Rando7 (691) - Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours nice red color with thin white head. Aroma pine hops. Taste a bit of malts with pine hops. Finish pine and resin hops. Interesting full palate with nice tingle from hops, carbonation and alcohol.
About what you’d expect from something called Tongue Buckler. Too one dimensional for my taste but if you want a bunch of hops here you go.
skmikeg (680) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice copper color with a good tan head which lingers for a while. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and Pineapple. flavor is of bitter pine and grapefruit hops with some carmel and nut flavors in the background. finish is bitter and dry with a slight alchool presence. overall, this is a very nice Red Ale.
bmerz (659) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Split Thy Skull at Mugs BK. unclear red. Big skunky funky hops with sweet ripe fruit in abundance along side spice and booze. Flavor is very sweet, hop resin, deep lasting bitter, vegetal, spice. Sticky gritty palate. Great beer, not super complex.
ddemmingjr (659) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: pours clear, deep amber, reasonable sand colored head, some lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation form an interesting pattern along the surface. Nose is cooked caramel, toffee, toast, butterscotch and herbal hops. Full bodied. Biscuit, pine, caramel and crystal malt sweetness, molasses, cedar chest and some varnish flavors. Pine hop bitterness and varnish on the finish. This has a little heat but overall, solid big red ipa.
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beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at PP Strong Ale Fest ’05. Listed as 8.5%. Golden brown pour. Medium carmel malt aroma, some medium fruits - cherries and a touch of orange. Medium bodied, carmel malty flavor, with good amount citrusy hop, and a bitter bite to finish.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, woody, caramel aroma from a crystal clear deep amber ale with a thin white head. The alcohol here is evident from the first sip, but it integrates quickly and smoothly with the rich, sweet caramel and butterscotch malt flavors. Immediately after this, a solid, piney/guava bitterness sets in and almost washes away the sweetness that lingers near the back of the tongue (which has now been sufficiently buckled). All of these components seem to linger in the aftertaste, the sign of a well balanced (and delicious) beer. This is a big beer all the way around.
Phillies08Champs (650) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample of a 2009 bottle from John Welsh. Pours a brownish red with slightly lighter colored head and some lacing. the nose is crystal malt, candy sugar and slight fruity ketones, first sip is well balanced but still slightly boozing. I can’t imagine how hot this beer must have been two years ago. The finish is sweet but slightly dry. Not bad.
mrmartin (649) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy cooper hue with small off white head citrusy (dry maybe) hopped and toasted malt nose. Resin and citrus hops throughout.. Light body considering the abv. NIce bitter finish. Excellent as usual from Ballast Point
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber purchased at Stone Bistro. I had this with a big new york steak and it was incredible. This beer is huge and reminds me of the Double Bastard. I had already had a Ruination and something else, so it was a risk for me to order this big 10% killer. I made it a little more than half way through, savoring every small pour, the huge aroma and the over the top killer flavor. I knew I had to drive back to our hotel a good 20 miles so I told my wife "I have to give the last half of this away" so I found a table of guys and gave it to them, they seemed stoked. I looked for this the next day at 2 different high end beer shops but didn’t find it. I would love to taste this again without the concern of driving. Ballast Point has made a killer beer here.
Sarpa (632) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle 65cl @ downtown lodge, santa rosa . dark amber, white head.. malty, nutty aroma. bitter malty flavor