Ballast Point Brewing Company (Constellation) Reviews




RickFifty
3.6
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
Hazy golden to amber color, off-white head. Citrus nose, peach, mango, caramel, grass, light malty. Fruity taste with peach, apple and grapefruit, caramel, light malty, grass, overripe pineapple, light bitterness. Medium to light body, soft carbonation.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

BeerBaboon
4.1
Ballast Point Victory at Sea
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is roasted, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is roasted, bitter, coffee, sweet and chocolate.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

roflorence
4.2
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin
Clear, golden poured into the glass. Strong pineapple nose. Slight piney hop flavours and a touch of pineapple. Medium carbonation.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mep3222
3.3
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
Aroma of oats and chocolate. Has a stout feel but without the roasted malt. Taste is a smooth oat bready base with a cocoa finish. Maybe the beets add a little bitter but not really a noticeable flavor. Not bad but it is odd. Smooth but odd. Maybe that is partly the appearance and flavor (they don't match. It is bright red and looks like it should be a fruit beer but has an oaty stout flavor without the roasted malt) that makes it odd. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ronritter
3.4
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
on tap pours golden with white head. Strong pineapple nose. Slight piney hop flavours and a touch of pineapple.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

larryLSB
4
Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale
Poured from a bomber bottled on the 270th day of 2016, so just about 5 months old. Reddish amber with a good sized off white head. Sweet caramel nose, taste was bitter sweet. Medium bodied with a strong bitter finish. Very nice Imperial Red.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

EithCubes
2.5
Ballast Point Even Keel - Mango
Can. Nose is flush with fresh mango. Nothing but mango. Pour is clear, but fiery copper-orange with average carbonation leading to a large and soapy beige head. Taste light-medum bitter, surprisingly dry with medium-high resin and perhaps even a dash of raw lupulin; heavy pine and some mild rubbery astringency in the finish and aftertaste. Mango backed off a bit from the sterling aromatics but still OK. Medium body. Boy, that astringency ruins this beer for me, just does not retreat, not even an inch. [2017.02.22: 2.5]
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.6
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Bottle at Hair of the Dog, Phrom Phong, Bangkok. Poured a clear medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt; big tropical citrus fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a rich, nettle resin hop, fruity palate and a long hop bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

roflorence
4.2
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
Clear, golden poured into the glass. Strong pineapple nose. Slight piney hop flavours and a touch of pineapple. Medium carbonation.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DSG
3.7
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at a bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Black. Roast, lots of coconut (a bit artificial), chocolate, sweet, bitter finish, quite full-bodied.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CObiased
3.8
Ballast Point Manta Ray
12oz bottle - the appearance is a typical clear vibrant light golden yellow with a med off white head. Lovely aroma of a combination of bitter citrus hops and juicy fruity hops and a hint of background malt. Medium bodied and full flavored. Big on hops with notes of citrus peel, tropical fruits, lemongrass and a light cracker malt. Yum gimme more
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Andrew196
3.8
Ballast Point Mocha Marlin
Pours damn near black, thin beige head, slippery lace. Aroma of caramel, earth, tobacco, traces of mint. Medium bodied with some cocoa that breaks through nicely....Earthy root, wood, molasses, mint again. Good beer.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

meccahh69lol
4.4
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
This is an excellent beer. I have to be honest I was initially skeptical because often times fruit flavored beers can be pretty hideous, but this one knocks it out of the park. The nose is pleasant, bright, and fresh without being too g-fruity. It looks like many IPAs, but still tasty and even keeled. Flavorwise, it keeps the perfect hop balance from regular Sculpin, but adds just enough grapefruit flavor for a little kick and character. It is subtle and complex, delectable and decadent. If it didn’t cost so damn much (usually 15 for a sixer, 14 on a good day), I’d buy it all the time. As it stands it is a favorite nonetheless.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ehaak26
3.7
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut
Bottle from Liquor Barn into a tulip. Aroma of coconut, coffee, and vanilla.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

fonefan
3.5
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale

Draught @ The Bishops Arms Gustav Adolfs Torg (Malmö), Gustav Adolfs Torg 49, Malmö, Sweden 211 39.

