Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 6,925 | Reviews: 1,882 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by NardiByNature:
4.48/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Enjoy this bomber by 10/27/12 - this should be fresh.
A couple fingers worth of textured, off white head settles into a sturdy pancake of a covering. It’s brilliantly clear and a deep golden color. Aroma has a big juicy, ripe fruit profile – I can sort of imagine any tropical fruit into the olfactory. There’s also that sort of sappy/resiney smell that I usually associate with a DIPA or other malt-heavy IPAs. But fear not because the taste is certainly not too malty, rather, as you’d probably expect of a beer with such a great reputation, very well balanced between a sweet pie-crust like malt (…idk, that’s just what comes to mind) and the fresh hoppy bitterness. Taste buds want more. For an IPA it’s on the slicker side.
First time having it out of a bottle, and I think I’m lucky enough to credit Bauer on Newbury St. as my local distributor for having some fresh Sculpin in stock today ($9.99 seems like a deal...). Before I score this brew, I know the appearance will get a 5 because there is absolutely no way I can fault it. Judging by the overwhelming reviews I’ll add an echo to the chorus: this beer is outstanding and among the best in its class.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2012 22:51:32 | More by NardiByNature
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
bottled 13351, so this is 3 months old
Pours golden honey with great clarity. Half finger head with good retention.
Aroma is tangerine at first whiff complimented with orange peel. Limited pine and barely some biscuit, bready malt.
Taste is tangerine and orange like the nose but pine and bitterness also shine thru. A little lemon. More of the Christmas tree comes thru further in as well as the malt base. Hop bomb up front but balances nicely as palate adjusts.
Light to moderate bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Pretty dry finish.
Funny I remember this carrying much more piney dankness but this bottle was much more citrus. Definitely a solid IPA. 7% abv, fairly light bodied and dry makes this a solid go to pretty much any time. Some just as good or better ones out there less than the price point though.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 01:00:36 | More by hopflyer
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 6,925 ratings.