Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap a Smoke & Barrel
Beer pours a clear yellow-orange with a thin white head. Aroma is great, a big blast of citrus hops is prominent here. Flavor follows the nose - it's awesomely citrusy and juicy with a nice bitterness and a only minor malt character. Very light and easy to drink. It's medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome IPA that's packed with the flavor of a DIPA but with a lower ABV that makes it dangerously drinkable. I'm so happy that Ballast Point now distributes to DC as this may very well replace Bell's Two Hearted as my go-to IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
11-29-2012 03:27:57 | More by starrdogg
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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
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 7,273 ratings.