joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very clear gold with a white head. Aroma is a bit subdued of grapefruit and pine needles. The flavor is clean and hoppy with big time lemony grapefruit and pine. Very little to balance it out, but very tasty and a hop lovers delight.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Lagunitasfan!
Clear copper color, large foamy white head. Nose of pine and biscuit, light grapefruit. Very fresh flavor, lots of earthy pine and grapefruit backed by nice pale malt balance. A little sticky and salty, and next to Pliny, the weaknesses are exposed, but this is still a great IPA.
gorditoabd (632) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at the brewery, though I ’ve had it before and simply failed to rate it. Aroma and taste are balanced of piney, sweet hops, with a caramel undertone in the body. Really solid IPA. Doesn’t get the press of Sculpin or Dorado, but is a very good one.
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Ballast Point. Orangish body with little head. Aromas are thick with tangerine and floral hops. Flavor has both of those blending with a sharp piney bitterness.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a golden amber color with a tall off white head. Nose is pine, grapefruit, caramel, and light bread. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. Flavor is a heavy caramel/toffee malt base, medium sweet with big notes of pine, grass, and grapefruit. Finishes with moderate bitterness.
Mora2000 (6151) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark orange with a large, white head. The first smell is pine and citrus from the Centennial hops, but you can also smell some malt. The taste follows the smell, but is considerably more balanced. While this is certainly a hoppy beer, the malt is right there neck and neck with the hops. This is much less hoppy than some other West Coast IPAs, but I think that makes it more drinkable. This is easily a beer I could see myself having several of.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good IPA, though sweeter than I liked. Makes me want more Ballast stuff.
larryLSB (502) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz., golden-amber in color with nice medium white head. Nose of malt and hops, lotta citrus and fresh-cut pine. Taste was bitter, but not too. Nicely balanced very smooth.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with tashi at my "All my US bottles from GBBF need drinking" tasting, 16th Aug 09. Clear amber, sharp hop taste initially but well balanced. Not overly bitter and has a good long finish with some good Cascade and citrus notes. A really good example of a single IPA.
gunnfryd (13969) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus, malt, hop. Flavour is citrus, grapefruit, hop, malt. Bitter finish. Full bodied nice beer.