Pineapple Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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.

Added by crob3888 on 06-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,536
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
1,871
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Chilmer
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of Matuhg
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lampro
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very much a pineapple scent to this brew, although not so much on the palate. Medium body and slightly sweet.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of derecognize
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eppie82
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Loads of pineapple but very artificial tasting. Prefer regular Sculpin a lot more.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Pineapple Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,871 ratings