Monday, March 19

Beer Review: 7 Seas Brewing Ballz Deep Double IPA


A mash tun packed mostly with Pale Ale Malt and several different varieties of Crystal malt provide a firm, slightly sweet malt flavor while copious amounts of resiny Yakima Valley hops go berserk on bitterness, flavor and aroma.

BREWING SPECS
Original Gravity: 19.0 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 3.25-3.75 Plato
Alcohol by Volume: 8.4%
IBUs: Approximately 82


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Grabbed a tall boy that was brought down and sold to me, $3.50 for the pint can. Not bad considering it is a pint. Reading some reviews though, it isn't holding up to some of the big dogs. Let's see..

On another note, I think any canned beverage should have a brew date, or best-by date on it. On this can I found none.

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a lightly cloudy red-ale look. Not much more than a finger of head quickly settling to an even thin paper layer over the brew with a small ring at the sides. Overall it doesn't really look like an IPA. It's too dark.

Smell: (3.0)
- It's canned, and still doesn't taste like a brisk fresh IPA. Light grassy and earthy hop aromas.. perhaps a touch of floral notes. A masking-like caramel bready heavy grain.. packing everything away. Not really standing out.

Taste: (2.5)
- It's a sweet and malt forward English style for sure which I am not too fond of. There is a nice bitter grassy hop presence, light pine and resinous floral hops.. but the grain is just too thick and caramel-like. Almost like it is masking a buttery diacetyl tinge. It's drinkable, but not really all that good.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- It's a creamy and smooth heavy beer. Certainly chewy and sticky.. resinous. Little drying and puckering.. well carbonated. The feel is at least ok..

Overall: (2.5)
- This just shows that a canned beer, with a catchy name and style.. can still be very mediocre. I haven't had much from this brewer.. and after this beer, I almost don't want to try another one. We'll see. I know some kegs turn up here in Vancouver, WA here and there. Maybe I'll ask about it first. Wouldn't recommend this beer. Perhaps I'd be a little pleased if this were one of my homebrews.. at least savable.

2.73/5 rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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