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Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #1 - Hoppy Red Ale



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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   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.

A Hybrid-Style Ale with a rich, Oktoberfest inspired malt base and a slamming hop profile, very similar to an India Pale Ale. CTZ (Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus) hops are added to the boil for bitterness, and copious amounts of Centennial hops are added during the late kettle hop addition and dry hopping post fermentation. In the Great American Beer Festival Style Guidelines there is a gap between the American-Style Amber/Red Ale and Imperial Red Ale. This beer fills this gap, whether you call it a Hoppy Red Ale or an India Red Ale, one thing is for sure…you will call it good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1592) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badpuppy69 (266) - orange, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Pours a copper color with a tan frothy creamy head. Aroma is citrucy hoppy mango sweet malt. Taste is tropical citrucy and hops resin. Some pine notes a spices aswel. Medium smooth mouth feel. Very tasty beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Coppery, clear, moderate frothy off-white head, decent lacing.   Hoppy nose, caramel, soft sweet pine, citrus peel, and a little breadiness.   Similar tongue, smooth and well balanced.   Comes across as a well made hoppy red.   Tastes fresh too!   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft citrus, pine, and tea leaves linger.   Enjoyable brew!   Thanks Ron!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdauchert (3) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013 does not count
Bottle. Pours clear amber/red color with small amber/tan head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and a little caramel. Hops come through in the taste. Clean finish with just enough bitterness. Great beer by Ballast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark garnet reddish brown with a sudsy off white head. Pretty nice nose; some caramel, light citrus, pine, grass, light florals. Flavor is a bit heavier on the caramel, some light brown sugar, piney and grassy hop finish. Nice for a hard to please me style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2013
On draught at Old Grove. Pours a deep, clear amber color with a light khaki head. Aroma is bright citrusy hops and some bready notes with perhaps a little fruit. Taste is sweet with hops bitterness. Thin and dry. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2244) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
Pours reddish deep amber with oily yellow head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, resin, mango. Taste is resin and citrus bitter with light balancing sweetness. Body is medium and oily with soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1484) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
Pours copper red with low red white head Very nice aromas of roasted caramel malts, liqourize, tropical fruits Wee bit light bodied but nice caramelly taste with good hoppyness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (935) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Type: 22-oz. bomber Glass: Stone Ruintation IPA pint glass From: Whole Foods Market in La Jolla (San Diego), Calif. Price: $4.49 Purchased: July 23, 2013 Consumed: July 24, 2013 Misc.: Ingredients and directions located on back of bottle Poured a dark reddish, caramel color with 2-to-3 fingers of tan head. Sporadic, spider web, foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Good, thick retention all the way down. Almost porter-like. Smelled a healthy dose of floral hops, amber malts, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, dark fruit (plum?) and some earthy malts. Tasted a bit stronger than the smell. Also earthier and maltier, and surprisingly bitter. Hops - floral, grass and rye, malts - caramel, toffee, faint coffee beans and toast. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Can taste all of the 7.0 percent alcohol. This beer just didn’t get better. Quite the opposite actually. By the end I was wanting to get it over with. Pretty good value for $4.49 though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoForShlomo (46) - - JUL 17, 2013
Gorgeous dark red appearance; pleasant light hops and caramel aroma; smooth hoppy taste; fizzy on the palate with a quick finish; overall, another great Ballast Point beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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