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Longfin Lager

Rating: 2.9

Longifn Lager is my seventh Ballast Point beer and another I picked up over the weekend after learning that Brewdog would no longer be stocking their beers once their current stock was finished thanks to Ballast Point being sold to Constellation Brands in the United States recently. The beer is one of the brewery’s core beers, available year round and brewed in the Munich helles style that is supposedly “clean with a hint of hops” and is my second beer from Ballast Point in very quick succession, following on from the can of Even Keel that I reviewed here a short time ago. I was actually considering ordering a can of this beer online when I last bought some beers from Brewdog’s online shop about a month ago but other beers got in the way so when I popped into the newly opened Glasgow BottleDog from Brewdog the other day and spotted a can in the fridge I decided to give it a go at the second time of asking.

Longfin Lager

Appearance (2/5): Quite a light golden amber and a very clear body that looks very active with plenty of visible carbonation. The head is a bubbly white one that starts about half a centimetre tall but it disappeared completely after about twenty seconds and looks pretty pathetic at that stage with was disappointing.
Aroma (6/10): Definitely a clean nose with some lager malts and touches of corn and very faint citrus; to be honest I had a hard time detecting much of anything from this one but at least it wasn’t any skunk or off-putting aromas. There is some bread malts and faint hops coming through with a few hints of grass and hay plus some grains right at the end.
Taste (7/10): This one follows on from the nose and is very clean tasting with some light hay and grassy hops, a touch of citrus which is quite faint and some light, lager style malts but nothing really stands out or dominates. There is some floral touches in there with the odd hit of grain and bread before being finished off with some semi-sweet flavours and a light bitterness.
Palate (3/5): Fairly light bodied without being thin or watery (although it did look slightly watery in truth). The palate was a very clean one of the palate with a faint sweetness and it is similarly bitter at the end, with the balance quite a good one because nothing really stands out or dominates flavour wise. As a result, it’s quite an easy beer to drink but it wasn’t particularly interesting sadly.

Overall (12/20): This one was quite an ordinary lager from Ballast Point to be honest, the thing that stuck most with me was how clean it was on the palate but there wasn’t really a whole lot going on with it in truth. There was all the usual lager flavours with some light grassy hops, hay and touches of corn alongside some bread malts but nothing really grabbed me or made me want to try this one again which was disappointing given how good some of the brewery’s other beers are.

Brewed In: San Diego, California, United States of America
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Full Name: Ballast Point Even Keel Session IPA
First Brewed: 2006
Type: Munich Helles Lager
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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