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Brut IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brut IPABrut IPA
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3.98/5
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12 Ratings
Brut IPABrut IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Brut IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brut IPA is our latest deep dive into the ever more complex world of IPA. This bone-dry IPA features a light body matched only by its light bitterness. But don’t be fooled, this beer is exploding with juicy, citrus hop character in what is undoubtedly a fantastic voyage into unknown waters.

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
6
Ratings:
12
pDev:
7.54%
 
 
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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of DOCRW
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rolltide
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No dates on the bottle or the six-pack holder, is this not 2019? Bottles have enough trouble selling, glad to see this on the singles rack.

A- 12oz bottle pours into a snifter with a very slightly hazy golden yellow body. The head has a thick foamy texture and builds to a finger high. A few small webs of lacing around the glass.

S- The hops are the dominant factor of the aroma with a medium overall strength and a profile that doesn't showcase a ton of specific things but a general balance of tropical fruit, citrus, pine and floral notes. Melon, orange, mango and dankness come to mind. Hints a decent amount at cereal grains.

T- As things dry out on the palate it becomes a different beer compared to what was a pretty deep aroma. The dryness pushes the herbal and floral notes to the forefront and the fruitier ones the backdrop besides grapefruit zest which shines throughout. Bold grapefruit opens up for orange, bitter grassy, floral, pine, melon, apricot, grape, mango, spicy and herbal hints. A hint of sweetness, would not say it is "bone dry" but on the drier side for sure. Malts bring cereal, cracker and light bready hints.

MF- A very fluffy and borderline effervescent consistency to the light-medium bodied brew. The carbonation level is huge and it ends with a dry bitterness.

A juicy and fruity hop aroma leads into the dry and less complex flavor that ends up with a massive grapefruit note opening for floral, grassy and dank hints. The body on this one is very nice, the aroma is quite good but the flavor itself is a bit less exciting than those.

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

Photo of RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Citrus, tropical fruit and melon, earthy and grassy notes, a touch of spicy pine, a little biscuity malt, and the faintest hint of sweetness.

T: Citrus, mandarin orange and a little grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit, pineapple, lychee, passion fruit, papaya, apricot, and peach, earthy grassy notes, a little pine, biscuity malt, and just a touch of honey sweetness.

M: Just slightly on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Doesn't immediately jump out as a Brut IPA, but it's solid. Definitely a different flavor profile than the others I've tried, which is nice.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/04/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty spoty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, red apple, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, red apple, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, gooseberry, red apple, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent brut IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Feels like a lot of Nelson, Simcoe, Calypso. Extremely vibrant, dank, earthy, and lightly juicy hop complexity; with a nice solid pale malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness from crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example all the way through.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this last night, was the first beer of many with the Marquette @ Villanova and UNLV @ Nevada games nationally televised back to back.

Pours a very clear and light straw yellow appearance, lots of bubbles evident, standard good 1/2" white head on the top. As long as you aren't put off by the low SRM in the appearance department, this looks impressive. Big breweries make beer more consistent, especially in the appearance area.

Aroma was hoppier than most brut ipas I've come across. This one was just as good as Brouwerij West's excellent brut ipa. Had the aromatics popping, seemed like a heavy late stage dry hopping additions of Citra.

Taste, wow, easy to drink, kept a bone dry and light mouth feel to it, but substantial citrus hops all over it without a heavy bitter character overwhelmed by the levity-non heavy malt bill and amalayze drying it out even more beyond the slight pale toasted malt character in small supply. This one might use CTZ as a bittering hop, seemed like something less harsh than Simcoe. Either way, this establishes itself as one of the best brut ipas right out the gate, and definitely the most affordable of those few in the 1st tier elite brut ipa category (them and Brouwerij West basically).

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Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pale golden with great clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas a nice blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Some floral notes as well. Some fresh bread and crackers. Some malts. The flavors are extremely clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. Lots of fresh grass. Hints grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. Nice earthy bitterness. Malts take a backseat. Finishes very dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with very active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice "Brut IPA". I know it's a new trend and I haven't had a ton yet, but this one is closest to what I personally expect from the style. It has a nice "champagne" quality to it. Once again, it's very clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Clear with 1/2 a finger of head. Looks like a pilsner tbh.

S - Not a pilsner! Pine hops dominate. Dank and pungent

T - Pine hops dominate, well balanced, and dry

F - Thin body and VERY dry.

O - Tastes like a very dry Sculpin. Very good.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brut IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 12 ratings