Grunion, an American Pale Ale by Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Grunion is an American Pale Ale brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, was served in a tulip pint glass from a can.


The pale pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a towering cap of frothy off-white foam that shows good retention. An aggressive pour yields the best head. During reduction, the head collapses to a small, soapy dome and a lovely smattering of lace of clings to the glass.


The aroma is quite pleasant with bright scent of orange citrus and pine needles. A hint of toasted bread appears as the beer warms.

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Hop forward palate begins with a mild floral hop taste and transitions to biting citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon. Caramel sweetly mellows the bitterness before finishing dryly with a lingering herbal taste of hop resin. A malty base of toasty bread sweetened with a hint of caramel ties the palate together.


The feel is spot on for the style and has a medium body and moderate carbonation.


Grunion has been the recipient of numerous awards, and after experiencing it personally, it’s easy to understand why. The brew showcases a lovely blend of west-coast hoppiness and toasty, bready malt.


The Grunion pale ale originated as a Ballast Point employee-only homebrewing contest.

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