Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +1.6%
Huge grapefruit hop nose. Head pours tall, but backs off relatively quickly. First taste is more pungent than I expect, with cirtrusy undertones. Swishing around in the mouth a bit gives more of a vegetal flavor. Malts noticeable only in a little sweet aftertaste at the end, hidden between an initial sharp bitter taste upon swallow and a softer bitterness lingering in the mouth afterward.
Has none of that ‘syrupy’ hop flavor that I associate with way overhopped beers. Manages to stay pretty light and drinkable. No hint of high alcohol in mouthfeel.
“It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.”
Overall: A, but too expensive to buy frequently
02-18-2012 01:21:32 | More by grannaniwa
4.63/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: Very nice cloudy, golden-amber color with a two finger head and plenty of lacing.
Smell: One of the best smelling beers out there. Lots of hop aroma with grapefruit, mango, and orange. So very inviting...
Taste: Great bitterness is immediately apparent. Nice grain flavor but the fruity hops and the most prominent attribute of this beer. Tart mango with grapefruit following. Absolutely delicious.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is well balanced with the flavor and the body. Very nice.
Overall: One of the best beers I have had. It is always worth picking up a six-pack when it becomes available.
02-18-2012 00:52:01 | More by TaySuth
4.1/5 rDev -7%
pours a very nice orange and you can see a lot of carbonation in the body. With a 1.5 finger egg shell colored frothy head with good retention leaving a laced rim around the glass.
great nose to this brew, very fresh. tropical fruits(grapefruits, mangos some lemon zest) it hoppy and has light floral notes in it.
taste fallows the nose for the most past. a lot of mango with a good hop presence, not a hop bomb but they're definitely there. grapefruit, and some of the lemon is found.
light bodied, highly carbonation and leaves the mouth nice and watery
overall i loved the nose of this, and the taste was very nice. seems very fresh could drink this anytime
02-16-2012 18:33:10 | More by rtaps
3.88/5 rDev -12%
Yet another thanks to John for this one.
22 oz. poured into a Bruery tulip on February 14th, 2012.
A - Light, soft orange coloring with a two finger, creamy, offwhite head. Plentiful lacing, okay retention.
S - Fruit bomb. Tangerines, cantaloupe. Strong sweet malts. Cinnamon bread. Hop astringency underneath.
T - A ton more tropic fruits, pineapple, melon. Hope resin bitterness appears very briefly and cleanly and the backend of the drink.
M - Sweet, semi-long finish. Medium-high carbonation. Light-medium body.
D - Good but I'm not blown away. I'm trying to get away from direct comparisons but this feels like a slightly thinner, less flavorful Hopslam.
02-16-2012 15:38:16 | More by Auracom
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
I have this on tap and in the bottle. This was the first beer I had at Ballast Point Brewing Company. The color is a nice golden orange color, that reminds me very much of the Sculpin fish that this is named after. The aroma is rich with many different, smells, the strong is that of citrus fruits with orange and grapefruit being some of the strongest. A very hopy taste with with a nice balance of flavors, the cirutus flavors are balanced nicely with that of the malted hops. Over all a great IPA
02-16-2012 01:45:56 | More by ProfessorX
4.68/5 rDev +6.1%
I bought this beer without hearing anything about this beer or Ballast Point. I tried another IPA from ballast point, big eye IPA it was ok but when I opened the Sculpin the aroma was awesome. Tropical fruit filled my nose and a peach , apricot, mango and citrus flavor hit my taste buds and then a nice dry bitter finish. I live in Indianapolis and I can not get this beer but I drive an hour and a half to Champaign, IL to get it. Sculpin is ten bucks for a bomber and I will not spend that much very often on a beer. I have bought 2 cases of bombers so far. It is the best IPA I have had. It is also the best beer I have had. It is a fruit hop foward beer that I could drink everyday. I tend to like all the fruit hop foward beers but many are only good to have 1 or 2 before your taste buds are over saturated, this beer is exceptional
02-15-2012 04:01:18 | More by notalagerlugger
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
On-tap at Bullshead in Lititz.
Served in a standard shaker glass with a thin white head. Golden in color with good clarity. The nose is bright and hoppy with fresh citrus scents. Taste is much bolder and more complex than the nose. Plenty of citrus hops but also alot of sweet malts which give some depth to the palate. Strong bitterness in the finish with a dry mouthfeel. Fine tasting IPA from the west coast.
02-15-2012 02:41:04 | More by JunkYardJake
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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