[ As Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, pale malt, moderate hoppy, citrus, fruity hops, peach. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, citrus, fruity hops, pale malt, peach - nectarins. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160403]
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GuideDogSaint
4
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Sometimes you find one you have missed! Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, mango and tropical fruit. Bittersweet finish.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

thornecb
3.7
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut
Pours black with slight mahogany tinge into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Coconut, vanilla and chocolate aromas. Dark chocolate covered coconut upfront turning to charred to souring espresso in the lasting finish.
Monday, February 20, 2017

tillmac62
4.2
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut
Pours black as a starless night. Quite outstanding head volume. World class lacing and retention. World class nose that leads with a burst of coconut over a slightly sweet chocolate. Adding to the sweetness is a solid vanilla component and a touch of molasses. Underneath is a subtle roast with a touch of char. Coffee is present but requires searching when cold, as it warms, it becomes a bit more noticeable. Overall, it’s a succulent Mounds bar. Medium body that borders on heavy medium. The texture is a bit slick but is more smooth than it is creamy. A truly creamy full bodied aspect would push this one into world class territory. Carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. The middle is nicely effervescent but a bit short of making the flavors really pop. The finish has a nice finely bubbled prickly effervescence. The flavor profile is outstanding. This is a complex porter but the coffee aspect masks a good bit of that complexity due to it’s strength. Dial coffee back a bit and let the flavors pop and this could be in world class territory - beers that tread there MUST have perfect balance. As is, there is a bit of conflict / confusion for the palate. It begins with a burst of coconut that is slightly sweet yet in competition with coffee. By the middle, chocolate and molasses (plus a nice dose of caramel) provide a sweet rush. As the sweetness fades, vanilla arrives as does roast and a too subtle char as coffee reasserts itself. Overall, roast is a bit under represented for a porter. Cold, the finish becomes a bit astringent from the slightly uncovered alcohol as vanilla arrives and crescendos. Near room temperature, this is a very different beast. Ballast Point delivers on a coconut version of their world class flagship porter that does approach world class. Coffee becomes subdued and the complex subtleties emerge. Rich chocolate, coconut, molasses, vanilla and roast all have their time in the spotlight. The resulting sweetness completely covers the alcohol, so that slight flaw is removed. Cold dulls the palate - drink this one as you should, not below 55 degrees.
Monday, February 20, 2017

MetalNHopHead
4.1
Ballast Point Manta Ray
Ballast Point has long represented the intense, aggressive style of SD’s IPA’s, but the national palate has gradually shifted toward juicier beers. Ballast Point proves they can keep pace with that. Manta Ray pours golden with tropical, floral nose. Pineapple, melon, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, and pine flavors. Moderate bitterness with a very pleasant crispness. Finishes dry. If you like it, put a fish on it. That’s the Ballast Point way.
Monday, February 20, 2017

pintbypint
3.6
Ballast Point Even Keel - Mango
355 ml can. Fairly clear and golden in the glass, has a decent white cap. Fresh nose full of mango fruit and citrus. Taste has clean and crisp malt, mango and citrus with light bitterness. Mild finish, good carbonation, very summery. Sessionable. Nice.
Monday, February 20, 2017

ruigo
3.7
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
355cl bottle. Clear amber with a small off-white head. Pine, fruity, citrus and caramel. Good.
Monday, February 20, 2017

ruigo
3.7
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
355ml bottle. Clear dark golden with nice off-white head. Pine, grassy and caramel. Good.
Monday, February 20, 2017

CacheManyHose
3.7
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
From Brewcraft. Drank w Matt after getting back from Shanghai. Pours a bright tan-brown with a medium foamy but creamy off-white head. Smells of caramel toasty malt, heavy resinous hop, pith, hay and cereal grains. Nothing new or unexpected in the nose, but it comes together in a very fine way. Taste is resin, light pepper, lime leaves. Body is slick, bitter, a little carbonation. Very nice and very big for a pale ale. Aroma is especially good.
Monday, February 20, 2017

HKdIPA
3.7
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
Bottle from Brewcraft at home after coming home from Shanghai. Clear golden pour, dense white head. Aroma is juicy hops with some lemony pine resin. Taste is crisp and pleasantly resinously bitter. Quite light despite the big flavor. Some lasting slightly empty tasting bitterness. Light palate. Not bad at all - pretty full flavored for a pale ale and still has a bit of the Ballast Point Sculpin type flavor.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Mep3222
3.7
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin
Solid IPA. Dank piney hops with a tropical pineapple fruity finish. Malt balance is good and there is a good amount of body. Pineapple is slight but it is more of a pineapple juice taste vs tropical juicy hops. I prefer sculpin to this variety. Think it was a fairly fresh can, but not sure as base hops seems a bit off from sculpin?? Either way it is good but the pineapple doesn't make sculpin better, just different, but prefer the tropical juicy hops vs added juice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, February 19, 2017

jcos
3.9
Ballast Point Manta Ray
Bottle on 2/19. Pours a semi opaque orange.aroma of melon and light pine. Taste is melon, some citrus, pine. Medium bitterness. Light medium body, lightly sticky bitter aftertaste. Nice.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3
Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #6 - Robust Porter
Taste: dark spiced malts, earthy tobacco, smoked wood notes, wet hopped. Earthy smoked peat nose. Mostly black, opaque, tan foamy head. Medium/Full body. A smokey porter with a hop bite.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

