Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.84/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A recent lunch at Rustico in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, provided an opportunity to enjoy this Ballast Point stalwart on cask. Poured into the requisite snifter, this beauty boasts a semi-translucent body of amber that shimmers seductively beneath a sheer veneer of spongy froth.
Upon the initial nose, the eager quaffer receives a massive miasma of spruce, a veritable liquid Christmas tree in a glass. Oh Tannenbaum? A patient quaffer can whiff out a few bits of peach and mango. Meanwhile, down in the palate, there is a peppery blast of citrus accompanied by some short shots of malt followed by a very weak burst of hapless hoppiness as the final taste fades into history. The mouthfeel is chewy with a well defined balance of hop and malt.
So we have another addition to the West Coast “Must Haves.” Those of us in the Capitol Region may not ever get access to the renowned Pliny, but we damn well can have a Sculpin and that’s good enough for me.
Serving type: cask
03-26-2013 00:04:48 | More by jjboesen
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Excellent brew from down San Diego way. Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA is a very light kind of American IPA, with the hops balanced well with lots of fruit and citrus. The finished product is very drinkable and smooth, with a broad, albeit, indecipherable pallet. Pricey, but excellent.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2013 03:42:37 | More by tomakeanend
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,553 ratings.