Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Bought a six pack of Sculpin cans the other day. code on the bottom says 14028, so I am assuming this is pretty fresh - abt 2 wks old - unless I'm not deciphering it correctly.
IMO, this is no better than old school caramelly New England IPA with just a little bit drier finish. Hop character was weak and grassy, no citrusy/tropical fruit flavors. Draft has been inconsistent too - sometimes boozy and thin, sometimes decently hoppy, sometimes malty. What the heck happened to that juicy hop bomb like when it first came to the boston area in bombers? I think I'm about done with this beer as I am with GF WC IPA - two beers ruined by increased production.
Serving type: can
02-13-2014 14:36:42 | More by Longstaff
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Serving Type) Poured a Pint out of a 22 oz. Bomber. Thanks to Wheelzntoys for sending this to me via trade!
A) Pours a bold golden, light orange that is topped with a frothy, creamy white layer of dense head. The head dwindles rather quickly, leaving behind a thin blanket of white suspended atop the brew. Some dense, (albeit patchy) lacing coats the side of the glass as I sip. Limited carbonation visible.
S) Grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit are very apparent to the nose, accompanied by a good deal of other citrusy fruits. Pineapple, mango, and maybe tangerine? All in all a damn delicious boquet of fruits. A slight whiff of, grassy, piney, earthiness rounds it all out.
T) Surprisingly, the citrus bomb I was expecting isn't quite as pronounced on the palate as it was in the nose. That being said, there is still a very pleasing dose of fruity tropicalness, but it is actually kept in check and nicely balanced by some maltyness. It's as if a bunch of tropical fruit rolled around in a tub of freshly cut bitter grass and dried off with a towel coated with a touch of caramel.
M) Medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. This is one smooth, yet complex brew. All the qualities I look for in a West Coast IPA. One kick ass brew that lives up to the hype!
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 04:26:30 | More by paulytasker
3.28/5 rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A translucent, golden body lurks beneath an inch of foamy, pure white head that lingers briefly before settling to a scant dusting across the surface of the liquid; minimal strands of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit and orange with a fresh pine punch. Some grass, herbs, and wet earth fill out the middle with a lemony zest towards the end. It tastes similar, with some large citrus notes up front that readily fade to a muddled, earthy center. Bitter hops give way to a soapy aftertaste on the finish, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, but well carbonated. Refreshing throughout with a dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA that I thoroughly enjoy. While there are plenty of new options available today, this one remains a staple and a great example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 21:53:02 | More by eclipse54
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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