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Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #1 - Hoppy Red Ale



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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, 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 (924) - 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 (3996) - Marietta, 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 (254) - 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 (1784) - 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 (320) - 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 (6599) - 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 (4045) - 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.

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