brokensail (10789) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is amber though it leans more toward red than anything else. The head has a slightly tan hue and leaves some nice lacing.
S: A blast of dank, juicy grapefruit is the first thing to hit the nose. The intense citrus and pine hop aroma lasts throughout the sniffing process, and is mixed with some brown sugar and caramel.
T: The hop flavors, particularly the grapefruit, are not quite as bitter as I would have expected. There is a definite sweetness to the beer, provided by some caramel malts and a brown sugar taste. There is some decent bitterness on the finish, however.
M: A medium to full bodied beer (for the style, anyway) with a crisp carbonation and bitter finish.
D: The alcohol doesn’t necessarily show itself in the course of the smelling or tasting of the beer, but it does make itself known (and not surprising at 10%). Still a nice beer, but it can sneak up on you.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at RnH - very hoppy, astringent, toffee, nd sweet fruits. well balanced but theirs an odd component to the sweetness, which I can’t quite label... Joe had something interesting to say about this. See his notes when he puts them up.
Leighton (10773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a rich, maroon-ruby with a sturdy white head. Strong hop aroma, some citrus, and plenty of sweet malts as well. Very sweet flavor, some dark fruit notes. Hints of bitterness sneak through the extremely sweet character of the beer. Body is thick and somewhat syrupy, with a lingering sticky finish. Really intense and really good.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. One of the best beers of the night from BP! Pours a nice deep amber red with a thin lasting white head. Aroma is very nice- big grapefruity citrus hops, some orange oils, and some pine needle and mango mixed nicely with a great balance of caramel and toasted malts, toffee and light sweetness to balance out the hops- not too sharp with the crystal malts either which was nice. Flavor is similar- mostly skewed to the mango tropical and grapefruity hops, some lemon and great full malty backbone without getting too sweet or sharp or harsh. Good hop bitterness- clean. Nice!
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap. Coppery amber pour with no head by the time it arrived. Predominantly hoppy aroma. Taste mostly bitter with some alcohol warmth. Very bitter lasting the finish. Not my favourite.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a light copper. Nose is hoppy an a touch sweet. First thing I got was malt then a ton of pineapple notes and hops. Very bitter in the finish. It’s like a red strong. And strong it is, comes with some warmth in the finish. Pretty damn good.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very strong alcohol. powerful punch of hop bitterness. but still very floral and not over the top.
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a Portland BA/RB tasting... Poured a rust-like red/amber tone with a khaki head. Fruity, estery, big hops, sand solid malts for balance. Nice alcohol heat towards the finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! clear copper with eggy white head; sharp, bitter hops; malty sweet; texture is on the thin side; hoppy, sharp, sweet and crazy dry; nothing subtle here; quite malty and expectedly a little over the top
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent breew! Another gem by Ballast Point. Growler poured into stemmed ale glass. Pours a deep amber/red color. Very fruity aroma. Excellent mouthfeel, full, with high carbonation. Tastes of fruity esters balanced by toasty malts. Great beer, loved it.