Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8,870 | Reviews: 1,994 | Display Reviews Only:
4.31/5 rDev -2.3%
Over all good beer. Pours a little hazy, with a finger of head. Hop aroma with a nice malt balance. Tastes the same; hop forward with a nice balance of toasty malt. Finishes with a citrus hop tartness. Balanced. Maybe not as much as their big eye, but balanced.
08-30-2013 21:05:28 | More by jbone78
4.85/5 rDev +10%
Oh! Tomorrow I will taste this off against my #1 IPA Great Divide Titan and I have a feeling this one may win. It's just more jammed with radiant flavors.
Appearance - The pour is perfectly clear, a deep orange amber, very orange, almost shiny. Much carbonation forms a three-finger head of white active foam, and it lasts and laces.
Into a .5l glass.
Smell - As others wrote, I could just sit here and sniff. I get more orange rind, more brightness than grapefruit, but certainly lots of fresh citrus and hops with lots of variation. Very fresh and inviting, great with food: in this case, garden tomatoes, 3 cheeses, rosemary bread, lemon olive oil, balsamic.
Taste - The flavor follows the aromas, and leads with very sharp, fresh, crisp, again orangey in the best sense of the word - flowers of hops, fireworks of hops, powerful leaps of hops.
As one reviewer wrote " the floral taste being almost bigger then the beer itself." Pine, hay, grass, open sunny herbal slopes of the California coast. The finish was large, dry, and bitter. Very complete.
Mouthfeel - great finish. makes you want another. clean and sharp and leaves you in such a good place. Totally worth a premium price.
O - Ties for my top IPA, and I think probably edges out Titan for top honors.
08-30-2013 01:57:42 | More by Act25
3.9/5 rDev -11.6%
This beer smells and tastes like durians - which I love. It had a slight grapefruit after taste and a hint of banana ester as well in the nose. It won out in a head to head with 90 minute ale, Torpedo, and Hopdevil all of which I rate favorably. Complex, well balanced and clean. Very drinkable medium bodied IPA.
08-29-2013 22:12:29 | More by sqrtbtr
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Yellow-orange. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?
S - Very nice pine and citrus smell.
T - More malt and sweetness that I would have expected for the smell. The pine and citrus is there, but the taste is not as strong as the smell. Solid bitterness with a light aftertaste.
M - Pretty balanced, but a little bit of an odd mix of malt, bitterness, and sweet, yet light and clean
O - A very solid IPA, but not worth the price as I think Stone IPA is better and I get it for quite a few $ less. Marginally better than Goose Island and Southern Tier IMO, which I can get for even less.
08-29-2013 07:43:32 | More by ianmatth
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured into a pint @ Lost Dog Cafe
A very good very solid IPA.
A - Pours a clear copper, hard to judge the head per bartenders pour, some sticky off-white lacing.
S - Piney aroma with some sweetness.
T - Malty and hoppy, a rather balanced IPA, some malty sweetness in the middle, bitterness lasting through finish.
MF - Medium bodied, well carbonated and with the bitterness somewhat of a sharp mouthfeel.
08-29-2013 02:03:21 | More by Sludgeman
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,870 ratings.