Brut IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Brut IPABrut IPA
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American Brut IPA
Ranked #21
Ranked #21,831
3.87 | pDev: 12.92%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Brut IPABrut IPA
Notes: 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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Nass from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is light yellow with a slight haze look to it. It sure looks like a bubbly brut in the nucleated IPA glass. I can't spot a date on the bottle although if my memory serves me correct I remember use to put dates on their beers. Furthermore, the beer is quite aromatic, it's scent reminds me of light stoned fruits. The taste is pear, apricot, white grapes, faint pineapple, it's a little juicy, with a hit of dryness & bitterness that lingers a for a few seconds after the swallow. This is one of the more well rounded Brut IPA's that I've had. The 7% abv is well hidden. This is a new style of IPA so it will take a few batches down the line before the breweries develop an overall crowd pleaser but this ain't bad for starters. This is darn good Brut IPA, I highly recommend this beer. Cheers! B

Nov 06, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: tangerine, pineapple, and lemon;

T: almost no flavor for a moment, then it's lemon through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: a nice version of the style;

Aug 17, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Brut IPA that I liked, or maybe this is the first real Brut IPA I had - and it was great! First of all, the aroma is terrific, full of fresh, fruity hops. Not the tropical type though, but the raw, almost sweet and zesty hops that make you want to dive in immediately - and when you do, you know that this is a great beer. Once again, the hops are very well selected and balanced with each other, complementing each other to create a full flavor that is not only fresh but at the same time mild and very pleasantly fruity - to sum it up in one word, it is like peaches, according to my wife and it is so true. It is almost like a very light peach juice.
The carbonation feels a bit more intense than your average IPA and at some points it even felt quite like a champagne, there were traces of some wild yeast in there (although I might have been wrong about this...)
All in all, I love what Ballast Point is doing and this beer, especially as a Brut IPA, is truly outstanding - I would buy this beer again! If this is how Bruts are (this ranked 29 in all Brut IPAs, not bad!), then this style should remain in production for long.

Jul 27, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lighter shade of clear gold color with lasting white cap and lacing.

Aroma of rich malt and fairly intense hops that definitely lean toward the ripe tropical fruit laced with grapefruit camp with some piney touches as well.

Taste is hop forward (it is an IPA) with bright, vibrant grapefruit zest and fruit along with some touches of ripe tropical fruit such as mango, some floral touches,all supported by a solid malt base. I'll say the hops have a firm bitterness without bitter bite. It starts, drinks and finishes dry leaving a refreshing aftertaste.

Medium to full texture with balancing carbonation.

So well balanced and cleanly brewed I don't notice the 7% ABV at all, which is a bit risky because this beer is very drinkable.

Jun 27, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is light, hazy. Fine one finger head, fine lacing. Smells lovely, the kind of bouquet I want on Valentines Day. Smells hoppier than it tastes. Forward middle palate, not a lot on the finish (Which is what you'd expect from Brut IPA). Spicy and floral. Light. Clean finish.

The label says "bone-dry." This is true. This is the kind of IPA I dig. However, if the flavor profile, and not the 7% ABV, is what you're after, keep in mind that Shorts Juicy Brut exists at 4.5% ABV and is possibly even tastier.

May 31, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured out a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, floral notes and sweet caramel. It smelled of sweet caramel, orange zest and a subtle bitterness.

May 04, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. bottle dated 1/31/19, just inside my 3 months window for reviewing IPAs. Though I’ve found BRUTESSS seem to hold better, at least those I’ve sampled to date.

The pour is light golden & thankfully, there is no haze in sight. The nose is strong florals & plenty of cracked cereal grains. Not bad.

Ballast Point Brut IPA threads the IPA style needles. There’s a moderate bitterness that used to define the style, & an almost harsh dryness right in the middle of the tongue from the Brutness; I would believe this was oak aged if you told me blind. Lip smacking. Hops impart a faint magno & African horned cucumber on the finish. I’m having trouble keeping my hands off of the glass.

It’s nice to be reminded from time to time what the IPA used to be, & this is a very good one. My faith is restored, my palate a little crisped by bitterness. What a time to be alive!

Apr 25, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ballast Point Brut IPA has a medium, stark-white head, a hazy, light gold, extremely bubbly appearance, with moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of citrus fruit, light malt, and white bread crust. The taste is similar, with a pretty strong bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ballast Point Brut IPA finishes mostly dry, but not super dry. There is some sweetness, here.


Apr 11, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

1.77/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Slight haze. Straw-blonde. 2 fingers of loose white head. Lively carbonation.

Sulfur, stone fruit, and mineral water. Not much going on.

Mineral water, cereal grains, sulfur, and I dunno what else??? Rancid something or another.

Light bodied, crisp, dry, and lightly bitter.

Something tastes extremely foul.

Mar 21, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Mar 16, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Mar 15, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Mar 07, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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).

Feb 28, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Feb 28, 2019
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Feb 23, 2019
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