Pineapple Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Pineapple SculpinPineapple Sculpin

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of mnj21655
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden copper in color with a finger and a half of dense white head. Aroma starts with a burst of pineapple then gives way to sweet caramel malts. Taste hits the same notes, pineapple upfront, caramel malts, and an oddly artificial note in the finish. Medium+ body and carbonation and some hop slickness. Overall I just didn't love this beer, the pineapple addition didn't do it any flavors.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1/23/17...pours bright gold with heavy fluffy white foam. Pineapple pine nose. Soft pineapple flavored malt with the firm scuplin bitter to balance it out. Smooth Fruity flavor. Refreshingly bitter IPA> solid.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beer I was sure I had a long time ago, but it seems I was mistaken.

Pours a lovely light orange with a thick, fluffy head.

The smell is ripe with pineapple, sap and a sort of lemony candy. Great smelling beer.

The taste is a wonderful merger of pineapple and hops, well balanced and easy to drink. Hints of lemoade peek through, as well as a bit of fudge on the finish.

Light bodied, with lots of carbonation, this goeas down real easy.

I actually think I prefer this to the regular Sculpin, it's just so fresh, vibrant and summery. Really nice!

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Photo of Stooven
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There's a cruel trick you can play on yourself with this beer. To get it over with, yes, straw color, mild bubbles, sticky lacing. Preface: I have anti-IPA friends who complain of the 'dirty socks' aroma. This beer is that quintessence. The key is opening a can of it and taking sips. Doing so will make you a 'pour it in a glass' zealot. The combination of Pineapple Sculpin and an aluminum can empowers the dirty sock element. Once in a glass: not so bad. But you'll also never forget.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ballast Point - Miramar, CA
Half pour – tulip glass 09/10/15

Unfortunately I am not on the Pineapple Express with this one.
Sure it smells and tastes like real Pineapple juice which I can commend but for me the base brew that is plain ‘ol delicious Sculpin gets lost here. Something about the pineapple diminishes the overall hoppiness whereas with the Grapefruit seems to better compliment. Just a miss for me.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this beer is three fingers thick and off-white, with spottier lacing, a translucent medium golden body.

I smell the awesome marriage of the pineapple juice used with this variant melding wonderfully with the hops in this brew.

Tastes like clean, crisp "pine hops" with "juicy" hops all blending nicely with the pineapple flavor. very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Pineapple Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company a 4.5 Thanks [email protected]

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will reserve comments until I try a fresher bottle. I think the code 16201 means the 201st day of this year. Since this is the 354th day, 154 days is on the old end of an IPA. I am missing the citrusy taste normally present with Sculpin, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pineapple Sculpin brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.00% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with an nice fluffy white head. Real spotty lacing to this brew. The smell of Pineapple Sculpin is rich with pineapple sweetness, hops, grains and malts. There is a lot going on in the smell of this American IPA. This brew has the look and some smells of most American IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, you first pick up on the hoppy bitterness, then a bitter sweet pineapple flavors. I will give it this, it is different, but in a good way. You also pick up on some nice grassy grains and malts in the taste of this brew. I really like how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew. It goes down just that smooth. If you are looking for a bitter sweet IPA look this brew up. There is nothing really overpowering about Pineapple Sculpin, it has a nice refreshing balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Pineapple Sculpin a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again if I had the opportunity. Ballast Point Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this one.

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Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, clear yellow-golden color with a slight amount of precipitating carbonation. Medium-thick white cap and collar with moderate retention. Nose of citrus hops and noticeable pineapple aroma. Not so much pineapple in the flavor, which is probably a good thing. Citrus hops dominate. Crisp and biting in the mouth appropriate to style. Overall very good, nice balance of sweet fruit (“pineapple”) and bitter citrus hops. Would try again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at the local Meijer. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carried pineapple flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was a pineapple turnover flare. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a tasty alternative to the regular sculpin.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, plenty of head, fine bubbles.
Muted aromas (yes its traveled) but the flavour is still great. Pineapple is subtle, beer is not too sweet, good hop balance. Nice lengthy taste.
Soft and frothy in mouth.
Great stuff.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good clarity, copper color, nice foam. The aroma is straight pineapple candy with a flavor profile that is a much subdued version of the same. Nicely done, and I prefer it to the grapefruit version.

