Sculpin - Unfiltered
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #498
Ranked #5,181
4.06 | pDev: 8.37%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Sculpin - UnfilteredSculpin - Unfiltered
Notes: Our Unfiltered Sculpin IPA packs extra hops into every sip, enhancing the classic Sculpin notes of fresh apricot, peach, mango and lemon with a slight haze and less bitterness. Freshness is key to every beer, but especially true for this extra-hopped IPA—store cold and drink soon.
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Reef from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Daleville brewery
Looks fabulous, 2 cm white head, translucent hazy gold, lacing curtains, cap
Lemon, grapefruit,pine, apricot scents
Blood orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine flavors
Stubborn carbonation, bitter start, flavors deepen across the tongue, medium body, dry finish
Enjoyable Sculpin version enhanced by the awesome Daleville mountain view

Jun 26, 2019
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James_D from California

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Long Beach Brewery. Enjoyed it, maybe even more so than the original. I feel as though the fruit notes come through more than the original.

Jan 16, 2019
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NateGoyette from California

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Finger thick lacing, deep golden orange color. Very nice.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity. Hints of orange, apricot, peach, hops, grapefruit, and light pine. This almost smells as fruity as a citrus IPA.

Taste: Strong initial taste of hops and apricot. Lingering taste of orange and peach with a nice peppery bite. Bitter, but much less so than I expected from this one. Very refreshing and drinkable, not heavy.

Feel: Perfect carbonation level, not thick or thin. Ever so slightly sticky. Very pleasant.

Overall: Very fruity and light. Not what I expected from this at all, but I like it more than their traditional Sculpin. This is going to find its way into my go to rotation for sure.

Dec 31, 2018
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brewnme from Maine

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick white head which slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing. There is a smell of large stone fruits with notes of lemon in the background. taste follows the nose. there is little mouth feel as there is very little bitterness in this beer.

Aug 18, 2018
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Navinjohnson from New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More fruity than a standard sculpin, which is quite excellent in its own right. Not artificial or excessive as when breweries try to enhance the flavors by playing up the pineapple or grapefruit aspects of a beer. Very very good

Aug 12, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, fruity, slightly bitter, quite good. Both this one and the traditional Sculpin are winners. A very high quality IPA that most will enjoy. Try it!

Aug 12, 2018
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jdurey from Korea (South)

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these after finishing Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo IPA. This smells better- hoppier, more citrusy. 1.5 finger head that is creamy and lovely. Almost an amber color but mostly dark orange. Bits of yeast floating in the glass. Right away there’s a bitterness that is so satisfying. Moreso than most IPAs I’ve tried. Finishes very clean for a beer with 7% abv. Dry, almost no aftertaste. The taste lives up to the smell. I can’t imagine a better feeling beer. So smooth it’s almost sessionable. A fantastic IPA and I prefer this to the “regular” sculpin.

Jun 09, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I saw what this was I said "no one could screw this up". An unfiltered version of one of the west coast's most iconic IPAs seems like a no brainer. Attractive color and rocky white head mix with citrus and tropical fruit based hops in the nose.

Full of flavor, with a nice balanced hop wave featuring citrus, mango, and apricots as well as a broad biscuit note. The texture is smooth but oily and very tight throughout. A little residual bitterness in the finish but tasty and clean overall. I find this very drinkable and delicious.

Jun 04, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice IPA with a golden color slight head and lacing and a very pleasant aroma and taste. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a decent bitterness.

May 10, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with a little dankness, orange and tangerine, light stone fruit and a little grapefruit. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, resinous pine, lemon. Long, lingering pine and grapefruit rind finish. Medium bodied with nice moderate creaminess and excellent mouth feel. Oddly non-hazy for an unfiltered IPA, but has the powdered hop mellowness of the fruit forward unfiltered IPA. Unfiltered Sculpin has very little natural fruit flavor and leans more towards citrus rind and pine. The initial taste is somewhat mellow, but the hop alpha bitterness picks up will into the long lasting hoppy finish. A good IPA, but somewhat uncomplex in hop flavors. The long lasting, solid bitterness is nice after the much more mellow hazy unfiltered IPAs that are more common now. I'll always try a new Sculpin variant and while this is not my favorite, it is a fine, hoppy IPA. Mouth feel is excellent.

May 06, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is pine, caramel, and a hint of tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry and leaves a lingering bitterness. Since Ballast Point doesn't date their product, there is no way to tell if this is 6 days old or 6 months old. I'm leaning toward the 6 months old because of the subdued flavors.
I've tried Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, and now Unfiltered Sculpin, and I prefer the original.

Apr 17, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a tulip. I can't find a date on it. I bought it at the brewery a couple weeks ago, and brought it home in a suitcase.

Pours moderately hazy, amber in color, medium head, medium carbonation. Smell is lush, fruity and juicy, very nice.

Taste is similar, but with a very nice very strong piney bitterness -- sweet, but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry but thick. This is a nice beer.

Mar 08, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 17321, meaning that it was bottled on 17th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy bright copper orange colour with quite a bit of floaties slowly settling at the bottom of the glass. There was also a two finger off white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruit mango, pineapple and apricot at the start followed closely by grapefruit and light pine.

