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Ballast Point Reef Rye Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brown ale with 27% flaked rye. After fermentation, is dry hopped and coriander is added.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Taster at home brew. Pours shiny fall leaf brown. Thin white foam. Corriander, rye. Yum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Very thick creamy, cream-coloured head over almost black red-brown beer. USA hops and chocolate, nearly black IPA-like, bit of charcoal. Dry, but quite malty flavour; hops in retreat compared to the nose. "Charcoal" here seems to translate into rye. Mineral water quality, yet some body; slighlty slick. Refreshing brown ale - quite rare, certainly seen the coriander addition.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Appearance: Cloudy browns under a soft khaki head which fades into a thin layer with random arcs of lace crawling up my glass. Swirls creamy and thick.
Nose: Pumpernickel toast and pumpernickel crackers. Whole rye seeds. A gentle dusting of milk chocolate powder. Raisins in the middle kissed with melted milk chocolate. Sunsweet prunes. Touch of cinnamon sticks and burnt caramel along the edges. Rye seeds and rye bread on top.
Palate: Chewy, sweet, and bready followed by rye and fruits. Tannic meatiness thanks to prunes and raisins. Whole loaves of pumpernickel and rye bread. More raisins and prunes, dried and chewy. Apple skins join the tannic tartness, this time along the sides. Sweet and dry at the same time. Pumpernickel toast underneath. Spiced apricot and peach skins.
Final Thoughts: A delicious new take on the brown ale thanks to the fine folks at Ballast Point Brewing out of San Diego, California. While this was on draft at my local establishment, I enjoyed multiple glasses before it was gone. Good stuff.
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2561) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
tap. Brown with small head. Interesting combination of a brown ale with substantial hops and rye. This works quite well. Quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
On-tap at HomeBrew Mart. Pours hazy brown with a big, fluffy, offwhite head, sheet lace. Smells very sweet, almost fruity malty, somewhat sour. Tastes malty and sweet with a big, earthy, somewhat spicy character. I can’t pinpoint the spices, almost peppery. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at HBM. Roasty. Brown color. Huge head. Very dry. Not my thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Tap @ the Home Brew Mart location. Pours a clear medium brown with the head being beige with some spotty lacing. Nice nose and flavor of toasted rye malt with a touch of hops with maybe some light spic? Pretty good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 10, 2009
Nice copper brown with a fizzy off white head. Crisp citrus aroma and taste with some subtle nutty notes.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 On tap. Pours with a clear brown body with a tan head. Aromas are very spicy, coriander, mild phenol, earthy, fruity esters, pine and cola. Dry. Flavors area spicy, dry, phenol, coriander, dusty, chocolate, eucalyptus, nutty, rye. Medium bubbles, dry and crisp. Pretty good.

On tap at the brewery. Pours with a clear brown-bronze hued body with a small, off-white head. Aromas are rustic and toasty, rye, leather and crisp. Flavors are rye, crisp, biscuit, malty caramel, medium carbonation, crisp, spicy and nutty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (600) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
dark brown with a reddish hue. Almost a sweet rye aroma. Very easy to drink, with a caramel malty sweetness.


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