Ballast Point Brewing Company- San Diego (Scripps Ranch)
My love for Ballast Point Brewing has been well established throughout this blog and elsewhere. Recently, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and visited their Scripps Ranch brewery. Little did I know by the end of the visit I actually killed three birds, but I’ll save the story about the third one for a future post.
One bird I killed fulfilled part of a mini-quest I’m working on which is to taste all the 2014 Great American Beer Festival award-winning beers brewed here in San Diego County, at their home breweries. The second bird that got killed was to visit Ballast Point Scripps Ranch to taste one of their brewery-fresh flagship brews. And the third bird? Like I said, that’s for a later post.
Anyway, I was lucky enough the day I visited that Ballast Point’s 2010 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner Fathom IPL was available, on cask! Moreover, the batch was brewed with two exotic adjuncts– Buddha’s Hand and Lemongrass. I ordered a pint and this is my experience tasting it:
Beautiful copper color, clear and still, with a sparse head of cheery bubbles. Aromas of lemon, roses, lavender, and sweet grass were evident. Tastes seemed aligned with aromas producing a pleasantly unique flavor, which I really enjoyed. This brew is complex, light-to-medium bodied, with a slightly bitter finish. 7% ABV, 70 IBUs
I loved drinking this beer. It brought forth a nice memory of tasting Oregon craft beers in a lavender field at the base of Mt. Hood. It was well worth the drive to taste it. I think it would pair well with Southeast Asian cuisine, especially Thai dishes, as well as fish and shellfish, chicken, pork, beef, and tofu.