Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #1 - Hoppy Red Ale

RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Dubbed The Homework Series, the beers will be developed by brewers operating the aforementioned pilot system. The first batch of those brews is an India Red Ale—a hoppy 7% ABV beer given additional character and nice balance by substantial caramel malts—which Chandler pulled from his personal homebrew archives.

A Hybrid-Style Ale with a rich, Oktoberfest inspired malt base and a slamming hop profile, very similar to an India Pale Ale. CTZ (Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus) hops are added to the boil for bitterness, and copious amounts of Centennial hops are added during the late kettle hop addition and dry hopping post fermentation. In the Great American Beer Festival Style Guidelines there is a gap between the American-Style Amber/Red Ale and Imperial Red Ale. This beer fills this gap, whether you call it a Hoppy Red Ale or an India Red Ale, one thing is for sure…you will call it good.

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BelgianBeerGal (4155) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2016
They unretired it and I had it on draft in Little Italy. Clear bronze color with no real head. Very floral hop aroma with some caramel malt. Flavor is primarily bitterness that grows and then lingers in the finish with some malt lurking in the background. Okay but maybe one dimensional.

radagast83 (8446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Draft at the Ballast Point Tasting Room. Poured a light, clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma was intense hop notes, lots of distinct red ale notes. Resin, some sweet notes that were pleasant. A touch boozy.

badhack (566) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Light malt, medium body, hot, crisp, fruity finish. Golden, light color. Alcohol is masked.

dwyerpg (6410) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 20, 2015
This was a decent hoppy amber. It definitely has the sweetness that I find sometimes mixed with the malts in ambers that I’m not huge on, but the amount of hops made it pretty good.

GarrettB (1656) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2014
June 2nd, 2013 - I’m not completely informed about how the Home Brew Mart series fits in with the pantheon of Ballast Point brews, except that there is a small batch "pilot system" putting out these brews. That implies some risk taking, which I like. Ferkins can be either fantastic or flops, and I hope the same goes here, because for every batch of flops I have, that one phenomenon beer is a palatable landmark. The pioneering Batch #1 is a Hoppy Red Ale, a style I definitely trust Ballast Point’s seers to guide with capable hands. It pours with a nice deep, mahogany brown and a solid centimeter of gripping, cedar brown foam. There’s a clear hoppy edge in the aroma, that rusty, wet-metal-in-the-rain sort of scent that always makes me think of the Pacific Northwest. There are touches of flowers and cherries too, to sweeten up the bouquet. The flavor is a bit flatter, with that same humid hoppiness and an active mouthfeel, and an aftertaste that echoes with a surprisingly rich chocolate flavor, and a low, flickering shadow of that earlier, cutting hops. It’s a great start, and while it’s not complex, the flavors are clear and clean.

jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2014
Draft at Ballast Point. Pours a deep copper. Nose has pine, citrus and heavy toffee/caramel malts. Taste is citrus pine needle with a massive wack of caramel and toffee. Well balanced. Lasting dry bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Oddly spicily hopped and malted...lots going on, some working together, some solo, some flavors seemingly pitted againts each other, but what you end with works. Not a lot to compare this too, even in the style. The only real flaw is the abv shows a bit, but it was definitely enjoyed."

chinchill (5311) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen. Clear dark red-brown with a vey nice beige head. A little spotty lacing Feel: medium to medium-full body; smooth for style; Medium carbonation. Smell: hmm. not as expected and a bit dank, but a clear hop presence. Taste: lightly spicy, moderate-high hoppy; faint malt backbone. O: interesting but not relatively strong among BP’s offerings.

bhensonb (15745) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bomber from CraftShack. Pours dark orange copper with a beige head. Aroma of mixed malts, maybe even chocolate, with a lot of hop. Citrus mostly? Med + body. Flavor is malty, hint of chocolate, and enough earthy fruity hop to bring dank to mind. Not really bitter bitter in the finish, but bitter enough to hold down all the malt. Lots of flavor in this ale.

SDalkoholic (2424) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Fragrant aroma that delivers a heaping serving of fresh green hops that suggest pine and citrus while chances of rye like malts lurk in the distance. Appearance was a deep amber red with a orange tinted transparency along the edges. Head developed thick and fluffy at first but eventually crawled downwards and left a standard layer of foam. The drink is a combination of flavors that bring about bitter almost salty like tastes across my tongue yet levels of semi sweet malts round the body out. This beer is well crafted and holds a sturdy structure with just the right dosage of flavorings of malt and hop mixture. Good fair price which means this should sell through fast.

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