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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 08-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 376 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ScottyC54
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of bearisprime
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of hpthebull
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JayS2629
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I understand this is a session ale and that explains the light, crisp, watery body. That is ok, but the flavors are out of balance. I know what they were aiming for, and I imagine they hit it, but it was too intense for me.

It poured a clear light amber with a medium head that faded fast and left ok lace.

The smell was of oranges, grapefruit, pine, tangerine and peach with a biscuit and crusty bread underneath.

The taste followed with loads of pine and grapefruit dominating over a strong toast back. Its good, but off balance with the sweet citrus being cloying.

Overall, drinkable but unbalance. Its just ok.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Stone 'collaboration' bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy golden copper in color with a half inch of white cap. Light to moderate retention and light lacing follow.

Nose is of piney hops and a light malt presence. Rich hop notes permeate the darkness here but are a bit unsubstantiated and a bit one directional. Much like a SoCal IPA on the nose but without the meatiness that often accompanies. Flavor is spicy and clean though light and with a hint of citrus. Not much body on the scene and with a light lemon finish.

Overall a very hoppy session beer that straddles the wrong line for me. I'd prefer a Tuatara. And even that is a stretch, yet offers more balance.

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Photo of Bung
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brighter gold pour, finger of white head.

Aroma is herbal pine hoppy, pretty much it.

Taste, also herbal and piney hops. Finishes the same. Pretty straight forward.

Lighter bodied, nearly watery thin. Obviously quite drinkable, but I just don't find it all that inviting for another. I'll scacrifice the extra 0.8 abv and drink something with a little more to it.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color with a small amount of head. Hops galore in the smell and the taste with lots of bitterness. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel for a beer with only 4.2% alcohol. I’m more of a malt lover, but if you love hops, you’ll likely like this beer a lot.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer with a one finger white head. Pretty nice lacing on this one.

S - Huge pine notes, a lot stonger hop presence than I was expecting from something called a "session" ale. Decent hops profile, definately heavy on the pine.

T - Pretty solid, a little bit weak, but a very, very hoppy APA. Hops not quite as piney as the smell would indicate. Definate pine, but a good dose of citrus. Taste is nice, but a little watery.

M - Pretty smooth, lighter bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, although lack of taste makes this one a little bit less of a winner. Pretty solid session beer though.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Lots of sediment, light gold

S - Amazing aroma. Sweet hops, honey, orange water.

T - Mildly-cedary hops, but it's more of a backdrop than a main event. Almost no malt.

M - Very carbonated. Very light, almost watery, body.

D - Super drinkable. The carbonation is refreshing, and the body and flavor are light on the palate.

O - I was disappointed by the flavor, there's almost nothing going on. For such a delicious bouquet, and great name breweries, I was hoping for something more.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 4.2% ABV, Enjoy by 11 10 10.

A - Topped by a white head that wont leave, this lightly hazy golden yellow beer displays promise in the appearance alone. Lots of thick lace left on the glass.

S - Cascade hops are apparent through the opening aroma of lemon citrus, pineapple, and a herbal blend. Pale malts and straw fall behind and are largely overtaken by the voluptuous hops.

T - Hazy grain and straw adds a faint note to the pale malt backdrop. Lots of hops up front but it's still thin and underdeveloped. Main flavors consist of a herbal lemon grass, light fruit (pineapple) juice splash. A bit resiny.

M - Thin and very light-bodied, there isn't much here. Dry bitter resin finish could use some balance to it. Highly carbonated.

D - It's an easy drinking session ale but it lacks true flavor. Lots of hops won't make a beer great. Either a lower hop level should be achieved or it could a slight, slight boost in crystal malt (and subsequently body). For a light, session ale, its good, for an APA, not so much.

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Photo of chcfan
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Cavery
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz shared with Klym at the start of a Friday session. Poured into small tulips.

A: A cloudy lemony yellow pale malt body with some decent small bubble foam. Modest retention is likely caused by a very violent moving body and lack of stickiness. Comes off very light in the visual, almost like a pale wheat ale. A decent ring of foam sticks around the edge of the glass.

