Ballantine India Pale Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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Ballantine India Pale AleBallantine India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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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Reviews by fx20736:
Photo of fx20736
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Wegmans on 11/25/15. Served at fridge temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Peachy amber, offwhite head, ok lacing.

Smell: candied grapefruit, caramel

Taste: grapefruit rind bitterness moderated by caramel malt

Feel: medium

Overall: tasty, well balanced, well done

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LawrenceHandy
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Have been awaiting the return of Ballantine IPA for over 15 years.
I scored my last two cases of Fort Wayne brewed Ballantine at a distributor in
Lancaster PA in 1997. At that time it was a well balanced blend of malty on the sip, and hoppy
in the finish. What most craft brewers haven't learned is that loading up a pale ale with cascade
hops does NOT an IPA make.

The 2014 reincarnation of Ballantine IPA, brewed on contract at the Cold Spring (MN) brewery.
does not disappoint. While my initial impression on 8/21, two days after the south-eastern PA
release date was that it is considerably more hoppy than the Falstaff version, the press on the
beer is that the brewer is reaching back for the pre-1971 Ballantine version. A hard task as
Ballantine aged the ale "in the wood" for a year before sale.

I sampled the 12oz bottle, the label states it to be 7.2% and 70 IBU
Impressive for a national brewer, but exactly where an IPA should be.
The beer poured with a dense light-tan head, with a deep amber color.
Great hop aroma immediately on opening the bottle - possibly attributable to the hop oil
used in the fermentation. Used by Ballantine in the past, but uncommon today.
Ballantine was known to have their own in house distillery for making hop oil.

Despite being hoppier than the long-sought Falstaff version, this is an outstanding IPA.
with a long history behind it. Truly what an IPA should be,
and will have a permanent place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Prytan
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

I've been an Ale and IPA drinker for a long time and drank a LOT of Ballantine IPA back in the day. I was surprised to see it's made a comeback and afraid I'd be disappointed with this new stuff. Not so.

This beer defines the difference between East Coast and West Coast IPA's. A Stone IPA will serve honorably as a West Coast representative, the new Ballantine IPA as an East Coast one. I will cheerfully enjoy either type- a pint of top-notch beer is a treat no matter who brewed it or where.

The difference is, in my opinion, the presentation. A West Coast IPA tends to taste clean, citrusy, refreshing and bitter. It tries not to overwhelm the senses. It tastes balanced and always well made but it to me, it always seems just a bit too tame.

An East Coast IPA, and Ballantine will serve as a fine example, is a BIG beer- laden with mouth-feel, bursting with malt and hops and oak flavors and a long, lingering finish that will belie its mere 70 IBU's. It is an intense beer, one that will challenge the tastes of many. It is not polite. It's flavors are almost defiant- a huge nose with hops and malt struggling for control, a bit of oak, just the right carbonation and an insanely long finish worthy of any hop-head.

As I write, I am switching between Victory HopDevil and Ballantine. The Victory IPA is superb. But it isn't Ballantine. Somehow, the new brewers have managed to recapture the essence that made Ballantine not only America's first IPA, but also, for my money, its best.

THIS is the same stuff I used to drink all those long years ago. This is the real IPA. I've had many dozens of IPA's, some of which were outstanding. None matches this, the legitimate rebirth of a legend.

The only factor keeping it from my giving it a perfect score is that I cannot procure it for free, otherwise it would receive a 5.00.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Ballantine Ale has always been welcomed on my beer palate, I’m proud to see a relaunch of their IPA even if it’s now owned by Pabst and brewed in Cold Spring, MN (home of Gluek and Cold Spring Brewing). Looks great in the glass with a copper color some chill haze on the glass, thicket of biscuit looking cream head…what a nice looking tasty example of an IPA.

Aroma, as soon as I cracked the top hops exploded into my nares a collective hop bomb in all intents and purposes. Smells like fresh hops off the vine, I’m going back to get more of this stuff as soon as possible. Fragrant grapefruit and big citrus peel notes, dank earthiness just pure hops in the glass. Hints of the oak aging which I’m sure is probably only oak chips, but damn it has a nice effect on this beer.

