Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.89/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 12 oz can into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated August 30, 2013.
A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of sticky, off-white head. The brew is orange-golden in color and clear. Retention is pour, but some lace is left behind.
S-This is a juicy beer. I get peach and sweet (tropical) citrus flavors with very little bitterness. The doughy, bready malts merely add to the juicy smell. Different from a typical supercharged, bittered-up IPA, but not terribly inspiring or complex.
T-The taste is similar to the smell with lots of juicy fruit...peaches, mango, and orange citrus are all represented. The malts are pale, mild, and doughy. Balance is good here with the hops being flavorful without being aggressive.
M-The feel is soft, with a moderate, slightly oily body.
O-I am somewhat disappointed. The juicy fruit flavors are pleasant, but I found them to be a bit one-dimensional. Not to say that this beer is not a good IPA, it is above average actually, but it is not the world-beater I was expecting. Perhaps my can was old and the complexity had faded or perhaps it really is just a case of setting unrealistic expectations, but there are better IPAs in California and elsewhere.
Serving type: can
09-06-2013 03:35:50 | More by spoony
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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 8,199 ratings.