Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ballast Point - Big Eye IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Ballast's IPA pours a moderate amber hue with a mild orange glow. A frothy, generously portioned, off-white head results from a vigorous pour. The head manages solid retention and tons of lacing. The nose is slightly earthy with underlying sweet malts with a light biscuity aroma. The beer is high on hops with a distinct pine essence.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied, giving the beer a large character. The carbonation provides a minor bite on the tongue. The malts seem fresh and grassy with a clean crispness and a slight grainy texture. The hops are quite potent, but not overbearing. A slight mustiness develops as the finish comes in and leaves a slight lingering dryness.

Final Verdict: B-

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