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Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #1 - India Red Ale



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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Dubbed The Homework Series, the beers will be developed by brewers operating the aforementioned pilot system. The first batch of those brews is an India Red Ale—a hoppy 7% ABV beer given additional character and nice balance by substantial caramel malts—which Chandler pulled from his personal homebrew archives.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
650 ml bomber form bev4less. Pours a murky roan brown colow with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with citrus, filberts and caramel. The taste is bitter hops forward with resinous piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and mixed nuts. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration, dry and clean. Overall: very tasty brew, loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2184) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Oddly spicily hopped and malted...lots going on, some working together, some solo, some flavors seemingly pitted againts each other, but what you end with works. Not a lot to compare this too, even in the style. The only real flaw is the abv shows a bit, but it was definitely enjoyed."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1887) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bomber from CraftShack. Pours dark orange copper with a beige head. Aroma of mixed malts, maybe even chocolate, with a lot of hop. Citrus mostly? Med + body. Flavor is malty, hint of chocolate, and enough earthy fruity hop to bring dank to mind. Not really bitter bitter in the finish, but bitter enough to hold down all the malt. Lots of flavor in this ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Fragrant aroma that delivers a heaping serving of fresh green hops that suggest pine and citrus while chances of rye like malts lurk in the distance. Appearance was a deep amber red with a orange tinted transparency along the edges. Head developed thick and fluffy at first but eventually crawled downwards and left a standard layer of foam. The drink is a combination of flavors that bring about bitter almost salty like tastes across my tongue yet levels of semi sweet malts round the body out. This beer is well crafted and holds a sturdy structure with just the right dosage of flavorings of malt and hop mixture. Good fair price which means this should sell through fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (911) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bomber purchased at the brewery in Scripps Ranch ($4.25). Pours a lovely red-garnet color with two fingers of light tan head. AROMA of very bright and fragrant citrus, spicy and herbal hop notes, wet pine needles, and some caramel maltiness. Flavor of bitter and herbal hops with hoppy notes of grapefruit / lime / pine and brewed black tea (with lemon) followed by a smooth caramel and toasted malt presence. Finishes with some lingering bitterness. Even though it took me a few months to open this bottle, the hops stayed strong and fresh. A very hoppy and juicy "amber." (30, 815)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Distinct aromatics of orange and tea. Slight bitters while being very light on the tongue

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (702) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Rich toasted malt and chocolate aromas with a light vegetal component. Clear red/orange/copper color with a thin but persistent white head. The roasted and sweet malt flavor and strong earthy/pithy hop bit hit strong and simultaneously. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness coat the tongue with a creamy consistency and are quickly washed away by the powerful hop bitterness with an aftertaste of grapefruit and apricot. The alcohol shows through clearly and helps elevate all the flavors. Lasting bitterness and woody dryness. Nothing here is out of balance or out of place. One of the best red ales I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2318) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a clear copper with minimal ring of lacy off-white head. Aroma is stron resinous pine hops up front, then it falls to toasted nuts and caramel sweetness. Taste follows, slightly bitter finish with a hint of sweetness. Well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
pours dark reddish mahogany with a thin tan head. aroma is sweet malt with a touch of earthy hops. flavor is extremely balanced and smooth. stars with a nice hoppy kick at the front then eases into the caramel/toffee malt finish, but neither is overpowering. smooth and easy drinking. great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1540) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on August 18th, 2013 split with Dave and Josh ML..

Appearance: Pours a red brown opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, faint pine
Taste: Medium bitterness, pine, a lot of caramel backbone..
Palate:Light body, somewhat sticky.

Summary: I enjoyed this beer but it was a bit to sweet for my preference on the style.

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