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Ballast Point Pale Ale - Serrano Peppers

Ballast Point Pale Ale - Serrano Peppers
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christpuncher (1386) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2014
A very bitter pale ale with a spicy kick. Not hoppy and smells malty. Puts light yellow with a white head. Had out if a bootevat home. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Only a touch of haze in the blonde. Aroma is part vinegary jalapeno and part fresh serrano. When I smell this, I think I’m about to eat a taco. This is fairly hot, the fresh serrano coming to the fore w slightly limey hop, a touch a sweetish malt Not bad, dude. Good balance of chile and hop.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Tap at ballast point, pours orangish gold, small white head. Aroma is mostly pepper, but it smells a bit soapy as well, almost like cheap shaving cream. Taste is also a bit soapy and hits the back of the throat withh some pepper heat. Not too good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Draught at Foundry on Elm, Winter 2013
Muted yellow body shows a high clarity and a small white head that fizzles to cover rapidly.
Not much discernible from the nose, perhaps a touch of the spiciness and a bit of bready malt....
In the mouth, it gives you a few seconds for the malt to provide a good base and then the heat begins to take over. And take over it indeed does. Growing hotter and spicier until the tingling carbonation ends and leaves the pepper all over the back of the throat, completely drying the mouth and demanding another sip of liquid to cool the throat. This inevitably leads to another sip which inevitably leads to....ok you see where this is going. Really lovely serrano flavor is wholesome and authentic, while there is ample body, carbonation and no alcohol or hops. Not subtle, by any means, and being an absolute hot pepper addict, I couldnt have enjoyed it more. Novel, and well-done for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2014
Tap at Hawthorne Hophouse. Labeled a "kolsch." Chopped chiles tingle the sinuses. Light straw color. Light sweet malt, overtaken almost immediately by the peppers. The pepper component continues through the finish and stays on the tongue quite some time. The burn is substantial, but doesn’t overwhelm. Well done for such a light style. Interesting and fun. I find that chile beers really divide beer lovers: some people love ’em and others hate ’em.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3474) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draft at Tap 25. This is a specialty beer and not for everyone. With that said, I thought it was extremely well done. Even better than Habanero Sculpin. It pours a light gold color with a white head. The aroma is fresh, hot green chiles with some background citrus and bread. The flavor is the same. Pretty good burn, with a lot of chile flavor only slightly off set by some citrus and bread. Very spicy, and a decidedly "hot pepper" flavor. If you love spicy peppers and beer, I can’t see how you wouldn’t love this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (1074) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft to pint glass Strong chili pepper, green pepper, a little bread. Clear amber, no head Taste is all pepper, and although I love Serrano, I.d hope for more from a beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (4968) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft - Smells and tastes like Serrano peppers, not much else to say as it is pretty one sided.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at brewery. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Earthy chili pepper aroma and taste with a good capsicum heat on the back end. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (635) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Draft pour at Aces & Ales in Vegas - golden body with little head - minimal lacing. Aroma is heavily spiced - lots of pepper, slight hint of heat, some doughy malt sitting in the background. Flavor is relatively one-dimensional - lots of heat and spicy pepper notes...slight resiny hop note tries to offset the warming of the pepper, but gets overwhelmed mid drink. Palate is light to medium bodied - but it is a sipper due to the heat of the pepper. Overall, the flavor was actually quite good, but 12 oz was a bit too much of this brew...a good one to try once, but I wouldn’t return to the well for another draw...


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