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 Better to keep fresh longer, better for canning, nicer looking package (slight retro outdated look to it that I dig) though I hope they start putting canned on dates on the packaging somewhere or I doubt I'll buy again.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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4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a light orange color with lots of carbonation bubbles. A good sized white foam head, with decent retention.
Aroma leads with a good deal of hops, citrus, and pine. Nicely balanced.
Taste starts with a little bit of citrus and some strong toasted malts. Grapefruit, with a little bit of peaches and pineapple. Hint of caramel. Relatively bitter, but it works well with the citrus and malts. The citrus stays on the tongue for the aftertaste. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is medium. A little bit sticky. Still very crisp and refreshing. I could knock back a lot of these.
Overall, I've heard a lot of good things about Sculpin. Even still it exceeded expectations. I've had a few from Ballast Point prior to this that didn't wow me, but this one is one of my new favorites.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 02:08:36 | More by majorbase2
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,554 ratings.