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



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RATINGS: 341   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37013) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (31462) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25069) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Nice, easy to drink, soft ale, reminds me of the Belgian farmhouse saisons, maybe with a bit of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Pours light hazy gold with a small head. Dry grass and light pine nose. Nice flavor, understated but good, light sweet, some pine. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Semi-dry, bitter finish that lingers, bit more pine, light resin. Good, not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a very light copper sort of color with a big soapy white head. S: The nose is incredibly piney and floral with hints of grapefruit citrus aromas. The low gravity nature of this beer doesn’t leave much room for malt character, but there might be a hint of bread in there somewhere. T: Intensely bitter and heavy on the resinous pine flavors. However, after the initial hop blast, the flavor is a touch watery and does not exhibit much else. M: The body is on the lighter side of medium with a crisp carbonation and solid bitterness. D: One of the better collaboration beers with that signature San Diego hop character. Nice and easy to drink, but unfortunate that this one will only retain its pleasantness for a relatively short time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12952) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12498) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12407) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy smooth bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable brew.

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