Sculpin - Pineapple
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin - PineappleSculpin - Pineapple
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American IPA
Ranked #1,037
Ranked #7,454
3.98 | pDev: 9.05%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Sculpin - PineappleSculpin - Pineapple
Notes: Our Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of our signature IPA. With so many tropical hop notes in Sculpin, how could we not try adding some sweet, juicy pineapple? The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch.
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with orange hues when held against a light....I definitely feel that the haziness is a lot more robust than several of the previous reviews would it just mine I wonder? Shows off a nice eggshell colored head that is dense and creamy looking, and has excellent retention....starts off at around three fingers in thickness, before settling to an undisturbed froth over top the brew. Also shows excellent lacing, with thick rings sticking to the inside of my beer glass....almost as thick as the head left behind after it settled! I can see faint columns of carbonation slowly rising to the top in lumbering fashion. Overall a very nice looking IPA!

S- This doesn't have the overbearing hop presence that I thought it would, but rather there is a very distinct sweet tropical pineapple aroma that really balances out the bitterness of the hop cones. Background smells of citrus fruits, malt robustness, extra dark chocolate with candied orange/pineapple bits, pine sap and really thats about it from these nostrils! The finish is sweet/sour and lingering.

T- Flavors follow suit to the aromas quite well, with the only big change being in the hops, which is now much more prolific, yet it is cut rather well by the citrus/tropical acidity present. Outside of this, the malt becomes more rounded and is of deep dark toffee/nutty sweetness, with very subtle cream and yeast. Finish is of piney resin astringency, oily hop leaf and a lingering fruitiness that helps round everything out. I don't mind the flavors!

M/O- Light to medium bodied, with modestly aggressive carbonation, I think this feels about right on the palate for my liking.....there's enough flavor to go around without it being too hop forward, yet is cleansing all the same. The oily hops and fruitiness make the alcohol take a back seat, even at 7% it doesn't rear its head really. I know I'm on the smaller side of the IPA spectrum in terms of who likes what, but, I don't mind this really, and would probably have it again! I just wouldn't want to be having more than a bottle in a sitting is all.....nice beer though!

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ChrisCage from Alberta (Canada), May 19, 2020
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled January 2016; drank 2/20/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; nice lace.

Orange citrus, banana & faint vomit (!) notes in the nose. Off-putting!

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & mild orange citrus flavors up front; faint dry lemon notes on the finish.

As Edbeerd might say, "Where's the pineapple?!" Although it (thankfully) tasted better than it smelled, I can't say I want another.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 18, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pineapple smell is very strong up front. Surprisingly though the actual pineapple taste is pretty subtle, mostly I just taste the typical sculpin bittery hops taste. Well carbonated.

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edc20 from Oregon, Nov 05, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops with passion fruit and slight banana. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, Sep 14, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: This one looks just as good as the grapefruit does. 2 and a half finger head just a little lighter in the color than the grapefruit and regular sculpins. Very good looking beer.
S: You can smell the pineapple for sure, it is at the forefront of the smell, following behind it is all the hoppy goodness that the original sculpin brings with it.
T: Pineapple sweetness first and foremost, followed by the hop bitterness that you have come to know and love from the ol' sculpin.
F: Not quite as dry as the other two are probably because the pineapple is a sweeter fruit than the grapefruit, I'm not sure though.
O: Still very good just doesn't quite stack up to the regular Sculpin or Grapefruit Sculpin. Would still recommend and would still buy again.

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porters4life from Illinois, May 15, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a T-Rex chewing on a pineapple, this one roars at you. All those familiar Sculpin hops, but with pineapple and stuff, you know? Smooth like like an Adele single, and slightly malty like a... a dollop of malt. I like it, but I ain’t hella trippin’.

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RaulMondesi from California, May 07, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I generally don't like fruit beers, but I really like the Grapefruit Sculpin, as the grapefruit perfectly complements the hops.

So, I tried the Pineapple, but was disappointed. To me, it tastes like regular Sculpin, but with an artificial pineapple finish.

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derecognize from California, Apr 12, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a big mouth wine glass, flavors reaching out with instant aggression!
Easy on the eyes; honey-amber, nigh zero head, lacing present.
A sweet, sour malt scent.
Sharp, creamy & clean, with an abundance of well-balanced Pineapple, followed by moderate, mild Honey bread.
A tropical flavor tempest.
Pineapple-grapefruit flanking rear.

