beers4ever (8) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a huge presence of hop making it a more bitter beer then the other brews from ballast point.
astanford (21) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
resin, spruce,woody, red, hazy, frothy, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter,
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled..Pours an orange red with a creamy tan head...Aroma is alot of citrus hops and caramel..Flavor was citrus with a caramel sweetness and a nice lingering hop bitterness. Medium body and smooth carbonation.. Tasty!
conlepa1 (72) - Chillicothe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep copper with a one finger white head. Medium lacing. Aroma is wonderful. Doughy bread. Like an early morning bakery. Taste is rich caramel with a bitter end. Chewy. Spicey lingering aftertaste. Excellent.
beertholomeus (1061) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a burnt amber color with a khaki head and beautiful lacing. Dank, resinous hop, caramel, malt and citrus aroma. Big resinous hop, malt, caramel, toffee and citrus flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Very bitter but very well balanced. Caramel and burnt citrus finish.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Deep ruby red at the top of the tulip, lightening up to a deep reddish gold at the base. Creammy thick head coating the top of the beer, as the head falls, it hold strong at 1/8" for the remainder of the beer’s life.
Smell is much more mild, subdued hops, a little pine, sticky buns, bark, burnt sugar.
Taste is just out of this world. The hops hit your nose and a little on the front of the taste, big sweet and sugary amber body, a little malt, caramel, then a rush of dry hops. The hops dry off your pallet for a second, then the big ABV gets your pallet to salivate, and moisten up to get you ready to drink more. Hands down the most well thought out Ballast Point beer yet, and the best Imperial red i;ve had. They didnt just overhop the hell out of a standard amber like most. And with 107IBU, I was amazed how somewhat balanced this beer ended up being. Not just a hop bomb which the label might get you to believe.
Creamy texture, almost silken. Just very smooth and not too sugary, but enough to stick to your lips.
I’m loving it. good job BP!
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice crimson red body with a white lacy head.the aroma is pine,citurs,fruity,and floral hops with a nice malty backbone.flavor is much of the same with a bitter soapy finish.its a tongue buckler all right.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 (DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, Thanks CaptainCougar) – Dark amberish red, white creamy head. Bold pineapple and fresh melon aromas ride a thick underpinning of piney citrus and mild chocolate. Huge piney tropical fruit flavors balance well on a soft chocolate caramel foundation throughout. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Should have been called tongue numbing….
jamescary (1) - USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex, hoppy, with a smokiness. Strong red ale. Tasted in simple 12 oz pub glass.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep copper with orange hues and a small off white head. Nose is big pine, grapefruit and caramel apples. Taste is perfect balanced sweet and bitter with the finish a little on the bitter side. Mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, big body and a huge finish.
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