Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured a nice thick dense white head. Crystal clear pale orange body. Lacing is sticking all over the glass.
Nice balanced hop aroma. Tropical fruit, citrus, toffee, light pine, and floral/herbal notes peak thru a sweet maltiness. Nothing totally grabs the nose, but blends together nicely.
Tastes like Pliny's slightly maltier brother. Tropical fruits hit the palate up front which move to a bitterness that hits the tounge towards the middle and a dry finish in the end. The malt presence keeps this balanced throughout. A little more malty than I remember this beer for some reason. The bottle is fresh though. Tastes like a more bitter malty DFH 60 Min, but without the sweetness. One reason this beer is such a great example of an IPA is how balanced it is. A touch more tropical/citrus fruit from the hops would easily make this an A+ beer.
Sculpin is a really good IPA! One that you could easily sip on or throw back a few bottles of.
11-21-2011 05:27:20 | More by mindspin315
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
Had this on my tick list for a while. Not sure how old the bottle is but it has some weird date code and no sediment so it's OK by me.
Top beer number 34
A - Ah a lovely inch of crisp frothy head with a nice bit of carbonation in the glass. Color is a bit lighter than the IPA's I usually drink but it has a great level of clarity. Gave it a 4 since it's head is not very sticky.
S - Beautiful levels of pine and citrus both from the bottle neck and in the glass. Smells also very balanced since the hops are not really "in your face"
T - Damn that's nice. I love the aggressive bit of bitter pine but it doesn't get bitter enough to deliver any "soap" like flavors (like some west coast IPA's) And each sip seems to deliver a different shade of hop: first pine, then second was more of an apricot, now citrus. Exceptional.
M - Body is as it should be and drinks fairly light with a light to medium body.
Overall it's been a while since I had such an exceptional IPA. Bitter like Ruination but each sip rounding flavors of both bitter and sweet hops. This is what hop heaven tastes like.
11-21-2011 00:45:43 | More by DrDemento456
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,979 ratings.