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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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The world famous three ring sign (Purity, Body and Flavor) has been used since 1879, making it older than any Motorcycle, Escalator or drinking straw. When you are ready to revel in history and enjoy one of Americaís finest Ales, reach for a Ballantine and enjoy its flavorful body and taste that no other beer can provide.


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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
radarsock (1115) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2013
"HALF QUART", as the can tells me. Itís also Americaís largest selling ale... Score! Gold-gold in appearance. Thin whitish head. Blah, blah, blah... Smells and tastes of lawn trimmings, lemon juice, plastic, and ... I donít know! TICKING THIS SHIT RIGHT NOW!!!!!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1384) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2015
There are certain beers that have been around forever that Iíve never actually drank (much less reviewed) until now - Ballantine XXX Ale being one of the most notable examples I can think of. This beer has always been lumped in with the cheap adjunct lagers at every beer store, bodega and corner shop in the country Ė but itís not a lager, or even a cream ale. It seems to be just a generic golden/blonde ale and it works as such. Itís got a little flavor and itís easy to drink and nice to look at Ė thatís passable, eh?

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It had an expiration date of 6/29/15 and cost $1.95 ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: Pure golden color with crystal clarity and persistent effervescence. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: Because it comes in a green bottle itís quite skunky. Perhaps a faint trace of corn or lemony hops. Otherwise quite mild, but mostly inoffensive.

Taste: The palette of this brew would be best compared to an adjunct lager Ė pils malt seems to dominate with a significant corny taste on the second half. Not much in the way of subtle or even distinctive flavors here, though I do find it to be remarkably sweet for the style. Hops are quite reserved, if theyíre even noticeable at all. A mild palette indeed, but I will say thereís nothing off-putting about it (which is impressive considering how old this bottle probably is). The skunky aroma does not carry over to the taste, and it finishes clean. I do like that minor sweetness through the middle. Iíd think with a little more hops and some specialty malt this could be quite good.

Drinkability: This beer was brewed to compete with lager, so itís no surprise that it looks, smells and tastes like lager. It drinks a little better than your average fizzy yellow brew, though. Well carbonated to be sure, though the texture is a little softer and smoother Ė no abrasive effervescence. At 4.85% ABV Ballantine XXX Ale is arguably sessionable, though Iíd need more flavor to want to do that with this beer.

Score: 6/10

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimsal27 (286) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Golden color outfox bottle with nice white head. Aroma is bread and malt. Taste follows nose. No real bitterness. Mild comes to mind but enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rjplumer (641) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Sweet grass aroma. Snow white soft head that lingers quite a bit. Clear golden body. Mild bitterness. Plain bread straw flavor.Smooth finish.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BrianG2 (22) - - JAN 28, 2015
I tried this for one reason and one reason only, my grand father. I was told over and over as a kid that my grand father only drank one beer, Ballantine Ale. I read more than a few bad reviews but I have to put myself in the its not that bad category. If you understand what youíre buying you canít expect a world class craft beer. For what it is its alright. I poured mine from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head IPA glass. I detected almost no hop aroma and while some reviews claim a slight flash of hops at the finish my pallet was straining to detect the same. Mostly it was sweet, with distinct presence of corn, overall bread and hay. I had none of the skunkiness or bad odors others cited and would buy it again.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Can: Poured a clear golden with lots of gushing carbonation. Head is white. Aroma is skunky, sweet grass. Taste is sweet corn, grass, and soggy cardboard.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BroSpud (1834) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2014
I remember this one from my past. Certainly have no interest in trying it again but my memory is clear enough to rate it even though it has been almost 40 years. This is swill plain and simple.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dacrza (615) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
DATE REVIEWED: August 9, 2014... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: Sharknado with Matt, Jer and Shan--a win!...APPEARANCE: cler golden yellow body; bubbles are consistent; crisp white head that spreads upward with cirrus wisps; smeary lacing... AROMA: funky tin malts--as expected from a 40 oz. bottle--and some banana at the end--mostly wet pennies... PALATE: thin at first; beefy ending; gassy and slick; easy drinking otherwise... TASTE: lemony wheat grass; biscuity and toasted malts reign supreme in this otherwise thin profile...OVERALL: intrigued by its history--and ODBís proclivity for it, according to song--this 40 oz.er drinks easy and malty with a bit of refreshment to it--but it also is a bit thin and unimpressive in its refrigerated neighborhood, where OE 800 and Mickeyís reside...

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Travlr (15613) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Boy, does this one bring back childhood memories. The drinking age in New York was 18, I could get served at age 13, Son of Sam was stalking the city, and this was about the only thing we had too cool us off - especially when the big power failure hit. Donít know where Iíd find it these days.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JUL 2, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass. Clear deep hay with a minimal white head. Adjunct aroma, with soft grains, faint floral hops and white bread. Light malt flavors, low bitterness, some sweet corn and faint metallic notes. Light bodied, boring, lager-like. So so.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
alexsdad06 (6874) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle at home from old backlog notes. Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a medium sized foamy white head. The aroma and flavor had some earthy hops, grainy and pale malt, hints of fruity esters, everything is pretty soft, if there was something off it was mild too. Light body very forgettable stuff.


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