Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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Reviews: 2,222
Hads: 11,966
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 1,319
Gots: 3,793 | FT: 49
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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Photo of hiku7
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sculpin is all about the hops. Lots of them. Lots of kinds. Enjoyed a bomber in a nonic. Pours a hazy amber-orange with a thick cement-solid, 2-finger off-white head.

Smell is a cornucopia of piney, grassy, floral, citrusy, tropical fruit hops. It is a delight. There's a bit of malt sweetness, but hard to be more specific while enduring the hop assault. Taste is also a big hop blend, with some apricot and peach fruitiness, finished with a sharp hop finish. The malt comes through in the slightly sweet mouthfeel, but not much in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied, and somewhat fizzy. Although delicious, the bomber was enough for me. (653 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice and shiny golden color teaming with bubbles. Lacing is superb!

S: Pine, hops, mango. The aroma on this is excellent. Very floral and bright.

T: Piney hops, mango, papaya, guava juice, grass, Hawaiian honey bread, buttery hop oil (the best part). Very crisp and refreshing. I like that it is not very malty.

M: Medium with that spectacular buttery hop oil feel that lingers and coats the mouth.

O: Pretty awesome. Flavor is superb, mouth is lovely, aroma is enticing. One of the best I've had. (506 characters)

Photo of themind
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew has a mild aroma that at first had me slightly bummed. It has an amber color and pours a good healthy head. The taste is very good, the kind of IPA you could drink often. Overall I thought that this was a quality IPA and I would purchase again.

Bottom Line: Good IPA (277 characters)

Photo of livewire78
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow. Not too impressed by the color but the head was nicy and fluffy, almost couldlike. Minimal lacing.

Smelled of citrus. Typical aromas just more pronounced. Grapefruit and maybe lemon. Is that pine way in the back?

Tastes exceptional. Very clean with the citrus right up front where you'd want it. I'm getting pine way in the back end almost in the swallow. The different hop flavors themselves are really balanced and that's what I'm digging here. Long finish here. Decently crisp. I like it. Alcohol is hidden amongst the bitterness.

Feels pretty good. Nice and slick going down.

One of those beers you wish didn't have alcohol it it so you could have it all night without any hangover. But I had one anyway. Thanks to route66pubs for this one! (771 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12oz bottle, enjoy by 4/22/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today 4/14/2013. So this beer wasn't drank fresh- at worst this is a placeholder review for when I do get a fresher bottle. Thanks to mgm54 for providing this one as an extra.

Aroma: Dang, smells full of tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit up the wazoo, a little bit of pine. There is some honeyed biscuit in the nose, but its mostly the hoppiness. Very strong, sticky nose that whets my appetite easily. (5)

Colour: Hazy dark copper body that reminds me of unfiltered apple juice, with a nice 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a decent sized collar that leaves patches of lacing here and there as I drink the beer. Very appetizing appearance. (4)

Flavour: Pretty good! Starts off with pineapples and grapefruit flavour with very faint hints of pine, transitioning to a bready toffee sweetness and finishes off with citrus and pine bitterness- a smooth, thirst-quenching finish. For an IPA, it has quite a bit of a bitter finish, but I like the underlying sweetness of the malt that helps to balance it out. I think if it were fresher, it would merit a 5 as the initial hop flavours would be stronger to help balance off the bitterness. But we shall see about this the next time I get some of this brew. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew with very good carbonation. The aftertaste is very bitter but smooth and pleasantly combined with an underlying sweetness, such that it's not mouthpuckering. A pretty resinous brew that coats the tongue and leaves it stinging with the bitterness. No heat at all, even when it gets warmed up. (4)

Overall: It's a very good, even excellent IPA. I'll come back to re-review this beer the next time I have a fresher bottle and see if the flavour is affected at all. But as it stands, this beer that's close enough to its expiration date is still a very good one. I think the hop flavours could bear a bit more of strength in comparison to the hop bitterness even though the underlying malt backbone is solid. (4) (2,066 characters)

Photo of TerenceNyc
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at David Copperfield's here in NYC. I found it to be an exceptional IPA with a subtle bitterness and an intense lingering grapefruit hop flavor. The mouth feel was a bit resiny but quite refreshing, the beer poured with very little head at all and the color was a very clear orange. Reminded me of Sixpoint Bengali Tiger only a bit more fruity and not as malty. (384 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on cask, but wanted to grab a bottle or get it on tap before I gave a review. So finally dug up a bottle, and interested to see how it compares.

