Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.98/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear amber color. There's about one fingers worth of white-colored head. The texturing isn't overly impressive, but retention is good. Not that much lacing is left behind.
S: Quite grapefruity. Aside from the grapefruit, there are hints of Simcoe-esque pine and cat pee. There's just enough caramel maltiness to balance, without overpowering the hoppy
T: It starts with a wave of grapefruit. Some slight pine bitterness enters the middle, before being concealed by its malty finish. This is in contrast to many other IPAs which open malty and end bitter. This is a balanced IPA done properly - not overly sweet and not oppressively bitter, but just right.
M: Probably my only real complaint about this is that there's too much crystal malt tingle and sweetness lingering on the palate. I'd prefer a cleaner feel, especially considering it's not terribly round. However, there's one thing that makes this work: it's drinkable. Drinkable enough to make me overlook its mouthfeel niggles.
O: I used to not be a huge fan of this - it's taken quite a few bottles for me to get here, but I've now grown to really like this. This is easily the best IPA I've had with crystal malt, hands down, and definitely in my top 10 of all IPAs for that matter (when its fresh).
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 00:34:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I've had the pleasure of enjoying this beer many times and, looking back, I only wish I had reviewed it sooner. I think my palate has been altered since my first offering; an experience that probably would have resulted in a near perfect score. Make no mistake, this is a world-class AIPA.
It pours brilliant gold, bursting with fiery red highlights akin to Diane Lane in the Outsiders. The only difference is it's not lamenting with C. Thomas Howell about sunsets and underage alcohol sales. Stay Gold, Ponyboy. The last time I saw this much lace was my freshman year at a sorority house initiation. Ah, the memories.
Although the first smell was impeccable, subsequent offerings have not disappointed me in the least. This is a tropical fruit sensation; call it the Starburst of IPAs.
Taste and nose are strikingly similar, but it's so remarkably balanced that you want to drink it all night long. Can you hear me, Lionel? I can barely detect the ABV. Grapefruit bitterness, passion fruit and honey-layered donuts provide the perfect texture and consistency throughout. This is haunting me in an exceptional way.
The feel is amazing -- like resting on a Dux bed, except these luxury hops are coating your tongue, and soul. Call me a foreigner to this process, Lou Gramm, but it feels like the first time. It feels like the very first time.
Sculpin is an exceptional, upper echelon brew. Seek it out, believe the hype and be thankful.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 23:45:56 | More by weiserr
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: clear pale yellow-orange with decent head and lacing.
S: light nose of tropical fruits, mango, papaya, as well as a little indistinguishable herbal note
T/M: quite similar to the nose, but with a dry grassy undertone. I get more mango in the taste than the nose, adding to a cane-sugar tinged beginning. Towards the end a slight lemony taste hits me, but it's fleeting. The draw on the mouth is steady throughout the taste, medium-light in nature.
O: this particular taste was not quite as good as I recalled my other tastes. I rated more on this taste, but accounted for the past (rated higher on an internal debate between 4 and 4.25, for example).
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:29:17 | More by cjgiant
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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