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Pineapple Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of our signature IPA. With so many tropical hop notes in Sculpin, how could we not try adding some sweet, juicy pineapple? The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch.

Added by crob3888 on 06-23-2015

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold with effervescence streaming up from the bottom of the goblet, producing 2 fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, white head that leaves specks, streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is pineapple & other tropical fruits, pine resin, grapefruit pith & zest, orange, peach & sweet caramel. Taste is pineapple, grapefruit, pine, juniper, peach, sweet & bready cobbler pie dough & a hint of honey with the sweeter portions mid-sip through the finish. Aftertaste is astringent with less tropical fruit & more bitter grapefruit & pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick & wet in the mouth, drying after the swallow, medium-high carbonation with a fine peppery prickle. Good but certainly not an improvement on the original Sculpin.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter sum of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is massive of a pineapple sweetness along with some lighter notes of a citrus hop of tangerine and a bit of some orange. Along with these aromas are some other light tropical notes of tangerine and mango. Quite sweet and nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a tropical fruit sweetness of a little bit of pineapple and a whole lot of tangerine along with a little bit of a bready taste. As the taste advances a little bit more pineapple and some pine come to the tongue along with more grapefruit hop. All the while, some of the other tropical fruits besides pineapple (mango and tangerine) fade some from the tongue. At the very end, with the decrease in the sweetness overall, and an increase in the hop of both a pine and grassy nature coming to the tongue, one is eft with a lighter pineapple and nicely hopped taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall the moderateness of the feel is quite spot on for the mix tropical fruit sweetness and hoppiness and makes of a rather easy drinking 7 % abv. IPA.

Overall – A pretty nice brew overall, but I think I prefer either the regular or grapefruit Sculpin as they are slightly less sweet and have a bit more balance. All in all however, this beer is still one great drink.

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Photo of Blueness
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable IPA. The pineapple was a great addition to the already wonderful sculpin. Not much lacing and rather small head.

Smelled like pineapple (obviously), floral, grapefruit, peach?

Bitter taste at first. Bitterness fades as the beer warms. Pineapple tastes also starts to come out more as the beer warms.

Would recommend to any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Like a fine sculpin with pineapple on top. The pineapple does match well with the IPA, adding to the hop qualities if slightly overpowering them. Overall, a pretty good brew

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Photo of Antg8989
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pineapple in the nose, but not much on the palette. I would not reccommend getting a 6 of these. Try one and see what you think. My least favorite of the sculpin series.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pineapple juice are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: As in the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrus hops and pineapple juice, but there is a moderate amount of bitterness, which negates any sweetness that might be expected from the pineapples.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job of blending the pineapples with the hops as it still has the bitterness you would expect from an IPA, but the pineapples mask some of the interesting hop aromas and flavors from what is otherwise an excellent IPA on its own.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of buzzedup
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

anyone who has tried this in bottle pasteurized and did not care for it , I suggest trying it on tap. like night and day. think of the difference between drinking fresh pineapple juice compared to caned pineapple juice on the shelf/.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like regular sculpin.
Smells like regular sculpin with a bit of pineapple added.
Tastes like regular sculpin with a touch of pineapple added.
Mouthfeel is typical sculpin.
Overall no reason to drink this over regular sculpin unless you really like pineapple.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright orange color with some light haze. Has a minimal white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, but not overly so. The candied pineapple is at the forefront here but there's also some grapefruit and pine on the back end.

The taste follows the nose. Super sweet pineapple juice, oranges, grapefruit, with a piney finish. Not great, but not as horrifying as I expected.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Pretty dry on the finish.

Overall, I expected to hate this beer. My expectations were about as low as they could possibly be. And while this is not a very good beer, I'd say it's pretty decent for what it is. The pineapple is definitely artificial, but it's not overpowering or cloying. It's just kind of there.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is sufficiently piney hops and pineapple, hints of grapefruit. Taste is a bit blander but nice bitter finish. I expected it to be sweeter and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was ok, but not as good as the other Sculpin variants. I was hoping it would have a lot more fruity flavor, but the pineapple got really lost in this mix.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/6/16

A: Golden orange with some honey highlights - some chill haze - pours with a dense, medium sized white head, fades to a small cap, maintains a small collar and leaves spots and streaks of lacing

S: Sculpin with some pineapple candy - decidedly fruity - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, zest - floral citrus and some herbal notes - touch of pine - some tropical notes, with mango - and, oh yeah, the pineapple - the pineapple aroma is notable but not big, with some fleshy chunks of pineapple and some unexpectedly sweet pineapple candy - ultimately smells somewhere between an IPA, a mixed drink, and fruit punch

