nearbeer (5662) - 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. tricksta_p (5341) - 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! MetalNHopHead (2261) - 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. HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 27, 2016
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. bulldogops (2850) - 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.
heemer77 (5361) - 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. puboflyons (3529) - 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. jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Rich copper and light ruby body with a nice, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of rich malt, alcohol, earthy and grassy hops with a distinctly nutty and toffee scent as well. Medium-bodied; Nice robust malty flavour with a lot of grass and deep caramel flavours showing some nice hop bitterness with a bunch of alcohol warmth to finish it off. Aftertaste shows the malt at first with some nuts, earth, caramel, alcohol and of course - a good deal of bright herbal and grassy hops. Overall, a nicely balanced beer, especially for 10% abv, with a lot of sweetness and an assertive malt and deep fruit finish. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Costco in Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia on 17-January-2016 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington on 08-May-2016. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a nice deep dark golden brown. Aromas of hay, hop flowers, carmel malts, candy sugar, honey. Flavor: oak, caramel malts, grapefruit, light hops, brown sugar, and alcohol smroush (309) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2016
Fairly strong aromas of both hops and malt. Malt aromas include toffee, bread and grain; also just a hint of apricot.. Hop aromas are pine and citrus.
Color is a dark ruby red with a small to average off-white head.
Taste includes a fairly hefty bitterness and plenty of alcohol sweetness.
Medium to full body; alcoholic; average carbonation and a medium to long finish with the toffee and bitterness.
Overall I like the balance between the hops and malt; a big bold beer with plenty of both hops and malt.