Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by joeseppy:
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a translucent golden body with a dense half inch head. Stratospheric lacing.
Aroma is uplifting of freshly squeezed grapefruit served alongside honeyed graham crackers. Also pineapple noted as well.
Taste is a taut resinuous pine, earthy hop bud and grapefruit rind that engulfs the entire palate and stays right in the back of your pie hole. Malty biscuit sweetness balances this act.
Mouthfeel is chewy and there is a drying effect that makes you want to keep drinking. A 'refreshing' brew in an odd way.
For those who like to hop we salute you. A satisfying IPA. Reminiscent of Two Brothers ( Illinois ) seasonal Hop Juice for me, which I love. The $16 6pk is a tad rich for my tastes. Other comparables out there at a lower price tag.
Serving type: on-tap
05-09-2013 03:09:51 | More by joeseppy
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4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle dated 3/15/14 (well... dated as the 74th day of 2014). Appearance is nearly perfect - honey-golden liquid with a thick off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it recedes. I wish there were a few more bubbles rising through the liquid, but that's a minor quibble.
Aroma is citrus and pineapple, with a well-balanced caramelly, slightly syrupy malt undertone.
The taste is citrus and pineapple up front, then some resiny, earthy, and piney notes come in, followed by the caramelly malts mid-palate, and they're all well-represented in the finish, which has just the right amount of bitterness to make you want to take another sip. There seems to be less of a malt presence on the tongue than on the nose, so it avoids the syrupy note I got in the nose, which is good news in my book.
Mouthfeel is great for the style - moderate thickness, lots of carbonation, pleasantly dry.
Overall, a really great IPA that gives the perfect amount of tongue-shredding hoppy goodness - not too tame, and not too over-the-top. Definitely a member of the pantheon of IPAs that I will buy again and again.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 01:30:58 | More by MasterfulIdiot
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: light gold, very clear. Fairly substantial and messy off white head and lacing. Nice enough though not particularly mind blowing for a legendary ipa.
Smell: ah, now there is a rich nose, redolent with citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Very nice but still not up to legendary levels.
Taste: much like the nose. Packed with citrusy hop zing. Quite dry.
Overall: a very good ipa to be sure. Maybe after all the world class ipa's out there, the bar is set so high hard to meet it even with a legendary ipa (my first time having this).
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 22:56:29 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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