Appearance - A very pale copper color. Half an inch of soapy, off white head. Quite clear. Paler than many IPAs.

Smell - Hot damn. It's just beautiful. Lots of apricot, definitely some mango, and the peach. Possibly some pineapple as well. Really one of the fruitiest beers I've ever smelled. Just great.

Taste - Comes pretty bitter up front. The fruit is there, definitely some apricot. A nice mellow sweetness on the finish. Some sweet peach as well. A tangy bitter weirdness sort of follows, not too happily. Maybe a hint of green wood.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light. A touch more carbonation would be good. Just to make it a little crisper.

Drinkability - Goes down very smooth. A very easy drinker. But the piney aftertaste is off-putting.

This is a very nice beer. I don't love the aftertaste, which seems a little bitter and astringent. The smell is amazing, but the taste doesn't quite live up. Still, it's a very good beer and one that I wish was more readily available. It turns out the cask was a nice representation as well. I'll look forward to having some more. (1,234 characters)

Photo of argock
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 20oz (?) tumbler at Capital Ale House (Richmond, VA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Burnished amber with a very sticky off-white cap of head which leaves several persistent lace streaks down the glass.

S: One of the best IPA aromas around with tropical fruit hoppiness of mango, pineapple, and passionfruit, coupled with pine resin and floral notes. Pale malt with a little medium crystal sneaks in there to provide a little resistance to hop deluge.

T: The flavor was not a good as I remember the bottle being, and I was a little let down. I think the grassy, herbal, slightly oniony notes that dry-hopping lends were much more pronounced in the draft version. The same tropical song from the hops, just like in the nose, with a solid malt backing for sure. I am starting to think that I am not the biggest fan of dry-hopped beers.

M: The body was medium and overall the beer had a tackier feel than I remember, and I have had it a few times in the bottle. Carbonation was mid-range and on par for the style.

O: I still really like this beer, just not as much on draft mainly due to the grassy, planty flavors (as well as the hefty price tag of $10.50 for 20oz). Still it's a great beer and I'll go back to it plenty of times. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.0) A: Pours a clear copper colour with an eggshell white foam head that’s quite bubbly. Good retention with spotty lacing.

(4.25) S: Tropical fruits (mainly pineapple and papaya), fair bit of citrus (mainly orange), piney bitterness, floral elements, and a pleasing buttery malt. Very good.

(4.25) T: Pine, citrus (orange and a bit of lemon), quite floral tasting, and just enough bready malt character to satisfy. Not able to pick out those tropical fruits detected in the aroma but they’re probably in there somewhere. Taste profile is well balanced and all the flavours work together well.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily with some chewiness. Nice and dry with an equally enjoyable lingering bitter finish.

(4.25) D: This is probably a textbook AIPA in all categories. Tropical fruits alluded me in the flavour department but nonetheless still a great AIPA and one I would quickly pickup again. (937 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange in color - with some haze yet also clear enough to see the bubbles rise. Huge frothy white / caramel colored head. Really nice cling and stick after each sip.

S - Big citrus notes, Smells of C-Hops, toasted grains, malts, grapefruit juice.

T - Layers and layers of chewy hops, balanced well with a malt back bone. Semi sweet -semi bitter finish that lingers on the pallet.

O - Big hops, well balanced, huge robust flavor. This is World class IPA.

