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Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.ís (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is well-balanced between intense caramel malts and resinous hops. Flavour is quite robust, with loads of resinous hops upfront, balanced by just enough caramel malts. Intensely hopped, but tastefully done. Robust and extreme imperial red ale. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2014
Itís a big arse beer this one by any stretch of the imagination. It is reddish amber in colour with some greyish cream coloured head. It has perfumy apricot and stewed peaches, rosewood and pecans. It has a big oily body with just about every rich plummy flavour previously described. Thereís a bit going on up front, but donít expect much subtlety. It disguises its abv well and has a fairly lengthy finish. And then all of a sudden it doesnít mask its abv so well. What?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thechasm442 (344) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bomber served in a tulip glass. The beer pours a murky reddish brown with a thin off white heas that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is pine, biscuit, and caramel malt. Taste is pine resin, sour citrus, and loads of toffee. There are some bready characteristics as well. It lingers in your mouth a while and has a somewhat sticky feel. Pretty good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2482) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Draft at the Old Grove Brewery. Pours dark brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like alcohol, coffee, creamy, nutty malt, light chocolate, and spicy hops. Crazy palate. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like sweet chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, and light alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1990) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On tap at their place in little Italy. Pours reddish Amber with one finger of off white head. Hoppy aroma some caramel. Bitter. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TattooJack (162) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2014
From the bomber into the pint glass. Iím not really clear on this IBU rating, can we be sure whoís making this grading because this beer seems more malty than hoppy. Iíve had way more bitter beers than this with way lower ratings. Is this an established organization making these determinations, and if so shouldnít there be IMUís for maltiness?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3030) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Murky ass amber, medium to thin light tan head, spotty lacing. Toffee, earth, resin, light caramel, grapefruit, and a touch of grain. Medium to full bodied, moderate sweetness, lingering, rounded finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
outlawskies (447) - - OCT 31, 2014
This is definitely a tongue buckler as the name states. Yuck yuck yuck. Not a Julie beer. She gives 0.1.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5074) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus/grapefruit hops with lighter caramel, fruit, brown sugar, and a touch of toasty notes. It pours a dark transparent orangish-brown with a touch of haze and a two finger beige head that eventually fades to a thin film. There is a good amount of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel with a touch of brown sugar. The finish moderate grapefruit, pine, faint toasty notes, and barely a hint of alcohol. Itís medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, when I used to think American Strong Ale meant something, this is tasty example of what I thought it meant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1557) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy dark copperish red with of white head. Floral hops notes, some pine, and a bit of grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Bitter, but good. Gives a little malt on the finish to let you know itís a red.


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