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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1487) - 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 (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, 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 (1967) - 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 (8029) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz bottle.
Pours a deep amber-orange that is surprisingly clear given the amount of yeast sediment stirring about in there. Big pillowy white head forms on pour and gradually settles down to a light layer that never goes away. Big chunks of lace are left behind as the glass empties. Aroma is a burst of orange and grapefruit plus a solid caramel-malt backbone. Flavor is substantially bitter with floral, resiny hops whose citrus character is a little less prominent in the flavor than in the aroma. The caramel-y malt stays in the background and provides good support to keep the hops from getting out of control. Some good earthy yeasty goodness provides yet another flavor dimension to this multi-layered brew. A tiny hint sour-mash flavor shows up as the beer warms that seems out of place, but not enough to materially detract from the overall experience. Thick and tingly palate with long, floral/bitter aftertaste. Yep, this one’s a winner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
received a couple of 12oz bottles in a trade with kmadison. I really appreciate having been given the opportunity to try this fantastic IPA amigo! Appearance: Definately quite red...almost like a peach iced tea or raspberry iced tea. Off white head with good retention and lacing. Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine resin...mmmm pine resin! Taste: loads of grapefruit, pine resin, and toasted malt. Not quite caramel which I’m happy about. More biscuity. Really tasty stuff! Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or sticky. Good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Not the best because of the loads of citrus hops but still good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-17-2009

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2010
The Dan Journal #348. Tasted 5/3/10. 12oz bottle. Mildly hazy with an amber hue. Spotty clinging bone white head. Aromas of bright citrus candy and citrus, grapefruity hops. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Bright with a dry finish. A touch light on the palate, but a sure smooth sipper.


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