T: Fruity, as expected - fruitiness from the hops, including orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, and oil - tropical fruit flavors, with some mango and passion fruit - an interesting amount of pineapple, with some dried pineapple candy and some wet chunks - not as sweet as it smells - some floral, herbal, and earthy notes - finishes mostly dry

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, a touch oily, mostly dry finish

O: Add red food dye

At times this beer reminds me of Hawaiian Punch. Maybe, for that reason, I find Pineapple Sculpin oddly charming. The pineapple flavor could actually be better integrated, but it's not as overly sweet as I anticipated from the aroma. Ultimately this iteration is less drinkable than standard or Grapefruit Sculpin, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of davejy
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased @ Bevmo

Look: Light golden color. One finger head.

Smell: Hint of pineapple with hops.

Taste: Like an regular IPA with hint of pineapple juice inside of Dole's pineapple can.

Feel: Like an IPA, but feel of Sculpin is not there.

Overall: I would just get an regular Sculpin or Grapefruit Sculpin. This wasn't very good.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass at Ogies Trailer Park in Providence:

Appearance: pours a perrty yellowish amber color, with about a half inch or so of pure white head. Lingers for a minute or so, before turning into a layer of thin white foam atop the brew. Body is completely translucent.

Aroma: this is nice smelling. Lots of pineapple (obviously). You get a lot of the sweetness of the flesh, with a little bit of that bitter rindy scent as well.

Taste: adding fruit to IPAs seems a bit like cheating the system, and I'd never give a fruit-added brew the same type of love I give to beers that get the tropical fruit notes from hops (Julius, Congress St, Heady, etc...). That being said, this is really tasty. Some are cloyingly sweet and overly fruity, but this packs a moderate amount of bitterness to balance the pineapple, and carries a soft, malty backbone. It's balanced, and the fruit flavor is subtle enough that this, to me, is a really solid brew.

Feel: slightly sticky, with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: as stated above, I haven't completely come to a conclusion about how I feel on fruited IPAs. This, however, is one of the better ones I've had, along with GF Sculpin. Ballast Point was one of the first to put these out, and they do a very nice job.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma of pineapple, hops, and other light fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, pineapple, citrus (grapefruit, especially), sweet malt, and a little mango. This is a well-balanced flavor that has just enough hops and pineapple to make it interesting. Fruity and light.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Usually Ballast Point's Sculpin beers are very well done and this isn't an exception. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Act25
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Sculpin, and of their flavored sculpins, I like this one the best.

A: Pours a clear golden honey orange with loads of active visible carbonation and sporting 2 fingers of foamy white head in the snifter that slowly reduces. Modest lacing. Good color.

S: Plentiful and juicy fruit salad with pineapple more prominent along with citrus and tropical fruit. Aroma tips off that this will be a juicy, wet salad.

T: A juicy melange indeed. Upfront pineapple chunks in syrup float on malt grains - very well balanced. and on the mid- to final there are citrus and grapefruit zest hops that balance with lingering bitterness. All of it unfolds in a juicy, fresh, vibrant, mouth filling way.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. after the juice, nice dryness in the finish.

O: I liked better than the grapefruit or habanero versions of Sculpin. Enjoyable and massive.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy transparent gold with a nice fluffy two finger head that recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: WOW! This smells FANTASTIC. The pineapple is up front and dominant but I can smell the hops in there too. Very natural smell for the pineapple. It not only smells like pineapple but it smells like you just cut into it.

T: OK so the taste is really good here but not quite up to matching what I anticipated after smelling it. In the taste the pineapple is more evenly balanced with the hops. It is good and very drinkable but they could tone back the bitterness of the hop choice they made just a degree and probably support the sweetness of the pineapple more.

F: Forward carbonation adds a nice crispness to match the fruit style. A medium dry finish.

Overall I would recommend this for deck drinking and for people who might not be fans of beer yet as a bridge. I have to say though while I wouldn't buy a pack of this I will definitely buy singles again here and there. For pineapple I am not sure I have tasted a better attempt yet. I would buy the smell of this beer as a car freshener in a minute!

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Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery. A beautiful copper color.

