Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Cheesemoose:
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A bomber split with the FIL. First time for the both of us.
Golden, straw with a glowing radiance when put up to light. Foamy, white head flows up, with small bubbles and a nice lacing that hangs out pretty well. Bubbles keep rising throughout the tasting. A nice touch.
The nose has a vibrant, very floral bouquet. Citrus, which quickly turns into a cracker/biscuit malt base, with a bit of buttery/fruit edges.
Taste is very balanced. Citrus hops are muted at first, leading off with a floral fore-flavor. This transcends nicely into a citrus and piney hop mid body, which is a nice transition from the very hop forward beers known to the west coast. A very nice finish. No revenge of the hops.
Diactyl is a bit present, but gives a nice buttery feel that is very well played. Carbonation is spot on, and the finish is very nice, clean and crisp. What you would want for a standard American IPA. Great example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2011 23:31:12 | More by Cheesemoose
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4.39/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a short white head. Good retention.
S: Floral grapefruit hop aroma stands out with a wee bit of grape. Smells like a wheat field after a spring rain. Light malt aroma and some mild citrus.
T: Very bright Grapefruit malt flavor. Some mild lemon peel and semi-sweet light caramel malt. This has a big malt flavor and a slow but steady hop bitterness. Bitterness arrives late and is matched with a citrusy dry finish. Bitterness is not harsh at all, very mild and smooth. Aftertaste is very nice but doesn't last too long.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Velvety texture. Smooth
O: This beer surprised me. At a reported 70IBU's I was expecting a bit of a bitter finish. This beer is SMOOTH. The bitterness is balanced extraordinarily well with the hop aroma and comes on slowly in the finish. It has a nice Malty backbone and a pleasant and very evident citrusy, lemon quality that survives through the finish. This is a well crafted IPA. The hops are the star but the malt isn't pushed aside. It has it's own little identity. Truly one of my favorite IPA's... ever.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:13:23 | More by slusk
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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