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Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session AleBallast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-07-2010)
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nealbert

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-27-2012 23:46:30 | More by nealbert
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ArchitectBrewCo

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-05-2012 06:20:56 | More by ArchitectBrewCo
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-19-2012 00:11:11 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to find this where I did, and figured it would be too far gone, but alas, this was not the case. Great vibrancy and distinct hop tones. Pretty clean with a lot of character getting in on the mix. I definitely like this as a "session ale." It's too bad I don't have more of these ready to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:35:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rathakem

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-23-2012 02:55:23 | More by Rathakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with some hints of orange in color with some very light bits of dark (almost black) sediment through the bottom 50% of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a very thin layer covering most of the surface of the beer with some patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very pleasant aroma, some light biscuit malts with lots of different hop aromas. The hops contribute pine, grapefruit, citrus/lemon, and just a hint of bitter orange rind.

T: The flavor definitely follows the smell, there is a very easy to appreciate light bitterness. The malt presence is very light and well balanced with the bitterness contributed by the different hops. I really like how light flavored this beer is with the pine, grapefruit, and citrus hop elements.

M: Light bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Very dry throughout.

O: This is a really nice sessionable APA, very enjoyable and very easy to drink. This beer has a nice balance of flavor, unfortunately the collaboration is only brewed the one time as I would likely pick some more of this up to have in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 16:36:36 | More by dbrauneis
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Doodler

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-26-2012 03:51:14 | More by Doodler
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Schwag


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-24-2012 02:47:08 | More by Schwag
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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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ScottyC54

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-17-2012 16:53:13 | More by ScottyC54
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beergoot

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light honey-yellow body with a thin yet persistent white head. Clinging foam sticks to the glass sides.

Rich malt sweetness with hints of melon, pear, and and honey. The hops are spicy and pungent with good floral characteristics.

Light biscuit malt flavor that quickly gets trumped by hop bitterness.

Bright and vibrant mouthfeel, light-to-medium in body.

For a session ale, this has enough flair to know you're drinking a better than average beer. Its strong point seems to be in the aroma - very pleasant and inviting. The taste is nothing special but decent enough. Worth a taste...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:09:14 | More by beergoot
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-12-2012 20:21:47 | More by UltimateLivewire
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-12-2012 16:18:05 | More by DSlim71
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +25.6%

03-11-2012 15:09:24 | More by ucsbmullet
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-11-2012 13:06:04 | More by spark3148857
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hpthebull

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-04-2012 05:23:52 | More by hpthebull
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.6%

02-16-2012 03:45:47 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a compact white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, grapefruit, and pine are present on the nose. This ale smells nice, but in a way that is entirely expected. Obviously, this ale is not going to surprise someone who is thoroughly familiar with this style.

T: Notes of biscuits, pine, spruce, lemon, grapefruit, lime, kumquat, and bitter orange wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, yet rather abrupt, with a deft balance of biscuit and tart citrus flavors.

M: As expected, this ale is dry and light-bodied. Carbonation is crisp, yet still remains somewhat expressive. This ale is as drinkable as American ales come.

O: In the end, this is a very nice session ale that displays an expert balance between dry, bready malt and resinous, fruity American hops. If you are expecting to be blown out of the water (and that is perfectly understandable given the level of talent of each of these collaborators), then you may be slightly disappointed. The brewers set out to create a true session ale with a ton of West Coast hop flavor, and they have done just that and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:41:02 | More by mrfrancis
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and an sweet orange citrus hop. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and a small orange citrus sweetness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread malt and just a note of orange citrus. English like maltiness with west coast hops, a weird mix for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:59:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2012 08:00:23 | More by shelby415
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2012 00:51:20 | More by Tyrawlings
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bearisprime

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-08-2012 22:39:32 | More by bearisprime
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throwback

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-06-2012 22:09:44 | More by throwback
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-28-2012 06:04:07 | More by zonker17
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours chill haze spiked bright orange with a really rocky eggshell white head.

S: Smells is a nice spectrum of hop flavors. I pick up a bit of grapefruit and lemon, but also an underlying pine.

T: Very nice and flavorful, especially considering the crazy low ABV. Immediately starts of with a moderately bitter orange and lemon zest, then it transitions to a slightly less bitter grapefruit taste. It ends with a powerful bitter grapefruit rind and pine bitterness. The malt support is very, very minimal...probably TOO minimal considering the onslaught of hops.

M: Mouthfeel is really nice. Creamy, medium body. Carbonation bites about mid-drink, right before the final tinge of bitter hop taste.

O: Like I said earlier, this beer is extremely flavorful. I think that the malt base should be more substantial, but that would probably add on to that ABV.

Pretty good. I'd love if they had something like this in a reasonably priced 6-pack for those long session beer days, but considering this one bottle was $4, I doubt that will ever happen.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:32:47 | More by TTAmod
Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.