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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (864) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
bottle 65cl @ downtown lodge, santa rosa . dark amber, white head.. malty, nutty aroma. bitter malty flavor

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
How the hell is this not an IPA??? Had this on tap at O’Briens tonight...good pine and citrusy floral aroma...dare i say spruce-like?...not like thats a bad thing at all!!! It poured a dark bronze color with a salivatingly nice looking head. The taste begins with a hopping saturation across the back of the tongue and ends with a piney prickling of tiny bubbles and a smacking piney bitterness. Some fruitiness can be found in the aftertaste only after a couple seconds...good sweet fruits. Perhaps they forgot to include malt in here...i wonder??? A nice palate awakening here, good smack of florals/hops/pine, but grossly unbalanced toward that hoppiness. Still worth another try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (836) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Fresh aromas of yeast, bready malts and earthy hops. Darkened red/amber with some nice lacing against the glass. Very earthy bitter hops on the top with syrupy caramel malt undertones. There is a huge presence of alcohol on the finish. Overall, this is a delicious red ale with a lot of hops and alcohol. Intense and well done. A- rating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a light copper. Nose is hoppy an a touch sweet. First thing I got was malt then a ton of pineapple notes and hops. Very bitter in the finish. It’s like a red strong. And strong it is, comes with some warmth in the finish. Pretty damn good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: 0.25L glass From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.50 Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014 Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014 Misc.: N/A 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 Republic’s Café 15.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (808) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Just another great addition from another great brewery. The Tongue Buckler kind of comes off as a Barleywine, what with it’s murky brown body and pillowy tan head. The body is full but kind of grainy. Heavy flavors of bitter hops strike their pose on a playful runway of caramel malts. It seems a bit toned down, like a pirate with a dull scabre, but this beer is a solid. Very solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (807) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
22 oz bottle. This beer is great. Pours red, big head and ton-o-lacing. Big sweet caramel, yet hoppy aroma. Flavor is sweet, but not over done, very balanced. Excellent bitter bite and somewhat oily on the palate. Most imperial red ales are not that good, but this one is outstanding!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
On cask at the Real Ale Festival at PP Carlsbad. Appearance is a cloudy red hue, off-white creamy foam head, moderate lacing. Smell is super pine needle hops, caramel malts, bread and biscuit malts, toffee, citrus, chocolate. Taste is bitter pine hops balanced with smooth caramel malts, toffee dominates the middle, finishes slightly bitter. Medium-bodied, thick and creamy texture, moderate carbonation. A great mix of hops and caramel malts, a very impressive ’imperial’ amber style beer resembling GF Hophead and Port Shark Attack.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Nice pine citrus hoppy aroma with roasty malt. Good balance of roasty citrus malt and aggressive hop flavors, quite enjoyable, hope they bottle this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (776) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Served by smokin’ hot blonde waitress at public house in Vegas. She wasn’t amused by my joke when I said I’ll take a tongue buckler, and then I’d order a beer too. Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby red color with small white head. Sweet caramel malt and piney hop character. Big hop flavor, piney earthy danky, with lingering bitterness.


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