Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by spoony:
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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4.39/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a short white head. Good retention.
S: Floral grapefruit hop aroma stands out with a wee bit of grape. Smells like a wheat field after a spring rain. Light malt aroma and some mild citrus.
T: Very bright Grapefruit malt flavor. Some mild lemon peel and semi-sweet light caramel malt. This has a big malt flavor and a slow but steady hop bitterness. Bitterness arrives late and is matched with a citrusy dry finish. Bitterness is not harsh at all, very mild and smooth. Aftertaste is very nice but doesn't last too long.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Velvety texture. Smooth
O: This beer surprised me. At a reported 70IBU's I was expecting a bit of a bitter finish. This beer is SMOOTH. The bitterness is balanced extraordinarily well with the hop aroma and comes on slowly in the finish. It has a nice Malty backbone and a pleasant and very evident citrusy, lemon quality that survives through the finish. This is a well crafted IPA. The hops are the star but the malt isn't pushed aside. It has it's own little identity. Truly one of my favorite IPA's... ever.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:13:23 | More by slusk
4.06/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
One of the best IPAs being brewed. Fresh, this beer is one of the best beers available. If you've never had it, at least try a single of it. Yes it's pricey but its worth More than every penny. Truly a world class India Pale Ale. Although since it's brewed in San Diego, freshness of this beer is paramount, especially considering I'm writing this from New England.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 02:45:30 | More by RobLivingstone
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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