AverageMan (40) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
Just arrived in the Cincinnati market. The beer was served chilled in a Imperial Pint glass.
Ar- This beer has a fantastic hop aroma. Lots and lots of mango, pineapple, citrus, citrus zest and pine in the aroma.
Ap- The body of the beer is a peach coloration with a thick creamy white head. Nice head retention and thick streams of lacing mark my glass.
T- A major delivery on the aroma to taste. Nice juicy pineapple, citrus, going into deep pine resin bitterness. Very brief malty sweetness that is immediately swallowed up into bitterness.
P- The body of the beer is light carbonation is moderate.
O- This beer is dam near like cat nip for hop heads. Fresh Sculpin is hard to beat bang for the buck. Nicely executed! Bghedtodd (28) - USA - APR 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Fantastic ipa, ... pine, citrus, bready goodness. Lingering smooth bitterness. Quenching and easy to drink. matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bombs away into an appropriate drinking vessel. Don’t care too much for the murky yellowish appearance, but I do care for every other aspect of this delicious IPA. Beautifully crisp with plenty of citrus and pine--with lingering resins on the outside. This beer makes a favorable 1st impression from Ballast Point. HopTsing (575) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2012
The pale gold draught came with a light head, and that’s the way I felt when I left. The aromas and flavors were more hoppy than malty but faily balanced. Full bodied and tasty. jandd1983 (4317) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2012
It poured a light orange color with a white head. The aroma was of fresh and fruity hops, some caramel malts and floral notes. The taste was of fresh hops with floral notes, malts, some caramel, toffee and fruits. A very good IPA.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
One of my favorite IPA’s, especially on tap. Dark amber/orange pour with a substantial white head. Tropical fruit and hop aroma. Same taste, extremely well balanced with well hidden alcohol. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottle from Rozi’s, cool colors with west coast feel... the trip from SDiego to Cleveland didnt hurt this beer at all, still drinking real nice.. good hop bite and quick finish.. well done. jhamp9 (1860) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pours clear golden with a good sized white head. Aroma is pine, grass, and lemon. Huge bitterness up front. Taste is pine and some grapefruit. Lasting bitterness. Aftertaste has citrus notes. Really good one. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from Choice Beverages in McKinney. Pours a light copper/yellow with a medium white head. the aromas are grapefruit, grass and bread. The mouthfeel is dry, butter and has a medium body and good carbonation. Great beer! Worth the wait. Cheers! Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
12oz bottle. There is a code of some sort stamped on the side of neck, but it’s smeared pretty good. Last I heard, Ballast Point still wasn’t bottle dating, but hopefully that’s changed.
Appearance: Pours orange in color with pretty good clarity. There’s a touch of haze, but this one’s fairly clear. Off-white head stood about a finger tall initially, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after only a few minutes. There’s some lacing being left behind with each sip.
Aroma: A good mix of citrus and pine in the aroma. I’m definitely getting orange and grapefruit, but I’m also detecting a touch of blue spruce if you will. Very appealing to say the least.
Taste: The bitterness jumps in the drivers seat right from the get-go. After that, the citrus and pine carry over from the aroma and take hold of your palate. There’s a touch of sweetness towards the middle, and it’s needed! Bitter hops linger on through the finish and LONG after the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an aggressive bitterness and moderate carbonation.
Overall: A top 10 IPA .....hands down.
Morey’s Bottom Line: As I mentioned, this beer is one of the few IPAs that I’ve had that combines both citrus and pine, which makes it somewhat unique in my opinion. I’m very confident that I could easily pick this beer out in a blindfolded IPA tasting. Recommended.