Flavor expressive hops bitter dank earthy a bit of citrus and crushed aspirin, the most standout note is the slight edge of oak character that bit of woodiness works so well with these big hop notes. This is freakin’ tasty I can’t believe it’s this good.

Mouthfeel bitterness keeps coming with each sip, reserved hops amongst a mellow layer of charred oak in there as well. I’m a fan easy going carbonation really well made beer this is one hell of a way to revive a beer.

Hop burps is the closing argument and overall impression of this beer.

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Photo of LuskusDelph
4.95/5  rDev +26.9%

750ml bottle ($7.99 retail in NJ), sampled 8/22/14

A new interpretation of an old classic, arguably one of the most famous (probably _the_ most famous) IPA ever produced in the USA.

Packaging: The bottle I purchased is a 750ml bottle with a slightly updated version of Ballantine's original India Pale label (used from the 1930s through the '70s).
The dark green pry-off cap features the classic 3-ring trademark.
Product is also available in a very attractively designed 6-pack of amber longneck bottles.

Visual: Bright, clear medium amber/copper color, with a tight and persistent slightly off-white head.

Aroma: Dry hop/hop oil aroma immediately present.

Tasting: Slight hint of malt, with a significant and lingering hop bitterness; some 'green' hop flavor notes, but not overwhelming enough to detract. Sampled both at average refrigerator temps as well as at cellar temperature. Like many well hopped brews, it was much more flavorful at the warmer temperature.
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While this began as a recreation of the classic product, it is (according to publicity for the brew) actually more of an 'interpretation' of what the original Ballantine company might have come up with today. A faithful re-creation was not possible since the original formula(s) for this old classic were lost (the original company folded in 1972).

As a result, certain aspects of the product are _quite_ different from the original; this new rendition is slightly lighter in color (the original had a moderately deeper copper hue); the overall hop 'character' is significantly different (although the bitterness level seems to be pretty much spot-on); and while there is definitely a hop aroma present (accomplished with a combination of dry hopping and distilled hop oil like the original), here, it is at a somewhat more subdued level than the original.
Another significant difference is that the original was long aged prior to release (traditional for the IPA style, but rarely done these days).

Having said all of that, this brew is a very fine effort and even if it more resembles other modern interpretations of the IPA style that have cropped up in the last 25 years or so, the current owners of the brand and their brewmaster deserve props for coming up with a product worthy of the legacy and rich history of what is definitely an American classic (and which more than a few brewers have declared as their benchmark for IPA).

Judging this beer on it's own merits without comparison to the legendary original (but giving a nostalgic nod to the original), this gets a high score from me.
I hope it survives past what I'm sure is currently a test marketing phase.
The product deserves some attention.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

750ml brown bottle.

Epic lacing dresses the copper hued brew. Stodgy hop resin on the nose with hints of orange rind, wild flowers, and fresh cut grass ... hint of wood as well. Kiss of warmth on the palate as the hops try to dominate. Bitterness has a firm grasp though the wood, an oaky character, round this brew out. A bit brash but clean at the same time, very bold but with a solid foundation. Extremely well put together.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ballantine India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "Packaged on 08/27/14 1726"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

There's been a lot of hype surrounding this beer, as well as a massive advertising campaign, and although I was optimistic about it, I also feared that it might fail to deliver - it does not.

One of the things that excited me most about it was the idea that it would be aged in oak. Well, of course, we know that's not true, but there is an oak component to it. I'm going to assume that they're adding oak staves to it during conditioning. Regardless, for a big brewer to do that is a bit exciting in itself.

It looks great in the glass with a mostly clear copper body beneath a huge head of fluffy off-white froth. More impressive are the thick rings and broken walls of lace that remain behind, and hold.

The aroma is hoppy, as would be expected, but there's also a bit of malt to it. The hops are citrusy and gently piney, which is certainly not historically accurate, but they're also floral and a bit grassy. I find lavender and a touch of wood, but I think the woodiness is coming from oak, and not hops. It's bright and welcoming.

