Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by OlieIPA:
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone tulip glass
A: Sports a deep gold body with a rocky, frothy, white head. An extremely cleared out beer as well, which gives an even more desirable appearance.
S: A nice mix of grassy and citrus hop aroma, with accent on the hops, not malt.
T: The flavor has a touch malt, with traces of wheat and caramel. The hop bitterness is attenuated by the low amount of malt sweetness, and tends to linger on the palate long after the sip.
M: Incredibly light on the palate with ample amounts of carbonation.
D: A good example of a "session-like" beer, but the over abundance of hops deterred me at times. Don't get me wrong, I'm a hophead at heart, but I wish there would have been a little more of a malt body or less bittering hops to balance it out.
Overall: One of the better collaborations to come out of the Stone Brewing Co. in recent years, but I found the disparity between the malt and hops too great at times. A try it beer. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2010 23:58:40 | More by OlieIPA
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From notes, poured into pint glass
A nice little session ale, surprised how much I liked this as I've been pretty underwhelmed by this series. Copper tan in color, the nose is malt-forward with touch of citrus-hop snap drying the bouquet. A little more hoppy on the palate, a citrusy overtone is well balanced by a pleasant toffee sweetness. Nothing is overdone...exactly what you'd want from a daytime session brew. Wish they'd make this again.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2013 06:28:28 | More by rand
Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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