As beer writers it’s common to seek out the new or interesting and gather as much information as humanly possible. In the realm of breweries it’s usually reporting on the latest beer to arrive or maybe another in a series of newly assembled breweries.
True to form many writers were happy to visit the brewery, take their notes, tell a story about how the brewery was started, and then nothing. The brewery has since remained relatively quiet in the minds of those who don’t live in the South Sound are or subscribe to the breweries many websites.
Admittedly we realized that we haven’t discussed their beers all that much. So we figured a beer review was in order. And what better start than a beefy Double IPA, named aptly Ballz Deep.
Suggested Guidelines from the Brewers Association for a Double / Imperial India Pale Ale
Imperial or Double India Pale Ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Alcohol content is medium-high to high and notably evident. They range from deep golden to medium copper in color. The style may use any variety of hops. Though the hop character is intense it’s balanced with complex alcohol flavors, moderate to high fruity esters and medium to high malt character. Hop character should be fresh and lively and should not be harsh in quality. The use of large amounts of hops may cause a degree
of appropriate hop haze. Imperial or Double India Pale Ales have medium-high to full body. Diacetyl should not be perceived. The intention of this style of beer is to exhibit the fresh and bright character of hops. Oxidative character and aged character should not be present
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.
Ballz Deep Double IPA - Brewing Specs:
Original Gravity: 19.0 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 3.25-3.75 Plato
Alc. by Volume: 8.4%
Straight from its 16oz can Ballz Deep pours burgundy and settles clear. As this Double India Pale Ale gets comfortable in the glass an off-white, foamy, head, forms. Over time as the beer warms up this cap of froth recedes slowly leaving strong cobwebs of lace behind.
Taking our first sniff, our nose is filled with fruity aromas of pineapple, bitter pine, along with some expected notes of caramel.
With the first sip there is an apparent presence of pine bitterness before it’s washed away by caramel. In the end Ballz Deep finishes bitter with fruity notes of pineapple citrus. Overall this beer feels light to medium as it rests on our tongue and there is hardly any anticipated stickiness.
You Should Consider It. The Double / Imperial IPA category is very subjective especially when you consider some well known beers in this category. We feel that this beer has potential and are actually curious to try it again, the next time we visit their tasting room. We suggest grabbing some honey smoked ham or maybe mix it up with some sweet and sour chicken.
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About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.