The flavor delivers a rich malt base that's more than full enough to handle the hops, both in flavor and bitterness, with it's grainy, biscuity, and caramelish character. Some yeasty fruitiness is present as well, mainly delivering apple, but there's more to it as well. As is the case with many citrus-hopped ales, it's a bit hard to determine what fruitiness is coming from where. In all, I find apple, pear, a bit of orange marmalade, subtle melon or papaya, and a light touch of grape as well as the usual pineapple, grapefruit, pine, mint, and spiciness... there's even some black pepper. Are there actually 70 IBUs as listed on the label? Absolutely. A bold bitterness centers it. It's fruity and floral at the front of the mouth, immediately followed by the wide maltiness, and then it finishes dry and lingering with a bit of grassiness, leafiness, spiciness, and dusty oak. They've really gone all out on this. It's full flavored, rich, and surprisingly well-balanced.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodies, and creamy across the palate with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that softens as you go.

The big brewers have been making some very good beers for a long time now, but with the exception of some smaller or limited releases, I don't think they've really reached this plateau.

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Photo of scootny
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballantine Ale was my go to beer for the decade of lean known as my early adulthood. It had, (has) real beer flavor and quality at a bargain price. I remember hearing stories of the the mythical IPA and seeking but not finding this legendary brew. It wasn't until Brooklyn delivered their East India Pale Ale back in early 90s that the style was put back on my radar. The Pheonix has risen, and as in the tales of yore it is alive and ready to live a long life, renewed and vivacious.

Monsterous head that leaves hunks and chunks of lace and clumps covering the glass after a slow fade. A yellowish cream that compliments the surprisingly clear deep orange/amber fluid. Having said that it is not without particles in suspension. They are accompanied by light, gentle carbonation, making a lovely glass sculpture.

Nose carries the full weight of big caramel malt and huge multi layered hopping. A clean ale yeast clearly places this in the American camp of IPAs. I get wave
after wave of hops, hop oil, pine, pepper, mint, grapefruit. Malt and yeast bring light bread and fruitiness, dinner rolls and dough, bakery sugars and yeast. A spicy light peppery edge shows a glint of alcohol. Earth, pine, and citrus follow with large amounts of each.

Taste is benchmark. Pale and caramel malts combine to create a sweet bready platform. Some toasted grains and a nice bit of oaken wood with a clean take on English ale yeast presents a bit of mango and pineapple just before the hop flood that is the raison'd'etre for this brew. Hops are many and omnipresent. Like the nose earth, pine, and grapefruit are in abundance and create a long resinous finish. Hop oil and citrus skin linger for days and dry the mouth even as they send the salivary gland into overtime. Can anyone say pucker?

Feel is lighter than a beer of this hoppiness might be expected to be as the malt has to balance and hold the sizable array of cones in the glass. Smooth carbonation is lively and lightly creamed. Refreshing and quenching this is a beer that lends itself to sessioning in spite of the abv.

Just great. A benchmark brew that no doubt will suffer the blows of popularity as people seek to make a name for themselves by harshly criticizing what is a superb presentation of the style. While obviously not a reintroduction of a lost beer per se it show a dedication and labor of love on the part of the brewery to resurrect a legend. Well done!

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Photo of Roguer
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, strong snow white head with excellent retention and tons of spider-webbed lacing. Brew is a light copper, slightly hazy, translucent, and bubbly. Honestly, I couldn't expect any beer to look better.

Light hoppy aroma. Earthy, herbal, floral, with light, dry citrus peel and pith. Plenty of caramel and pale malt aroma, as well. A surprisingly old-school IPA aroma (no pun intended). Slightly stale caramel malt presence; at a month and a half old, it shouldn't be precisely stale.

Everything in the aroma - good and bad - is passed on to the flavor. Slightly stale caramel flavor up front, which is quickly washed over by nice waves of bitter hops: grapefruit, peel, and floral. Very bitter brew.

Extremely lively brew, moderate but not unpleasant sting, very drinkable, dry effervescence but a long lingering hop oil presence.

This might be a better IPA if it were fresher, but it's not quite old enough to be stale. It's remarkably bitter, and carries that through with a very traditional balance of old hops and classic malts. I would like to try it fresher (or on tap, for that matter), but I really enjoyed the beer for what it is.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

From the 750 ml bottle. Sampled on August 21, 2014.