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Photo of BeardyLight
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Friend gave me a sixer, cans. Popped the top, lots of carbonation, foam spilled out. Poured into glass, golden, cloudy, lots of bubbles. Smells real nice, very fresh. Taste is very good, tart, citrus, not a lot of pineapple taste which can be a good thing as you're not drinking Dole.

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Photo of dditto2
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, thick foamy slightly golden head.
Smell is pineapple and citrus fruit hops hops. Very tropical. Juicy.
Tropical hops taste, stronger hops than expected. Surprising lack of sweetness. The pineapple is light, just noticeable over the hops. It is pretty nicely balanced.
Overall it is a quite enjoyable easy to drink brew. Nicely balanced. Not too sweet. Typical high quality Sculpin.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on October 27, 2016.

Bright orange-golden pour underneath a fluffy, full off-white head. Great clarity.

The pineapple aroma is quite forward with a nice toasted bread character behind that. Also a little floral.

Medium body.

The pineapple is more muted in the flavor in favor of a bready and bitter and floral finish.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I've had. Probably the only fruit version of an existing beer that manages to keep the integrity and profile of the original while adding a unique twist...that doesn't ruin it. Pineapple is obvious in the smell and clearly noticeable in the taste, but not at all overpowering. Honestly, there are fruitless "citrus"-style IPAs that taste more artificially fruity than this. Still nicely balanced hop bitterness and malt, despite the added fruit. Quality, feel, and look are what you would expect from Ballast Point.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head with big bubbles that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: ripe, sweet, pineapple;

T: pineapple is predominant from start to finish; a touch of caramel in the background; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: too much pineapple for my taste, but pineapple is the point here, right?

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Photo of kbrokhoff
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At risk of being sacrilegious, I dare say I like Pineapple Sculpin better than the original. The regular Sculpin used to be my favorite IPA, but I think I had too much of a good thing and now desire different IPAs - sort of like overindulging on a song. When I first tried the Pineapple, it was straight from the bottle on a fishing boat in a Gloucester, MA marina. Now I am drinking it out of a snifter with what started as a gorgeous head. No freshness or bottled date was found on the bottle, or if it's there it's in code - damn you Ballast Point! Even with over half of the bottle gone, the lacing on the glass is still admirable. I personally was unimpressed with the Grapefruit Sculpin, and thought it was too sweet and fruity. This Pineapple bears no extra sweetness from the original, and in fact seems to have heightened bitterness. At first I was picking up on the pineapple only through the smell, but after further tastings (and especially now out of a snifter), the pineapple taste is there in nuances. My conclusion: A fantastic IPA made better and more complex.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for about 2.50 for the single. Hope it is sweet most pineapple beers taste of husk rather than fruit.

Looks rather good a orange yellow hue clear with a 1/2 inch of frothy foam that takes a bit to dissipate. Smell is actually pineapple sweet which is surprise since Sculpin is rather hoppy. Hmm even though pineapple fruit sweetness is all but lost it does heighten the taste of this sculpin which is much smoother with pineapple. Body is medium, bitter yet fruity balanced making for an exceptional IPA experience.

Much better than the base sculpin and just a hair better than grapefruit this is the best pineapple IPA I ever drank!

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, clear gold with a frothy, lingering white head.

S: Well-integrated aromas of herbs, pineapple, lemon, orange, lime, pine, kumquats, biscuit, crackers, and caramel are present on the nose.

T: Delightful notes of pineapple mingle with lemon, orange, lime, and kumquats. I also pick up on flavors of crackers, biscuit, caramel, cedar, herbs, and pine. The finish is tart and citrusy, emphasizing the mix of pineapple, orange, kumquat, lemon, and lime with a slight herb and pine character on the back of the throat.

