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Pineapple Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Pineapple SculpinPineapple Sculpin

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 SSS
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Golden straw color
S-Pinapple aroma is there and candy like
M-Light mouthfeel and carbonation cleanses the palate
T-A decent overall IPA, the candy and gimmick I can do without
O-Good IPA, but I'm done with gimmick beers

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange, light haze, with a big display of macro-carbonation. Two inch plus, soapy white head, lots of air pockets along the vessel walls, with a big soapy lacing.

S: Wet and freshly sliced pineapples, juicy aroma, touch of applesauce. Spicy hops with the pineapple really coming through very fresh and wet and very natural.

T: Big pineapple burst with oranges, wet and fresh is balanced by a nice and equal show of tropical semi-dry hops and citrus. Nice breath of alcohol, toasty warmth, hoppy bite with a pear-citrus hopping with some pine and sweet malt mention.

M" Light bodied, nice warmth of pineapple fruit hits the tongue with a noticeable detection of tropical alcohol on the inner cheeks. Light to moderate carbonation, good leave of warming fruit and alcohol off the tongue.

O: A very nice aroma, fresh and wet, with a good balance, and hoppy flavor forward delivery. Being a fan of both pineapple and grapefruit, i prefer this a bit more, had a more flavor forward and wet and fresh approach, the grapefruit didn't seem as prominent. The alcohol is complimentary with an extended lingering finish that feels higher.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells like the Pinedrops beer from Deschutes but even more intense and fresh. Very sweet smell. The taste hits you with sweet pineapple and pineapple juice right away, and then it's surprisingly danky on the after taste. Maybe even a tad too danky for what I was expecting, but it's yet another great Sculpin.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, the third variant of Sculpin to arrive in Alberta thus far - I can't complain about the distribution up-swing inherent in all the latest hubbub surrounding this brewery.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and caked off-white head, which leaves some splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of fresh pineapple smoothie, gritty caramel malt, more indistinct tropical fruitiness, and some mild leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is zingy mixed citrus rind (orange, white grapefruit, and lemon), underripe pineapple core, bready caramel/toffee malt, a small flinty chalkiness, and some growing leafy and piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite robust in its swirling and teasing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually fairly smooth, nothing really stooping to the level of party pooper here, apparently. It finishes off-dry, that complex tropical fruitiness (which has now subsumed the titular pineapple) still playing Marco (Polo) with the lingering malt and pine forest esters.

Overall, this is very pleasant and engaging instance of the 'enfruitening' of the base Sculpin IPA - from that heady and beguiling aroma, through to a balanced and drinkable (due in no small part to the damned-near invisible 14-proof booze) end game. Great, great stuff, I only wish I could just go out and buy it at local supermarket prices like the majority of those on here.

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Photo of mkh012
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow-orange with a finger of fluffy white head.

Pineapple juice and piney hops on the nose.

The taste follows but the pineapple is subtle. Medium bitterness that lingers. Could be cleaner.

Medium mouthfeel with a frothy head.

Overall, a solid, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy yellow-orange, barely any head
S: Pineapple, clean hops, not bitter hops
T: Very pineapple forward, almost fake. Followed by some light-woody hops that fights with the pineapple a little. Light fresh soapy malt that fits and pushes the flavor profile but doesn't give backbone like how I like it.
MF: More watery , not too much carbonation.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Comes in a six-pack. No Julian code on the label.

L - orange-yellow color. Big bubbles amongst smaller bubbles, fastly fading. Layer of bubbles lay on the top. No lacing on the glass.

S - sweet pineapple pulp, floral hops, two role pale barley. Not very aromatic.

T - pineapple, pine, awesome hop flavor. Much like the other Ballast Point fruit beers, fruit on the scent but hops in the taste.

F - Watery body. Clean and smooth finish. Very little booziness on the tongue.

O - Regardless of the buyout, Ballast Point makes awesome beer. This beer will introduce people to the IPA style very nicely.

