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Sculpin Bottle Dating?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by coocookuhchoo, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Does anyone know how far forward Ballast Point "drink by" dates Sculpin? I just started grad school in VA, and being from MD, I've never had the chance to get it. I saw it in my local bottle shop here and was excited to try, but the freshest bottle was drink by November 15th. Most of the time "drink by" dates are far past when you'd actually want to drink the beer, especially for IPAs. Was I right in thinking it would be less than fresh?
  2. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    6 months.
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  3. Well that was easy. Thanks. I guess I'll wait until I can find a fresher one for my first try.
  4. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Anytime. I would certainly recommend Sculpin fresh if you like tropical IPA's. Cheers!
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  5. Having one that was 3 months from the bottling date and it was half the beer it originally was/is.
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  6. fresh Sculpin, and while on the subject, fresh Green Flash West Coast IPA are stellar when fresh. But fresh to me is weeks from the bottling. I buy a case when I see them less than a month old. Which is seldom. If it is older, I pass...
    My local case shop got a "fresh" case of West Coast a few weeks ago...bottled in February...where is the weak link in the chain?
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  7. skinsfan

    skinsfan Advocate (600) Maryland May 24, 2005

    I am pretty sure that sculpin drink by dates are 90-120 days out. so it was probably either 2-3 months old. Not terrible, but obviously even better when fresher. I love Sculpin.
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  8. Im pretty sure they bottle Sculpin well after the "best by" date
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  9. What? Do you mean well before?
  10. Edit...

    Don't let me sway you, I have my own feelings on sculpin and ballast point. If you feel the need for something fresher bm me.
  11. shand

    shand Advocate (645) Florida Jul 13, 2010

    Nah, their date is now three months out from bottling on lower gravity beers (Sculpin, Big Eye, Yellowtail, etc), and a year out on higher gravity beers (Tongue Buckler). They used to do a six-month bottling date below their batch code on the neck, but their new Best By dates printed on the bottom of the labels follows a different scheme. A best by date of November 15th on Sculpin should still be perfectly delicious, if not completely optimal.
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  12. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Thanks for clearing that up - so that 6 month system must've been very short-lived? I thought they only recently started dating bottles.

    Thanks in advance for any insight on this.
  13. shand

    shand Advocate (645) Florida Jul 13, 2010

    Yeah, the six-month system was rather short lived. Ironically, I'm not sure if it even lasted six months. The six month system was inked on the neck of the bottle in a batch code (IE BE###) for Big Eye, and then a numerical date below it (IE 070112 for July 7th, 2012). Now they're inking best by dates on the bottom of the label that follow their new dating standard.
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  14. rodlavers

    rodlavers Savant (385) Pennsylvania Jun 20, 2012

  15. shand

    shand Advocate (645) Florida Jul 13, 2010

  16. The bottles of Sculpin that arrived in stores here in central NC the first week of August has an "Enjoy By" date of 11-23, so that date must be more than 3 months after the bottling. The beer in those bottles didn't match what came out of a keg in Durham a week and a half ago.
  17. kinopio

    kinopio Savant (370) Massachusetts Apr 30, 2009

    Why not just put the Bottled On date on the bottle? The posts in this thread show how dumb and confusing the __ months after bottling system is. And not the julian date either. 10/11/12. How hard is that?
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  18. smutty33

    smutty33 Advocate (650) Connecticut Jun 12, 2009

    This!

    I came to say the same.......there are a bunch of threads on here of the same topic.

    Cheers
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  19. Finatic

    Finatic Savant (300) Florida Jan 16, 2011

    The Sculpin in Florida right now has a best by date of 1/8/13. Should I be scooping this up. All I have ever had was old Sculpin so I never really understood the appeal.
  20. shand

    shand Advocate (645) Florida Jul 13, 2010

    Yes. Yes you should.
  21. GameFreac

    GameFreac Savant (410) Georgia Apr 8, 2011

    Sorry for bumping and old thread but my 6 pack says best by 4/18/13 so it should be really fresh right?

    It just tastes like a standard IPA. Maybe I'm just not a fan or don't see what the big deal is.
  22. I should caveat that the majority of my Sculpin drinking experience is draft vs. bottles.