BlackBeerPG
3.7
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
Taste: smooth, slick, unique, sweet, beets, caramel, cocoa , creamy mouthfeel. Unique raspberry nose. Deep ruby red color, clear, slight pink head with a refine nitro ringed lace. Lite to almost medium body. Liquid Velvet Cake.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

jake65
3.8
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Coconut
Draft at Zany Graze. Dark brown color with a finger of creamy tan head. Aroma is rich with coconut, strong in fact. Light bits of roast and cocoa. Flavor is a little more balanced between the coconut, roast, espresso, and dark chocolate. Still a little on the sweet side with more coconut than expected, but good.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

kambei70
3.2
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
Nitro on tap. Cocoa powder aroma with notes of vanilla, beets and a bit of roasted malt. Pours clear, bright ruby red colored with half a finger of reddish-white head that has decent retention and excellent lacing. Starts with sweet cocoa powder flavor with note of vanilla, so it starts off stout-ish enough, except for being a bit watery in the mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, February 19, 2017

riversideAK
3.8
Ballast Point Manta Ray
The ratings on this one are all over the map. I thought it was pretty damn good. Nose is of sharp grapefruit and citrus with some underlying dank/pine. Malt base is bready, soft, and complimentary. Pours golden, nice white head, clarity, etc. Flavor is bright and citrusy up front, some dank in the mid palate, and a nice resinous finish. Malt is bready and the overall finish is dry with a light balancing sweetness. A solid IPA.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Iznogud
3.8
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
Bottle, 355 ml from Beergium, shared with Max and JFK10000. Pours clear golden, medium white head. Cats piss, grapefruit, hoppy, bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

jsporrer
2.5
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
Pours a clear cherry red with lots of carbonation that settles into a big head of creamy pink foam an lots of lacing. Sweet fruity aroma. Medium thick creamy body. Fairly dry and bitter tasting. Not very enjoyable nor what I expected. Leaves a lingering Blah aftertaste in the back of the mouth. Barely drinkable. Not a fan at all except for the artwork on the label.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

brigg
3.8
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
(Bottle) Clear orange body with big off-white/orange head of fine bubbles which reduce to rocky peaks. Aroma of orange, tropical fruit, some grass, pine and earth. Flavor is full of resiny hop bitterness, mildly sweet caramel; grass, pine. Medium body, oily.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

edgallow
4.2
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, caramel and mango’s. Taste is grapefruit, peaches and caramel.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

tmongoose
3.4
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
draft sampler at tailspin. poured a reddish color totally different for a stout. the nose was malty cake sweet and I mean cake truly tasted like cake. it tasted like red velvet cake. interesting to look at and eat I mean drink. don’t think I would drink a whole lot of these but worthy of a sample.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

gyllenbock
2.9
Ballast Point California Kölsch
Bottle from a 7Eleven in San Diego. Clear golden with a medium white head. Quite sweet with malt, grass, some perfume and light hops. The body was on the light side. Soft and easy to drink.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mesjasz
4
Ballast Point Victory at Sea
Sampel w Chmielarni na Marszałkowskiej. Aromat palony, kakaowy, wanilia. Smak dosyć wytrawny, palony, kawa i czekolada, trochę wanilii. Fajne piwo.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

GoufCustom
3.9
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA


355ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Clear amber colour; Half finger head with soapy off-white foam which fades in 40 seconds;Beautiful sticky lacing with active slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant Ale malt, with mango, strong passion fruits, apricots, strong candied fruits, orange, floral, sugar, strong spices, resins, biscuits, lemon and strong fresh grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet Ale malt, with strong grapefruits, light mangoes, candied fruits, strong citrus peels, strong floral, molasses, strong spices, herbs, strong pine, resin ooze, dry biscuits, strong lime, very strong bitter hops and very sharp grass.

