coachd (513) - Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outdoorsy grassy aroma of fresh hops, wheat, hay and a tiny amount of honey like malt. Very clean. Great looking, bright crimson/orange color with an equally bright head of clingy foam. Tastes hoppy but not bitter. Refreshing. On the hoppy side of the hops/malt balance, but not overwhelming, just nice. The palate was a little confusing - I could have used either more carbonation or a thicker consistency. It delivered neither, this is the only underwhelming aspect of this beer. This was good. Does Ballast Point make a bad IPA?
mjmoen (279) - - FEB 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Full bodied and has a bitter finish.
reebtogi (5460) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine with some caramel and pine. Taste is a pine and grapefruit hop bitterness with a light tropical fruit and malty sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A well balanced IPA that must be sampled. Very tasty.
Bygers (1139) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0,33l. Appearance is amber golden, off white head. Aroma is pine, fruity with a bit of malt. Taste is a mix of malt and tropical fruit, very bitter but juicy, the malt destroys it though. Mouthfeel is crisp carbonation and medium body.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BigBeer45 (1400) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bottle,
this beer had a medium orange pour that had some haze and gave a one to two finger faint off-white cover that receded a bit, it left spots and small fingers of lacing on the side of the glass,
the nose had a big orange and grapefruit citrus hops with toasted malt and some bread, and a bit of sugar sweetness,
the flavors were orange and grapefruit hops with toasted malt, there was a little malt and fruit sweetness, pretty much a mirror of the aroma,
the finish had a good hop bitterness with citrus bite that lingered on the tongue,
the mouth feel was light medium, it had average carbonation and was creamy on the lips,
the nose and flavor was pretty hoppy,
the hops had a little herb note in the background but nothing that got in the way of enjoying the drink,
a good IPA.
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another popular West Coast IPA I hadn’t rated yet... Thick and frothy, irregular, egg-white head leaving dispersed lacing on the edges, colour is lightly hazy, amberish orange blonde. Rich, ’dank’ and appetizing aroma of all good things you’d expect from an American style IPA: blood orange, lemon blossom, mojito-like lime, quite a lot of cedar wood and toasted sweet onion, hemp, galanga, mango, sweet biscuit and almond bread underneath. Crisp onset of sweet blood orange flesh, mango and ripe pineapple perfectly kept in balance by basic redcurrant sourishness and a clearly, even somewhat tiresome salty edge on the sides of the tongue, an effect not uncommon in this type of beers. Carbo is soft, body is smooth, light and supple; brief biscuity malt sweetishness shines but the initial saltiness expectedly turns into a big wave of resinous, piney, citrusy, spicy hop bitterness in the end, both deeply tonic water-like bittering and very aromatic retronasally, drying the end to the bone - I get almost no malt sweetness anymore at the back. The saltiness did bother me a bit, especially since it is linked to the hops and therefore carries on till after the finish, but other than that, this is exemplary for its style, though I doubt it to be better than their much more famous Sculpin. I do, however, like this brewery’s beers a lot in general, as well as the maritime theme (in this case the bigeye tuna), but I heard that they were recently taken over by a large drinks company for a billion dollars... I do hope this turn towards the mass industry will not impair the quality of their beers - definitely something to watch with suspicion.
ansalon (2732) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear light amber with a medium off while head. Aromas of mango, peach, apricot, resin. Taste is very fruity with substantial bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
nausicaaonacids (50) - PORTUGAL - JAN 15, 2016
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
My first IPA, and all I could taste was the bitterness, which remained and passed on to the next beer.
thorongil2 (2179) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear bright yellow colour with a tall beige head; aroma of tropical fruit, mustiness; balanced flavour with s long medium bitter finish
rondphoto (3737) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber color, white head that drops to a cover, sheets of lace. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste is slightly sweet malt that moves through a medium carbonated swallow to a finish that has enough hops to balance, but certainly not a lot for an IPA. A nice drinking brew, hides the 7% abv very well.