ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark hazy yellow with a thin head which still had a nice lacing. The aroma has some strong aromas of fruits like apricots in addition to some vegetable like sweet baby carrots. Taste is quite heavy on apricot and some rather strong bittering hops. The high alfa acid bitterness lingers heavily on the aftertaste. Body is also quite heavy for the style. It’s very enjoyable, though certainly an unabashedly unbalanced IPA.
TheBeerGod (5642) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber with a rocky white head. Strong citrus laden hops, light pine, and soft caramel. Taste is big citrus (grapefruit juice and orange peel), soft caramel, sweet malt, herbal hops and tropical fruit. Body is medium and resinous with a bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering bitterness. Finishes with more citrus notes (grapefruit juice and orange), pine sap, soft caramel, sweet malt and more unripened tropical fruit notes.
tdtm82 (1313) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle; shared many thanks with Angelo. WOW. Massive hoppy nose, hold out so well in the fridge, great lacing, slightly hazy coppy pale appearance, lovely yeast clean yeast strain, strong tropical fruits and grapefruit, really big and bold and aggressive on the tongue, lovely US bittereness, hops are just bang on gorgeous, I enjoyed this more than Pilny, baby this rocks. Loads of candy, great dry fruity finish, succulant down the throat and damn damn drinkable. One hell of an insane top big bold US ipa which should be setting titanic waves accross the industry. Stunning. Thanks mate. Legend. Damn I need to cool down.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
grownfool’s Impromptu Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to one of the guys. Hazy yellowish, whitish foam. Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit. Taste is more fruity, citrusy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, light malt.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.
The color is a clear orange/gold with two or three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.
The smell is pretty floral hops with some funky citrus flavor. This has a nice west coast IPA feel and I am impressed already.
The taste is pretty sweet and pretty bitter but with a fruity citrus flavor that does give off a bit of zing. Pretty good spiky flavor that does poke with a bitterness that is not surprising but fun. Some tropical fruit I can’t name brings you to a slapped back fruity flavor.
The feel of this beer is a pretty smooth beer. It goes down pretty darn smooth but does leave it’s mark on your mouth as it bitters the palate with some nice flavor.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from 16th St. Liquor in West Van. Pours a crystal clear orange with a large sticky white head. Aroma is piney hop forward citrus with tropical fruit notes. Flavour is citrus hops, pine, malt pepper, grass and spices. Finish is bitter, grassy, hoppy yet balanced goodness. Very pleasing.
bozoNZ (735) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is a gem from the first mouthful. Sl cloudy golden and this head but that’s about as bad as it gets. Rich honey malts with a raspy citrus hop bite. Mouthfeel is all grapefruit, best pink grapefruit. Lovely balance of malt and sweet and bitter citrus and that dry mouthfeel with afterburps for a long time to come. The best beer I’ve had for a long time - well done
skmikeg (1410) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Poura a amber orange color with a small off white head. aroma is of lots of grapefut and pine. flavor is nice and hoppy with alot grapefruit and pine, with some malts in the background. has a medium body with a creamy, slighty oily mouthfeel and a nice dry, crisp finnish. overall, a very good IPA from Ballast Point.
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizzeria Uno Bensalem. Surprisingly nice light color. Aroma is pine and citrus. Very little head. Taste is wonderful. It has a very upfront hop kick that isn’t overbearing, and doesn’t stay thick or harsh on your palate. Brought me joy.
mrmartin (777) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yellow pour white head grassy pine, grapefruit nose. fresh Pine and citrus dry taste. Bitter crisp finish. Perfect