Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ballast Point's Flavored IPAs

Let me start this off by saying that I love many Ballast Point brews. The Grunion and Sculpin are amazing true to form beers. The grapefruit Sculpin is the first flavored beer that I have enjoyed since Marin Brew Co's Stinson Beach Peach in high school. I doubt I could get down with that today, but at the time it was great.

Grapefruit Sculpin:
The bitterness of the grapefruit matching the bitterness of the hops and the citrus aromas of the hops and grapefruit mingling together. Really beautiful beer if you haven't tried it yet go get a sixer.

Watermelon Dorado:
It just doesn't work for me. It's like a jolly rancher. I thought the bitterness of a double IPA would counter the sweetness of the watermelon but I was wrong. It's pretty much a wine cooler. Lame.
I hope this isn't what we will come to expect from BP now they were bought for a billion bucks by InBev or whatever inbev/budweiser/America is calling itself...

Pineapple Sculpin:
This beer lands a bit in between the two above. It is certainly much much better than the watermelon. The sweetness of the pineapple flavor carries a little too strongly for my liking but its not candy sweet. The bitterness of the Sculpin is subdued in my opinion but the girlfriend finds it too piney for her liking. Either way I don't think we will purchase it again. I could see this as a good companion to spicy food like a curry or maybe tacos.

1 comment:

  1. Next time try the Mango Even Keel. That has a great balanWheat, ry easy to drink since it's a session IPA. It's a great day drinking beer. I live 3 blocks from ballast point and I have been drinking some of these flavored Beers for years. They don't always get them just right, but there is always plenty of great beer at the brewery. The grunion is one of my favorites, as well as Fathom. They also just started bottling their Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat, which is a very interesting beer. It grew on me and is now one of my personal favorites, but not for everyone. Cheers.

    Curtis Brooks