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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tap at Tony’s Darts Away. Clear amber to red pour with good tan lacing. Nose is sweet cherry cordial, dark chocolate. Spicy pepper and tootsie roll with red cherry and dusty bitter cocoa in taste. Neither sweet or harshly bitter. Finishes with a big pepper bite. Long, hefty, nutty bitter back end. Approaching tea tannic. Has herbal tea character though that doesn’t distract thankfully. All around drinkable for a style that I rarely enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Mostly clear copper hued body with a medium sized just off-white head. Moderate retention, good lace. Aromas are of crystal malt, iced tea, piney and resiny hop character with mild citrus and dank notes. Floral, light ester. Grassy dry hop. Flavors are malty but somewhat dry. Resiny finish. Iced tea and crystal malts. Medium bitterness, relatively neutral balance. Medium-full bodied, medium to medium low carbonation. Grassy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6218) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Draft at blue monk, deeper amber pour. Nice lacing. Rich maltiness, red ale characteristics bu really hopped up. Citrusy bitterness. Bigger mouthfeel. Pretty much an amped up amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Tap at the Ginger Man, NYC, 18/05/13. Clear copper amber with a thin beige head. Nose is floral hops, caramel, sugrs, bread dough, honey. Taste comprises caramel malt, hops, biscuit, sugars. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish with some bitterness. Decent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamah (214) - - MAY 30, 2013
Aroma: pine, citrus, caramel, toast. Appearance: Amber with moderate off white head. Taste: Like an IPA, substantial hoppy bitterness with some sweeter notes on the back end. Palate: Medium bodied and a little oily. Overall: Love! Everything good about an IPA with some malty toasty elements of an amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle. Red amber pour, with a caramel colored head. Toffee sweetness, grapefruit, citrusy hops, mild bitterness, and a bit of toast. Pretty good, although I think I would call this an American Strong Ale, not amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2759) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2013
pint at Tylers Apex. good aroma, sweet. caramel, pine, lemon. clean brownish orange color. good head and lace. bittersweet flavor. medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet finish..pretty darn tasty. like sweetness about it..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5669) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Draft at Ginger Man with Max, James, Colin and Dave. Pours a deep amber red body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, vanilla and light booze. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with lots of malt dominating the palate and some backing notes of vanilla, creme, sweet fruits and very light hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2192) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bomber from Beverages for Less, Santee. Pours a crisp amber-red, very clean to look at, perfect amount of carbonation, with off white bubbles just sitting in a 1/5 of a finger on top of the liquid. Sweet cinnamon notes in the nose, saccharin sugary malts predominate. There is a dank resinous quality that I catch on a second whiff... must be the hops? Taste is strong, good, clean... lots of cara coming through, of course, but overall just a good clean, strong beer. At first is reminds of some Lagunitas beers, but this one has more crispness and balance than I’ve ever picked up on with Lagunitas. Really, really impressive. To those who rated this low... Ummm... what? So good. Finishes with a medium mouthfeel... nice long finish. Good times.

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