Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by doppelmeup:
3.5/5 rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It was with great anticipation that I opened this bottle of Sculpin IPA.
Lemon yellowy-gold colored, this poured with just a so-so head. It refreshed fairly well as I swirled the glass, but nothing spectacular.
Aromas were nice: lots of citrus-primarily grapefruit and lemon. Also hints of cut grass, pine, apricot.
I was really let down with the taste. Definitely an IPA, but I didn't care for the hop profile. I'm not sure exactly which hop variety it contained that I don't care for, but my guess is Simcoe. The beer had a bitter, caustic quality that I did not care for.
Mouthfeel was okay, but not spectacular. Slightly dry finish. Not overly carbonated.
Overall, I did not care for this beer and was quite disappointed, especially given it's price. I paid about $10 for the bomber, and wish I had spent that money instead on a 6-pack of Two Hearted Ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2010 13:53:44 | More by doppelmeup
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4.51/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a KC Pils glass from Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO.
This beer came highly recommended from a local craft brew shop. I didn't even check the BA ratings before I purchased it. Wow, with ratings like this, it must be good!
... and it is. I can categorically say that this is one of the best IPAs I've ever tried. I am looking forward to trying all of the other beers from Ballast Point.
A: A thick, cloudy amber-gold with a deliciously thick and well-retained head. Wonderful lacing potential with some amount of settling on the top of the beer. Well carbonated when poured well.
S: Rich of hops and toasted malts covered with citrus, pine, pepper and a hint of what I think smells like peach. Wonderfully fragrant and rich.
T: A powerful punch of hops with a light malty goodness on top of big citrus flavors. Peach, orange, mango come to mind. Estimated IBU of about 70-75. Perfect sweet spot for an IPA. Crisp bite with a thick texture on top. To me this is a perfect IPA - hoppy with malts and some citrus and nothing overpowering. Well balanced tartness, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste is extremely mild and not unpleasant (big bonus). 7.0% ABV is hidden by the hops and abundant flavors. Wonderful beer.
M: Thick and rich but not overpowering. It has a good bite from the hops and carbonation. Easy to drink for a 7.0% ABV beer.
O: This is one lovely beer. It's on my top 5 IPAs and earned a lot of expect from me for Ballast Point brewery. If someone wanted me to suggest an IPA, I think this is the perfect blueprint of the type. It's not overpowering and too bitter like some heavy IPAs or doubles, the alcohol level is high but reasonable, the flavors mingle perfectly and it has a wonderful balance of carbonation, sweetness, bitterness and virtually no unpleasant aftertastes. Big big props to Ballast Point on this award winner.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 22:19:28 | More by jsausley
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,194 ratings.