Ballantine India Pale Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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Ballantine India Pale AleBallantine India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
750ml bottles are limited release but 12oz and draft are year-round.

70 IBUs

Added by puboflyons on 08-21-2014

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Photo of Sadsack
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abit syrupy but I liked it. Received this unfortunate news from Pabst:
Regrettably this product was discontinued for large scale brewing. Ballantine IPA is currently only brewed on rotation at our Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and only available locally at the tap house.

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Photo of Khaack
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a nice looking hazy bronzed yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a decent arrangement of balanced citrus to piney hops intertwining with the caramel malts. The taste came across bittersweet citrus hops with the caramel malts here and there. There’s a light sweet caramel to bitter citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation hits but isn’t overbearing. Decent harshness runs over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, head is very light tan, with fine to small bubbles, great lacing on the glass and a good lingering head top.

Smell is lemon and then lighter pine and earthy hops, moderate malt nose, hint of caramel.

Taste is more malt forward than the aroma: light toast, moderate caramel, sweeter than many ipas; hops then take over with floral/herbal notes, lighter pine, earth, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is a tad sharp from carbonation, then lingering sweetness and following bitter presence.

Overall a very solid IPA from Pabst - when will it be canned?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of my respect for the quality to price ratio of the flagship Ballantine XXX, I had to seek this out, and Ballantine India Pale Ale and I finally crossed paths at a Key Foods in Harlem nary but more than 2 hours ago. It ran me $12.99 per sixer (12oz bottles, obviously), but hey, this is New York. Still, that's more than double the price per oz of Ballantine XXX...

7.20% ABV. "India Pale Ale." 70 IBUs.

APPEARANCE: Pours a good ~8cm worth of off-white foam. Has a nice consistency to it - soft, smooth, full, and even, billowing out of the top of my nonic nicely. Retention is impressive for the high ABV - ~10 minutes.

Body is a clear copper - very conventional to and typical of the IPA style as it has been classically known (before this recent unfiltered IPA bollocks). Obviously filtered, lacking any visible lees/yeast within.

In short, it's a classic appearance for an IPA and I'm eager to give the beer a go, though it's worth noting the body could offer more vibrance.

AROMA: Floral hops dominate, with some fruity esters from the ale yeast bouncing around in there too. I'd guess at Centennial and Chinook if pressed, but it's also resinous and faintly piney so I wouldn't rule out Amarillo or even Cascade. I don't find any onion, so Simcoe is out. There's no new world tropical nonsense here - just a classic floral hop emphasis.

Malt aromatics are a bit darker than I expected; it's not merely pale, but drifts into graham cracker and biscuit aromatics, betraying perhaps an English emphasis.

This aroma suggests what I imagine a 1980s IPA would have smelled like, which is I suppose true to Pabst's re-release imitation of this historical ale. True, the hop profile could be better (more fruity flavours, more resins, maybe less pine, and more overall pungency) and the malts could be toned down a bit, but overall it's pleasant and appealing.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Coating and medium-bodied, playing a bit into the almost candied sweet malt backbone. And it's a sweeter malt foundation than you'd expect in an IPA, bringing graham crackery malts, pale malts, caramalts, and maybe even a bit of amber malt into the fold, offering quite a few sugars for the hop bitterness to compete with...

...And compete the hops do. Classic floral hops, a blip of fruity flavour, some piney character, a little resinous flavour...this is shockingly diverse in terms of hop flavour and surprisingly pungent not only for a beer brewed by Pabst but also for a beer meant to emulate an IPA which has such an old recipe.

I could absolutely see a contemporary self-described "craft beer fan" as loving the shit out of this in a blind tasting, and I don't mean that's nice stuff, nevermind the brand or owner.

Okay, it's a biteen too sweet for me to call it truly well-balanced, but it's adequately complex even by contemporary standards and offers more hop variety than many locally brewed IPAs I've tried recently.

Texture is apt for the style: smooth, wet, adequately thick, not too hefty or heavy, well-carbonated. Not sticky, syrupy, or watery (as might rightly be feared in a Pabst-brewed beer). The mouthfeel doesn't accentuate specific flavours or elevate the beer as a whole, but it's well within style conventions and doesn't interfere with or disrupt the taste.

OVERALL: A shockingly competent IPA from Pabst, a company whose beers I generally despise but which happens to have gotten things right within the historical Ballantine brand. I do like this, but as tasty as it is I can't say I'd pay $13 per sixer again for it...that's on par with Sculpin if you know where to look in the city. I'm glad I got to try it once, and would advise others to do the same, not only to support these kinds of historical beer recreations but also because hey, it's pretty tasty stuff.

B- (3.33) / WORTHY

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Photo of nater919
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ferretferret
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, so, I finally had the last one on my fridge, and I had forgotten how much I love this brew. A fantastic hop-forward brew that exemplifies east coast IPA's.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- From the bottle, the beer poured a orange-amber color with a white head.

Smell - The nose had a grassy profile with some sweet hints.

Taste - Compared to the modern IPA, this seems rather mild. There is a light grassy bitterness with noted sweetness from the malt backbone. The profile fairly constant.

Mouthfeel- There is a reasonable amount of viscosity for the style. This is a far cry from hop-water.

Overall - Some call this a classic. Some classics don't age as well as others.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way too drinkable. Seductive orange pour. Floral citrus aroma. Taste is citrus fruit orange. Smooth easy drinking. You are almost disappointed in the bitterness and then after it is gone the bitterness hits you with very pleasantly drying the finish perfectly. Mouthfeel is lush. I really enjoyed this. It is not a copy cat IPA but something truly worthy. Bravo Pabst.

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Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Timtac
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evilyak
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nice, orange color with lots of wet lacing.

nose and mouth are flowers and pine. citrus bite towards the end.

mouth is a little creamy and moderate carbonation.

what a nice, comfortable IPA. the kind of thing you can come back to time and again.

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Photo of zaraspook
2.18/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jame515
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-spiegealau ipa glass.

A: Dark orange, good clarity, with a soft, lesiure rise of effervesce. Milky beige head, 0.25 inches, nicely retaining, with a respectable amount of film coating on the vessel.

A: Soft dry orange peel, and pine fresh flowery hops. Average rate of strength, light apple peel and very soft onion grass notes.

T: Toasty malt, nice citrusy and herbaceous hops with some lemon-sage muskiness. Piney flowery hops, parsley, grapefruit grind that provides a nice bite with a very good level of strength on the swallow.

M: Crisp mouthful, nice malty depth, creamy fullness.

O: A nice bittering factor, musky lemon sage and herbaceous notes with a lingering bittering factor that stays with you. Pleasantly surprised with this one. very good.

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrJuengling
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Colin32
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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