Notes - Thanks to my wife - this was part of the big haul brought back from Schaumburg, IL. (554 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; deep gold color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: strong grapefruit;

T: follows the nose - grapefruit from start to finish with some ripe pineapple added in at the end; bitterness kicks in at mid-palate and stays;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: really good! (331 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an orange pour of something quite nice in the nose. a textbook balance of all the aspects of an IPA. Orange clear with a nice white head. there is retention. nose is a perfect balance of malt pollen, floral hop, and citrus fruit. otherwise the body seems to be just that. its right in the middle. textbook. feel is a bit soapy. grapefruit...

an all around balance of an IPA but not something that is characterized as uniquely great or number one. it may be a regional thing but i've had some better IPA's in the midwest. this is a good one to set examples too... but doesn't have any accent. (592 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" white head with staying power. Lovely clear golden color. There's a strong hops smell featuring pine and grapefruit. Taste is a milder version of the same smells. There's a decent length finish. All in all I'd say it smells like a top rate IPA but tastes more mid-range. (282 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, best by 9/27/2013, poured into a Duvel tulip. With a reasonably aggressive pour, I get nearly two fingers of dense, off-white head, over a clear, light amber body that has bit of yellow tint. Decent retention a little lacing.

Nice aroma. Starts out mostly citrus, primarily grapefruit, with some light tropical notes following. As it warms, I get a fairly sweet malt aroma as well.

The flavor doesn't stray too far from the aroma. The hop flavors are a bit more on the pine and grapefruit side than the aroma. Only a minor notice of the bready malt, that tends to stay in the background. Very west coast style as far as the up front hop flavors. As it warms, the flavors tend to blend even better.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of alcohol. An excellent beer overall. Glad its finally being distributed in my area. (847 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing the Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company out of California now that I got ahold of a fresh bottle. How do I know this bottle is fresh? It came straight from the brewery! After two negative experiences with out-of-date bottles, I got in touch with Earl Kight )the director sales and marketing at Ballast Point) and he was nice enough to not only send me fresh replacement bottles of Sculpin and Big Eye IPA, but also an unexpected bottle of their Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter -- a beer I have been dying to try for quite some time! Thanks Earl. This review is for you.
Score: 93

Bottle code "SC1210612." This bottle was shipped directly from the brewery and it arrived at my door 02/14/12. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 02/14/12.

Appearance: Pours a "bright" orange-yellow color that is slightly closer to translucent than transparent with a finger and a half of soapy white head that settles into a thin film atop the glass and ring around the glass. Above average amounts of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong doses of fresh piney hops and "bright" citrus aromas. Lemons, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet orange juice/pineapple juice backbone. Subtle amounts of dank resin mixed with a like amount of "fresh grass clippings" aroma. Quite the pleasant contrast to the hopless orange malt aroma of the stale Sculpin I had. 4/5

Taste: Strongly bitter and piney hops upfront, mellowed out by smooth, slightly sweet citrus on the back end. Midpalate is loaded with citrus flavors -- tangerine, lemon, grapefruit and come to mind here. A sweet and juicy citrus malt backbone really balances out the bitterness. Detecting a subtle hint of hefeweizen-like yeastiness on the midpalate too. Finishes with a smooth bitterness. Surprisingly bold flavors and a good amount of hoppiness for a single IPA. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Smooth, slightly bitter finish with a mild drying effect. 4/5

Overall: Now that I have had this one fresh, I can see what all the hype is about. The flavors are pretty bold for a single IPA. Quite refreshing and drinkable. This would certainly be a go to beer for me if it was readily available in Wisconsin or Illinois. Thank you again Earl for giving me the opportunity to have this one as fresh as possible.

Recommendation: For a single IPA this one is a bit hoppy, so hop haters and casual beer drinkers should consider themselves forewarned. Everyone else needs to seek out a fresh bottle of this stuff.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (2,667 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent generously by G311 in a trade - thanks for adding this want!

Pours a clear golden hue with a couple fingers of soapy head which leaves some light lacing down the glass. Looks inviting.

Nose is a bouquet of citrus - lemon, orange, grapefruit, apricot, some pineapple, a whiff of floral and pine and just a hint of biscuity, caramel malt. Not as vibrant as perhaps I would have hoped but pretty damn good nonetheless.

Vibrant and bitter but superbly drinkable. All that lovely citrus finds it's way in the mouth, more lemon and pineapple coming through. Also a solid resiny pine in the finish. Medium bitterness that leaves the quenching dryness but doesn't scorch the tastebuds as much as expected. Balanced but not prominent biscuity, caramel malt.

