Sculpin - Pineapple | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin - PineappleSculpin - Pineapple

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,890 |  Reviews: 383
Reviews by patpbr:
Photo of patpbr
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pour is amber with a light head.
S - Lots of pineapple
T - Not tasting sculpin influnece and not a lot of pineapple
M - Finishes clean
O - surprised it missed the mark.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jpeach70
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Okay i'm just gonna start off by saying this is by far my favorite take on Sculpin since the original.

Look - Pours medium-light head, dark yellow in color.

Smell - Sweet citrus hops, Grass, and pineapple.

Taste - First thing to hit the palate is that classic Sculpin flavor of citrus, floral hops. Lemon, tropical fruits, and grains come next. Aftertaste is of sweet fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and well carbonated, it's the kind of beer i like to swirl around before swallowing.

Overall - This is a delicious beer. My personal favorite take on sculpin. I just love pineapple and i feel like Ballast Point did an excellent job incorporating it into their award winning beer. Cheers!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.89/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Another ill-conceived Sculpin variant. Why do we need these? Think of the children, Ballast Point.

This pours like Sculpin generally does, a clear golden orange, with a half inch head, and a good level of lacing.

This smells like someone took Sculpin and dumped pineapple syrup into it. The pineapple flavor is unpleasant, and very artificial. It doesn't feel like real fruit was used, it feels more like pineapple extract syrup or something like that. This makes it taste like pineapple jolly ranchers on top of a good IPA to me. At it's best, it tastes like the leftover juice from a fruit cup. At it's worst, it tastes like a pineapple Jolly Rancher. This is a major disappointment, but not one that surprises me. It all sits too heavily on top of the wonderful base that Sculpin is.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp(ish) mouthfeel- it sometimes feels a bit syrupy. I had a tough time finishing it.

File this as another highly unnecessary Ballast Point fruited variant thing. Not my thing in the slightest.

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Photo of jacobdunne
2.48/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It doesn't compare with the rest of Sculpin beers. Sorry to be negative, but it's not even close to the Grapefruit Sculpin or the regular Sculpin IPA. It's truly a drink for those who don't enjoy strong drinks (lighter beer)

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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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Photo of GStone899
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow. From a beer with the label of pineapple I got no pineapple taste whatsoever. I got your typical IPA taste and piney finish but no pineapple. You can smell it but can't taste it. Odd and disappointing.

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Photo of SmangTown
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - yellowish brown in color, little bit of head at the top. lacing around the glass.
S - very fruity, pineapple mostly, Very hoppy as well, piney, citrusy smell.
T - Hoppy and fruity. Great balance between the two flavors.
F - very light, carbonated more than i like, but easy drinking and refreshing.
Overall - Great beer, like it a lot. great to have on a warm day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, pineapple juice, and pineapple chunk aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pineapple juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great pineapple addition that works super well with the base beer.

Serving type: on tap.

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

Don't really need to re review. great pinapple smell and taste. Otherwise it is sculpin. Not sure as big a fan of this as regular and grapefruit, but still tasty

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/26/16 notes. Picked up a sampler case with this in it yesterday, 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sweet pineapple juice, citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts. Medium body and low carbonation, no bitterness.

Overall good, but I still prefer the grapefruit and normal to this. Little too much artificial pineapple flavor for me, even if it says natural flavors on the label. Love the grapefruit version but wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking with a slight pineapple smell. Taste is ok but definitely like the regular and grapefruit alot more. This was ok but for the price there are alot better choices out there
Glad I tried it but also glad u only bought a sinless bottle. Wouldn't turn down if I was offered one but probably would not by again.

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Photo of JWH90
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 3/1/16 from a 12oz bottle and poured into a snifter. Upon opening the bottle I was instantly hit with a big whiff of pineapple. The smell dissipated after 30 seconds or so, but was still there. Look was a copper-y color just like your typical IPA. Taste was slightly tart with subtle hints of pineapple, but not bad at all. Feel was somewhat thin but had good carbonation and was on point with what you'd expect from an IPA. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure why it has gotten as many bad reviews as its had, but this is a beer I could drink regularly. It doesn't beat the regular Sculpin, but the subtle hints of pineapple add a little fruity flavor to a beer that was already a winner. Cheers!

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.54/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I love how BA determines your score by averaging look, smell, taste and feel. Not good. A beer can look good and taste like shit. That averages out to be an ok brew.

Anyway, pineapple sculpin got a higher rating from me than it realistically should get. I like Sculpin. The Pineapple is a gimmick. It adds nothing to the experience. Dare I say boring?

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Photo of professorchow
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like other Sculpins.
Smell: Um, pineapple. Kind of enticing, promising an intense juiciness.
TAste: Some of the citrus of Sculpin comes through, overlaid with pineapple. The latter isn't as intense as the nose promised. A bit watered down. Not sure if that's good or bad, because I don't think the pineapple flavor that does come through enhances the original. Wanted to try it once; that's enough.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a small tulip glass a clear medium golden with a pretty large fluffy white head atop.Grilled pineapple,floral and grassy hops dominate the nose,very fresh and fantastic.The pineapple fits to a t with rest of the flavor components,slightly sharp grapefruit and fresh cut grass,a toasty cereal grain note is noticed as well.All the stuff going on in this beer for me is awesome,the pineapple element going with the hop flavors makes for a great mix.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shu_420
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rindir
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After enjoying Grapefruit Sculpin for 8 months now, I was really looking forward to this. However, the fruit flavor in this version is just too strong, kind of like drinking pineapple juice with a splash of IPA..
I was still excited with the look and smell. Smell is also very pineapple, but it verifies the adjunct and makes you want to take a sip right away.
The fruit is there right at the front, slightly sweet for a beer. Dry finish from hops is at the very very very end.
I think I will stick with the Grapefruit and Habenero.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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