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Stoutmaster9 from California, Apr 11, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into NB globe, fresh

Look - Deep, golden orange, and just a little hazy. Pours with a foamy offwhite cap that retains very well for the long haul.

Smell - Redolent of perfumy, juicy fresh pineapple goodness right off the bat, citrusy hops with mild pine, caramel malt sweetness in the background.

Taste - Thankfully the massive fruit from the nose is toned down and balanced to perfection in the taste. Opens up with juicy, fresh pineapple but in a very subtle way that doesn't scream "pineapple juice". Malt body is caramely, a bit toasty, and semi-sweet, which mingles so nicely with the fruity, orangy hopping. A medium punch of spicy, piney hop bitterness activates in the finish to dry things out and keep it from getting overly sweet. A hint of pineapple lingers as well, just begging you to take another swig.

Feel - Medium body with just enough smooth, foamy carb to lighten up the feel sufficiently. Is a bit heavy feeling for my taste, but this is a huge flavor-bomb IPA after all.

Overall - Awesome IPA. I really love how the sweet pineapple smell is in your face and you start thinking "juice bomb", but the taste dials it way back and it turns out to be a really perfectly balanced IPA with a nuanced fruit addition. This is a masterfully crafted brew.

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Redneckwine from Washington, Mar 31, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very attractive orange gold color with creamy white cap.

Yes, it does smell like pineapple, backed by citrus and pine.

Flavor is quite citrus fruity with pineapple leading the charge but not dominating. These tasting notes sound simple but this is a very complex brew resting on a solid malt base. I get a bit more of the piney high notes in the finish and aftertaste but find those add a refreshing end.

Medium-full texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall the fruit elements here tame the aggressive hop profile somewhat adding a roundness and fullness moreso than the regular Sculpin. In fact I prefer this over the grapefruit Sculpin which I also prefer over the regular Sculpin. Not really a food paring beer but an interesting one that I'd certainly offer to my craft drinking friends, especially if they hadn't already tried it.

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Squire from Mississippi, Mar 21, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Crisp in Osterville. Thought I was getting the grapefruit sculpin but was pleasantly surprised. Great perky but not overpowering pineapple. Could drink this every day.

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Jboch from Massachusetts, Feb 17, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange amber color with one finger of a cream colored head. Smells of citrus, pineapple, and pine. The drink is well-hopped and quite fruity but everything is balanced amazingly. Tastes of pineapple first. It feels nice in the mouth and isn't too carbonated. Finishes slightly bitter with pine.

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labisch from Michigan, Feb 15, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aha now this is a real flagship star winner of a beer right here folks. The sweetness from the pineapple makes this beer now drinkable and tasty. This brewery even put bottled on dates on their labels. This IPA sure is delicious but too bad I cannot consume too much pineapple because it makes my skin flare up but once in a while one bottle of pineapple sculpin won't hurt. Without the pineapple this beer is pointless as far as i'm concerned if you think otherwise then that is your prerogative. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Feb 09, 2018
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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ballast Point Brewing Company is one my favorites and expensive. All Sculpin beers are great and fun to compare. The variety Sculpin box in an investment of IPA beer experience. The Pineapple Sculpin looks likes a great west coast IPA, and smells sweet. The taste, I like cold, I took two swallows without pause. The Pineapple sweet lingers just a moment and I wanted to feel it again. I think you know what think overall.

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Drewfit from Hawaii, Feb 07, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: semi translucent. Yellow-orange with a white head.
S: pineapple comes thru nicely
T: pineapple at the beginning and pine at the end. A tad bitter.
F: nice mouth feel. Fizz from start to finish. Not too thick.
O: nice. Pineapple is the star as it should be

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Jim67 from Michigan, Jan 20, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

For four years I lived stumbling, err, blocks distance from Balast Point in Scripps Ranch. I was a huge fan of Sculpin as well as their habanaro and grapefruit varieties on tap. Recently picked up the Pineapple Sculpin with great apprehension. Surprise!!!! It was awesome. My favorite over the other three.

