Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesQuaff:
4.75/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Tried a bottled Sculpin for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was very good, but didn't exactly blow me away. I think it may have been sitting on the shelf for a minute. Last night I was fortunate enough to get in on a freshly-tapped keg of Sculpin at Taylor's Restaurant, and felt it worthy of a re-review.
Served in a tall snifter.
Pours a deep orange-amber with a 3 finger white head that left so much clinging lace it looked like a psychedelic doily stuck to the inside of the glass. Slightly hazy. Gorgeous IPA.
Huge aromas of peaches and mangoes, floral hops, some bready malt. A nose unlike any IPA I've ever come across. I just sat and inhaled my first glass for several minutes before tasting, the aromas were so juicy and delicious.
The taste was a counterpoint to the fruity nose - it has a spicy, peppery quality, and the perfect amount of hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts. The hop flavors are so nuanced and delicate for such a highly hopped beer. Big and awesome. Pure deliciousness.
Body was medium, the carbonation had a velvety feel, a little bit of mouth-coating action on the finish.
Overall I'd have to say that now that I've tried it on tap, Sculpin is the finest standard American IPA I've ever had. Complex and multifaceted, huge flavors, but so delicately and masterfully balanced. I'm going back for more before they kill that keg...
Serving type: on-tap
04-06-2013 22:49:06 | More by JamesQuaff
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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