Adventures in Boozing: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
10051 Old Grove Rd, San Diego, CA 92131
9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121

Ballast Point has many locations but Giselle and I took a tour of the new location on Carroll Way in Miramar. It was quite nice. It has a very nice water feature with kegs and chains up front. The tasting room is very big so there is plenty of space to sit and linger around to drink. Check out the pictures from the tour.

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We completely forgot to write down our thoughts about the beers we tasted when we were at the Carroll Way location so we took a trip to the tasting room on Old Grove and had a our “do-over” tasting. Here’s our flight of Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Mark Twain IPL, Set Adrift Stout, Dead Ringer, and Longfin Lager. Of course, I finished it off with a pint of my favorite, Calico Amber Ale.

Ballast Point

Ballast Point: Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Mark Twain IPL, Set Adrift Stout, Dead Ringer, Longfin Lager

Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
Alcohol by volume 7% / Bitterness 70 IBUs
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars    Giselle’s rating: 3 out of 5 stars

All I have been hearing about is how Grapefruit Sculpin is flying off the shelves because it’s so popular. I completely understand why. This brew is an amber color, very clear and crisp. It is a traditional IPA with is extremely hoppy/bitter taste, but to me it’s a little milder than most IPA’s in the taste. The grapefruit peel tones down the bitterness but it’s still bitter from the grapefruit itself. Don’t get me wrong it does have a bite, but it’s a good one. I can definitely drink more than just one. This is the perfect beer if you want to man up and drink IPA’s with the rest of ‘em.

Mark Twain IPL
Acohol by volume 9.3%
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars    Giselle’s rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This one is very HIGH in the alcohol content. Yes, that is correct 9.3%. It’s quite deceiving because it’s a lager with a light amber color. You’d think by looking at it, you might get a crisp beer with just enough bite, but this has A LOT of bite. It’s very bitter, almost syrupy sweet, probably because of the high alcohol content. It also smells a little skunky, not Heineken skunky, but good weed kinda skunky. Anyway, if you’re looking to enjoy your drink and get really drunk, really fast, Mark Twain is the right choice. This one is currently in R&D, you have to at least get a taster. I can probably have just one and be done.

Set Adrift Stout
Acohol by volume 4.1% / Bitterness 43 IBUs
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars    Giselle’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If you like Guinness, you’ll like this. It’s a little too “thick” for my liking but it was tolerable. Giselle really liked it and had to finish my taster. It’s dark and foamy with a smoky-chocolate taste, but not very bitter at all. This one is also currently in R&D, but it’s going to be a good seller. I haven’t seen too many stout beers that are actually good (to me). I gave it 2 out of 5 because I’m just not into stouts.

Dead Ringer
Acohol by volume 6% / Bitterness 26 IBUs
My rating: Didn’t try it        Giselle’s rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is a limited release Oktoberfest Lager. It has a dark reddish brown color. It was a little too bitter for me, but still lighter than other Oktoberfest beers I’ve had. (Giselle)

Longfin Lager
Acohol by volume 4.5% / Bitterness 18 IBUs
My rating: Didn’t try it        Giselle’s rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Longfin is a classic lager. It is light, crisp and refreshing with a hint of fresh baked bread. This lager would be something to casually drink while you kick back and relax. (Giselle)

Well, thanks for following us on our adventures in boozing. We haven’t decided yet on where to go next, but it’ll be soon.

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