Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by rdilauro:
4.75/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
As soon as I opened this one, the hops came flying across the room in full bold force. I was expecting an IBU number of 150+
Dont care what the actual IBU is, but the bouquet was outstanding and the taste was even far better.
I now have to say, it is now my favorite IPA. This one was as close to perfect as I expect out of an IPA.
The first taste was great, the mouthful was better and the aftertaste even better Beer Heaven as it should be
:Review Update: I realize that in my initial review, I was too excited about this beer that I never really described it.
But I will say, that HOPS did come flying across the room. They were strong and constant hops that helped maintain the bitterness of this beer with the malt. Nicely balanced.
The aftertaste was almost better than the initial tastes!
You dont run across many beers like this one. Anyone who is serious in beer tasting needs to try this one.
Another tasting of Sculpin. This was really the first time since I've read about how some hoppy beers need to be consumed soon. In fact one person, told me specifically that Sculpin needs to be consumed within 3 or 4 months after release.
Well, in the past two years, I have had about 8 Sculpins spaced over time. 3 of them were from a shipment we received in early 2012. The rest of them we took shipment in January of this year. Tonight, I had one from early 2012.. With my eyes closed, there was nothing that took away from this beer! Now the appearance wasn't as great. It had a cloudy haze initially.
Tonite , I used one of my Duvel Tulip glasses that I think showed off more of the cloudiness.
Its been about 10 minutes from the initial pour. Still a bit cloudy, but not as before. The grassy citrus grapefruit nose was present again, perhaps just a tad off from the newer ones, but still for me, deserved the 5.... So, I guess the younger Sculpins should get a 5.5.
The smooth big body matched with its uncanny bitterness still showcases a great beer
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 00:14:56 | More by rdilauro
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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 8,410 ratings.