Ballantine IPA

California
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

With a deep golden to amber color, Ballantine India Pale Ale is delightful to behold after a lively pour in its characteristic “tulip” pint glass, with a strong foamy head. At 7.2% ABV and with 70 IBUs of bitterness, this refreshing brew is unique among IPAs in that it has been both dry hopped as well as includes hop oils imported directly from the United Kingdom in order to capture the balanced but defined hop flavor of Peter Ballantine’s original brew. Originally aged for over a year in oak barrels, our innovative proprietary brewing method ensures that every drop of Ballantine IPA comes in contact with American oak.

Profile

ABV: 
7.2%
IBUs: 
70
Served at: 
48°
Hops: 
Magnum, Columbus, Willamette, Cascade, Brewers Gold
Malts: 
Pale, Caramel 20, Caramel 40, Munich, Acidulated malt, Cara-Pils
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Resinous, piney hop aromas are fresh and appealing, fading as caramel malt emerges. Fruity esters add an accent of strawberries and citrus fruit: tangerine and mandarin orange. A more restrained bready, grainy malt character is secondary. The initial flavor is quite caramelly sweet, with hints of toffee and toasty grain. A notable surge of hop character (flavor and bitterness) washes through mid-taste, bringing the overall impression back into balance. The finish is clean as the bitterness and carbonation-driven acidity dry the mouthfeel. This is a very flavorful beer, with a blend of fruity esters, caramel malt, and fi rm bitterness that are not quite integrated.

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