Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Chilled 12oz bottle, enjoy by 4/22/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today 4/14/2013. So this beer wasn't drank fresh- at worst this is a placeholder review for when I do get a fresher bottle. Thanks to mgm54 for providing this one as an extra.
Aroma: Dang, smells full of tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit up the wazoo, a little bit of pine. There is some honeyed biscuit in the nose, but its mostly the hoppiness. Very strong, sticky nose that whets my appetite easily. (5)
Colour: Hazy dark copper body that reminds me of unfiltered apple juice, with a nice 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a decent sized collar that leaves patches of lacing here and there as I drink the beer. Very appetizing appearance. (4)
Flavour: Pretty good! Starts off with pineapples and grapefruit flavour with very faint hints of pine, transitioning to a bready toffee sweetness and finishes off with citrus and pine bitterness- a smooth, thirst-quenching finish. For an IPA, it has quite a bit of a bitter finish, but I like the underlying sweetness of the malt that helps to balance it out. I think if it were fresher, it would merit a 5 as the initial hop flavours would be stronger to help balance off the bitterness. But we shall see about this the next time I get some of this brew. (4)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew with very good carbonation. The aftertaste is very bitter but smooth and pleasantly combined with an underlying sweetness, such that it's not mouthpuckering. A pretty resinous brew that coats the tongue and leaves it stinging with the bitterness. No heat at all, even when it gets warmed up. (4)
Overall: It's a very good, even excellent IPA. I'll come back to re-review this beer the next time I have a fresher bottle and see if the flavour is affected at all. But as it stands, this beer that's close enough to its expiration date is still a very good one. I think the hop flavours could bear a bit more of strength in comparison to the hop bitterness even though the underlying malt backbone is solid. (4)
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2013 23:57:35 | More by Stevedore
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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