Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at The Library Ale House in Santa Monica, listed as 6.5% ABV.
Poured a brassy golden colour with white head and impressive residual lacing. Aroma a citrus wonderland with grapefruit, tangerine and others I can't distinguish. Truly beautiful. Unfortunately the taste isn't as impressive as the aroma. Not as well balanced as I'd hoped. Some roasted malt sweetness with surprising tropical fruit tones, followed by a sharp bitterness. The finish lingers for an impressive length of time, but without the full citrus spectrum.
Would definitely purchase again.
Serving type: on-tap
11-10-2012 18:32:39 | More by hopsolutely
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Reviewed from notes from 8/25/12
Bomber w/ no visible bottled on date.
A- Large bubbles form a half-finger head that dissipates quickly. Alluring golden glow.
S- Aroma is mildly piney with a hint of citrus. Definitely hoppy, but not a very strong nose.
T- The taste has a lot of caramel malts not detected in the aroma. The hop profile is mild, yet dry.
M- Dry, bitter finish with a medium and smooth mouthfeel.
O- Tasty, yet indescript in flavor.
P.S. This was reviewed after drinking 2 pints of Enjoy By, so my palate may have been destroyed by that point. I also don't know if this was a fresh bottle or not. I HAVE had fresh Sculpin since, and was significantly more impressed. While I haven't actually written a subsequent review the scores here represent how I feel about fresh Sculpin, not what was written in this particular review.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2012 17:36:25 | More by SadMachine
4.55/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!
Drunk on 10-12-12, reviewed from notes
A: Golden-copper yellow. Great white head lasts for the duration of the beer.
N: Oh Lord in Heaven. Pineapple, mango, citrus, mandarin orange. This is like walking around a fruit stand. Some pine. This nose goes on forever.
T: As fruity as the nose is, the body is equally piney and earthy. Very, very bitter and dry. A little pineapple, but this is an overwhelming spruce bomb. Some bready/biscuity notes and malt. Quite the dichotomy.
M: Palate is dry to the point where it's like a hop covered with spikes and razors. Fair amount of alcohol.
O: The epitome of the West Coast IPA. Dry, scraping, and lacking in most of the malt needed to balance out the hops. If only the dry hopping lasted throughout the body, this might be my first perfect 5.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2012 17:28:13 | More by writerLJBerg
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,402 ratings.