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RATINGS: 225   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 (823) - Vermont, 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!!!!!


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Headbanger (3005) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
12oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours golden with a small head. Aroma of skunk and grains. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is not as bad after the aroma.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerfest5 (1064) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 21, 2014
Almost undrinkable. Skunk like you wouldnít believe. Soapy flavor and terrible off taste in the end. Found an old bottle in an attic that I was re-doing and decided to try it out, not that bottle of course, a new one from the package store, but in the end I donít think it mattered.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jtclockwork (7114) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours lighter with little to no head. Nose and taste of grain and similar flavors. Lighter medium body.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
green bottles pours pale gold. skunk wet corn, puke all wrapped in a thin watery body. grosser than expected

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Cybercat (2990) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Aroma is strong, malty and - ew, more than a bit skunky. It pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Flavor is - uh, malty, just a little bit, barely distinguishable from water. Texture is thin and watery, just a little fizzy. Ugh. Well, the best way to appreciate good beer is to have a meh beer now and then.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Onslow (1102) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Lighter shade of pale yellow with puffy white head. Aroma of skunk, not much more. Taste is adjunct grain, a little bitter in the finish, more skunk. Palate is thin and lifeless. This is just another low end brew. I used to enjoy this back in the 70ís - maybe they changed the recipe, maybe I was too dumb to know better. Maybe Iím too dumb to know better today and its a great brew....

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
migwell (29) - - AUG 2, 2013
This is not your grandfathers Ballantine Ale, nor is it your fathers either, and Iím old enough to be one or the other of them. Still, it remains my favorite adjunct beer, a true lawnmower beer, not too repellant, not tasting of bad water shunted through rusty pipes, not corn-syrupy and actually having a little flavor. I prefer this to PBR. I wish the corporate masters who oversee the production of this old favorite would return to the recipe of years gone by and produce once again that piney flavored, hoppy and refreshing brew that once was Americaís largest selling ale.

1.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Kellmyer (2) - - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
Bottle @ home. Malt is very evident in the aroma. When poured a heavily carbonated white foam head is revealed above a clear, golden body. Taste is moderately sweet , with an absence of bitterness. Once on the palate you are greeted with a light thin fuzzy abrupt touch. 100% "best seller" typical.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear gold with a medium, foamy and frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is spicy and earthy hops, grain and straw malt, and. No esters or off aromas. Flavor is lightly sweet malt, balanced spicy hops and bitterness, clean fermentation and a dry finish with light residual sweetness. Light body and moderate carbonation.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
16 ounce can from Amity Wines, New Haven. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head. Good head retention. Aroma of some faint citrus and not much else. The taste is pale malts, apple and citrus. Thin bodied. Not horrible.


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