Homework Series # 1 - Hoppy Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by HalfFull:
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into a globe glass. This, the first batch of the 'Homework Series' is quite unique. For the entire recipe is on the label, grain bill, hop additons, yeast and fermentation notes all for the world to see. And with Ballast Point announcing a new 5 bbl experimental brewery in the works in Little Italy I trust there will be a lot more Homework to be done.
Pours a clear deep amber with half an inch of soapy off white foam and is garnet/crimson in the light. Offers decent retention amid a nice boil of carbonation from the bottom of the pour. Maintains a good surface cap through the glass with agitation.
Nice hop aroma with citrus and pine intitially with more caramel emerging with exposure. Quite hop forward for an amber as caramel notes are present yet well integrated and not overly sweet by any measure. Touch of hoppy ethanol with warming when you really stick your nose in it.
Taste follows with light caramel and a coarse and grainy flavor. Hops are dominant as malts are, again, well integrated. Some caramel nuttiness yet without the sweetness that often accompanies. Pleasant feel with a good level of carbonation, not too sweet or oily in nature. Offers a fair amount of bitterness for the style yet matching the hop delivery. As a result the finish is somewhat dry and offers a lingering subtle malt finish.
Overall quite solid for a hop head though not realy 'amberish' in nature. A Red IPA indeed yet much better than many an IPA with a distorted malt base. And quite fresh. Worth a visit..
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 05:11:40 | More by HalfFull
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen.
Clear dark red-brown with a vey nice beige head. A little spotty lacing
Feel: medium to medium-full body; smooth for style; Medium carbonation.
Smell: hmm. not as expected and a bit dank, but a clear hop presence.
Taste: lightly spicy, moderate-high hoppy; faint malt backbone.
O: interesting but not relatively strong among BP's offerings.
Serving type: on-tap
06-28-2014 23:53:24 | More by chinchill
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle. Deep clear copper with a rich off-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lace. The aroma smells of fresh pine and green citrus, with a malty combo of burnt grains and sticky sweetness behind it. The taste is similar, with a fresh blast of citrus and resin that sits against a backbone of sweet caramel and toasted graininess. Pine and bitterness really stick hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue but then more oily and smooth underneath which combines with a well hid ABV to keep this drinking pretty darn easy. This is a nicely done American Amber with the type of aggressive hop character and an equally assertive malt presence that I really go for in the style. I’m glad I picked this one up.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 20:27:43 | More by Kegatron
Homework Series # 1 - Hoppy Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.