It pours your standard looking copper amber with a long lasting foamy off-white head and excellent clarity.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit malts and grassy hops. Not a lot different from other IPA's.

The body is light to medium

The taste begins with the toasted malts and then there is this astounding hop bitterness that fills it all out at the end.

For the most part this is no different than all those craft IPA's out there but I am going to give this the top rating because this was the first...the original...and the one that all these craft brewers emulate. If it hadn't been for Ballantine IPA, there would be no Heady Topper or Pliney the Elder. I sincerely believe that.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark-ish copper, with a nice, healthy 1.5 inch head, and a really solid amount of webby lacing.

Smells quite brash and awesome, intense pine resin and oak, some grass, and toasted bread.

The coolest thing about this one is that it comes out in a time of IPAs that are very different from this one. This is intensely hoppy, and almost searingly bitter- with none of the citrus flavors found in the modern IPA. There's some really bitter oak, almost like tree bark, and it's dripping with dry pine resin. This beer is intensely dry, with maybe the slightest kiss of grapefruit rind. The malt character is pretty full, but adds to the bitterness. There's bitter bread and rye flavors.

This one is medium bodied, with no alcohol presence, and a full, crisp, and intensely dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable, however.

I am floored by how good this is. It's super cool that they brought this back for modern craft beer geeks. I'm also floored that something made by Pabst could taste this good.

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Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NBS BIF beer from @TongoRad
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: orange-amber, nice thick head of fluffy tan foam about 1-inch tall and super sticky at the top; liquid is hazy/murky, light passes through but you can't see through it; keeps almost a full skin of foam and a thick, fluffy collar of off-white/beige foam; decent lacing -- if you're into the new craft IPA murk, this is a 5; if you want clarity, it's still hard to deny the artwork here from the head and colors

S: pine forest; some citrus, candied orange, perhaps a bit of mango/caramel, but even as the sweeter notes push through, there's still the bitter pine serving as the foundation; boy it's sweet ... more and more the sweetness dominates, and it's turned into a perfect pine freshener -- floral, sweet and very pleasant; the slightest hint of oak wood in the background ... hard to pull up, but there's oak and cedar in there I'd swear

T: pine ... bitter pine; citrus ... grapefruit here more than orange, but there's also a little of that candied-sweet orange; tastes much more bitter than the nose; hides the alcohol well, but there's a little warmth here -- nice

F: perhaps a pinch soft, but I did give it a strong pour ... good midweight, and it's held on to more than enough carbonation to keep it drinkable

O: great piney IPA that isn't overboard on the mango/caramel notes; the orange notes grow as you go, and the sweetness does balance out that bitter pine bite.

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Photo of threeviews
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle (BOD: 08/05/2014) into a Spiegelau signature IPA glass (yep, the one designed in conjunction with Sam Calagione and Ken Grossman)...the first batch of Ballantine IPA released since the Newark, NJ brewery closed decades ago and formulated from historical notes and existing drinkers of said elixir.

A- Pours a beautifully clear, classic light amber (think Grade A Medium Amber maple syrup) with a full finger of a frothy, white head. The residual lacing on the glass is exquisite...each sip is marked with a defined ring around the glass. (5.0)

S- Equally pungent and as it is complex. Citrus (lemon peel, orange, ruby red grapefruit), pine resin, coconut, tropical fruits (peach, apricot) and a hint of vanilla. Completely mouthwatering. (4.75)

T- An absolute explosion of flavor! Malt sweetness is quickly followed by a huge blast of citrus rind and sticky, resinous bitterness. The tannins from the oak chips are mild but definitely present. Although the beer finishes dry, the resiny, hop oil contributes to a long and lingering finish. The 7.2% ABV is masked entirely. (4.75)

M- It is a solid, medium bodied beer with a creamy carbonation that opens the palate and allows the hop oil to coat the tongue. The oak chips mellow things out just enough to keep the residual bitterness in check and as a result, increases its drinkability factor. (4.75)

