Pale Ale With Serrano

Pale Ale

Our original Pale Ale is a rich golden brew, crafted with aromatic German hops and rounded out with a blend of American and Munich malts. While it’s hopped like a lager, we ferment it like an ale to create a smooth, bright taste that has just a hint of fruit and spice. It’s extremely drinkable, like a Kolsch should be, yet complex, like a good craft beer demands.

Availability

Draft Only

Alc. By Vol.

5.2%

Bitterness

23 IBUs

Food Pairings

Pickled Beet Salad
Honey Comb
Huevos Rancheros

German-style Pale Ale, inspired by the Kolsch Ales of Cologne, Germany. Our Pale Ale drinks like a Pilsner, only with more body and flavor. It’s no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular—it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany. We’ve chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts. While it is very much like a Pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness—a perfect complement to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you.

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Jalapeno Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen With Jalapeno

Lager

Pours a pale golden straw color with a fluffy bright white head. Aromas of cooking bacon, fresh baked French bread a hint of honey and fresh cut grass. Pilsner Malt and 40% Beechwood Smoked Malt from Germany builds the foundation of this simple recipe with complex flavors. Hersbrucker Hops and Spalt Hops add a touch of green tea and lemon zest to the overall balance of this Smoked Helles. Medium bodied with an oily texture that still finishes fairly dry. First brewed as a collaboration between Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits and respected local homebrewer Harold Gulbranson (member of QUAFF). Brewed for the Pro-Am competition at 2011 national Homebrewers Conference held in San Diego. A smoke screen is smoke released to visually mask the movement or location of military units such as infantry, tanks, aircraft or ships. Smoke Screen Lager masks it’s savory flavors of smoke, usually associated with darker beers, in a visually light approachable lager inspired by the beers of Bamberg, Germany!

Availability

Draft Only

Alc. By Vol.

5.5%

Bitterness

25 IBUs

Food Pairings

Poached Salmon
Grilled Trout
Ham

Dorado Szechwan Peppercorns

Dorado with Sansho Buttons, Szechwan Peppercorns, and Dried Ghost Peppers

Double India Pale Ale

Our Dorado Double IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle hopping and dry hopping makes this beer a serious hop lover’s prize catch. It’s an amazingly drinkable, award-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.

Availability

Draft Only

Alc. By Vol.

10%

Bitterness

90 IBUs

Food Pairings

Crab Rangoon
Pineapple Pound Cake
Braised Pork Belly

On a quest to make delicious beers, our brewers have continually sought out new creative ways to accentuate the delightfully aromatic and flavorful qualities of hops. Dorado Double IPA takes hops to a new level. Mash hopping, kettle hopping, and dry hopping (Crystal and Mt. Hood), create an award winning beer that embodies San Diego’s reputation for making world class IPAs.

Chipotle Abandon Ship

Abandon Ship With Chipotle

Smoked Lager

Inspired by the Rauch Bier’s of Bamberg, Germany, Abandon Ship Smoked Lager contains German Malted Barley smoked over Beechwood and fermented cold with lager yeast. Imagine a Märzen/Oktoberfest-style base beer with a sweet, smoky aroma and flavor. Deep amber hues and low bitterness help the non-smoked crystal malts compliment, not contrast, the smoky/savory taste of this beer.

Availability

Draft Only

Alc. By Vol.

6%

Bitterness

28 IBUs

Food Pairings

Poached Wild Salmon
Boston Bean Soup
Gouda Cheese

Much of the Ballast Point theme revolves around ships. When ships were made with wood a fire was life-threatening, every time. Some fires lead to the dreaded call of “abandon ship” to get off the boat immediately. Drinking Abandon Ship lager is a much more relaxing way to enjoy the smoky aroma and taste of aromatic, slow-burning wood.

Guajillo Calico

California Amber With Guajillo

ESB-Inspired Ale

Our California Amber takes its inspiration from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and our proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira-like richness. However, it’s the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.

Availability

Draft Only

Alc. By Vol.

5.5%

Bitterness

35 IBUs

Food Pairings

Seasoned Grilled Meats
Butternut Squash Soup
Mimolette Cheese

Inspired by traditional English ESB’s, our California Amber is as American as it could be.  A rich complexity comes from four types of malt—but it’s those distinct American hops that offer a crisp bitterness and unique floral aroma. To round out our traditional-English-yet-very-American Amber Ale, we use proprietary brewer’s yeast to develop a fruity, madeira-like richness.

Black Marlin with Chipotle

Black Marlin with Chipotle, Cocoa Nibs, and Orange Peel

Porter

A hoppy twist on the classic English Porter. Our Black Marlin Porter stands out in a town known primarily for its IPA’s. We craft it from a unique blend of roasted and crystallized malts that give it a smooth, chocolaty, caramel profile. Then toss in a healthy dose of American hops to serve up full-bodied flavor worthy of its San Diego roots.

Availability

Draft Only

Alc. By Vol.

6%

Bitterness

42 IBUs

Food Pairings

Smoked Meats
Carne Asada
Apple Pie

With its dark roasted malts and assertive hopping, this is an American version of the classic Porter style beer. Dark brown/black color and medium bodied. Like dessert? You’ll love this: Black Marlin Porter with apple pie a la mode—try it! Black Marlin is a rich, dark and chocolaty Porter with a distinctive American hop character. It is a great beer to go with hearty foods and is always one of the beers that pairs well with dessert. We also invite you to blend Black Marlin with Big Eye IPA for a treat we like to call the Black Eye.

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