Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ballast Point Homework Series Batch 2

Type: belgian style DIPA
Origin: San Diego, California
Price: $8.49 per 22 oz
ABV: 10%
NSP: 7.65

Andy tossed this bad boy into a care package for me about a week ago and I have been salivating waiting to try it. We get a decent number of Ballast offerings in Seattle, but definitely none of the special releases. Hell, I barely saw them when I lived in San Diego. Most of all, I am excited to see an absolutely massive west coast IPA done with belgian yeast. These belgo-hybrids have become some of my favorite offerings, and for the most part I stuck to Stone Cali-Belgique and Ommegang BPA. It is also with good timing since I just reviewed a barrel aged belgo DIPA a few weeks ago in Fort George's North the Seventh.

One word describes this beer: massive. After I popped the cap and was playing with my camera settings I could smell this thing across the room before I poured it. Just a heavenly mix of banana and cloves mixing with some super dank hop aromas. After tasting, it is everything I imagined, just a hearty mix of Cali-Belgique and Sculpin with a few extra points of ABV (most likely from candy sugar according to the website). This also drinks super easy even though its at 133 OBUs and 10%; the belgian yeast mellows out these characteristics and allows you to enjoy the great citrus hops mixed with the fruity belgian aspects. If this was on tap, I would drink it AD.

1 comment:

  1. I hope to fuckall christ they make this again. Hot diggity damn this shit is good.