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Reviews by Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Co.

Piper Down Scottish Ale

Earthy caramel & brown sugar nose; toffee, raisins, & peat on tongue; subtleties emerge as it warms. Yum.

Dorado Double IPA

Grapefruit and earthy hop nose; orange rind, sweet caramel, and pepper tongue. Big, big bite!

Sour Wench Blackberry Ale

Stone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #6 Fruity nose, blackberry jam on the tongue, and then sour kicks in. Pucker up!

Wahoo Wheat Beer

After I tried Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, I determined I’d try whatever I could from them. Tonight, Wahoo. What’s a Wahoo? Looks like a flying barracuda on the label.

Big Eye IPA

Tonight, about five hundred miles south of me, my buddy Lyell’s having a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. I know this because I glanced at Facebook earlier tonite, where Lyell had posted a photo of his own Adult Beverage. Finally, the Internet has revealed its true purpose: knowing what your buddies are drinking! I didn’t have a Sculpin on hand, but in solidarity I’ve cracked open a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA. How does it compare?

Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea is a coffee vanilla imperial porter with a dreadlocked skeletal helmsman (complete with skeletal parrot) adorning its label. As a lifelong fan of undead pirates, I had to pick one up. But does the beer live up to the pure awesomeness of the artwork?

Sculpin IPA

A few months ago, my buddy Lyell recommended this California IPA from Ballast Point. It’s taken me this long to track one down, but I stumbled upon a cache of it at Petaluma Market tonight. Was Sculpin worth the wait, or will I get stung by this wriggly muddler?