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Photo of sb17
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite beers. Great bottle, great brew. The color and smell really speak to the citrus of the Sculpin. A bit too expensive to drink frequently, but it makes for a great treat.

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sb17 from Pennsylvania, Dec 27, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin IPA 7% ABV. 70 IBU's
Eye: cloudy orange, white head with lots of lacing
Nose: sweet malts, spicey hops, fruit, pine
Tongue: Sweet malts, bitter and spicey hops, faint fruit,
Mouth: Medium body, pretty standard for an IPA, but pretty full bodied for this style
Overall: I like this IPA because it has a sweet malty backbone with all of that piney, grapefruity, bittering hops and a slight bit of fruity character to it. I returned my six pack of another IPA to this store because it was dated and it didn't have any tropical fruity characters to go along with the hops. This definitely foot the bill in that department for sure. I am going to have to steer clear of that store though if I want a fresher IPA. They hold onto stuff for way too long.

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Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania, Dec 23, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a 330mL bottle into paint glass. The beer is a light orange color, perfectly clear, with just a tiny bit of carbonation inside. The head is slightly off-white, foamy, and sticks around for a long time with lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: You can definitely detect the pineapple - it is the dominant note from any distance. A bit of cream in there, as well as some citrus peels. A sweet-smelling beer for sure.

T: Light and creamy up front with a bit of malty balance in the back. The beer isn't as intensely hoppy or fruity as I thought it would be. It's much more balanced with a bit more of a pie kind of overall character in my opinion.

F: A bit carbonated, but mostly smooth.

Overall: I was surprised by this beer. I thought it was going to be a overtopped or over-flavored mess but it was actually quite nice. Not sure I'd get it again but I thought this one was pretty good.

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BucBasil from South Carolina, Dec 07, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a white head. smell has tropical fruit and citrus. Taste follows nose a nice taste of the tropics with pineapple ,pears ,citrus and sweet malts. Smooth mouth fell with low bitterness . A nice juicy IPA easy to drink and tasty.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Nov 30, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 12 ounce poured in tulip glass
Sight: amber small off white foam, clear, some lacing, appears appealing
Smell: fragrant aroma of hops, hint of citrus
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: creamy, good follow bitter aftertaste
Overall: Excellent India Pale Ale, one of the best even from a bottle

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gandres from Philippines, Nov 27, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head’s pint glass.

A: Nice gold in color, and nearly completely clear. A one-finger white head with great retention for a hoppy beer and a good amount of visible carbonation. Very pretty.

S: Pineapple, pears, citrus rind on top of cracker malts and a tropical fruit mix. Decent – not as pineapple heavy as I expected.

T: Pineapple rind and core, grapefruit flesh and tropical fruit. Crisp cracker malt body. More pineapple bitterness at the swallow and especially on the exhale.

M: Medium to a big light body. Good carbonation sensation and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A tasty beer, but I don't dig it as much as I expected. I was really excited, waiting for this to show up around here. But it just didn't work for me as well as I'd hoped. My least favorite of the three I’ve had (base and grapefruit varietals being the other two) by a chunk for sure. Still, a solid beer.

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Photo of animal69
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark gold with a thin white cap, leaves a good amount of lacing, smell is bready citrus with pineapple notes, taste begins with a piney hop bite leading to a followed by lightly toasted bagel with muted notes of pineapple that doesn't come through anywhere near as much as the nose suggests, slightly dry med body with decent carbonation, overall a really good beer, just wish the pineapple was more prominent

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animal69 from Louisiana, Sep 16, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a Pizzeria Verita in Burlington, VT (great place!). Golden & transparent with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma & taste have that classic Sculpin hop "buzziness", with the addition of some pineapple to go along with the citrus, light pine & toasty malt. I found this to be a little more bitter than the other Sculpins I've had & the pineapple taste didn't seem to blend in quite as nicely as the Grapefuit Sculpin. Still, I enjoyed it & would have it again. I think next time I would try to have it outside on a nice hot day instead of pairing it with a meal.

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Jesterr44 from Ontario (Canada), Aug 20, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint. Nothing special from a look perspective, golden color with a white head. Definitely get the pineapple in the smell. Pineapple forward in the taste with a crisp hoppy finish. A great summer beer.

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