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Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #1 - Hoppy Red Ale



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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - 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 (47) - - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9275) - 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 (7904) - 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 (6908) - 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 (12687) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (4910) - 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 (2913) - 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 (6284) - 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.

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