M: Medium in body and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relatively prickly. Easy to drink for the style.

O: I really like this IPA, though I understand that it may be the sort of ale that will not appeal to everyone. I think where it most succeeds is in the layering of pineapple and citrus aromas and flavors. I could see this ale going over well with fans of nontraditional IPAs or fruitier beers in general.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Crystal clear, sparkling, orange to light copper color. Fuzzy foam, one finger thick. Spare lacing. Strong hoppy aroma. Very fruity, many tropical fruits, strong pineapple smell. Some mangos and resin. Caramel. Taste is a reflection of an aroma. Fantastic fruity-sweet punch with bitter slam. Full bodied. Sticky, juicy, chewy. Good carbonation. Great bitter finish, long lasting. Very, very decent beer but too sweet and juicy for me. Pineapple dominated this beer. I have also drank it 8 months after bottling... fresh one should be better.

Expiration date: I could not find it on a bottle.
Bottling date: Code says "16027 07:42". So according to Ballast Point "Date Stamp Guide", I suppose it is a 2016, 27th of January

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Ballast Point shaker pint glass.

Look: Semi-hazy light burnt orange body under a creamy, foamy off-white colored head that doesn't recede for ages and leaves thick bands of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops, fresh cedar planks, pine, minimal traces of tropical fruit juice.

Taste: Super bitter and woody up front -- lots of spicy hops and chewy cedar wood. A dying ember of pineapple in the finish?

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy. Heavy.

Overall: Every flavored BP Sculpin I've had -- hell, every flavored anything I've had from this brewery -- has been underwhelming and too kick-in-the-teeth syrupy, woodsy, bitter. Kinda ruins the point of adding the flavor intended.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a $10.99 make a 6-pack from Foodland
Light clear amber color
Smell of pineapple
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smooth hops taste, light bitterness, a hint of pineapple
Overall a great tasting beer. I would drink again.

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Photo of Jshbrown40
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a snifter to let this breathe some: first impression is that the smell is overwhelming pineapple sweet. Very little evidence of piney, hoppiness of an IPA. Taste confirms the nose's impression: Very sweet, its missing some of the citrus bite of grapefruit that blends so nicely with the hops, which are also somewhat over-powered by the pineapple.

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Photo of HeeNalu
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Not getting too fancy, but I think some glassware that concentrates the aroma might be a bit better.

Appearance - Appropriate golden with a touch of amber. Mostly clear with a slight haze. If poured heavy, it will leave a nice fluffy head that moderately clings.

Smell - When I first popped the top, I got a rush of pineapple. Once poured into the glass, it still has a pleasant pineapple aroma, though somewhat subdued and intermingled with hints of pine and bitter citrus like grapefruit or lime pith.

Taste - A bit disappointing. While it has a nice flavor, that pineapple juiciness picked up in the aroma is overpowered by a piney bitterness that develops into a grassy flavor as it hits the mid palate. The citrus that is normally present in Sculpin, and would pair well with the pineapple flavor is also absent and replaced by that mild pine resin flavor. It's almost as if the hop profile not only overpowers the pineapple, but also somehow clashes with it rather than the pineapple sweetness and juiciness enhancing it. While it is still a nice drinkable IPA, I feel like it missed the mark by not marrying the flavors better or highlighting the pineapple.

Feel - Feels relatively light in the mouth in the sense that it is not very viscous, but somehow the hop pine resin bitterness makes it feel a bit fuller on the palate. Rather than feeling refreshing as you would expect tropical flavors to, it leaves a dryness that's more in tune with a persimmon that just isn't quite ripe yet. Again makes me wonder if there wasn't an adjustment to the Sculpin hop profile that just didn't quite work.

Overall - A good beer with a great aroma, but flavors that don't quite live up to the hype. It's a great idea, but despite the apparent brilliance of the idea, somehow falls short of Sculpin, or Grapefruit Sculpin.

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