BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass: 0.25L glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Poured a reddish amber semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. A good amount of spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top.
Smelled smooth citrus notes, lemon, floral notes, grapefruit, pine and caramel.
Tasted rye hops, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, citrus notes, grapefruit and pine, all in a mellow form.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
A really smooth beer and I enjoyed it very much. It was a good follow up to Bear Republicís Cafť 15.
GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
April 15th, 2012 - I canít remember where in the line up this beer was placed, but I dearly hope it was near the end. The Tongue Buckler earns its moniker, featuring overflowing, bold flavors. The color is a cardiac red, juicy with color, and deeply cloudy, giving off the visual of a potion more than a beer. The aroma is very strong, with the sweet caramel, red apple and malts of a good Irish red, but sticky with sweeter sweets like cotton candy and passion fruit. The flavor consists of a warm, caramel core, wrapped in a fresh, powdery bubble gum sweetness. The palate isnít too sticky or heavy, but there is a heavy dose of alcohol, and a long dry aftertaste that contrasts with the saturated sugars in the beginning. It is well balanced, but incredible strong, and another one of those beers which, at the time of this tasting wasnít in bottles, but dearly deserved to be.
jmagnus87 (2184) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 4/17/14. Hmmm, no wonder I got it for $1.99. Oh well, at 10% Iím guessing it will still be ok. Pours a cloudy dark red with aha of finger off-white head. Aroma of citrus and pine with a decent bit of toffee and caramel. Taste is heavily bitter with pine and citrus and as trong malt backbone of caramel and toffee. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, very good. Would be interesting to try fresh but I donít think the age has hurt it any.
Kroney (140) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany with a small but dense off-white head -- moderate lacing. Aroma is alcohol, sweet malt, big hop nose. Flavor is bready malt, grapefruit bitterness some pine and just enough caramel malt to hide the alcohol that ess in the aroma. Good beer.
superspak (2127) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2014. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and moderate caramel malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of bright citrus/pineapple hops and light-moderate caramel/bready malts; with balanced and crisp malt/bitterness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial red ale! All around great complexity and balance of bright hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Bule (532) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a thick brown color with a lot of frothy head. Sharp alcohol and lots of hops. Good maltiness.
Strykzone (4404) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at esbls. I bought this at Corral. A red hue with brown. It smells like a high gravity. Big bitterness. Not a good start. Fruit. Alcohol. Huge bitterness. Wow.
AWISLguy (1013) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Binnyís in McHenry. Cellar aged for 3 months poured into my Lagunitas glass. Pours a reddish brown with a bit of foamy orangey red head. Nice lacing. Aroma has resin, pine, caramel and citrus. Taste is of resiny grapefruit hops, spicy pine and solid sweet caramel malt. Medium to full bodied and sticky. Some alcohol presence. Finishes to the bitter side of bittersweet. A solid tasty brew - as ever - for Ballast Point!
HonkeyBra (3074) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a rich red pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of big, bright hops, red cakeish malts, touches of pine, citrus, resin. Touches of caramel, toffee, cereal malt, and maybe a bit of spice. Flavor is big, rich, bitter. Lots of bitter hoppy notes, focusing on pine and resin. Fairly balanced with some spicy red malt sweetness. Bits of cereal and carbonation. Full bodied, a touch stick, thick mouthfeel. Finishes long and bitter. Hell of a beer.
Beerathon (888) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color- murky, ruddy brown. Head- lacing, tacky, slightly creamy. Smells like a barely wine or strong ale and the taste is along the same lines. ABV is evident. The hops a big in this, but more on the spice notes than on anything citrusy (unfortunately).