Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2010
tap at the brewery as well as subsequent bombers. man, this could be the best IPA i have ever had-just a huge hop bomb but bursting with so much flavor and freshness it was amazing! bright copper hue with a sudsy white head and good lacing! huge floral citrus nose of orange and tangerines! wow huge fresh hop flavors of sugary oranges, pineapples, citrus! its hard to write all the flavors here -just imagine every citrus flavor you could imagine combined into this beer. however, there is some grapefruit in the finish to dry it out quite a bit. not overly sweet which is a great thing! not much in the malt department, but that is not needed here-a wallop of fresh hops and citrus flavors. probably the best single Ipa i have ever had (next to fresh two hearted). jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 RERATE. Draft at Neighborhood with Linh. Pours a slightly hazy amber gold. Aroma and flavor are uber fresh hop - both citrus and pine. Great single IPA. RERATE: 8 drafts at Pony with Brendan and Zubair. Notes of fresh, juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit, and fresh pine. This 2012 batch is INSANE! +0.2 DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 On draft at Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA): Pours out a slightly hazy golden/orange, topped with a one-inch head. Aroma of resinous and grassy hops, citrus (lemon peel, orange, pink grapefruit), some honey, and copious amounts of tropical mango and passion fruits. Taste is resiny pine, orange peel, apricots, and caramel. Soft biscuity malt backing. Coriander spice in the finish. Wish there were more fresh pine needle flavors to round it out. Drinkability: Semi-sweet crisp throughout. Palate-wrecking bitter. Pairing: Thick bison burger with lots of habanero. Rebuy: Yes. #374 on 02042010, DG. valetudo1904 (4) - California, USA - APR 17, 2010 does not count
Pours up a deceptively light orange/gold. Nose is greeted by strong notes of grapefruit, citrus rind, and pine. Taste is expectedly grapefruit-y with very little bitterness, and some solid malt flavors to close things out. Spectacular IPA. Leighton (22836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, light honey-gold with a subtle, white head. Big fruit aroma, with pineapple and apricot coming through strongly. Also some hints of pine. Very rich flavor. Somewhat juicy, reasonably sweet with just the right amount of bitterness. Not aggressive or abrasive. Notes of grapefruit on the tail. Medium in body, average to light carbonation. Finish is clean and long, with lingering grapefruit bitterness. Really nice. Strikes a sublime balance.
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 jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours orange with thick white head. Unreal aroma of huge citrus hops. Taste is all hops and I love it. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. Could drink this all day. Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Pours a hazy amber with an impressive white head that sticks around. Aroma is pine and grapefruit with maybe a hint of caramel as it warms. Taste is resiny sweet. Very smooth. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Really liked this brew. The aroma was full of really big citrus flavors. Really smooth drinking, full of bubbly froth and quality malts. The citrus really kicks it up a bunch, very mangoish. Great brew. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2010 OK, first beer from Ballast Point that i truly loved. Like the offerings from its geographic neighbor, Stone, this one is hopped to hell and back, but unlike the Emperial IPA, this IPA works. Off the scale bitter, yeah, but with complexity. Nose of sweet malts, bitter hops, and a touch of sweet ripe fruit (peaches maybe?). Beautiful gold body with a firm white head, which leaves great lacing as the beer disappears. Taste of sweet malts, bitter PNW hops, grapefruit, pine, and yeah, peaches again. Long bitter finish. And not overly alcoholic, especially given the intensity of the flavors.