Terminus (3346) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at the brewery and at the Microbar in Rockford, IL-pours bright orange with a small soapy white head. nose is very husky with lots of hops too-do i detect rye? flavors are sweet, husky, hoppy, with lots of citrus and floral notes. very simple but for the abv, this beer is easy to session. big citrus flavors for such a small beer with a long citrus finish. lingering husk notes but thats to be expected for this beer. tasty!
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve gotta give some points to Ballast for making a session IPA under four percent alcohol. It pours a nice clear orange color w/ a foamy white head that leaves patchy lace on the side of the glass. It has a great hop nose with lots of mandarin orange specifically along w/ maybe a bit of pine and some assorted and various fruity flavors some of which seem to come from an estery yeast well. This is a dry beer but there is some malt character which implies a bit of sweetness and brings out a slight cherry-like note from one of the six hops they used in this thing. It finishes w/ a firm, earthy bitterness. This is a nice beer something about the hop character to this strikes me as not quite dead on but I enjoy it quite a bit nonetheless.
SrSilliGose (3316) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. aroma of clean dank citrusy hops with a pleasant tropical fruit tangerine sweetness to round things out. nice balance. not too bitter, not too sweet. worked pretty well. not terribly potent aroma, but very easy to drink. good job at the session hoppy pale ale style.
luttonm (3265) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Beer Authority, Seattle. Bubbly head on more clear dark gold. Lighter body of course, much more like an amber-malt pale. Some hop, crisp certainly, but overall vacant malts. Very clean, some bittering on finish. Nice enough.
snoworsummer (3236) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours opaque amber with a fizzy, bubbly white head. Feel is very light, but there is a strong, dry hop presence, with some light citrus and light resin. Light body and low carbonation. Light aroma of hops, lemon, and resin.
Marheb (3155) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un nez splendide aussi puissant que leur ipa. Une charge juteuse plus qu’intéressante, amertume moyenne, croustillance extrême avec un certain sucre résiduel qui disparait totalement au final.
alobar (3089) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a hazy orange color with no head. Aroma of grapefruit, hops, pine and toasted malts. Fresh flavor with citrus, floral hops, pine and some toasted malts. Very well done!
KansaiBeerLvrs (3053) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
3.8% 605 yen can from Tsutaya Saketen drunk at the airport. It pours a deep gold with a thick fluffy off white head. The nose is a great hoppy pine. Medium bodied with a smooth chewy mouthfeel. The taste is green piney hops though this has been in my bag all day so I doubt I am at the correct serving temperature. For those who like piney hop notes this is the perfect session IPA, myself I prefer fruity hops. Still a damn good session IPA with a satisfying body and good flavor not an easy trick for low ABV beers.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: O’Brien’s and Liars’ Club in San Diego, CA) A great idea from Ballast Point! The nose is very fruity, kind of peachy, lightly hoppy. The flavor is fruity and moderately bitter, but the hops does stand out because the lightly-sweet, grainy malt base is pretty light. Light-medium body, very clean and fairly crisp, moderate carbonation. Pale golden color is somewhat hazy. Smallish, off-white head settles to a filmy layer, leaving a few spots of lace behind. At 4.5%, this is a true session beer for the hopheads in San Diego. I like more malt in my hoppy beers, so while I can appreciate the flavor of the hops, this really isn’t a beer for me.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on tap at Ballast Point’s 10th Anniversary Party. It pours a clear golden color witha mild hoppy flavor. They listed it as a session ale and it certainly is. It’s a very nice middle of the road brew