Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by CommanderOfAwesome:
4.03/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
First wave of Sculpin cans finally hit in the area. Thought it would be a great time to revisit the classic and see how it's holding up.
A: The can artwork is sparse and unassuming. I kind of dig the simplicity of it along with the little marketing speal on the side of the can breaking up the rather large font BALLAST POINT on the side of the can. The off white also makes the can easy to see in the low light around a camp fire, and for that I appreciate the extra mile. The color scheme is highly suggestive to the outdoors/camp fire crowd and frankly sitting here on the couch, makes me want to get out to big sur for a camping/hiking trip. I could also see this beer pairing great on a rafting trip on the Klamath river. It's multi functional.
S: Getting a nice cat pee/liter box aroma wafting from the can. Hints of aluminum meld in perfect symphony with the citrus pine subtlety.
T: First swig getting a nice piney flavor wave with a sweet citrus finish. Slight grapefruit in this with a nice malt (albeit a slight surprised to find this here) presence to help balance this one out. The can produces the crisp-ness that I crave with my IPAs.
M: Medium bodied, but not heavy that you feel full. Sticky finish with a creamy-ness to the beer that I think most WCIPAs lack and make me yearn for the East Coast IPAs I grew up on.
O: I'm a fan of the canned package and would purchase this again over the bottles. Better to keep fresh longer, better for canning, nicer looking package (slight retro outdated look to it that I dig) though I hope they start putting canned on dates on the packaging somewhere or I doubt I'll buy again.
Serving type: can
01-08-2013 17:03:56 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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3.7/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Bottle has no freshness date. That is not a good idea for an IPA.
Clear orangey yellow, lots of carbonation, white head with various bubble sizes, reduces to a thin layer, leaves lacing.
Hmmm, smell is not very strong. Disappointing for a highly rated American IPA. Is it too old? Well at least it was refrigerated. There is this yellow fruit aroma that leans toward apricot. Pleasant but rather one dimensional.
There is a little caramel malt sweetness. Good and not overpowering bitterness. Lingering resiny aftertaste, but not overly pleasant.
Body is rather thin for an IPA. Carbonation is refreshing but not biting. Warming alcohol but still quite refreshing.
I am confused. This is not what I expected from a highly rated IPA. My preferences of a stronger malty backbone aside, I am disappointed of the lack of hops complexity. In no way this beer is bad, but also not exciting enough to get a higher rating.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 01:58:10 | More by safaricook
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,239 ratings.