Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.22/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Draft pour into a shaker pint at Selma's in Rancho Santa Margarita.
A: Clear, light amber with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.
S: Intense juicy grapefruit unaccompanied by other elements.
T: Faint biscuit is just detectable before abundant aromatic hop flavors fill the palate. As dictated by the smell, grapefruit dominates here along with light pine. Bitterness is strong and somewhat astringent, with grapefruit character carrying through.
M: Thin viscosity, watery, with moderate-high carbonation. None of the resiny stickiness usually found in a west coast IPA is present here.
D: As this beer was designed to deliver big hop flavor in a sessionable package, it is a resounding success. Although its availability is fleeting, this beer would make a fine companion piece to Stone's own session beer: Levitation. Producers of other lower-abv hop bombs (Craftsman comes to mind) should take note that the bar has officially been raised by this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
09-13-2010 17:11:47 | More by beagle75
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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