S: Yummy light herbal hops with an almost pear skin like quality to it. There's a bit of a medicinal linger but not one that makes me feel like I'm getting my vitamins. I'm getting an actually kind of funky note of cucumber from the hops. Not bad, just comes off really light. The theme so far is lightness!

T: Once again, light. A fairly simple flavor of semi-old hops and supplement powders. There really is an aged taste to this thing, and it's really not very welcome. There doesn't seem to be any sign of infection, just kind of a funky mellow taste that takes the malt sweetness to a realm of bitter medicines. some mild orange rind before the medicine sets in.

M: An appropriately light slow bubble dissipation in the mouth. I like how there's a real effort to keep the theme of drinkability a top priority. Very light and almost air like, but still has a very noticeable IPA hop presence and general flavor transition. Not wet from alcohols, and not overly dry from the medicines. If the flavor could keep up with the mouth this would fair better.

O: I had this before, and I didn't remember it being this mediocre. I actually remember thinking it was very drinkable and respectable despite the suspicious low ABV and small clear-ish bottle. However, I think that this bottle may have seen a bit more time than it needed. The hops really come off tasting like a preservative, and the malt is ridden with cobwebs. This is an enjoyable beer fresh, but a mediocre beer without that element of freshness. Don't make a session ale out of this unless you are certain of the bottle date!

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Photo of Stunner97
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured with a very thing white lacing then faded quickly off and was amber in color with moderate carbonation. The beer had floral hop notes there on the nose but nothing crazy. Overall in flavor this beer was very one dimensional and really didnt blow me away in any direction. Showed just bitter hop tones with less the impressive malt tones and just kind of bland and simple, inoffensive but simple. Mouthfeel was very light and soft. The drinkability was okay on this beer but just nothing amazing overall. Its just kinda simple and lacking that overall wow that you get with a lot of the different stone products i have tried in the past. Basically if you were looking for a very good session ale this is a very much weaker beer then levitation which i would recommend much higher. To me considering price as well this beer was sort of a miss just nothing to go crazy for.

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Photo of patobandito
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light, crisp golden color, very clear. Thin white head with some lacing. Smells very flowery, with not much else on the nose. Tastes mostly of flowery hops, and again, not much else. Pretty good beer, but somewhat unbalanced in my opinion. Would be hard to have more than a couple at a sitting, so calling it a session beer seems to be a bit of a misnomer.

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Photo of sway0925
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma smells of a light citrus style ale with a nice balance of hops, but not too must as to over power the nose.

This beer does what is says it is a session beer, the taste is very light and well balanced. Unfortunately it is hard to pin point specific notes within this beer. I can pick up a slight floral note due to the hops followed by a very weak taste of citrus and some light malt. The body to this beer is not complex at all they kept it very simple but gave it enough taste to be recognizable. The only down fall i see with this beer is the price, although i would have love to see something with a little more body the price throws me off for round two.

Overall a good session beer as an in between beer but nothing compared to some of the other collaborations.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Murphy's tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dull orange color with a super frothy head that is just sitting there doing nothing, which is quite amazing.

S: Citrusy grapefruit with a piney resiny, typical west coast hopped beer smell. Wish I could smell some malts but hops really dominating nose, which isn't a bad thing.

T: Starts out smooth almost lager like, then hits you with a nice zip of the citrus hop and has a pungent clean bitterness at the end. I know at 4.20% abv. the grain bill would be low, but this one seems none existent compared to the hops. Nothing but hops, hops and more hops, which is okay but after your palate is numb to the hops there really is nothing to keep you interested.

M: It sits on the light side of they style verging on watery. It also seems to be lacking carbonation, also has a slight resiny piney coating in the throat.

D: Its an easy drinker for sure at 4.20% abv. but after hops kill your mouth your left with an easy drinking beer that gets boring really quick.

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Ballast Point / Kelsey McNair / Stone San Diego County Session Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 79.3% out of 100 with 376 ratings
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