SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
22 oz bottle poured into my snifter.
A- Body is a nearly transparent bright orange hue that pours with a nice 1-2 finger creamy white head. Head subsides quickly leaving a thick collar and very little lacing in the glass.
S-What comes through first is a perfect balance of sweet caramel malt and a blast of citrus hops. In the background is a slight spicy hop presence as well.
T- Pink grapefruit, orange and citrus upfront with a substantial caramel malt backbone. The finish is all spicy hops as a big spicy hop bitterness blends with spicy hop flavors. At first the bitterness seems almost overbearing and prickly but after a few sips the spiciness really comes through more than the bitterness.
P- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a medium-to light weight, full quite oily, smooth body.
O- This brew is pretty awesome. Brews that emphasize the citrus/spicy hop combo are hard to come by and this one does an excellent job with it. Really happy that I had the opportunity to try this beer! Too bad it is a limited release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-09-2009 15:05:02 bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
I’ve been fairly impressed with the offerings from Ballast Point that I’ve been able to try so far. It’s newer to me, but good beer. The aroma is booming with fruity hop smells of peaches, mango, lemon, and grapefruit. Had a nice golden tone to it with some haze. Some sweetness to start followed by a good medium bitter. If you haven’t had a chance to try Ballast Point, I suggest you do. MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2014
sharp, crisp, summer-like aroma. Lots of hops, citrus, some spices. Taste is similar with hints of lemon and orange, mixed with a little grassy herb. very delicious. edwardbass (853) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 The citrusy aroma is really great. The taste is very, very good - first citrusy/fruity hops and then a decent bit of pine resin on the finish with almost no malt present. It’s medium bodied - not quite light, but definitely not heavy. If you like IPAs, this one is a must try if you see it. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
On Nitro tap at brewery. Beautiful golden pour with thick, puffy, white head that only nitro can do. Nose is citrus, pine, and some tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose but the hops are dialed down a little compared to other IPAs. Mouthfeel is crazy good and creamy.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12 oz bottle Whole Foods. Golden pour, lively bubbles, medium-sized white head with nice retention; medium lacing all the way down. Aroma floral, lemon, piney, bread, caramel-like sweetness. Solid malt backbone; clear, bitter, clean hop finish. Medium body, smooth, granual carbonation. Overall, nothing about this jumps in your face, but it screams clean and balanced. Not the most memorable beer and I struggle with this being 100th percentile overall, but this is an extremely solid textbook IPA. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
22oz. bomber, with a big thank you to stefanje! Pours a clear golden orange with a creamy one finger white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is very nice, with island fruits, floral, citrus, pine, and light caramel. Flavor is more of the same, with a milder but enjoyable hops bite that lingers a bit. I have been looking forward to trying this one for a long time, and it lived up to expectations quite nicely. It’s right up there with some of the best IPA’s the West Coast has to offer. Thanks again Stefan! greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
If you haven’t had this west coast style ipa, you are missing out. This is one of my favorite ipa’s out there. Easy to drink, get balance, and big hop bite and aroma. A must have in the fridge at all times. mikeyo1 (849) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle @ home. Pours a golden colored liquid with a lasting off white head. Aroma is dry with sweet hop reisins, biscuits, apricots, pine apple,mango and tangerine, honey. Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Taste starts bitter with a balanced biscuit sweetness and great fruitiness Mango, grapefruit, tangerine and bitter orange. Honey and some caramel sweetness. Asserive grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable and well balanced. Macegan75 (846) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a nice golden amber with little lacing. The nose is strong with floral and citrus. Grapefruit and mango definately mango and a little orange peel. The hops lingers forever, I love this beer.