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Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Session IPA
Escondido, California USA


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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair/Stone San Diego County Session Ale was inspired by homebrewing and exceptional quality of life found in San Diego County. A collaborative effort between three San Diego brewers, this aromatic and flavor-driven beer can be enjoyed during any "session." San Diego offers a variety of memorable sessions. Surfing, dining out, homebrewing and conversing with fellw beer enthusiasts are some of my favorites. Positive experiences and good conversations require a careful mix of good people, a little time and more than one tasty beer. As a homebrewer, I was fortunate to have been a customer of both Stone and Home Brew Mart. Now with thirteen years of professional brewing experience, I am honored that Kelsey McNair picked Ballast Point Brewing Company as his inspiration for this award-winning recipe. Created to evoke San Diego Countyís best sessions and favorite beer ingredients, this beer was infused with an ample amount of hops. Bright and floral, this brew will leave you inspired and ready for your next session! Cheers to the Stone Crew and Beer Drinkers everywhere, Colby Chandler, Specialty Brewer Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits Hi, Iím Kelsey, and I am a hophead. Thereís definitely no shortage of well-hopped India Pale Ales here in San Diego. The local craft brewers are true masters of the style, making some of the finest examples in the world, and a lot of them! If youíre a hophead like me, thatís a pretty good problem to have. These big, aggressively bitter and intensely aromatic brews are the ones I crave the most, but they often pose a dilemma: you can only have a few, yet those bright, complex flavors leave you wanting more. BUT, what if you could find a smaller, more sessionable beer that could really scratch your itch for hops? An "all-day-IPA?" Quantity and quality at the same time! Within this bottle, I think you might find just that. From one hophead to another, I give you Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair/Stone San Diego County Session Ale! A deceptively small beer that is bold, aggressively hopped, assertively bitter, and captures the essense of our local brewing culture. Cheers! Kelsey McNair, Homebrewer North Park Beer Co.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Pours a pale straw yellow, nose is heavy with hops, nice balance of citrus and floral, taste is quite dry, mildly resinous, good hop flavor, great session beer, wish it was a year round release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
12oz bottle. Rating #12. Dark gold with a bit of orange and a nice white head with pretty decent lacing. Big hop aroma just like smelling the pellets out of the bag, kind of an onion like aroma, hard to place, but still enjoyable. Moderate bitterness very upfront with the hops, more light onion. Interesting and pretty nice. (1377)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing some bottles of this beer. It pours a clear dark gold and has a nice hoppy aroma. It has good hops on the flavor with a clean, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
12oz bottle. First off, this should not be in the IPA category. Pours a clear deep gold with a good sized white head, nice lacing. Great nose of citrus hops and biscuity malts, slight resin. Dry and crisp on the finish.....killer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2373) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a medium sudsy off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is pungent with a big citrus blast--mostly oranges, but also some sweet lemon--and a bit of caramel with mild herbs. The flavor is similar to the nose with the citrus dominating and caramel, biscuit and herbs subtly filling in the sides and back. The palate seemed just a bit light to me, the carbonation was soft. Finishes medium in duration with biscuit and biter oranges. Overall: Very tasty, very well done, bravo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Wow. This is killer. Poured it in a glass and was smacked upside the head with Pure delicious Humboldt green. No surprise here, the taste is pure delicious hops. Bitterness is a little over the top at times, but somehow it works. Itís interesting to have such a hop monster compressed into such a light clean body. Iím sure some of you may find this pedestrian, but I dig it. At roughly $4 per 12 oz bottle, I wonít be drinking much of this. Itís delicious, but $24 a sixer? Interesting that such an expensive beer is deemed a "session ale", but whatever. It is tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
12 oz. from BDBS in San Diego. Pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma has notes of tropical fruit as well as citrus. Nice hoppy taste, not overpowering. A bit of lingering bitterness. Great drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle (marked best by 11/10/10). Pours with a clear golden body and a small white head. Aroma is room filling, citrus, guava, pine, mango, dankness paired with tropical fruits. A bit of pine. Super fresh. Some tangerine. Taste is bitter, dry grains, some citrus, straw. Doesnít have the same hop punch in the flavor as the aroma (I am talking about flavor components, not bitterness). Light pine as well. Light bodied and dry. Lingering herbal bitterness. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a nice brilliant gold with s medium white head. The aromas are rich with earthy hop tones with a nice malty back. The flavors have an earth bittering hop kick, lots of flavors, very impressive for the low abv. The mouth is light and refreshing with a mild bite in the after taste that slowly grows. Nice brew, congratulations Kelsey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5402) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Draft at Stone 14th Anniversary. Nice golden pour, white head. Citrus, grapefruit, some caramel malt, fruit, and lots of floral hops. 4.2% really? This is very hoppy for the abv, I thought it was quite good.

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