Grunion Pale Ale

California
United States
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn’t born on a beach, but in a backyard. Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy pale ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore. A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, while a soft caramel malt sweetness holds it all together.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
35
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This pale ale has a lot going on – in a good way! It pours a beautiful, brilliantly clear deep gold with a big, mousy light cream-colored head. The aroma has lots of tropical fruit from kiwi to mango and also a spicy grainy rye breadiness. The first sip is piney and resinous followed by some background citrus (lots of flavors – but they blend nicely). A very dry finish is distinctly on the bitter side, accentuated by the spicy black pepper and rye bread notes.

The beer is moderately carbonated with a crisp fruity finish and just enough malty bread backbone to present the yummy hops. There is a slight alcohol note that pleasantly balances the spicy rye.

This is a great overall experience to drink by itself, or pair it with a juicy bacon cheeseburger and some sweet potato fries with honey.