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Grunion Pale Ale

Rating: 4.05

This one will be my third beer from Ballast Point recently and is one that follows on from their Sculpin and Big Eye IPA’s that I reviewed here recently after ordering all three from the Brewdog online store last month. This on is an August 2013 release that was born from a staff-only homebrew competition held by Ballast Point and is one that’s been very well regarded since it was first launched with it currently rated at the 42nd and 40th best American pale ale on the BeerAdvocate and RateBeer websites respectively. I’ve not been disappointed with anything from Ballast Point that I’ve tried so far and I’m hoping this one is more of the same from the San Diego based brewery. The beer is the last of the canned offerings from the brewery that I ordered recently but I still have a couple of bottles from them to work my way through as well but those are all darker offerings that I don’t mind hold off drinking for a couple of weeks yet.
Grunion Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): A very bright and clear looking amber colour with orange tinges and quite a few bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass throughout the body of this one. The head is about a centimetre and a quarter tall with a foamy white look to it but it also has some bubbles on the sides. Retention wise the head holds up okay with is slowly reducing in size over the opening minute or so to end up just under a centimetre tall by the time its done; it’s slightly lighter looking than I expected but it’s still a good looking beer.
Aroma (8/10): The nose kicks off in a similar fashion to what I was expecting with some solid bitter hops and a slightly resinous pine smell coming through early alongside touches of grapefruit, lemon and even some melon. It’s quite a pungent smell initially with some freshly cut grass and a sharp citrus aroma before some very faint background sweetness makes itself known along with some bread malts and caramel towards the end.
Taste (8/10): The beer matches the nose well when it comes to taste, there’s a lot of hops coming through to start; the resinous pine is there, as is the grapefruit and citrus but to a slightly lesser extent than with the nose. I got some strong bitterness with caramel and bread malts coming through a little stronger here and bringing some sweetness along with them. The beer was full of bold, strong flavours that were quite floral and featured some fresh grass, melon plus the odd sugar too.
Palate (4/5): A strong, hoppy beer with plenty going on and sitting on top of a medium body that is quite dry, sharp and crisp on the palate. There’s the odd grain showing and the beer is pretty much a smooth one with a very bitter and lingering finish. Carbonation wise the beer is quite strong and fizzy with a nice tang to it as well but it managed to go down quite easily.

Overall (17/20): This one is an extremely bitter and hoppy beer from the brewery and one that I’m glad I managed to try it relatively fresh as a result. There was quite a lot of pine and citrus early on whilst the aroma seemed fairly pungent, this did settle down come after a while once the beer had time to open up but it remained quite strong and bold throughout. A very good beer and one that grew on me the more I drank of it, excellent stuff and another hit from Ballast Point.

Brewed In: San Diego, California, United States of America
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £4.00

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