The beer pours black in appearance, just a sliver of translucent brown on the bottom edge when held to the light. There is a tall, thick, foamy head of tan. The aroma is pine, tangy, dark roasted malt, toasted bread. The taste follows the aromas, but they clash rather than blending into a harmonious and better whole. A strange vomit note is created as the piney hops combine with an almost burnt note in the malts. The beer does drink easy and smooth. It has a very piney and bitter finish. This beer is why I am leery of black IPA’s. When they are good, they can be great, but when they don’t mesh, the result is a mess. It does get better as you go through the can, but I would choose many black IPA's over this one.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
This is a 3.8% ABV session India Pale Ale from the Ballast Point Brewing Company of San Diego, California. This is the lowest ABV session IPA I have come across.
The beer pours amber and copper in color. There is a tall, raggedly foamy head, off-white in color (perhaps like sea foam to fit the Ballast Point Nautical theme). The aroma is tropical, melons, citrus, zesty. The taste follows the aromas, over cracker and tea maltiness. The finish is dry and moderately bitter. The beer drinks easy, with a refreshing carbonation. This is a good session IPA. Granted, there are better, but when you take into account the low ABV here, it is truly, truly an IPA you could drink and still get things done.