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Ballast Point Reef Rye Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 50   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caytinator (994) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pint on tap. Cloudy bastard, brown delta, no lacing, small head fades off to a collar, wow there’s some unexplained sediment in it, taster’s crystals. Rye bread taste, definitely bitter middle and aftertaste, but rounded taste overall with just a tad bit if fizzines, which isn’t unexpected in the rye.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1545) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap @ the Domain. The nose is bready with suggestions of chocolate. Pours a cloudy brown with ruby highlights and a mostly diminishing off- white head. The taste is follows the nose - touches of rye spice, toasted malt, and chocolate notes. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, a nice example of a brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1134) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
June 1st, 2013 - My notes here are curt, so my review will be too. But the attached photograph tells an interesting beer, with a deep, mahogany brown body, translucent except on top, where a mottled, foamy, frothy head looks like it’s roiling itself almost out of the glass. The aroma is mostly hoppy and twangy, with grapefruit and fresh rye bread, and the flavor is dominated by the rye again, light and grainy, like a fresh and bouncing loaf with its heavier, molasses sweet flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at the old grove location, a very nice surprise. Dark brown with an off white head. Mild aroma and flavor, could taste the rye big time, very smooth, pretty decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4673) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Sample at the Home Brew Mart location. Clear, dark amber pour, medium sized off-white head. Lots of rye malts, sweetness, bread, and light hops. Slight amounts of coriander are hard to notice. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
On tap at the Old Grove location. Copper red pour with tan head. Nose sharp malt and rye(presumably that’s what it smells like). Taste big rich medium fruit and roasty chocolate malt. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (455) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
At Ballast Point tasting room (Old Grove). Deep brown pour. Malt, earth, delicious balance in aroma and flavor. Dirt in a glass--so earthy. Good palate, muted hops. Nice session offering.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Tap at Urban Solace in San Diego. Pours a clear amber. Thicker tan foam. Stickier lace. Nose is moderate cherry dessert. Taste is typical ballast Point vegetal oddities at the beginning moving to sweet dark cherry dessert. Silkier palate than expected from the rye. Great palate. Malt forward but not really sweet. Appearance is dull. Nose muted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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