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Photo of Purdue
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy, Golden Color, low Head retention, although lots of Lacing
S: Hard Candy, Mango, Fresh Hoppy notes
T: Citrus, Resin up front, a little Boozy, slightly Bitter with a soft Malt finish, not as sweet as it smells
F: Light to medium body with a Musk that is in the feel more than the flavor
O: Great IPA, better than the original and yet lesser than the Grapefruit Sculpin, which I have had in Can and Bottle only. I will return to this many times. Great Brewers!

7%abv, 70ibu

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a hazy gold with a half-finger foamy white head that leaves spotty lace.
Aroma is loaded with pineapple and then some more pineapple, a bit of piney pitch and other tropical fruits.
The first taste to hit my palate is actually pine, then some sweeter pineapple, a sweeter juice-like quality and a big finishing, bitter resinous finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold with effervescence streaming up from the bottom of the goblet, producing 2 fingers of frothy, variously bubbled, moderately lasting, white head that leaves specks, streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is pineapple & other tropical fruits, pine resin, grapefruit pith & zest, orange, peach & sweet caramel. Taste is pineapple, grapefruit, pine, juniper, peach, sweet & bready cobbler pie dough & a hint of honey with the sweeter portions mid-sip through the finish. Aftertaste is astringent with less tropical fruit & more bitter grapefruit & pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick & wet in the mouth, drying after the swallow, medium-high carbonation with a fine peppery prickle. Good but certainly not an improvement on the original Sculpin.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter sum of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is massive of a pineapple sweetness along with some lighter notes of a citrus hop of tangerine and a bit of some orange. Along with these aromas are some other light tropical notes of tangerine and mango. Quite sweet and nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a tropical fruit sweetness of a little bit of pineapple and a whole lot of tangerine along with a little bit of a bready taste. As the taste advances a little bit more pineapple and some pine come to the tongue along with more grapefruit hop. All the while, some of the other tropical fruits besides pineapple (mango and tangerine) fade some from the tongue. At the very end, with the decrease in the sweetness overall, and an increase in the hop of both a pine and grassy nature coming to the tongue, one is eft with a lighter pineapple and nicely hopped taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall the moderateness of the feel is quite spot on for the mix tropical fruit sweetness and hoppiness and makes of a rather easy drinking 7 % abv. IPA.

Overall – A pretty nice brew overall, but I think I prefer either the regular or grapefruit Sculpin as they are slightly less sweet and have a bit more balance. All in all however, this beer is still one great drink.

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Photo of Blueness
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable IPA. The pineapple was a great addition to the already wonderful sculpin. Not much lacing and rather small head.

Smelled like pineapple (obviously), floral, grapefruit, peach?

Bitter taste at first. Bitterness fades as the beer warms. Pineapple tastes also starts to come out more as the beer warms.

Would recommend to any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Like a fine sculpin with pineapple on top. The pineapple does match well with the IPA, adding to the hop qualities if slightly overpowering them. Overall, a pretty good brew

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Photo of Antg8989
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pineapple in the nose, but not much on the palette. I would not reccommend getting a 6 of these. Try one and see what you think. My least favorite of the sculpin series.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pineapple juice are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: As in the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrus hops and pineapple juice, but there is a moderate amount of bitterness, which negates any sweetness that might be expected from the pineapples.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job of blending the pineapples with the hops as it still has the bitterness you would expect from an IPA, but the pineapples mask some of the interesting hop aromas and flavors from what is otherwise an excellent IPA on its own.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of buzzedup
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

anyone who has tried this in bottle pasteurized and did not care for it , I suggest trying it on tap. like night and day. think of the difference between drinking fresh pineapple juice compared to caned pineapple juice on the shelf/.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like regular sculpin.
Smells like regular sculpin with a bit of pineapple added.
Tastes like regular sculpin with a touch of pineapple added.
Mouthfeel is typical sculpin.
Overall no reason to drink this over regular sculpin unless you really like pineapple.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright orange color with some light haze. Has a minimal white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, but not overly so. The candied pineapple is at the forefront here but there's also some grapefruit and pine on the back end.

The taste follows the nose. Super sweet pineapple juice, oranges, grapefruit, with a piney finish. Not great, but not as horrifying as I expected.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Pretty dry on the finish.

