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RATINGS: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

jjh19's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Appearance: Deep red, decent head. Smell: Not a lot in the nose. Taste: Sweet and malty. Some toffee. Much more intense flavor than I would have guessed from the aroma. Fairly boozy. Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body. Drinkability: Solid. A bit heavy handed on the maltiness. Not a favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2179) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2016
Bomber, from Wine Warehouse, I think. Pours hazy brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, caramel, black tea, orange peel. Flavor is orange peel, dark fruit, burnt caramel malt, grapefruit rind, and finishes with bitter cold coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (191) - - SEP 29, 2016
The red ale to end all red ales! This is definitely an acquired taste and should have been called pallette wrecker. I digress that it is a tongue buckler indeed. Pours a deep, dark Amber with a pillowy white head. The aromas and flavors are devilishly dank hops in harmony with heavenly rich toffee, caramel and sweet cereal. The finish is juicy citrus and sawmill fresh pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (4224) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Draft at Ballast Point. Dark red color. Aroma of malt, candy, caramel and bitters. Taste has bitter toffee, malt, pine, boozy candy and a bitter dry finish. Nice, but a little one-sided.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4925) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2016
650 ml. Clear amber-copper with a lasting disc of cream. Big nose of toffee, resin, citrus zest and dark bread. Flavors of toffee, resin, minty green herb and citrus zest. Some dark fruit and wooden-grassy hop on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and slick with medium carbonation and a nice dry slant to balance the big maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricksta_p (3617) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, big resinous hops, lots of pine resin, sweet ripe orange. Flavour is medium sweet and nicely bitter with a long bittersweet finish. Slight booziness. Body is medium to full, nicely rich and thick. A bit expensive but rewarding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MetalNHopHead (1458) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 28, 2016
California isn’t short on heavily hopped red ales, so it’s lucky I have lots of love to give. Tongue Buckler has an appropriately subtle name for its mild manners. Deep red pour. Rich, creamy suds. Caramel malt and piney hop aromatics. Big flavor profiles coming from both malt and hops. Toffee, pine, and bitter citrus. Alcohol flavoring is entirely hidden, but you’ll definitely feel it after downing a bomber. For anyone who like the whole American Strong Ale / Imperial Red thing, this certainly works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HuskerTan (1715) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. A- Caramel, malty, pine. A- Reddish copper color, hazy liquid, off white head. T- Burnt caramel, malty, medium bitterness, floral spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish. O- Loads and loads of burnt caramel malts and a touch of floral bitterness. Not bad but equally not all that exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
Rating #1720 - 2015.06.02 - Bottle from the brewery in San Diego . Clear amber-reddish pour with a bubbly white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is a bucket load of earthy spicy hops. Taste is sticky caramel malty sweetness, with a powerful punch of hop textures. Medium carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, medium bodied. Lots of cool assertive hop flavour in this one, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tap at el Bait Shop. Deep reddish brown body with a khaki head. Nose piney with some toffee. There is also some wood. The taste is definite pine resin with toffee and black tea. A sweeter finish. Bits of black pepper spice in the aftertaste. Big body with warming alcohol. Overall well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle stamped on the bottom - 16018-13:37. The reddish-amber pour is handsome and it leads up to a long lasting, foamy tan head. I could tell it was Ballast Point because the fruity and pine hop characteristics were prevalent along with a slight barley malt sweetness but no alcohol for 10%. A hint of orange too. The body is medium to full. Barley malt sweetness in the taste almost like a Barleywine but without the sharpness. No booze in the flavor either and a nice, fruity bitter end.

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