Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #7
Ranked #585
4.38 | pDev: 9.82%
Jun 13, 2022
Apr 02, 2006
Notes: Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Got this on draft.

Pours a clear golden color with a small head and moderate lacing.

Smells and tastes of malt and and peppery hops with some tart citrus.

Medium body and carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

This is a classic west coast IPA

Jun 13, 2022
4.21 by Buannaich from Colorado on May 26, 2022
4.4 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Mar 31, 2022
4.07 by SonofGene from Georgia on Feb 24, 2022
4.82 by DasMeiz from Wisconsin on Dec 30, 2021
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2.98/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by 1509er

Over hyped IMO.

Dec 26, 2021
3.54 by psweet70 from New Hampshire on Dec 13, 2021
4 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
4.34 by ravger from Illinois on Nov 18, 2021
4.15 by RPBeerdude from Colorado on Nov 16, 2021
4.18 by Tomlarson123 from Ohio on Oct 28, 2021
4.6 by Patrick2012 from California on Oct 24, 2021
4.65 by mutro on Oct 13, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Just a bit of haze infiltrating the amber body along with a medium size white head and good lacing. After inhaling everything hoppy, from citrus to pine and everything in between, there wasn't much room for the malts to make a statement. Thought they might take a step forward in the taste, but nyet, still awash in all the hop pleasures. Bold and bitter right thru to the aftertaste. Full-to-bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that is so welcome after weeks of malty marzens and festbiers. Could easily pass for a DIPA.

Sep 30, 2021
3.93 by KT3418 from Colorado on Sep 19, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz bottles and on tap into a 16oz nonic pint glass.
L: Pours a slightly cloudy caramel amber with a 1.5" off-white rocky head with very good retention. It is well carbonated right to the end of the pint. Some skeletal lacing and banding.
S: Apricot, peach, light pineapple, pine, raisins, light sweet bread.
T: Earthy apricot, sweet ripe tangerine, lemon peel, mango, juicy pine and toasted grains. It is fairly bitter with pine resin lingering throughout the finish and is moderately sweet and resinous.
F: It has a firm, lightly sticky medium-bodied mouthfeel that is smooth with a long finish. It is not jarring with hops yet they are bold and balanced.
O: I first tried this beer in 2008. A bottle pour produces a bit more foam than does a tap pour. It is an excellent full flavored hop-forward West Coast IPA. It's well balanced hop configuration flavors remind me of the children's breakfast cereal "Fruit Loops". It is very excellent in it's style.

Aug 27, 2021
4.44 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Aug 25, 2021
4.43 by walt5 from Delaware on Jul 28, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 1/25/21

This is one of those beers that I had for the first time very early on in my craft journey but never reviewed. From what I remember of my 21st, I had a lot of this and the grapefruit variant, and kinda just stopped going back to them after that. Not for any particular reason, but I started branching out since I had the options. So when I saw this and the grapefruit one lying around recently, I just had to pick them up, even though they were older cans they deserve a proper review

Pours a lightly cloudy orange gold with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

Despite the age on the can, this is still in your face hoppy and fresh, which is really what drew me to this beer more than anything when I first had it. I'm picking up on aromas of earthy hops, pithy grapefruit, coriander, lemon rind, biscuity malt, and light caramel

As I said, I recall the aroma being the high point, and the taste lagging a bit behind, but in this case I think it's the age showing a bit. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting pine sap, bready malt, white pepper, pithy grapefruit, and peach. The swallow brings notes of orange zest, peppery hops, caramel malt, and toasted grain

A light medium body pairs with mild carbonation, resulting in a slick yet firm beer. Finishes off dry and feels much lighter than the 7% it actually is

This beer is an institution for a reason. An absolute classic which holds up today, but I can only imagine what it was like for people to experience this one in the early days. A treasure of a beer that I think I'll have to come back to more often

Jul 11, 2021
3.69 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
3.54 by QuintusHorace from California on Jun 19, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Innerfirex

This beer, is top tier IPA. It is very bitter, but with character and makes this one of a kind. Meant To wow all those who are tired of the same hazies, same ol imperials, whatever. This beer is unique. Look is obviously excellent, bright and opaque. As for feel, well it goes down with ease, with the feel of a superior beer. Carbonation, nuetrality, and taste that's what you need. If warm, it may not feel so great, due to it's strong flavor.

This beer is worth more than market. It really should be priced a bit more than it's competition, but it's not. So it's a great deal to boot.

Now, the alcohol. This beer hits you. It is totally reliable to make you extra drunk and fast. Be wary and believe me and my fellow Sculpin lovers. This is also added value. Ballast Point will go down in history for this legendary beer. My only complaint may be consistency. It's very strong IPA, so a bit more likely to get an off-batch once in a blue moon

Jun 18, 2021
4.35 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jun 17, 2021
4.06 by HopHunterCL from Ohio on Jun 05, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rktrat from Massachusetts

Heaven head one in alarm time that as I remember it was very good him reading it because I see its number four

May 22, 2021
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2.18/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by Marvin from California

This used to be an amazing beer, whoever is brewing it now has destroyed it, I would put it it in the ranks of Goose Island IPA, which is an absolute abomination of an IPA. Truly sad, this used to be an iconic beer.

May 21, 2021
4.26 by simonrgilbert57 from California on May 16, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. No dating information found on label nor on bottle.
Clear, deep gold colored body. Active uprising bubble show. One finger of white head, which settles back to a medium cap. Leaves bands of lacing.
Aroma of hops expressing tropical fruits and lemon. Firm malt base.
Taste is old school bitter (70 IPUs). Sweet honey malts. Hops express apricot, peach, and mango, plus some lemon rind.
Medium mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
This was a major star when the bitter West Coast IPA was in vogue. Now more of a reminder of this IPA style, but well made and crafted.

May 13, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by blazerkor from Nevada

It smells like fresh fruit.  Citrussy but not specific.  It's a sweet smell mostly fruity but a little bit of maltiness too.

It's bitterness first but it's really fresh.  Then there is both citrus and pine flavored hops.  There is that little bit of malt as well.

It's thin but really foamy.  It's smooth and refreshing.  The finish starts off bittersweet but eventually is just bitter.

Overall it's delicious.  It's a refreshing fruity and bitingly bitter IPA.  I give it a 5.2 out of 6.

May 11, 2021
4.08 by asaboss from California on May 07, 2021
3.93 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Apr 24, 2021
4.43 by Slyde180 from Texas on Apr 11, 2021
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