Overall, I expected to hate this beer. My expectations were about as low as they could possibly be. And while this is not a very good beer, I'd say it's pretty decent for what it is. The pineapple is definitely artificial, but it's not overpowering or cloying. It's just kind of there.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is sufficiently piney hops and pineapple, hints of grapefruit. Taste is a bit blander but nice bitter finish. I expected it to be sweeter and was pleasantly surprised.

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

This was ok, but not as good as the other Sculpin variants. I was hoping it would have a lot more fruity flavor, but the pineapple got really lost in this mix.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/6/16

A: Golden orange with some honey highlights - some chill haze - pours with a dense, medium sized white head, fades to a small cap, maintains a small collar and leaves spots and streaks of lacing

S: Sculpin with some pineapple candy - decidedly fruity - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, zest - floral citrus and some herbal notes - touch of pine - some tropical notes, with mango - and, oh yeah, the pineapple - the pineapple aroma is notable but not big, with some fleshy chunks of pineapple and some unexpectedly sweet pineapple candy - ultimately smells somewhere between an IPA, a mixed drink, and fruit punch

T: Fruity, as expected - fruitiness from the hops, including orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, and oil - tropical fruit flavors, with some mango and passion fruit - an interesting amount of pineapple, with some dried pineapple candy and some wet chunks - not as sweet as it smells - some floral, herbal, and earthy notes - finishes mostly dry

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, a touch oily, mostly dry finish

O: Add red food dye

At times this beer reminds me of Hawaiian Punch. Maybe, for that reason, I find Pineapple Sculpin oddly charming. The pineapple flavor could actually be better integrated, but it's not as overly sweet as I anticipated from the aroma. Ultimately this iteration is less drinkable than standard or Grapefruit Sculpin, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of davejy
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased @ Bevmo

Look: Light golden color. One finger head.

Smell: Hint of pineapple with hops.

Taste: Like an regular IPA with hint of pineapple juice inside of Dole's pineapple can.

Feel: Like an IPA, but feel of Sculpin is not there.

Overall: I would just get an regular Sculpin or Grapefruit Sculpin. This wasn't very good.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass at Ogies Trailer Park in Providence:

Appearance: pours a perrty yellowish amber color, with about a half inch or so of pure white head. Lingers for a minute or so, before turning into a layer of thin white foam atop the brew. Body is completely translucent.

Aroma: this is nice smelling. Lots of pineapple (obviously). You get a lot of the sweetness of the flesh, with a little bit of that bitter rindy scent as well.

Taste: adding fruit to IPAs seems a bit like cheating the system, and I'd never give a fruit-added brew the same type of love I give to beers that get the tropical fruit notes from hops (Julius, Congress St, Heady, etc...). That being said, this is really tasty. Some are cloyingly sweet and overly fruity, but this packs a moderate amount of bitterness to balance the pineapple, and carries a soft, malty backbone. It's balanced, and the fruit flavor is subtle enough that this, to me, is a really solid brew.

Feel: slightly sticky, with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: as stated above, I haven't completely come to a conclusion about how I feel on fruited IPAs. This, however, is one of the better ones I've had, along with GF Sculpin. Ballast Point was one of the first to put these out, and they do a very nice job.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma of pineapple, hops, and other light fruit.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, pineapple, citrus (grapefruit, especially), sweet malt, and a little mango. This is a well-balanced flavor that has just enough hops and pineapple to make it interesting. Fruity and light.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Usually Ballast Point's Sculpin beers are very well done and this isn't an exception. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Act25
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Sculpin, and of their flavored sculpins, I like this one the best.

A: Pours a clear golden honey orange with loads of active visible carbonation and sporting 2 fingers of foamy white head in the snifter that slowly reduces. Modest lacing. Good color.

S: Plentiful and juicy fruit salad with pineapple more prominent along with citrus and tropical fruit. Aroma tips off that this will be a juicy, wet salad.

T: A juicy melange indeed. Upfront pineapple chunks in syrup float on malt grains - very well balanced. and on the mid- to final there are citrus and grapefruit zest hops that balance with lingering bitterness. All of it unfolds in a juicy, fresh, vibrant, mouth filling way.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. after the juice, nice dryness in the finish.

O: I liked better than the grapefruit or habanero versions of Sculpin. Enjoyable and massive.

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