BBB63 (5945) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my GI IPA Tulip: Pours a Pacific Ocean bright copper sunset topped by a wonderful layer of foam and left a fair amount a tearful lacing on the glassware.
The nose detected of pungent use of resin hops with the piney, clove, mango and grapefruity esters. Also some herbal vapors, caramel and biscuity malts dancing about the rim of the glass.
The taste is right where you expect it with a heavy-handed dose of leafy and fresh hop bitterness in tune with an citric overdrive. The malt are there but strictly a second fiddle player. The finish is clove and pepper imbued with a smack down of mind numbing alcohol snap. The overall mouth feel is medium-bodied, sharp and biting, astringent and metallic with the alcohol warming noted above.
This is one solid brew that sticks to a plan and executes it very well. If you like your big hoppy beers with a notable citric character, than this is your nirvana.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Bottle. Amber colour with a fizzy white head. Lovely aroma of caramel, and a lot of hops. Nice hoppy flavour with notes of caramel, melon and citrus. Ends up sweet and bitter, I love it.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love the wave of citrus hop that hits your nose on the better DIPAís like this one does,some grininess with caramel backing, ,head seemed to disappear a little to quickly, more of a balanced flavor then most,tangy citrus hop and caramel,toffeeish malt, settling into a hoppy bitterness,a little lighter body then others and I do prefer the heavier ones, but one of the most tastey balanced DIPAís Iíve had
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours a chillhazed orange amber body topped by a creamy offwhite head that leaves clingy patch lacing on the glass. Bold hop aromas of pine, grass, citrus and tropical fruits. Subtle caramel notes underneath. Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone which supports a tasty melange of tropical fruitiness. Very well balanced, with a sweetness that is not intrusive. Finishes with a pleasant citrus rind bitterness that follows into the aftertaste. Excellent DIPA that isnít as hopcentric as most of the westcoast examples Iíve recently sampled.
Dpopkin (5) - USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer of all time (not including my homebrew of course). Available via cask (at least the night i was there) at the linkery in san diego. Entire table agreed that this was heaven on earth. cask moderated some of the intensity and added a smoother more robust finish lacking in some san diego ipaís. The grapefruit intensity of the hops was mellowed by the cask and was delightful to smell in a balloon wine glass.
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orange-hazy pour with an off white head. Citrus and grass come out in front in the aroma backed with some caramel malt. The flavor was between floral and grassy hops...some citrus notes as well...light malt. Medium body with a slightly bitter finish. Pretty decent.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled February 2007
Pours easily with a three-finger thick, frothy, amber tinged tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich, light reddish copper color. Loud fruity hop notes seem as if I just cut into a fresh sweet tangelo with the peel releasing its vibrantly fresh essential oils. The pure citrus essence that the aroma captures is quite amazing, I donít think I have ever smelled such a distinctively citrus character in a beers aroma before. It makes the aroma a bit one dimensional, but the fruity citrus notes are so vibrant that I doní t mind at all.
The taste is fairly sweet up front and the citrus character is immediately noticeable. Again it is like this beer has had the essential oils from a mix of tangelos, sweet oranges, and ruby red grapefruit all put in a concentrated form into this beer. Even the bitterness seems to be infused with this over arching citrus character. The bitterness is actually fairly light for an IPA, instead Ballast Point seems to have focused much more on infusing the flavor and aromatics from the hops they used. This is a trend that I have certainly enjoyed, I do like bracing bitterness too, but donít always need it even in my Double IPAís, assuming of course that the beer is still stuffed full of hop character. This beer is certainly hop dominated, the malt that is here only plays a supporting role as it is very hard to detect specifics under the hop character. The hop character is so smooth and without any sort of astringency or hard / sharp edges. This beer hides its alcohol content pretty well. It has certain heft to the bottle, but I was expecting a bit more of a substantial body in a beer of this strength. I am glad that it is relatively light, as this is how I like a beer that has IPA somewhere on the label (if it is chewy it should be a barleywine).
Quite enjoyable, I wonder what other brews are going to be released under this robust limited release label. This is not the most complex beer, but it easily defines purely hop driven enjoyment in a glass and for that I am quite happy. Initially this beer was only lightly chilled, as it cooled more in my bucket of ice it picked up some sharp hop edges and a bit more hop bitterness. I think I prefer this only lightly chilled as it is much smoother, though a touch less complex.
Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date, a blurb along the right side of label, sampled after a few hours in my refrigerator in a tulip glass.
Poured a nice golden orange with a small foamy, bubbly topped head that settled into a bubbly thin lacing, minimal amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of pine resins, orange zest and grapefruit rind, earthy, dry floral leafiness and a sweet grainy maltiness.
Good, even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry, hop slick, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Good hoppy taste with a sweet malty background, earthy soil, dry leafy, citric rind bitterness, a rolling bitterness that softly numbs the tongue, sweet grainy maltiness with a touch of butter, apricot fruity esters that meshes with a clear alcohol flavor, provides a slow warmth in the palate, some nuttiness from the yeast, and a dry hoppy, sweet malty finish.
An quite quaffable DIPA, Iíve yet to have a disappointing beer from Ballast Point, plan to visit the brewpub this summer.
wajacobs (26) - USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
meaty beaty big and bouncy. For my 30th birthday we celebrated with a giant dorado on the the beaches north of Puerto Vallarta. Chuy our local buddy keep slapping my hand and telling me to be patient as the giant fish wrapped in tin foil cooked on the open flame. When I finally got to eat the fish... Euphoric.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice orangy hue with a white fluffy head that fades into a nice ring all the way down the glass. some nice lacing. the aroma and flavor is either dominant cascades or centennial hops...because its grapefruit and orange hoppiness all the way. slightly more malt sweetness than your average IPA, but not quite as sweet as many DIPAs ive had. also, not quite the hopbomb many west coast, and more specifically san diego IPAs are. that said, this is delcious and a highly recommended brew from probably one of the lesser known of the california brews.