A ripe grapefruit with subtle sweet pineapple notes. Floral citrus resin, toasted malt. Caramel yeast
About the same

Carbonated coating bittwe finish long

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went in with low expectation as I am not a fan of regular sculpin - was surprised how much I enjoyed it - fruit dosen't overwhelm, mainly got it on the nose. Will have to do side by side with regular.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Pineapple Sculpin for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. I really liked the grapefruit version of Sculpin and I thought I would give the Pineapple version a try, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's standard for this series and it's a little eye catching. It poured a clear golden color that took on just more of a brighter golden color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pineapple being the first to show up, it's pretty noticeable and it smells like some good and fresh pineapple juice. Up next comes the hops which impart that typical Sculpin hop profile with some floral, tropical fruit and slight bit of piney hops that lead into some doughy yeast and it's followed b the malts with a little of those bready and pale malt aromas coming through. This beer has a very good aroma, the different aspects work very well together.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a just a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up this time and they impart those same hop aspects that I got in the aroma and it's followed by the pineapple which is lighter than it was in the aroma, but it's still noticeable and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which show sup just as much as they did in the aroma with just a little more sweet malts showing up this time and there's some doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with some lingering hoppy flavors and some noticeable pineapple flavors in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the pineapple is a little lighter than I would like it, but the flavors work well with each other.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly refreshing, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it was really going in the right direction, but when I got to the taste I thought the pineapple was just a little lighter than it should be, but I know hen it comes to pineapple it's really hard to get that right ratio of flavor. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially on a hot day. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and appearance, they are both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that the pineapple didn't show up just a little more, that would make this beer perfect. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a Pineapple IPA and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a pineapple IPA. All in all I was happy with this beer, but just a little more pineapple would make it very impressive, I like it, but I don't love it. It's not a favorite Ballast Point beer, but it is the best Pineapple IPA I've had. Good job guys, this is a good beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of scootny
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that can really take additions and come out ahead every time. Love the grapefruit version and I'll be getting a couple of sixes of the habanero in the near future. The pineapple just takes the nose and the palate to a deeper and more complex level. It blends perfectly with the base malt and hop combination, broadening and opening up nuances of the original. The mild tropical fruits in the nose become full fleged and inviting. A combination of caramel malt and a sweet tropical fruit flesh feast greets the tongue. The blend is so well done that if you didn't know it you'd think it was a great hop blend that is serving up a shot of Hawaii in your glass. Finish is leafy and grapefruit skin with an overlay of pineapple that leaves a bit of graham. Feel is still crisp and creamy. Superb drinkability. Lovely beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear Amber color with a foamy white head that retains before settling into a ring around the edge

S- aroma is a nice mix of sweet pineapple juice and tropical hops; notes of citrus peel, mango, passionfruit and guava. Just a hint of underlying bready malt

T- opens with a blast of tropical hops, with notes of orange peel, mango and passionfruit. The pineapple kicks in mid-palate with a nice fruity sweetness that balances the hop bitterness. Slightly sweet malt on the finish with more pineapple and tropical hops

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy morin feel that turns creamy into the finish, high drinkability

O- a welcomed addition to an already solid IPA that goes down super easy in the summer

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with yet another beautiful sculpin label. Poured into a tall stemmed tulip.

This like all the sculpin ales is a work of art in the glass. Beautiful color and big fluffy head leaving loads of stick. The aroma may be the best of all the wonderful sculpin ipas and blends bright fruits with a lovely pineapple character. Taste is solid as well but with a lot less pineapple though it creeps through the middle followed by the grand cracker malts. Texture is spot on and coats the mouth with superb thickness. I could get carried away drinking this as it flows like the first class ale it is.

Overall, I love all the sculpin ipas and Ballast Point for that matter. Each and every sculpin has the complexity and brilliant balance an ipa needs. Pineapple sculpin is super drinkable and has enough unique pineapple notes to make it different from the others. I've never had a sculpin that wasn't world class, and Pineapple Sculpin is just that.

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Photo of WindWaker
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a glass, appeared a light amber with a light frothy head. The smell is sublime, with sweet fruityness coming through with pine tones and some hoppiness. Having only tried Ace Pineapple cider before, and not liking it due to it's syrupy nature, this beer was a refreshing take on flavored beer for me. Light-bodied, and with a light bitter finish. I admire this beer for it's tropical citrus overtones that blend beautifully with it's malty natural flavors.

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Photo of trishhart
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange in color. Pours with a light head. Strong pineapple aroma. Taste is similar to Ballast IPA. I really was expecting a stronger pineapple flavor but it was very subtle. Still a very good tasting beer.

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