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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JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle. Red amber pour, with a caramel colored head. Toffee sweetness, grapefruit, citrusy hops, mild bitterness, and a bit of toast. Pretty good, although I think I would call this an American Strong Ale, not amber.

OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2013
pint at Tylers Apex. good aroma, sweet. caramel, pine, lemon. clean brownish orange color. good head and lace. bittersweet flavor. medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet finish..pretty darn tasty. like sweetness about it..

jredmond (8441) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Draft at Ginger Man with Max, James, Colin and Dave. Pours a deep amber red body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, vanilla and light booze. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with lots of malt dominating the palate and some backing notes of vanilla, creme, sweet fruits and very light hop.

StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2013
650 ml bomber form bev4less. Pours a murky roan brown colow with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with citrus, filberts and caramel. The taste is bitter hops forward with resinous piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and mixed nuts. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration, dry and clean. Overall: very tasty brew, loved it.

gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bomber from Beverages for Less, Santee. Pours a crisp amber-red, very clean to look at, perfect amount of carbonation, with off white bubbles just sitting in a 1/5 of a finger on top of the liquid. Sweet cinnamon notes in the nose, saccharin sugary malts predominate. There is a dank resinous quality that I catch on a second whiff... must be the hops? Taste is strong, good, clean... lots of cara coming through, of course, but overall just a good clean, strong beer. At first is reminds of some Lagunitas beers, but this one has more crispness and balance than I’ve ever picked up on with Lagunitas. Really, really impressive. To those who rated this low... Ummm... what? So good. Finishes with a medium mouthfeel... nice long finish. Good times.

blipp (9501) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Fruity hops, light sweet and toasted malts, with a lightly bitter finish. Pretty good.

wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bomber into tulip. Pours mahogany with an off white head. Nose is grapefruit and citrus. Taste follows with pine/resin, caramel, malt. Bitter finish. Good.

dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Pours deep copper with a small off white head. The nose is spivey, caramel, pine and love. Haha Jk. The taste is is high sweet and medium bitter. The texture is crisp and clean, body is medium and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
This is quite a strong beer. Reminds me of the Double Mountain IRA. A big load of hops on the aroma and on the tongue. The bitterness really sticks around. A little sweetness in there as well.

skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2013
Pours a copper amber with a one finger off white head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of resiny pine, citrus, sweet bready malts, caramel, toasted malts, and some tofffee. Taste Is hoppy up front with a lit of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and grassy hops, and the there are some nice caramel, sweet malts, toffee, and bread pudding notes to balance out the hop. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a very nice amber that shows off Ballast Point’s strong homebrew origins.

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