Body: Mid to full body; Slick, creamy and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich Ale maltyness in a thick background, very smooth. Strong sharp grapefruit hops dominates with mango, candied fruits, and citrus peels. Very flowery, nice medium sweetness. Lots of pine, resin ooze , spices and herbs. Biscuity with strong lime to round. Yes!

Hoppiness: Mango, passion fruits, apricots, candied fruits, orange, floral, spices, resins, lemon and fresh grass in nose. Strong grapefruits, light mangoes, candied fruits, strong citrus peels, floral, strong spices, herbs, strong pine, resin ooze, strong lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong for a lasting. High astringent bitter-sweet herbal malty finish.

After taste: Quite dry. Limey, oozy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is a West Coast IPA with good looks, rich maltyness and creamy to the tongue. Loads of dry hopped Centennial and Columbus push for a nice tropical aroma, and strong sharp oozy hoppy taste almost to the limit, yet the bitterness is still sharp and nice. A rollercoaster for tastebuds, this is great!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

gyllenbock
3
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
On tap at Ballast Point Little Italy. Reddish with a small head. Sweet with chocolate, malt and some cocoa. The body was light and the bitterness low.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hop_Hedonist
4.4
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin
Bottle - solid IPA - like it but don’t love it - could do with a bit more bite - but, of course, I’m nitpicking - a really superb drink, balanced with plenty of body.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

solidfunk
3.7
Ballast Point The Commodore - Cinnamon Raisin
Pretty nicely done. Cinnamon and raisin fold in well like origami. Neither is overdone. Big roast here still and some dark chocolate. A little caramel. Bittersweet finish. Black pour with decent head. Bottle.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

ibrubeer
3.7
Ballast Point Mocha Marlin
Bomber. A little vanilla aroma, roast. Jet black color with thick tan head and nice lacing. I think the coffee makes it a little harsh bitterness? Aftertaste is too bitter. Med bodied with a somewhat lively carbonation. Overall, I think the coffee aftertaste detracts a little bit.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

sm89walt
3.9
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
355ml can from Uncle Dan. Amber with a mild haze on the pour and a small and lasting white head atop. Vibrant and punchy tropical fruit aromas: mango, peach, lychee, pineapple, passionfruit et al. Mid-weight, gently carbonated with a subtle oily texture and long, intense pine and grapefruit bitterness to finish. The malts are present but in the background playing a supporting role to the aromatics and freshness of the hops.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

kramer
3.2
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a one finger frothy off-white head that had nice retention. The nose is heavy grapefruit juice and citrusy hops with a light caramel malt impact. The flavor is a little overly heavy on the grapefruit for my tastes. The bitterness from the grapefruit is a lot different than the bitterness from the hops. Pretty aggressive hoppiness like the usual Sculpin, but drown out by the fruit. Light to moderate caramel maltiness. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, I’ll take the regular version every time.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

thegreenrooster
3
Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake
Pour is a red with a small pink head. Aroma is all things sweet. Reminds me of icing on a store bought birthday sheet cake. Flavor is more icing with some cake flour. Not a porter but it does taste like a cake so I’ll give it that. Total gimmick, novelty beer but it was worth a try.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

sm89walt
3.8
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
355ml can from Uncle Dan. A slightly hazy golden amber with a small and mostly fading white head. Aromas of tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple and citrus. More of the same to taste but also gently nutty and earthy leading to a pithy citrus and grapefruit bitterness of moderate to full length and intensity. Medium body, crisp and clean with fresh, medium carbonation.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

ryanfolty
3.6
Ballast Point Manta Ray
February 18, 2017 - on tap at OC. Clear golden pour with limited head. Aroma was citrus, sweet and hint of grain. Taste was nicely balanced, with strong grapefruit in finish. Still remember the paper mache Manta Ray I made in elementary school, it totally ruled.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Panzuriel
3.3
Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest
Appearance: somewhat hazy darker copper. Thin head of white bubbles. Nose: medium roasted malt. Hints of caramel, earthy hops and roasted grains Taste: well roasted cereal, hints of nuts. Just a touch of sweetness and crisp herbal hops. Body: Medium to thinner and lively. Parting thoughts: A very nice Oktoberfest from ballast point. well done.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

humpah
3.6
Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin
From notes. 0,355l bottle at Harry’s, Jyväskylä. Pours clear copper colour. Aroma of slight chili, malt, hops. Taste is very chilish, some balancing body and hoppiness. Spicy but well-made for one.
Saturday, February 18, 2017