badpuppy69 (207) - orange, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper color with a tan frothy creamy head. Aroma is citrucy hoppy mango sweet malt. Taste is tropical citrucy and hops resin. Some pine notes a spices aswel. Medium smooth mouth feel. Very tasty beer!
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich toasted malt and chocolate aromas with a light vegetal component. Clear red/orange/copper color with a thin but persistent white head. The roasted and sweet malt flavor and strong earthy/pithy hop bit hit strong and simultaneously. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness coat the tongue with a creamy consistency and are quickly washed away by the powerful hop bitterness with an aftertaste of grapefruit and apricot. The alcohol shows through clearly and helps elevate all the flavors. Lasting bitterness and woody dryness. Nothing here is out of balance or out of place. One of the best red ales I’ve ever had.
adamah (214) - - MAY 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: pine, citrus, caramel, toast.
Appearance: Amber with moderate off white head.
Taste: Like an IPA, substantial hoppy bitterness with some sweeter notes on the back end.
Palate: Medium bodied and a little oily.
Overall: Love! Everything good about an IPA with some malty toasty elements of an amber.
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Distinct aromatics of orange and tea. Slight bitters while being very light on the tongue
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Fragrant aroma that delivers a heaping serving of fresh green hops that suggest pine and citrus while chances of rye like malts lurk in the distance. Appearance was a deep amber red with a orange tinted transparency along the edges. Head developed thick and fluffy at first but eventually crawled downwards and left a standard layer of foam. The drink is a combination of flavors that bring about bitter almost salty like tastes across my tongue yet levels of semi sweet malts round the body out. This beer is well crafted and holds a sturdy structure with just the right dosage of flavorings of malt and hop mixture. Good fair price which means this should sell through fast.
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Beverages for Less, Santee. Pours a crisp amber-red, very clean to look at, perfect amount of carbonation, with off white bubbles just sitting in a 1/5 of a finger on top of the liquid. Sweet cinnamon notes in the nose, saccharin sugary malts predominate. There is a dank resinous quality that I catch on a second whiff... must be the hops? Taste is strong, good, clean... lots of cara coming through, of course, but overall just a good clean, strong beer. At first is reminds of some Lagunitas beers, but this one has more crispness and balance than I’ve ever picked up on with Lagunitas. Really, really impressive. To those who rated this low... Ummm... what? So good. Finishes with a medium mouthfeel... nice long finish. Good times.
skmikeg (825) - Poway, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper amber with a one finger off white head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of resiny pine, citrus, sweet bready malts, caramel, toasted malts, and some tofffee. Taste Is hoppy up front with a lit of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and grassy hops, and the there are some nice caramel, sweet malts, toffee, and bread pudding notes to balance out the hop. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a very nice amber that shows off Ballast Point’s strong homebrew origins.
Kroney (150) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark reddish mahogany with a thin tan head. aroma is sweet malt with a touch of earthy hops. flavor is extremely balanced and smooth. stars with a nice hoppy kick at the front then eases into the caramel/toffee malt finish, but neither is overpowering. smooth and easy drinking. great beer.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep copper with a small off white head. The nose is spivey, caramel, pine and love. Haha Jk. The taste is is high sweet and medium bitter. The texture is crisp and clean, body is medium and finish is long.
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StefanSD (2071) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bomber form bev4less. Pours a murky roan brown colow with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with citrus, filberts and caramel. The taste is bitter hops forward with resinous piney hops, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and mixed nuts. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes medium in duration, dry and clean. Overall: very tasty brew, loved it.