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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Summer   ABV: -
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Formerly known as Ballantine XXX Pale Ale.

“BBXXXPA” has also been brewed as part of Boscos American Beer Month festivities. Based on the old Ballantine’s XXX Pale Ale formula, this beer represents a style of pale ale brewed in America before the dominance of factory produced pilsners. Ballantine was one of the last regional breweries in the Northeast U.S. to go out of business. The label was sold, in succession, to several other large breweries but the beer produced under the original label was only a shadow of the original ale. As an interesting aside, the original ale yeast strain at Ballantine was supposedly preserved by a 1980’s California craft brewery. This strain then became one of the most common yeast strains in use by craft breweries across the U.S. Boscos yeast traces it lineage back to the original Ballantine strain. O.G. 1068 I.B.U. 42


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Tap. Golden with small head. Some hops, but not many. Pretty mediocre pale ale, but at least somewhat true to style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Golden color, sweet, a bit hoppy but not much flavor overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2358) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Draft sampler pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts and citrus. Taste of nice malts and a nice hoppy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 23, 2010
On cask in Memphis. Pale amber color with a slight head. Slight aroma belies a much hoppier good example of an APA that was a great session on cask.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel, a hint of fruit, crystal malts, and floral hops. Flavor is biscuit, crystal malt, and a bitter floral finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft @ Nashville location. Slightly hazed amber in the glass with a frothy off-white head that left big lacing. Grassy/earthy aroma with a malt backing. Sweet flavor of caramel mixed with some hoppy citrus. Light body and light bitterness throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
(Tap) Pours a dark golden color with a small white head. Moderately strong hop aroma. Some grass in the aroma as well. Taste includes some sweet malt in addition to the crisp hoppy presence. Low carbonation and average palate. Another good beer from Boscos.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2007
On draft at the Memphis location. The description in the menu was an English pale ale using all East Kent Goldings. Nice copper colored beer with a faint white head. Not much aroma, I’m afraid. Taste was sweet with caramel and a noticable herbal hop taste. Just a bit too sweet for me.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2007
On tap in Little Rock 2/21/07. Light copper color with moderate hops and very little malt profile. This is a decent pale ale and a good session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2007
A light amber pour with a tan head and guey lacing. A light hoppy aroma with an apple aroma kicker. Flavor of rich sweet malt with a very good hop profile for a pale ale. Palate is solid all the way across. Good example of the style. Nice all round.


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