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RATINGS: 371   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Sample on Day 2 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/13/2011. This brew pours a dark copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has grass and citrus notes. Sweet malt undertones. The finish is grassy and resiny hops with a lasting bitterness. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sampled on 7/3/09: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops and some sweet caramely malt. Starts with a good fullness and caramely sweetness before a fresh resiny grapefruity hoppy balance and a crisp bittersweet finish. A nice imperial red ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of pine, resin, red fruits, toasted caramel malt, earth and spicy malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bomber. Poured clear garnety-amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up redder fruits and semi-sweet caramel absolutely driven by peppery alcohol and floral bitterness.. aggressive the whole way through with a serious lack of subtlety.. the fruits were quite juicy on the back. The flavor had fruit and berry sweetness at the core, using caramel as a little more of a backbone.. bitterness and alcohol were sharp and agressive on the edges (black pepper and fruit skins for the most part).. finished quite warm with lots of residual fruity sugars. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate with low-moderate carbonation.. very bitter and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
Tap at the Boilermaker, Philly - 24/05/12. Dark amber orange with a small head that soon thins. Pine aroma, toasty malt, hops and grapefruit on the nose. Taste follows on from the nose with sweet caramel malt, citrus hop, sweet candies. Medium bodied with an alcohol kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Draft. Copper colored beer with a dark cream colored head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
On Tap at Ballast’s 10th Anniv. Copper color and a bit lacking in the “red” with nice off white head. Kind of slightly tart caramel aroma. Flavor is very nice. Full and chewy caramel malts with a big hop back bone. Very fresh tasting and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
A very nice red ale, dk why I always forget to rate my ballast point beers. Hoppy, not quite a tongue buckler but close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of danielcurtis81. Pours red with a nice tan head. Smells of caramel, pine resin, grapefruit, yeasty. Tastes bitter and spicy with some pine, molasses, caramel. Full bodied and dry on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2009
courtesy of Alen @ Premier Stainless. Pours maber with beige head.Aroma lots of hops, some licorice becoming apparent and caramel malts. Taste, lots and lots of hops, alcohol well present, some sweet candi with some interesting liquorish mouthfeel.

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