottle

Poured a dark reddish, caramel color with 2-to-3 fingers of tan head. Sporadic, spider web, foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Good, thick retention all the way down. Almost porter-like.

Smelled a healthy dose of floral hops, amber malts, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, dark fruit (plum?) and some earthy malts.

Tasted a bit stronger than the smell. Also earthier and maltier, and surprisingly bitter. Hops - floral, grass and rye, malts - caramel, toffee, faint coffee beans and toast.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Can taste all of the 7.0 percent alcohol.

This beer just didn’t get better. Quite the opposite actually. By the end I was wanting to get it over with. Pretty good value for $4.49 though.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear, deep amber, off white head. Lots of spotty lace.

S - Malt is the predominant smell. Sweet, lovely malt. I don't think I can even discern anything beyond it.

T - Big sweet malt candy bar, but definitely held in place by surrounding hops. Nice.

M - Medium to full body, nice carb, pretty good balance for the big flavors.

D - Very nice beer. One is enough.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark, ruby-red coloring with a tall, dense, frothy, off-white head. Nose of rich caramel sweet with resiny hops giving off a heavy bitter and subtle citrus characteristic. Smells really good. Flavors of caramel sweet and roast on the forward tongue, followed immediately by a resiny and piney hops profile, heavy and robust. Roasty and toasty, this is a wrestling match between a hop-heavy and a malt bomb. Wow! Great lacing on the glass. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and citrus sweet, with the resin overlaying all. Dry, bitter, slightly lingering finish. Heavy, but damn tasty!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy amberish red with a 1" off-white head leaving spotty lace.

N: Pine and citrus with some spicy notes.

T: Caramel malts with some floral, herbal, sweet pine resin.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finishes dry and sweetly malty.

O: Enjoyed, but would not seek out again. Excited to see what comes next.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome creamy head in the St. Bernardus chalice. Color is more red-amber than coppery, and it's quite nice looking. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel is a great feature.

Fairly rich with a tangy mouthfeel. Malty with just a little caramel sweetness, a pleasant warm roasted taste. The hops are assertive but not jarringly bitter. There is a really spicy and flowery bunch of aromatics followed by a restrained bitterness. The Centennial seems to give a big dose of flowery, resiny hop flavors, though the brew closes on a bitter and faintly harsh note.

One of the better Red Ales I've had, and seems like what you would aim for in a hoppy brew in this style. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks on University Ave.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Pours a nice deep and dark ruby hued amber. Darker tan head, leaves a blobby tiny bubble film and scattered fields of thicker lace.

Nose is malty and herbal, with some light mint flourishes.

Caramel sweet malts, softly spicy hops. I get more mint, some subtle grapefruit, more toasty goodness and a hopped up dry finish.

Complex and flavorful. nice to try a new brew from BP. It's been awhile...

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Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rusty amber hue with a dense cap of off white rocky looking head. Leaves soapy residue on the glass.

Centennial dry hopping in it's pine bough extract purity. Not powerful but it complements the spicy and sweet malt with some honey soaked toast coming through. Herbaceous and also bit resiny.

Bold and aggressive hops and spicy and tobacco like malt throughout the beer. A fresh resin and pine hop flavor dominates the middle of the brew with a sweet crystal and caramel malt spine that helps balance it. Some yeast character that complements the nuances in the malt. Sticky mouthcoating that doesn't strike me as very bitter but very refreshing.

Well hidden abv and carbonation is lively. Medium bodied, very well put together.

Ballast Point turning it's focus to it's roots in homebrewing with a transparent ingredient list making a brew that is damn tasty. This beer is bold and the well integrated grain bill and resiny hops really bring out the rugged taste yet the mouthfeel is ideal. This beer is a great value, hope my homebrewing buddies can redo it when it's all gone.

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Photo of fox227
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby amber, with a two fingered beige head, with somewhat rocky bubbles. The retention was good, and the lacing was a nice coating around the glass.

S: The aroma consists of candy apples, light toasted bread, caramel, and lemon grass.

T: Taste follows the nose, plus a strong citric rind, high levels of bitterness up front, with a slight sweet syrupy character on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky, with a lingering bitter aftertaste, but the medium bodied sweet malt character keeps things in balance. Carbonation is medium to high - enough to keep the head, but not enough to be spritzy.

O: Overall, this brew is dialed in to do what it set out to do, in that it's a Hoppy Red Ale. The sweet and the bitter are in a good balance, and every elements seems to work very well.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Baron's Market in Point Loma for $6. and poured it into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass.

Batch size: 13 gallons
Target O.G. 1.070

Grain: Great Western 2-Row, Briess Munich, Briess Caramel Vienna, Briess Caramel Munich, Briess 80L, and Briess Blackprinz

Mash Temp: 149 F / Mash Time: 20 Minutes / Sweet Wort Volume: 14 Gallons / Boil Time: 60min / Target IBU: 70

Hops Used: CTZ and Centennial / Yeast: White Labs California Ale Yeast

A: Pours a beautiful mahogany hue with a thin tan head that dissipates after a few sips, leaving only a small amount of lacing in its tracks.

S: Sweet carmel and raw cookie dough, light hop comes though (earthy moss) but not very aggressive, lightly toasted grain - more malt than hop, but just enough to push this one into the "hoppy red ale" realm.

T: On point with the nose, but the hops I missed in the smell come through big time in the flavor. Much more toasted grain as well. Slight booze on the back end. Very tasty, well balanced and represents the style extremely well.

M: Medium bodied, slick and creamy, well carbonated for the style, and a good amount of bitter hop that lingers for a while, finishes clean.

Great beer for the first outing of this series. Been hearing about it at the brew house for a while now...glad to see Home Brew Mart's vision finally come to fruition.

Long live the home brewer and Home Brew Mart for that matter!

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Photo of Dowlers
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice colour and decent head. Tastes exactly like it says on the bottle. A hoppy, but not bitter, full bodied ale. I really like the balance on this and since this is my preferred style I was delighted to come across it by accident. Consumed it just before a tongue buckler also from Ballast point (my goto beer at the moment) and you could tell how balanced the hops were in this.

My first review!

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Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a globe glass. This, the first batch of the 'Homework Series' is quite unique. For the entire recipe is on the label, grain bill, hop additons, yeast and fermentation notes all for the world to see. And with Ballast Point announcing a new 5 bbl experimental brewery in the works in Little Italy I trust there will be a lot more Homework to be done.

Pours a clear deep amber with half an inch of soapy off white foam and is garnet/crimson in the light. Offers decent retention amid a nice boil of carbonation from the bottom of the pour. Maintains a good surface cap through the glass with agitation.

Nice hop aroma with citrus and pine intitially with more caramel emerging with exposure. Quite hop forward for an amber as caramel notes are present yet well integrated and not overly sweet by any measure. Touch of hoppy ethanol with warming when you really stick your nose in it.

Taste follows with light caramel and a coarse and grainy flavor. Hops are dominant as malts are, again, well integrated. Some caramel nuttiness yet without the sweetness that often accompanies. Pleasant feel with a good level of carbonation, not too sweet or oily in nature. Offers a fair amount of bitterness for the style yet matching the hop delivery. As a result the finish is somewhat dry and offers a lingering subtle malt finish.

Overall quite solid for a hop head though not realy 'amberish' in nature. A Red IPA indeed yet much better than many an IPA with a distorted malt base. And quite fresh. Worth a visit..

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very citrus forward in the aromas and flavors.

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Homework Series # 1 - Hoppy Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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