Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
Appearance: A very bright orange color. Clear clean look. About a finger worth of head on the pour which quickly dissipated. Some carbonation throughout.
Smell: Incredibly bright smooth hops at the front of the aroma. There is also a very down to earth malty background. Caramelized body really makes the aroma pop. The hop balance is incredible.
Taste: This brew almost follows the aroma to a tee. The balanced hops with a caramelized sweetness is really elite. The hops create a sticky, heavy feeling on the palette. My only gripe is the front of the beer seems to get a bit lost. But the accents that follow quickly make up for it. Waves and waves of hops cascade long after drinking.
Mouthfeel: Balance again comes to my mind when I'm drinking this. The hop dryness is there but sweetness mellows it out. A wonderful middle ground to the normal palette destroying IPA has been found.
Overall: One of the best single IPA's available. Really makes you appreciate a single IPA. Glad I've got 5 more of these to enjoy!
02-09-2013 06:25:04 | More by KFBR392
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
Grolwer poured into my snifter.
A - very light, almost pilsner-yellow out of the bottle, but it settles orange and amber. Not much head on the forced pour, but that's not terribly surprising, given the low ABV. I love beers that deceive with their pale color.
S - delicious. The hops are so sweet and citrusy on the nose, but you'd never expect the force of them from such a modest looking beer. The body is so odorous in fact that it almost smells like a simple syrup.
T - pretty good, but not nearly as complex. Some nice biting citrus right on the front that recedes quickly into sweetness. Very prominent grapefruit.
M - also good. Sculpin is a little too carbonated for my taste, but it fades after an initial bite into a sweet, mellow cling. Bitterness at first, but your mouth is left with sweet, sticky (but not syrupy) hops. Very tasty.
O - my second Ballast Point beer (first is VaS) to land in my top twenty all time. Very fine example of a single IPA. Could easily get a sixer and sip throughout the day.
EDIT 2/27/13: I purchased a growler fill of Sculpin at a local bottle shop; I'm giving the mouthfeel and the taste an additional .25 in the new format. Blew me away.
02-09-2013 01:11:48 | More by JamesShoemaker
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
bottle to HFS sniffer
A:orange to honey colored with a bubbly white head that is pretty thin and fades quickly, but leaves a thick lacing around the outside. It is quite translucent and clean looking without any floaters.
S: The smell is nice an floral fresh hops it smells nice and clean and I think I can smell a little bit of citrus in there. There is also some malt in there that has some sweetness to it.
T: There is a lot of fresh hop tastes that follows the nose this is followed by a nice hop bitterness that is very well balanced and clean not over powering at all. It goes down really easy and has a lot more flavor then most other single ipas I have tried.
M:It is very thin and watery but it is also clean and oily so it goes down very easily and the alcohol is not noticeable at all which is impressive considering it is quite high for a single ipa. There is some resin to it that leaves your mouth nice and sticky without being overwhelmingly bitter.
O: So i was really impressed and surprised by this beer I really wasn't expecting this amount of drinkability and flavor. This is a great clean well put together ipa its probably the best single ipa I have ever had it seriously could be compared to Pliny (though i still give the edge to PtE). The fact that this is becoming more available this will definitely become a go to for me and is totally worth a try.
02-08-2013 22:55:06 | More by Pinknuggets
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,853 ratings.