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: OíBrienís and Liarsí 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 isnít a beer for me.
SarkyNorthener (3032) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd annual midland tasting group. Can from Stirchley wines. Golden beer with small head. Aroma of tropical fruits. Taste is tropical fruits, chalk and citrus. Good.
Ron (3014) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a clear orange/copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of spicy caramel malt with citrus hops, grapefruit. Bright citrus flavors, sweet lemon and grapefruit, light tropical mango and a solid malt backbone. A great session IPA!
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 Pointís 10th Anniversary Party. It pours a clear golden color witha mild hoppy flavor. They listed it as a session ale and it certainly is. Itís a very nice middle of the road brew
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel orange, off white cover. The aroma is toast, perfume, citrus hops. The taste is largely the same, very floral and perfumey, light bodied but expected at the ABV level. This beer is fantastic and would make an amazing session if it werenít for the $5.50 price for the pint.
drjay44 (2971) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. Pours a medium, off white, well retained head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy amber (SRM 13) body......nose is redolent with pine resin, citrus from the hops, slight cereal from the malts, no esters, balance to the hops.....taste is pine, resin, citrus peel from the hops, slightly sweet cereal from the malts, finishing with a light to medium bitterness.....mouth feel, light watery body, no alcohol, high carbonation. This is a good example of a not very interesting style. The malts in all are quite low in body and complexity, which is how the alcohol is maintained at a remarkably low level. If it canít be fermented, it does not produce ethanol, so kick up the taste with hops, but this could use a bit of wheat, rye, flaked barley to get a better mouth feel. This would be good beer for a hot day in the Utah desert but nowhere else. Think of this newer style as an alternative to bottled water. BJCP 8/3/14/2/6
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap @ OíBrienís San Diego. Poured a lightly hazed golden orange. A good citrusy nose with good malt balance and hop flavor.
jbruner (2940) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden brown from the can with fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Aroma is great hoppy citrus notes that go into nice malty backbone. Taste follows, way more than the 3.8% abv would make you assume. Very nice beer, definitely will be drinking a few of these.
tmoreau (2935) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz. can donated to our tasting session by the local Wirtz rep, poured to snifters, showing a clear, amber hue, with a presentable, but short lived layer of off white, head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was dank, expressive greenery, herbs, and a touch of citrus. Light bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma, added a bit of pine, and expressed more of the full flavored, dark side of the hops. Quite surprising for such a low abv., session brew.
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I lived here, this would be my beer of choice. Very nice hop aroma with a bit of malt. Citrus and pine stand out. The flavor is very bitter with a big hop hit. The finish is very dry and refreshing. This is one you can have several of and still stand up. Excellent.