O- Two words...world class. This beer is absolutely impressive and is sure to make friends with many a hop-head. What's more, this reminds me of DFH's Burton Baton (and could easily qualify as its little brother)...not only one of my all-time favorites, it is also a modern take on one of Ballantine's other legendary offerings: Burton Ale. If this modern-day interpretation of Ballantine India Pale Ale is anything close to the original, then Ballantine was way ahead of its time and am now convinced why people are claiming this to be the genesis of the American craft beer revolution. (4.75)

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Photo of atget57
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Congratulations Pabst/Cold Spring !!! Your bringing back Ballantine IPA is a great American success story. I have just shared a 750ml bottle with my son, who was not even born when I had my last Ballantine IPA in the '70s. The nose is extremely strong, full of citrus & pine notes plus something I have yet to discern with this 1st bottle. While all our taste "memories" are suspect, what I can discern in this new version is the old oak essence plus very intense hop resonance. For only 70 IBUs, it really packs a hop punch. The finish is clean, long & sharp. This is a unique version of an IPA. Well done! Keep this going &, perhaps, bring Ballantine Burton Ale back, as well.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2014-10-21 in Columbia, PA from a bottle with a produced on date of 2014-10-05 so it was very fresh.

A - Pretty clear dark orange with a 3-finger off-white head and really good lace.

S - Lots of pine, oak and hop bud floral that's lightly dank. Some sweet aspects with a bit of citrus flesh and grain.

T - Hop forward with lots of pine and orange flesh, then a goodly-amount of lightly roasted grain sweetness with some caramel. Nice touch of oak tannin and no vegetal taste at all; probably due to the use of hop oil for bitterness. Finish includes pine, oak tannin, orange zest, light caramel and good-but-balanced lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body and light medium carbonation. Substantial, resinous and a bit prickly. Dries nicely.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. The malt/hop/feel balance is reminiscent of a Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere although this is brasher. I first had Ballantine IPA in North Jersey as a teenager in 1971-72. It was still being brewed in Newark, NJ. At the time, I remarked to my friends how different it was from the other brews we'd score on occasion. I didn't know how to describe the taste way back then other than it really tasted like pine needles. This is reasonably close to how I remember it tasting; particularly with the pine, oak and bitterness. I don't recall as much citrus in the taste or dankness in the aroma from back then but I think these are improvements. My first sensory reaction when tasting this was one of familiarity; long-lost familiarity. I'm glad this is available and in an unusual move on my part; I'm going to up the overall rating by .25 just because the familiarity really hits me where I live.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm looking at this beer as an English IPA, because that's how the original one was designed.

The appearance is absolutely gorgeous- crystal clear bright copper color with a dense half-inch of long lasting head.

Aroma is made of many tightly knit components- from resiny pine, to sappy wood, to lemon peel and a hint of berries. A generous platform of creamy light caramel supports it all.

The palate brings these all together, and ends with an explosive slam of hop bitterness. The bitterness and woodiness linger for what seems like an eternity. This beer ain't messing around. But somehow, the mouthfeel steals the show after all that- it is at once flinty and satiny, lush and rugged. Each successive sip is a real pleasure, and it maintains your attention through every drop.

Kudos to the folks at Pabst- they did their homework and it shows. There isn't an English IPA around that can go toe to toe with this beer. And it's a real bargain, to boot!

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Mixed trepidations, here. On the one hand, I've always had a weird thing for Ballantine. Like, for its semiotics. I've barely ever had the beer, and it was always barely better than Pabst (I swear the stuff I just drank tasted different from the stuff I drank circa 05, tasted better, but who knows). The brand is gorgeous. The fact that it's taken so long for it to see a beer geek-aimed revival is a shocking testament to how badly Pabst misunderstands the contemporary beer scene.

So I heard they were bringing this back and I nearly crapped me'self. The threads announcing its return were full of all sorts of bad forebodings, entirely new recipe, not wood aged, yada yada. Who cares. I wasn't old enough to drink back when they made this. I was not even alive back during its most desirable incarnations. Who needs historical consistency when you got logos? That shit looks like patent medicine. A-and they sponsored old timey baseball teams!

