Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by johnnieoz:
4.9/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
No longer a limited release as witnessed by the redesigned bottle. But still the King of IPAs...
A: Hazy gold shade with ample off-white froth sitting in the red wine goblet, beckoning with those aromas...
S: Name it, it's in there. Mango and grapefruit in abundance joined by all but the most coniferous, piney scents.
T: Bountiful sweet, tangy tropical fruit on the tip of the tongue giving way to mouth-puckering citrusy hops completely coating the palate and the gums. The malt backbone lurks in the equilibrium. Almost negates the need for DIPAs.
M: If I may quibble here...the carbonation lends to a little harshness. Could be my taste buds on the day, but I don't recall this w/ previous Sculpins.
D: Eminently and infinitely refreshing, delicious and thus drinkable. 'Nuff said.
Is there a better 7% abv IPA? No.
At 6%, I love the distinct DFH 60 Minute; and above 7%, it's all about PtE, Burton Baton, Exponential Hoppiness and PtY for me.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2010 02:34:32 | More by johnnieoz
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4.24/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7% abv.
Appearance: It has a clear golden body with lots of visible carbonation. The builds up tall and thick with a just off white head. This head quickly faded out on me making next to no lacing.
Smell: There is a bid hop presence here with loads of citrusy and piney hop notes.
Taste / Palate: The first few sips I mostly got loads of pine like and some citrusy grapefruit and lemon rind flavor notes. As I drank on and the beer warms more peach like fruit notes and maltiness comes out. The finish is all hop bitterness which lingers for some time. The body and carbonation feel spot on and I can see why Sculpin IPA is so highly rated.
Notes: Classic West coast IPA!!!
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 11:30:31 | More by generallee
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,411 ratings.