Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On cask at Ballast Point night at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a Ballast Point pint glass (which I got to take home :-), and subsequently in a 20oz nonic (one serving was simply not enough).
Pale gold and sunglow liquid, very hazy and rich with an off-white dense ribbon of foam forming a cap on top. Pasty lacing paints the sides of the glass as the liquid (quickly) dissipates.
Gentle aroma of lemon merangue pie, violet, lavendar, and citrus notes. A bit restrained...
Lemon, lime, very mild sugar cane, vanilla (?), though overall hops are the most prominent on the palate - a perfectly balanced variety that synergizes into more than the sum of their parts. Less bitter than many IPAs. Dry, malty finish, though apricots and mango play a role as well. Very hard to do justice to this flavor in words...
Creamy body with moderate carbonation, no astringency, and mild warming. Hard to imagine improving on this category.
Nearly impossible to put down, this is the most drinkable IPA I've ever had. I real stunner on cask...
Serving type: cask
10-22-2009 05:22:39 | More by augustgarage
More User Reviews:
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
4.06/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
One of the best IPAs being brewed. Fresh, this beer is one of the best beers available. If you've never had it, at least try a single of it. Yes it's pricey but its worth More than every penny. Truly a world class India Pale Ale. Although since it's brewed in San Diego, freshness of this beer is paramount, especially considering I'm writing this from New England.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 02:45:30 | More by RobLivingstone
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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