Really clean, drinkable, fresh IPA - certainly among the upper tier but not my absolute favorite. Would have gone for a little more emphasis on the fruity, tropical citrus and at 7% it's not something you'll down a night's worth of pints of (though you'll want to). Glad I had a go at it, thanks Vince! (1,073 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i feel as though i have drank a lot of "west coast ipa" over the last five to ten years but i have never had this one before. and given the hype -- it actually delivers. this is right up there, on the top of the SoCal dry, fruity, hop forward West Coast IPA - heap.

pours a golden dark wheat color with a yummy white head and sits pretty sticky in the glass. the aroma is excellent and fresh -- i get slight grapefruity overtones, but like the taste to follow, also dry and grassy.

this not an oily hop bomb. the malt base here is very refined and brings nearly no sweetness -- it is a stage for the hops. first there is a fruity bite, then mellows into a mouthcoating tart bitterness and finishes, again, dry dry dry.

this is a great beer. at $9.79 for a 22oz bottle, i won;t be buying it very often, if ever again. there are too many killer IPA 6 packs out there for $10. i am a fan of the brewery though and would gladly order one on tap, or buy a big eye or another of their beers.

goodbye sculpin! (1,008 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firkin of Sculpin in a pint glass a few times. Thanks goes out to Ballast Point for deciding to send this dry hopped version (amarillo & 2 other hop varieties) to Philly at the Sidecar Bar, I love this town.

A- Sculpin has a nice bright gold look to it with some mild haze within the liquid. A bright white head formed while i filled the glass and reached at least two inches looking soapy. This foam is beautiful with frothy look plus shine. Some solid patches of lace here and the head never died.

S- A whole lot of love from the hops of which there are probably a few varieties. The usual grapefruit scent with other tropical fruits including mango which I love. Not really getting a malt sense but that does not mean it's not in there. Grapefruit by the boatload. It's hard to get around the tropical fruits. A great smelling IPA with class, probably my favorite in this category.

T- Yikes, this sure packs a punch for an American IPA, Sculpin borders on double territory, and I quite like it. Fresh tropic fruits with the mango making a nice appearance but the mango is a bit subdued in this serving type. Peach also in the top pairing nice with the mango. Some lemon zest and pineapple topping things off. Some bready hints from the malt but barely making a dent behind the hop bill. A hop lovers dream, basically grapefruit juice.

M- I had this deadly fish off a pin at Bella Vista some time ago and the mouthfeel was magnificent, this particualar firkin is not quite up to that level, but close enough. Sculpin is on the thinner side in feel but does not fall short in impression. Good carb but not too high and a bit on the bitter side, just like a good IPA should. The aftertaste sticks around and reminds me of just sticking a hop cone on your tounge.

D- Glad it's only 7% and it's impressive that it packs such a wallop with that lower type ABV. It took a few sips of this serving type to get the full effect from the taste but that changed by the second sip and stayed throughout the 16oz. While bitter this does not kill your ability to enjoy it and bask in the tropic plunge. I will gladly drink the shit out of Sculpin anytime and look forward to having it again soon. (2,189 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours up a hazy straw-gold with an inch of pure white head that lays down a fair amount of lace before settling into a thin cap.

Lots of tropical fruit, smooth pine, and some bright tangerine citrus notes. Bitterness is ultra-smooth with just enough bite to let you know it's a West Coast IPA. Malt gets the hell out of the way providing a lean canvass for the hops. I'd be surprised if there is much of anything besides pale malt in this one...just the way I like my IPAs.

Not quite as explosive and juicy as I had hoped, but still an excellent IPA. The six pack disappeared way too fast. (591 characters)

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #4
22oz bomber, a generous extra from 6DaysBottomOcean, thanks!

A - Beautiful pale orange with a slight bit of haze. One finger of head, slight retention with persistent lacing around the glass.

S - Bouquet of flowers, grapefruit citrus, with a subtle bit of mango. Overall, a very pleasant aroma, but I'm unsure as to how fresh this is. Not overwhelmed, could just be my nose though.

T - Mango and grapefruit dominate, sweet on the tongue, but quickly give way to a lingering bitterness. The flavors really fall off quickly, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

M - Crisp and tingly on the tongue, though a bit thin. I wouldn't mind a bit more chew to this.

O - I was very excited to try this and really enjoyed it.. If it were available in this area I would surely pick it up again, but likely wouldn't go too far out of my way for it. (852 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy goldenrod color with a two finger eggshell colored head that quickly settles to a patchy film and thick ring. Nice lacing is left behind.

