woodychevy (658) - - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Tried this alongside Coronado Islander IPA and Mojo Risin from Boulder brewing- this was my favourite by far. Best balance of the lot- not overly fruity, some maltiness and a nice dry finish. Ballash Point website claims 85 IBU’s while ratebeer says 55. Either way, it’s a good finish- dry but not overpowering. Good brew to enjoy on it’s own. Pours a perfect light amber color for and IPA. Good carbonation levels, head that stays put, and big aroma. Caramel sweetness not lost in the hoppiness. Full marks to Ballast Point for this one. 09/21/14. Still great. Nice dank notes and pine/ resin notes that play back-up to citrus that balance it out. Great beer.
VertBaconStrips (2206) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THIS.....SMELLS......AWESOME!!! Wow. Just what the liver replacement doctor ordered - a big ass IPA. Poured out a liquid that strongly resembled beer. Crystal clear deep amber with a big foamy tan moonscape cap that settles on cover and leave plenty ’o mess. The aroma is awesome. Even more so considering the sub par brews I’ve had in the last week or so. Huge drool inducing greatness. The mix of the usual suspects is much better in this blend: caramel, lime, balanced pine, soft ruby red, apricot, red apple skin, oranges.... lots of fruit that has sweetness but never ever becomes cloying. Balanced to perfection. The taste is almost an equal to the aroma. Same stuff just in taste form. Caramel, apricot and orange, mild pine, excellent sweetness, more pine when a bit colder, a bit of bread. Medium bodied, a bit sticky in my mouth, great velvety carbonation, long thick fruity finish with perfect bitterness and a soft malt cover. Perfection. This was a pure treat. Dammit. I enjoyed that so much that I contemplated and debated the reasoning on how I don’t give this a perfect 5. Yes. AAAAAAAAAA
shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - caramel, resin and citrus hop aroma. very sweet
Appearance - light orange colour with white head
Taste - pineapple, caramel, bit of lime, lingering bitterness, oily hop flavour
Palate - medium bodied, oily and good carbonation
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber orange body; medium sized beige head. Real resiny oily juicy pungent hop aroma; a little caramel. Very nicely bittered. A touch too sweet, but that’s my personal preference. Carbonation is spot on. Another very nice IPA from Ballast Point.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 6 pack from a local store. The aroma is very sweet with pineapple notes and very sweet citrus coming through. The appearance is a golden/amber color with an off-white head and good carbonation. The taste is very well balanced with hops lingering throughout the taste and the citrus and sweet notes also present throughout. I prefer sculpin due to the fact that it has a more complex flavor that isn’t quite as sweet. Wonderful beer, I am very impressed with Ballast Point Brewing. I just wish sculpin wasn’t on back order so frequently.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to 48FanInCali for the bottle. Pours amber with lots of carbonation showing and foamy off-white head. Smells of pine, pineapple, confectioners sugar, and citrus. Tastes are same with circus peanuts, vanilla. Clean finish with lingering faint sweet hoppiness.
Polorl69 (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought a 1/6 of this, Thick oily head, nice aroma, great malty body.
although this beer is only 6% it packs more punch than that...for some reason I get really really messed up on this beer, huh? maybe i just lose track. I very well balanced IPA. would recomend to anyone!
jcos (1710) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I prefer this over the sculpin. The hop aroma and flavor of this beer were really nice. I would love to have a six pack of this, and at 6%, I could have quite a few in a night.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. There is light pine and resin in the nose. The taste has a nice malt background with a bit of chocolate and pine. Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation and a medium, slightly bitter finish. A very solid IPA.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 2nd try from ballast point, and I have to say I really have affection for this brewery. This thing has a nice nose, and a great hoppy palate that finishes very fast, making it extremely drinkable. You could probably chug this if you wanted to, while tasting great pine and citrus hops. It goes down soooooo quick. Great beer.