JoshuaMason (27) - - FEB 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Deep redwood; Fluffy, tan head; good lace; medium carb activity
Smell: Pineapple; Woody/Floral hops; Black Cherry; Caramel sweetness
Taste: Black Cherry; Plum; Woody/Floral hops; Orange rind; Alchohol
Mouth-feel: Balanced; Medium Body; Big Carbonation; Dry Finish
Overall: Wonderful West Coast style Red. The ample malt sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops
SSSteve (3831) - - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red. Big piney aroma. Flavor big and piney with evident abv. Sweet medium colored malts. Some hints of mid color crystal maybe. Better as it warms and loses some carbo.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - was massive, with big oily hops and alcohol. That acetone like quality when itís too much. I knew this one was going to shred my stomach.
Appearance - orange amber body, with an off-white head. Not as much head or lacing as I would have thought
Taste - was intensely hoppy, some grapefruit, with subdued malts that tend to be slightly caramel and roast in nature
Feel - very oily of hops, and that usually hurts my stomach. Like super hot wings, I like them but both oily hopped beers and spicy foods donít like me back.
It certainly doesnít fail to measure up to itís name, wouldnít drink more than one.
c/o Doug F. - Beer#5 of the Craft Beer Social Club Chap #1 (LíOuverture Sociale de la BiŤre)
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish colored, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel. Medium to full body, moderate bitterness, remains very drinkable.
DougHnut70 (67) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip courtesy of Fernando after our daughters last indoor soccer game (loss) of the Fall session. Pours clear, dark brown, off-white head - looks great. Smells of carmel, malt, with some citrus, pine - smells great. Taste starts hoppy, grapefruit, then turns to caramel, roast, bread, some big malts and then slight alcohol warming is there but overwhelmed by the "imperial" intensity. Such a big sticky hops vs big strong malts brew, not really an imperial red...but did make my tongue buckle from everything going on in there (almost too much). Interestingly - medium body with medium carbonation. Liked it, but probably couldnít drink 2. Even though didnít taste like a 10%...it would be better as a less intense 8%. Good one Ballast Point...but at $11? Aaarrrrrrrrrrrrr!
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber shared at a tasting. Orange amber body. Piny hops and amber malt. Rich cherrywood sweetness. Nice. Sweet. Full bodied.
Blairgus (2731) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
17 jan 2013, bottle. Amber, clear, some bubbles. Nose is pine and sweet malt. Med body and mildly fizzy. Pine and resin hops, some sweet malt, bitter finish. Decent.
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BucannonXC5 (935) - 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 (1096) - 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 (2732) - 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.