Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Finally was able to try this! I've been looking for a "session IPA" which I realize doesn't make any sense as by definition there is no such thing, though heard this would be close. Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer pours an orange golden color with a decent 1 finger white head with some retention and lacing, looks inviting. The aroma is nice and hoppy. Floral with citrus and pine tones. The malt base is also prevelant which allows for a nice aroma. The flavor is more pronounced than I expected for such a small/session beer. The citrus flavor from the hops as found in the nose is immediately prominent with a hint of pine in the back end, medium bitter. Fruity sweetness though not overly so the malt provides a grainy base, though make no mistake, this is a hoppy brew. Finishes rather creamy and light. Lighter bodied though certainly not watery with good carbonation. Overall, I was impressed with how much flavor they were able to pack into this session beer. I would happily drink several of these.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2012 13:24:30 | More by hopfacebrew
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4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
89 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.