But then, the scariest revelation: this is brewed in Cold Springs, MN. That's the country's second worst brewery right? Not as bad as Minhas, but good god they've produced some undrinkable shit.

So even though I was excited to see a bomber of this, I hesitated at its 6.99 pricetag. Which, really, ain't that bad, but goodness. Cold Springs? You ever have their Colonel Pub Pints Hefe? Like drinking clove-flavored Raid.

This pours pretty. Dark amber, billowing white mountain of a head that settles down into a respectable cap. Smells like hop oil, I guess? I don't really know what hop oil smells like. Floral with high acid. Big hops, yes, but it doesn't come across exaggerated. Plus the profile is very light on the citrus, meaning it tastes like a pre-07 hoppy beer, meaning it's a welcome change of pace.

Tastes very good. The hops are almost syrupy, which is like the exact opposite of every other double IPA, where the malt has a syrupy consistency that stains the back of your mouth. This is green hops up front, a mellow middle that's straight up English Pale malt, and then ending on a big kiss of more American hop syrup.

Noice.

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

To bad it was ahead of its time years ago. This is a great beer, What a difference it could have made if people had caught onto this taste all those years ago. Maybe they did and
those sissy beer drinkers, those girlei-mans, ruin the market for the true beer lovers then.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle said manufactured 6/15/15. Might have been past it's prime, yet, I still enjoyed it.
Look- copper color, decent sudsy head and good lace retention
Smell- strong floral aroma at first. Then, biscuity malt and resiny hops.
Taste- hoppy and dry palate. Biscuity malt. Clean and simple. Very tasty.
Feel- medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.
I would love to revisit and try a fresher version. Solid overall. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle Courtesy of Wiscokid920

Ok let me see what the hoopla is all about with this brew. Ok, bottle checks legit. Easy to read bottled on date, nice little history summary on the back. Well let's see what's inside the bottle. The brew pours nice medium amber crystal clear body. Nice white frothy head, leaves a nice lacing around the glass. Time for the aroma! Nice fresh caramel notes, citric rind with hints of the earthy/resinous hops. No booze. Backend of the aroma has a tropical vibe going on. Now my mouth is watering, time for a dive. The flavor is lighter than the aroma, but still balanced and semisweet. The first notes of citric rind (oranges) with an underlaying passion fruit. Sweet malts carrying the hops perfectly that ends with a woodsy/resinous hoppy flavor. Finishes so clean and dry with a subtle lingering bitterness. The feel on the brew is medium-light smooth body, carbonation is on the fizzy side.

Overall: This brew is right up my alley. If this is the recipe from the original IPA, then the beer drinkers of the late 1800's had the original Pliny. This beer reminds me of HopDevil and Pliny the Elder in an IPA Blend. This is balanced, clean, hoppy and very enjoyable. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear deep copper with a full one finger craterous slight off white head that never really settles,impressive.Grassy and piney hops stand out over top of biscuit malts.Very balanced for an IPA maybe closer to an APA but still nice piney hops intertwined caramel/biscuit malts,with a little bitterness in the finish.A solid IPA,I admit Iam pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The label lists the abv at 7.2% and the IBUs at 70. The back label has a nice description of the beer. Appearance: The body has a nice deep golden color with a very slight haze and lots of visible carbonation. It also has a few small speckles floating around in the beer. On top there is a very nice thick head of foam. This foam is just off white in color and hangs on very well making cool lacing on the glass as I drink. Smell: It is full of mouth watering citrusy hops with a light kicker of pine like hops. I also get some sweet bready maltiness as well. Taste / Palate: Right up front there is sweet maltiness mixed with bitter citrus rind, fruity notes of pineapple. The finish brings out the piney hop bitterness which lingers on the palate. The palate has a good medium to full feel with good lively carbonation. Notes: I would say that Ballantine has done there homework. They have crafted a very solid IPA.

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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well rounded. Tasty and full body.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first IPA in the late 70's and I have had many since , but I was pleasantly surprised. I would drink this any time. Well done!

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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding flavor, no residual after taste....very smooth finish...can't say enough

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Ballantine India Pale Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 686 ratings