Daily Archives: August 4, 2008

Review: Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

An India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Ballast Point Brewing Company

San Diego, California USA

Wow, this guy was great. It poured smooth with a nice looking head. It was hoppy and crisp with a slight bitter bite on the palate. I held off on buying this one for a while because I was not totally familiar with the brewery. Won’t make that mistake again. Hoppy sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, sweet, dry and hoppy.

My ratebeer.com score: 3.7

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Review: A review that much like Charlie, I didn’t want to do

The great Charlie Papazian seems to determine that both Bud Light Lime and Miller Chill fall apart as they warm but if he had to pick he went with Miller. I think.

I have only had the Bud Light version of this ‘summer beer’ and while I did think it was better then Bud Light I wouldn’t go back there. Read the review here.

I love reading what Charlie has to say so I thought I would pass it along.

News: Koreans like fruit beers

According to this story from the Korean Times beer imports have doubled in the past three years to Korea.

According to the numbers Hooch, the fruit-flavored German beverage, was the hottest item at its stores with sales at 218.8 percent above last year’s, although beer enthusiasts may debate it being called a beer. Sales of Hoegaarden rose 172 percent year-on-year at GS25 stores, followed by Chingtao and Heineken posting 62.2 percent and 40 percent growths, respectively. 

However, industry watchers believe the demand for imported beer will continue to rise with consumers responding to differentiated styles and tastes, unlike local brands like Hite and Cass, which, despite enjoying strong consumer loyalty, have never been accused of being distinctive. 

Imports from the Netherlands, the home of Heineken, reached $4.25 million during the first half, a significant increase from $184,000 in 2005. 

Beer imports from Belgium reached $1.99 million, apparently a tribute to the popularity of Hoegaarden, and imports from Germany reached $1.11 million.

Imports from Japan reached $3.61 million, nearly double that of last year’s $1.58 million. Imports from the United States remained strong, reaching $3.34 million during the first half.