FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2009nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
This beer arrives from the tap a darker color than I was expecting; it is an amber, lightly hazy hue that is topped by a thin, pale tan colored head that is typical for a tap pour. There is a nice, clean hop citrus aroma to this that has notes of orange zest, some bright tangerine character, grapefruit, and a solid lychee note. There is a hint of crystal malt character here in the nose that adds light notes of toasted grain and caramel.
This has a nice biting bitterness to it as it first hits my tongue. It is quite dry which mutes the citrus hop flavors, but not completely as notes of grapefruit, tangerine, spicy citrus oil, a touch of lychee and a lingering apricot note in the finish are all noticeable. This is nice and light feeling on the palate, the hops actually provide some astringent mouthfeel that makes this beer seem a bit fuller than it actually is. Some pine and menthol flavors are also here and help to add to the hop complexity. There is just a hint of malt backbone here with notes of toasted grain and a touch of caramel.
This is very nice, I could drink a lot of this if the alcohol is anywhere near 4%, unfortunately there seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information on the actual alcohol content of this beer. This is perhaps not complext enough, but the mix of dominant hop character and light malt backbone in a low-alcohol form makes for a very nice beer.
Growler shared thanks to largadeer on BA. Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and good lacing. Aroma showcases loads of hops for the ABV. Citrusy and herbal, along with a touch of sweet malt. Flavor is solid for a session beer (in the true sense of the word) like this. Slightly sweet malt with a hop kick that is orangey and herbal, almost tea-like. Medium-light body with lots of resins attacking your palate. Overall, wow, this is an excellent a pale ale, especially at 3.5% ABV. I could session the hell out of this, and what do you know, I can even use the verb "session" and not offend the term’s tireless defenders when referring to this one. alexjucla (20) - - JUN 13, 2011
On tap at Stone
Fantastic session ale. Low abv, but not a "light" beer by any means.
Aroma is piney hops, hops, and more hops.
Taste is very bready, almost woody. Nutty. Pine and citrus hop flavors dominate, but do not overwhelm.
Highly carbonated, pretty full bodied for a low gravity beer.
Excellent. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Draft at sb. Pours a crystal cear medium amber with a loose whitish head. Big sweet tangy nose, showing pineapple and grapefruit. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, pineapple, and grapefruit mid palate. Beautiful light body and very clean. Nice light finish. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2014 12 oz can. Pours a copper color with a small off-white head that slowly fades to a fine film. The aroma is fairly strong and features grapefruit and lemons. The taste is more lemons and grapefruit set in a biscuit malt base. The palate is just bit thinner that I would prefer and the carbonation is lively. Finishes medium in duration and leaves a citrus aftertaste. Overall: First rate Session IPA.
slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 "Session" pale ale (SD session beer is what they call it). Solid aromatics, abounding in citrus. Big nose, semi sweet adequately bitter flavor. Pretty easy going. EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
This is a really nice session beer. Light malty, medium hopping, dry palate, quite a nice beer for hot days. jbruner (4747) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
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. dlovell2 (2143) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a light copper color with a white head. Citrus aroma with light tropical fruits and pine. Flavor starts with a grassy malt followed with citrus flavors and finishing with a grapefruit and pine resin hoppiness. This is one of the better Session IPA’s I’ve had. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Thanks Jim for sending.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange to yellow color with a slim finger’s worth of white foaminess that quickly dissipated leaving some ever so light stringy lacing sticking in parts and then sliding.
The smell had a sweet to slightly piney aromatic hops in front of a light caramel malt.
The taste combined freshly and gracefully the hops to the malts leaving no aftertaste and a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable aspect running about it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth but also a semi - sharp bitter bite on the tongue.
Overall, I say this was definitely one of the better session IPA’s I’ve had. Ballast Point is quickly growing on me.