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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 County’s 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, I’m Kelsey, and I am a hophead. There’s 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 you’re a hophead like me, that’s 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruity, smooth peachy and dry pine. Bone dry, spiced and herbal. Bitter and bone dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Bottled. A hazy dark goldeng beer with a thin lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, malt, caramel, and hops. The flavor is sweet with notes hops, malt, and fruit, leading to a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a hazy golden with a lacing white head. Intense, herbal hop aroma. Light body, a little fruity sweetness, loads of tropical fruits and a very heavy, herbal, medicinal bitterness. A very hop forward session Pale Ale. 030612

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14175) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 24, 2011
bottle at home ... golden amber ... huge white head ... zezty ... pig passion fruit and citrus nose ... and i mean huge ... big fruity front ... loads of passion fruit again ... light bitterness in linger ... lots of citrus peeel... its great .... but the bitterness is just a little much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of peach, pineapple, apricot, caramel, grapefruit, and orange. Flavor of caramel, earth, grass, citrus, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Draft. Crystal clear amber body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, light bread. Soft light-medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2011
12oz bottle-pours a big dissipating white head and hazy gold color. Aroma is pine/lemon, secondary light malt. Taste is harsh/bitter, light malt-bready. Sorachi ace?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Pours clear orange with a 2 finger foamy white head. Aroma is strangely grapefruit over nectarine? Full bodied with foamy carbonation. Flavor is all hop. Grapefruit. Peach/nectaine. Harsh hop. Extravagant hop. Hoppy hop. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: San Diego Session Ale
Date: October 06, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Duckworth’s Stone Tour
Appearance: clear copper, wispy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: big sweet crystal malt aroma, lots of citrus, touch of sweet pine
Flavor: light sweet malt flavor, lots of citrus, touch of crystal sweetness, just enough balancing bitterness, touch of liquid hops
Overall: huge ipa aroma on a lighter pale ale makes a unique take on a session berr and I like it
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2012
cloudy orange, small white head. aroma is nice, slightly fruity, slightly belgian, supernice. flavor is malty,flowery, dry, mild.


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