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RATINGS: 115   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5812) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
big resin and earthy floralness in the 2 holed face triangle .. . dark dark tan, the bill-dozer.. . really tough foam .. . but when you smell the goaline, they’re only words; just words .. . quite sweet, light hoppy mouth .. pretty slick but lucks an assertiveness like ricky suggs .. . i really enjoyed this brew, for the hop sniffers and a nice sessionable ipa that scores a touchdown and gets carried in for the 2 point conversion and then lets the other team score a consolation touchdown and then stammers incoherently ...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a nice glowing amber hue, some fiery orange, ok haze, a frothy offwhite head dies to a thicker ring, a-ok lacing. Aromas are a moderate bouquet of grapefruit and florals, Amarillo gumball and lemon head/rind elements come into focus with bready and biscuity malts, a touch of sweeter toffee. By the book, Amarillo dominant. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a bit lighter, some moderate bitterness of citrusy and floral hops, that telltale gumball and lemon sweetness from Amarillo comes into play. A fairly tame IPA, still tasty with good balance for the style. A lot of Amarillo, which I find to be a flavorful hop but not an intense of complex hop. A-ok for a local less lauded IPA. Finish is decent bitterness, lingering pale and toffee malts

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
A wonderful IPA. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Creamy body and dry finish. This went really well with some moderately spiced paneer at the Nepalese restaurant in Madison.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1502) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
On tap at brewery. Nice amber color in appearance. Great medium level, Northwestern hops in the aroma. Good mix of grapefruit, floral, and pine aromas. Great caramel malt backbone on this one. Pairs well with the hop bitterness that doesn’t go overboard, but continues to let you know its there. Nice bitter finish. Well balanced and towards the hops end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a medium amber with an off white head and some clinch lace as it goes down the glass. Nose isn’t overpowering in any way. Get a bit of piney and citrusy hops atop a good amount of malt. Taste is balanced overly in favor of the malt and brings a little bit of alcohol flavors. Mouthfeel ia a bit light but within the acceptable range. Drinks okay, but not something I’m clamoring to have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-01-2010

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at the brewery, pours with a very exciting aroma. Fruity, citrus, floral hops, bouquet of flowers, eagerly anticipating the taste. Taste is a little disappointing, but still solid. Thick, floral hops, citrus, something mellowly harsh at the start. Finishes a bit bitter, overall a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2289) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2010
On tap at brewery, pours amber with a nice white head that laces through out the entire glass, aroma is full of hops and flavor is just as exciting, great IPA!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (1976) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle bonus thanks to MrPickles! Clear dark orange pour, little carbonation and a sweet grapefruit aroma. Flavor is very bitter citrus, stale hops and herbal on the aftertaste. All around decent IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
12 ounce bottle opened 5/9/10 and courtesy of Mr. Pickles. Thanks! Pours a hazy dark brown color with a medium sized tan frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma is primarily citrus hops with a bit of a tropical vibe, and toffeeish malts. The taste is citrus hop notes with a strong earthy/resiny component. Some tropical notes here as well. Medium bodied. Pretty good IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
aroma is darkened pine and super resin, big caramel backnote. appearance is murky, hazy amber with good messy lacing and lingering ring. the ultimate in IPA appearance reminiscent of crooked tree. flavor is intense caramel before hops which come later with sticky pine sap, still hop heavy despite overall balance. wonderous beer.


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