S: A lot going on here. Sweet oranges and tangerines, caramel grapefruit, grass, floral and herbal hops. Aroma gets stronger and better as it warms. Very good balance from the sweet fruit and the bitter grapefruit and hops.

T: Sweet up front ... ripe tangerine, apricot, caramel. This is followed by a grassy earthiness and slight spiciness. Finishes with a bitter grapefruit and hop bite that sticks with you until the next sip. I really like the transition here and the delayed bitterness, although there is a considerable hop profile here that makes itself perfectly present at the end.

M: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation, creating a creamy feel. I really like the carbonation level on this one ... just enough to make the flavors dance around on the tongue while keeping it creamy and smooth. Pretty drying at the finish.

D: Very tasty and very drinkable. Alcohol is hidden perfectly, making this go down extremely easily. If only this hadn't been an extra and I had a few more ... (1,209 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clarity. Glowing, a golden glow, the sea at dusk, the fishies all pottering about their daily lives, and one in particular, a Sculpin, of course, a couple-finger-tall white head that floats about and leaves a sticky lacing along the walls as it drifts. Can one smell under-water? There has to be that possibility...
So the aroma, then, a ton of grapefruit, of course, an almost singeing, absurd amount of citric notes, he swims about lazily, caring nothing for the world, and a faint tinge of alcohol. A small amount of sugar seems to balance a bit, but only like a mild sprinkling of white sugar does on the top of a red grapefruit... so take a bite.
Mmmm... and much the same. Ruby red grapefruit juice, the whole way down. More flavor than bitterness, some peaches in there as he runs away from a hook.
Not many bubbles float off of his tail as he swims about, a mild creaminess in the mouthfeel, and he'll live to swim another day, a lightly bitter finish, but what can you expect for grapefruit juice? lightly warming in the finish.
He can swim like this all of the night, few cares in the world, the love of many, enjoyed by few. Here's to the night. (1,156 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tall pint glass. Courtesty of MASPuros who has become my favorite BA...thanks Mike!

A: Pours a very light amber with a big white head that reduces to a layering over the top and some very nice lacing.

S: The nose is divine full of tropical fruits like passion fruit and mango. Not much hops in the nose which was suprising.

T: Ah there are the hops and in big force. After the hops blast the palette you get a taste of the tropical fruits that leave a sweetness on the finish. The hops last throughout the whole experience though.

M: Good carbonation that makes this a bit creamy and a nice medium body.

D: Very drinkable and I could see me buying this on a monthly basis if it where available in my area.

Smell really reminded me of Alpine Nelson which is one of the more unique IPAs out there and something I enjoyed. Without the Rye of course... (880 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into pint glass

A: Crystal clear golden orange with a nice dense, whipped cream looking just off-white head, doesn't stick around for the entire glass though, lacing in minimal

S: Pine and tropical fruit, hints of resin, smells strong but doesn't knock you over

T: Flavor is heavier on the pine and resin, the tropical fruit is definitely there to balance it out though, verges on the edge of that DIPA flavor profile, the malt isn't nearly as sweet let me just say, but very strong hop flavor with enough malt to provide a counterpoint, the malt is not caramelly at all (which is very much appreciated) but more so than a less strong IPA

M: Feel is dry, not quite mouth puckering dry but towards the higher end of the spectrum, helps keep the malt in check, which at times can be a little much, however combined with the strong hop flavors the dryness is a tad much for me'

O: I would like to e out that the dat on the bottle (which I assume is the best by date) is 6/01/13. It's almost 30 days later and this beer is still great. I will need to try this beer again preferably on draft. I have no doubt that fresher, the hop flavor would be glorious. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pour light amber with a nice off white one finger head. Good lacing all around. Head has good retention

S: a little bit of everything, very nice. Some nice pine, citrus and a slight spice. Lots of great hop aromas.

T: mild bitterness upfront followed by some of the citrus and pine hops pulling forward before the malt finally comes through. Dry bitter finish.

M: light feel with moderate carbonation. Dry if finish.

O: complex ipa with a lot of different hop aromas and flavors. Very drinkable. (503 characters)

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.