I have no clue what kind of Ballast Point beer I had, but the Dogfish Head was 60 Minute (There was also 90 minute available, but there was more cases of the 60 minute one, so I got that because impulse, I guess). I only drink like 3 beers/week at most, usually, so I guess I'll try Lagunitas a try if I remember the next time I go to get some.
I still know nothing about beer (or alcohol in general). I have this beer/soda analogy I've been using since as long as I can remember. Like, I've been thinking about beer this way since before I'd ever had beer. I used to think that different beers were like different colas in that they're all pretty much the same thing, but have slight differences. Then I moved to thinking different beers were like different flavors of sodas. It took me far longer than it probably should have to make that jump, but that's the mindset I'm in now and that's probably wrong too. Like, there are ales and lagers and stouts and I have no clue what any of it means, but I digress.
As for what I like about them, in my own words, I have no clue. I went to a bar at the end of last semester and tried Ballast Point because someone else said to and he said it was really "hoppy" and it definitely had a distinct flavor that I liked that I also like in Dogfish Head, so I guess I like really "hoppy" beers? I dunno. You're asking a WWII vet to tell you why Pikachu is his favorite pokemon.