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Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.’s (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
[7165-20150314] 22floz bottle. Orange fruity flesh aroma. Slightly hazy, brown Amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter fleshy orange meat flavour. Medium-full body. Good, heavy toasting. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8
(Shared at beerhugger’s tasting)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Solid big red IPA. Huge blast of caramel, pine, and citrus. Some sweet malts. but good bitterness that wasn’t too over the top (as I feared). Solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dtdtdtdtdt (25) - - JUL 11, 2015
Great. Aroma of hops and toasted grain. Redish brown. Taste cedar, roast beef, grapefruit, bitter, mild sweetness, earthy. Medium/thicker mouthfeel. Little alcohol taste for a 10 percenter. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (1081) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Taster at the brewery. Amber color with nice tan head. Aroma is caramel and intense peaches cat piss hops (buckets of Simcoe?) Taste is more caramel, a bit overripe fruit, not too balanced to be honest. I usually like this style but this one could be much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2015
7/4/15. On tap, Craft on Draft. Red pour with a nice khaki head, great lacing. Good aroma, citrus, pine, a nice balance of caramel and pale maltiness. Good flavor, balancing bitterness helps the maltiness and caramel, nuttiness, doughy, citrus, pine. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose and taste are caramel, toffee, boozy, good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (566) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Pours red with a lasting tan head. Aroma of spice, malt and grassy hops. Similar taste with a nice palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (342) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle: moderate haze, red brown, medium head and nice lace. Honey malt, hops, dense but not lifted. Dry, not sour but very bitter. Loads of flavor. Lacks fruit but very intense hops and malt. Very high CO2 that provides a freshness you would not expect at this alcohol level. Very good. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badhack (411) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Pours dark red/amber, good carbonation, well balanced between rich malt and heavy hopping. A bit sticky, not too sweet, citrus, pine, floral.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Very smooth, easy drinking beer for its strength and bitterness. Actually it seems quite well balanced.

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