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

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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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.


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3.8
   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1046) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 12 ounce bottle (Enjoy by 11/10/2010) poured into a tulip. Pours an opaque apricot yellow with a finger of off-white head. Light webby lacing. Aromas of caramel, sweet candied fruit, nutty, bread, citrus. Tasting notes of bitter grapefruit, pine, wheat, bread. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Juicy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Obviously the hops have fallen apart but itís still somewhat drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Banksiz (22) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Resiny nose with a very slight corny-vegetable off-flavor. Pleasant slightly oily body. Bitterness was a little hard and astringent, with bitter finish. Flavorful, but didnít quite work for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Sun Devil Liquor bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown-orange color with a small white head and no real lacing. Fruity aroma but also some darker molasses in there too; interesting. Definitely some bitterness in the flavor and again some molasses like bite. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Pretty big flavor for a small ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwa5879 (616) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Very cloudy orange/brown pour with half inch white head. Smells like sweet honey and floral hops, sweet and delicious. Light carbonation, watery mouthfeel. Salty seemingly tropical or sandy finish. Lots of floral hops and biscuity malt. Flavor is overall melon-like quality with some nice bitterness and sour. Mild cool slightly sour easy drinking session ale with unique, bright quality. Pretty complex session ale, very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1012) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle pour hazy yellow with orange hue. Nose dank hop, slight bread and hint of malt. Taste grapefruit, bitter, dank hop. Mid palate malt with a hint of vegetal. Aftertaste bitter with faint vanilla.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Backlogged review, tasted in 2011 i believe. Poured murky light brown with ok head. Aromas of hay, lemon, grass, and pine. Taste was a lot more astringent then the aroma, wasnít a fan. Medium bodied. Think this wasnít as fresh as it couldíve been. 3.2

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2012
Orane hazy body. Fizzy white head. Well balanced aroma of citrus and malts. Well balanced bitter aroma of bitter hops. Excellent, especially for its abv.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (873) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Very aromatic and the best part of the beer. I like the description as it is true to form. This was like an IPA that had a low enough alcohol content to make it perfect for most occasions. Great piney hops aroma. Dirty golden color with foamy head. First hit by hops then malty grains. A little one sided but still good. Palate was thin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1507) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma of substantial resin/pine and butterscotch maltiness. Appearance was cloudy copper with thin bone head. Flavor matched the nose; the finish was quite dry. Palate was bubbly and fluffy. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
12oz bottle $4. I was quite interested to try this collaboration to see how hoppy it really was. They are not fucking around, this is a very, very hoppy beer no matter the ABV. The smell is all grapefruit, citrus, straight hops, very nice. The taste was more of the same but also super bitter, almost too bitter but there really is no such thing. This is a great beer for hopheads but Iíd say its no session beer just because it really assaults your palate and its not cheap. Levitation is still the best hoppy session beer I know of. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-16-2010 03:50:50


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