San Diego invades the Twin Cities! In the past two weeks, Ballast Point and Green Flash have entered the market through the same distributor. No more picking up GF when I visit Wisconsin (every month or two) or BP when I cruise through Chicago (every 20 years is the current average, right?). For their standard IPA, I'm cheating and using a review from February, 2007, and a bottle achieved through a trade.
Clearish, golden/amber hue, fiercely carbonated, under a slim ring of creamy foam.
Hugely hoppy aroma, grassy, piney, bursting with fruit, orange and apricot, lemon zest...lime peel...fresh, and inviting.
Full-bodied, juicy, delicious. Fresh, invigorating, with brash and bitter hops, matched well with judicious malt. Toasty and sweet. Constant deployment of tastiness, jettisoned again and again onto the tastebuds. Tangy, tart, and well-tempered. Sticky puckering bitterness never quite quits. Citric feel remains dominant, hops ever-lasting.
Killer diller IPA. Reminds of Two -Hearted, no shocker as they're both all-Centennial. But, still quite it's own beast. Sure to please any hoppy ale afficianado. It just never stops tasting good!