Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a cloudy light amber color with an orange tint to it, and two fingers of ivory head. Keeps a very thin, wispy lace, and leaves some nice splashy webbing on the sides.
Smell is dank, resiny, and very citrusy, with some sweet, juicy notes but a good deal of pithy, rindy grapefruit. There is a very subtle sweetness and a biscuity quality but the malt overall is in the background. It's floral and vibrant and is quite appealing; it gives me what I'd expect out of an IPA that's at least 50% stronger in terms of ABV.
Taste is also super hoppy, with resiny pine and sticky grapefruit. It's dank, musty and very resiny, with a pithy, bitter quality to it. Nice hop flavor. Where it falls a little flat however is in providing any malt backbone to offset the hoppiness. That's not surprising given that it's 4.2%, but that bit of sweetness and body is missed with this level of hoppiness. Bitterness is probably moderate by IPA standards but because of the lack of balance it wears out the tongue.
Mouthfeel is a light body with some oily slickness to it, that gets very dry and somewhat abrasive from the bitterness as it goes into the finish. Already mentioned this but the lack of body makes this pretty out of balance in terms of the feel, as well.
This is funny, because I love that they amped out the hop flavor while keeping this sessionable, but by so doing the absence of much malt sweetness makes it like a low ABV hop bomb. By so being, it wears on the palate and detracts from the sessionability of the beer. Maybe you just can't have it all. No matter, this is a solid beer and if I didn't mind shattering my palate or just wanted a hoppy fix without much kick, this would do the the trick very nicely. Pretty well done, although somewhat conflicted.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2011 00:47:27 | More by number1bum
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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.
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