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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This American-style IPA has a mountain of Amarillo hops for explosive citrus aromas and aggressive bitterness with no metallic aftertaste. Ballistic is all natural and unfiltered for superior flavor and quality. It is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks arkurzynski). Pours cloudy orange with a white tight soapy head that fades to a thin collar. Aroma is sweet malt and mild citrus hops with a noticeable orange peel. Taste is bitter grapefruit and orange rind with a malty backbone. Palate is medium and chalky with a gritty dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle pours orange-amber with a white head. Aroma is orange, pineapple, bread, and light florals. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of peach and grass. Overall body is moderate with a moderately bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Enjoyed on tap as part of a sampler at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Appearance a slight cloudy amber, light white head. Aroma of skunky hops, light citrus notes, pretty nice. Taste is definitely hoppy, strong bitterness, citrus comes out a little more, pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
On tap at Ale Asylum. Pours dark, russet orange with small white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Straight-up citrus on the nose: oranges, marmalade, peach jam. Sugared fruit. More of a hop bite on the tongue, more sweet citrus, big caramel malt presence. Sticky, lasting mouthfeel. A touch on the sweet side, but quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
6oz sample. This is a solid ipa with an herbal earthy kick which screams west coast that has a caramel malt backdrop with some bread in the aroma. Could use a bit more citrus to srand out but is a stellar textbook example of the style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Pours a caramel looking color, cloudy, with a trace of head and light lacing on the edge. Aroma was hoppy but not overpowering. Taste was hoppy, but missing something. Mouthfeel was OK. Just an average IPA for me!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) rich opaque orange with a lasting creamy head. Nose of sweet orange, and the peel, grapefruit. Taste of orange pulp, candied fruits, a bit of cracker and a bit dank.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (855) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
A decent IPA, a bit simple in the taste and nose profile. For the price its not a bad 6 pack to grab, but I wouldn’t go far out of my way to try it.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber. Aroma is malt and sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty syrupy. Taste is bitter in the end with a strong malt presence. Not too hoppy in the finish. Overall just decent. Drinkable, but nothing exceptional in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4826) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Clear and copper colored with a small off white head. A very nice aroma is citrus and caramel. Flavor is also citrus and they are fairly complex. Malt is bready and sweet. Very nice.


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