JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light and very flavorful. Has the flavor of the malts and honey with light hop bitterness.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent looking beer!Amber colored beer,with a bone white,head.Very small bubbles are tightly woven. Grassy/grapefruit,bready malt aromas.Very soft/creamy mouthfeel.Perfect carbonation.Great malt/hop balance. Very satisfying and filling.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably one of the best amber/bitters I've had. Well done with the bitterness and its balance with the malt. Medium frutiness with malty nose. Very drinkable and well done.
OldGrowth (2333) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Nice nose. Malty Fruity
Great amber color. Great taste. The hops and malts are at a great mix. This goes down easy with a bitter edge at the end. Ballast Point is a must for anyone going to San Diego.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent body with good malt nose. Rich malt taste with just enough hops. Great balance
relwin (20) - Cardiff, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good body, rich malt taste. A fine ESB on tap locally.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Very impressive. This is the first brew i have had the pleasure of enjoying from ballast point and i have to say that i am impressed. A very nice blend of malt and hops.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin beige head and a slightly sweet white bread aroma with a touch of hop resin. Little carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied malt profile with cookie, dried fruit. Hop notes weigh in half way through the glass provideing a citrusy/ pine charactor and giveing a little bitterness on the tongue in the finish.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is definitely a bitter beer. Lots of hops on the finish. Sort of one-dimensional though, unmistakably Californian.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, fruity aroma, faint tea leaves and spices, some hop as well. Bright, clear amber color (almost orange), little to no visible effervescence and a very slight head. Flavor has a good bit of honey-toasted malt sweetness, but also that unmistakable Cascade citrus hop juiciness. Good blend of malt and hop flavors, they both seem to just trade off, endlessly. Even the aftertaste is this way. Pretty good for a warm night.