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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (489) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours opaque red-amber with a thick light tan head. Aroma is sweet malts and faint pine hops. Wow. The malts and hops are on equal footing with this one! The first taste is chalky thick malts. Everything seems to come together in the mid palate - an interesting malt/hop blend. The hops really show in the finish with an insidious bitterness. Awesome red ale!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1505) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Tasty Beverage Company, Raleigh, NC. Deep rusty orange pour with a reddish hue and a thick off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, wet grass, and light toffee notes. The taste is awesome with bitter grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine combined with an assertive caramel malt backbone. Somehow this is easily drinkable even with the high bitterness and alcohol. As with many "American Strong Ales" this is not quite a DIPA and not quite a barleywine. Great brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
This was a very good amber ale. I really like the stuff there making at ballast point, i just wish they would make more. Hoppy, nice color. This is a solid brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
This is the Bitter of Bitters. Although not a particular fan of the strong hops, I must admit...this is a great beer. Mike at Ballast Point knows his stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (657) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 12, 2009
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark, yet clear amber with an impressive, dense creamy head. Aroma: Danky and sweet hops, sweet malts, and rock sugar candy. Taste: Peppery bitterness, sugary sweetness, finishes with an ultra agressive level of more hop bitterness and a sticky sweet grainy finish. Also of note, flavors that remind me of hot alcohol like Gin or Whiskey. Mouthfeel: Thin yet sticky. Overall: I have a feeling this beer grew up with Double Bastard, or atleast they went to summer camp together. Very bitter, very spicy, not too sticky, and dangerously drinkable after the first few sips, due to its sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5673) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Draft at bierkraft with baby streets for ballast point event. Pours a dark, deep hazy red body with light white lacing. Aroma is vanilla and fresh hop. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy with notes of hops, and vanilla finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (1971) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
210712. Bottle at hotel in Santa Rosa, California. Pours clear amber with a nice head. Aroma sweet

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
A - Pours a fairly clear red with a bit of orange mixed in with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel malts and a bit of dark fruit and booze. T - Starts off with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and other citrus hops and bitterness with some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, the pine hops come through with even more bitterness and a touch of dark fruits. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some bitterness, some caramel malts, and some booze. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit resiny with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy Imperial Red. Good strong hop profile and bitterness throughout with enough malt flavor to balance things out a bit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexhenderson (12) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2012
Really looked forward to this one and it didn't disappoint! Incredible hop aroma and a real sweet malty body. Well balanced and oh so drinkable! -Rated via BeerBuddy


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