Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Immortale25:
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.
A- Pours a somewhat hazy, glowing copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains before slipping down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass with a healthy amount of surface foam. Nice slivers of lacing.
S- A very apprehensive yet enjoyable citrusy hop aroma that brings to mind wet grass, pineapple and grapefruit.
T- Sublimely citrusy hop flavor bringing with it notes of more pineapple, lemon and some spice. Very mellow and laid back unlike the assertive hop bombs you usually come across that are highly rated. Not much of a malt backbone, but there's just enough to offset the heavyish hop flavor.
M- Slightly oily with a semi-light body and medium carbonation. Also a bit tingly and dry.
O- What a great beer. At first I had trouble realizing why it was so highly revered but, now that I've had it a few times, I see that it's all in the subtleties just like Bell's Two-Hearted.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2012 23:15:56 | More by Immortale25
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a thick, fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.
Aroma: Fresh hop, piney, some citrus with caramel malt underneath.
Taste: Good malt presence up front with some nutty notes, then lots of big, piney, fresh hop bitterness. Malt stays present all the way through in the background while the juicy hop bitterness leads. The fresh hop bitterness carries right on into the linger finish.
The Rest: Medium bodied, well carbonated and super tasty. This is an excellent west-coast IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 00:41:46 | More by curasowa
4.51/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a KC Pils glass from Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO.
This beer came highly recommended from a local craft brew shop. I didn't even check the BA ratings before I purchased it. Wow, with ratings like this, it must be good!
... and it is. I can categorically say that this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tried. I am looking forward to trying all of the other beers from Ballast Point.
A: A thick, cloudy amber-gold with a deliciously thick and well-retained head. Wonderful lacing potential with some amount of settling on the top of the beer. Well carbonated when poured well.
S: Rich of hops and toasted malts covered with citrus, pine, pepper and a hint of what I think smells like peach. Wonderfully fragrant and rich.
T: A powerful punch of hops with a light malty goodness on top of big citrus flavors. Peach, orange, mango come to mind. Estimated IBU of about 70-75. Perfect sweet spot for an IPA. Crisp bite with a thick texture on top. To me this is a perfect IPA - hoppy with malts and some citrus and nothing overpowering. Well balanced tartness, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste is extremely mild and not unpleasant (big bonus). 7.0% ABV is hidden by the hops and abundant flavors. Wonderful beer.
M: Thick and rich but not overpowering. It has a good bite from the hops and carbonation. Easy to drink for a 7.0% ABV beer.
O: This is one lovely beer. It's on my top 5 IPAs and earned a lot of expect from me for Ballast Point brewery. If someone wanted me to suggest an IPA, I think this is the perfect blueprint of the type. It's not overpowering and too bitter like some heavy IPAs or doubles, the alcohol level is high but reasonable, the flavors mingle perfectly and it has a wonderful balance of carbonation, sweetness, bitterness and virtually no unpleasant aftertastes. Big big props to Ballast Point on this award winner.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 22:19:28 | More by jsausley
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,207 ratings.