daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
22oz bottle from Hillcrest Whole Foods (San Diego, CA). Pours a little paler than most San Diego IPA’s, a light golden amber with large carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. About one finger of white head. The wonderful hoppy aroma is less citrusy than many others in this style but still fruity -- I do get the mango, apricot, and peach in there as the label promises. Tastes hoppy and bitter with pine and grapefruit but the bitterness finds a very pleasant level. There is a definite hint of some fruity sweetness in here as well. Lighter body than most others in this style; good carbonation. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan! Man, this was tasty. Very fresh, tropical fruits, citrus abound the nose. Flavor is nicely balanced between juice and dry bitterness. Very enjoyable IPA. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Gold with a white head. Nose is citrusy fresh hops that are very dank. Very nice on the palate with a very interesting flavor of citrus hops that bites quite well. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 650 mL from Southbay. HOLY $%@$!.Pours a clear, light amber with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Okay lacing. Aroma is huge fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peaches and cream ice cream, huge butterscotch, caramel. Taste is fresh, citrusy, wet hops with butterscotch and a massive bitterness permeating throughout. Buttery, creamy on the palate that leaves a sort of oily mouthfeel. Wow. 9/4/8/5/17=4.3jonno (2761) - JAPAN - NOV 13, 2009
After multiple samples of this beer on cask, tap, bomber all from Ballast Point itself, I really need to lower this rating. The IPA is awesome- that is a fact. The huge is massively rocky, leaves massive lace. But its superlative nose of mango peel, peaches, apricots is let down by a mostly voiding body, little butterscotch, very little creamy mouthfeel. More dry, seltzery, bitter. Still excellent.
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 Wow. Now this is an IPA. Huge Pinapple, mango and citrus nose. In the mouth it is full yet so smooth. Lots of citrus and pine in the mouth, coating the tongue. Strong, but not overly aggressive. I could imagine this as the perfect gateway beer in to NWIPAs. However once you’ve had this little would stand up in comparison. The Green flash WCIPA would be the only IPA that could compare to this. World class and then some. RERATE more a citrus bomb now, but still very enjoyable, though not as amazing as the tropical fruit edition.
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours a hazy orange with a large sticky white head. Aroma is piney hop foward citrus california IPA. flavor is citrus hops pine malt pepper grass and spices. finish is bitter grassy hoppy balanced goodness. awesome IPA. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Orange golden pour with some nice white head. Huge citrus and floral aroma. Flavor is big citrus hop bomb with subtle bread y malt balance. Very nice. BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Brewed in the USA !!! On tap at the Brass Rail. Pours straw in color with a super foamy white head that will dissipate in time. Aroma of hops, malts, citrus and fruits. The taste has fruit flavors like oranges, mango, grapefruit and peaches with some hops and citrus notes. The mouthfeel is thin to medium in body with a nice crisp dry hoppy bite at the finish. Wow, this IPA was really good stuff !!! I could drink this all night long. :) anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity tropical fruit hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty fresh hoppy bitter grapefruit finish. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle. pours a hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head. leaves some nice lace on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit, mellon, citrusy hops, caramel,and oranges. Flavor is very well balanced. sweet caramel and melon with some a nice bitter bite from some grapefruit and citrusy fruit hops. pretty nice stuff.