    On a handful of occasions I have had Sculpin beers that were EXCELLENT. The majority of my Sculpin drinking experiences were that the beers were good but not exactly something to write home about.

    I used to think the explanation of my varying Sculpin experiences was a freshness factor: EXCELLENT Sculpin = very fresh while good Sculpin = not as fresh.

    I have read a number of posts where folks have opined that Sculpin beers vary (from batch to batch?). I am starting to think that Sculpin is a varying beer for reasons other than freshness.

    In my home state of Pennsylvania, 6-packs of Sculpin cost something like $17.99. That is just too much money for a beer which can vary in its taste!

    Cheers!
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  23. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Champion (760) California Nov 29, 2006

    They keep changing it up. It was best by 120 days then it was bottled on date now. Now it's best by again but I don't know how many days.
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  25. glaze3

    glaze3 Aficionado (140) Nevada Jul 29, 2010

    Bringing this back from the dead- Just saw six packs with a best by date of 8-10-13, no way it's dated at 120 days out. Anyone know the real story here?
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  26. The last six-pack of Sculpin I bought on 2-20 had an enjoy by date of 6-29: 129 days plus the time to reach a shelf in central NC.
  27. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Advocate (625) Arizona Oct 30, 2005

    I saw bombers in Cali the other day that said good till September. They may have been super fresh but no way that beer is good 5 months from now.
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  28. dar482

    dar482 Advocate (670) New York Mar 9, 2007

    Wow, this is weird that they made their Enjoy By date so far out. Anyone have a guess on how long it is now? 6 months out they date it?
  29. I have a Dorado in the fridge with a drink by 2/28/14! 10 - 12 months on a DIPA? Maybe they should think about lowering the price and actually selling their product in a timely manner
  30. mrmambo

    mrmambo Aficionado (125) Georgia Jan 21, 2004

    http://www.ballastpoint.com/date-stamp-guide/

    They recommend drinking within 120 days of bottling. The date code is the bottling date--year plus day (in Julian calendar format).

    The six I just bought today in Atlanta was bottled on December 23, 2013, so it's 23 days old. They just started releasing it here within the last 7 days.
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  31. wsandrew

    wsandrew Aspirant (35) California Jan 6, 2012

    I've read through all of these, but am still confused. This is what is at the bottom of a Sculpin lable on a bottle that I just purchased (today is Feb 4, 2014).
    SC 425
    14029

    My guess: 425 = batch number.
    14 = year
    029 = date. (Jan, 29 in Julien time, meaning the 29th day of the year)

    Does that make sense? If so, is it the "enjoy by" date, or the "bottled on" date. Why put the 14 in front?

    I should say that I live in San Diego, just 10 mins down the road from the Brewery. I'm blessed. But the six pack was on sale for $12, which lead me to believe that it might be because it's an old batch. If it really was bottled on the 29th, that would make it less than a week old.

    Lastly, I should also say that it is delicious! But as a rule, I like to know how to figure out the dates.
  32. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Aficionado (200) Texas Jan 27, 2013

    Yup .. It was bottled on the 29th day of 2014. Pretty fresh. I usually dont buy anything more than 2 months out.
  33. wsandrew

    wsandrew Aspirant (35) California Jan 6, 2012

    Thanks man! Was just confused as the numbers were backwards in relation to what everybody else was quoted as stamped on their bottles. In other words, its somewhat counter-intuitive to have "14029", when others were suggesting a different format. It should have read--from what I gathered from the accounts of others--"02914". Anyway, not hard to decipher once you understand the julien system, but they could certainly make it easier.

    Annecdotally, I returned to Vons (also known as Safeway in other regions) and tonight a sixpack of cans was only $10.30!! And it was brewed Jan 27, less than two weeks ago. It is good to live in San Diego :)
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  34. teledeluxe

    teledeluxe Savant (375) Illinois Nov 21, 2013

    Do yourself a favor and get Sculpin in the cans instead. Stays fresher longer and the canned date code is on it. Usually has a sticker on the outside of the cardboard.
  35. Agreed! Sculpin is one of my favorites, and I will only buy in the cans now, although I used to poo poo cans completely. I hope everyone will trend towards cans, it makes a huge difference.
    I had my first Heady Topper last week and drank it from the can, and I must say, surely there is a reason for canning!

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