Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by NODAK:
4.5/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Aroma is wonderfully pine needle filled with a citric component. Very hoppy. Don't get much, if any, of the malt backbone on the nose.
The taste reminds me quite a bit of another very famous California DIPA, even though this is "just" an IPA. It's nearly bitter enough for a DIPA, however. Very juicy here. Big citrus notes with a small pine, floral quality alongside it. Great hop flavors without being overbearingly bitter. Small spicy, biscuit notes on the finish help wrap it up along with a bit of a puckering, herbal bitterness that hangs around for a little while.
All in all, one of the best IPA's that I've had. It's quite bitter without being overpowering. The types of hops (perfect mix of predominantly citrus and pine) are appealing. Just really well done.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2012 01:28:03 | More by NODAK
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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
98 out of 100 based on 8,503 ratings.