Taste: Sweet-ish pineapple, orange and apricot followed by bitter grapefruit zest, citrus rind, pine and a light touch of biscuit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice and easy to drink and an interesting twist on the original. However, I definitely prefer the original and grapefruit version over this. Still worth a try though.

Feb 05, 2018
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WF77 from Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just plain good as all Sculpin varieties go! This is what I crave when I want a kickass IPA...not too bitter and plenty of fruit flavor. Well balanced all the way thru

Feb 03, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Brewing Company "Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "6C 1587U 17145 18:14" whatever that means
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

So you'd think this would be an easy review to write but it's not. I should have tasted the unfiltered version side by side with the standard version but I goofed and didn't think of it in time. If you need to know what the original Sculpin tastes like please refer to the standard Sculpin review, but this review is about whether or not the unfiltered version of Sculpin is better, worse, or fairly the same. And that's what I asked myself before I bought it, and that's what I asked myself the entire time I was drinking it: Is it better, worse, or the same? So let's eliminate "the same". It's definitely different in the mouthfeel, it's smoother, and it seems fuller although that can't actually be the case. It also looks different because it's cloudy, but to be honest the original Sculpin is quite hazy to begin with. More importantly, I think it tastes just a little bit different as well although I can't really explain that - I guess it just tastes fuller jin the same way it feels fuller. It seemed more rounded, and less bitter, and I wonder if the carbonation is lower in the unfiltered version? The next question if we're working backwards in my questioning should be "Is it worse?" and the answer is no, not by any means. It is definitely not worse, but of course that was entirely expected, although I have had unfiltered versions of beers where the yeast itself has added some acidity and bite and actual yeast flavor and kind of thrown off the balance (usually too much yeast), but that's not the case here. I'd say that if you like regular Sculpin you'll like the unfiltered version, or like it better, but I doubt you'd dislike it or think any lesser of it. So all that leaves is "better", and I think, yes, it is, but I wasn't blown away by it. It wasn't "day and night", or even "amped up", it was just smoother and rounded and an all-over basically better beer drinking experience. Of course that's coming from a fan of cask-conditioned and unfiltered ales so take that as you wish. In the end I would always go for the unfiltered version if it was available, but apparently it's a limited release.

Jan 17, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – two fingers of head over a deep yellow, cloudy body. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma – Grapefruit and tangerines, yeast, and caramel malt.

Taste – Strong pine with a bitter and somewhat harsh pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – full, not too heavy.

Overall – the aftertaste was harsher than I would have liked. Not my favorite of the Sculpin family.

Jan 13, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a cloudy gold with rocky off white head.
S: It smelled like fresh tangerines and pineapple, with some grapefruit.
T: It tasted like fresh tangerines and ripe pineapple, with some mild grapefruit. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not the most bold or bitter IPA, but it was one of the most delicious. Great citrus and tropical scent and taste. The body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Fantastic brew.

Dec 27, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a slight haze on the light amber brew, and plenty of suds in the Ommegang chalice. Tangy mouthfeel though not overly acidic. Distinctly fruity along with the rather sweet malt. Seriously hoppy with a bitter middle and end. Grapefruit juicy taste with the rind, maybe a hint of apricot until the taste buds start to numb out.

I think this is somewhat more friendly and drinkable than the regular Sculpin. This doesn't drop into the same grapefruit pith bitter black hole. But it's still plenty bitter and it gets more bitter as you sip. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

Dec 22, 2017
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Snowronski from Nevada

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best IPA’s available! The unfiltered version is by far the way to go, must drink from a glass to ensure a nice stirrup for full flavor. Phenomenal smell, perfect for any season. Packs a punch without a heavy taste, light (but thick) and smooth.

Dec 13, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This offering is more malty and full-bodied when compared to the standard Sculpin.

However, the nose is still dominated by that bright citrusy essence and the flavor may very well be slightly more hoppy than the original.

Dec 03, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/12/17....pours medium gold, somewhat bright, flecks of cloudiness. Quarter inch of white foam lightly settles down. Hoppy oily pine nose, a touch earthy. Sharp citrus flavor. Soapy. Long residual bitter Tasty.

Dec 02, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: complex, crisp fruit notes of peach, mango, semi sweet, smooth with some citrus hops. Fresh floral hops and fruit nose. Gold, unfiltered, big foamy head with multiple ring of lattice to lace. Medium body. 68 IBUs

Nov 24, 2017
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a nice hazy orange amber with excellent slightly off wjite foam and lacing. The aroma is excellent as well with nice fruity citrus & a hint of either pineapple or grapefruit. It has a nice carbonation, but could use a little bit more kick in that department to make it that much more exciting. The taste is not as fruity as expected with the fruity aroma, but still nice with a somewhat spicy pine finish. very enjoyable thru-out it is an adventure beer.

Nov 16, 2017
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brewerburgundy from California

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz crowler from the Miramar location.

Nice, pretty standard brown-orange beer with yellowish highlights and big 'ol head!

Orange, grapefruit, peach, a little pine, hop resin. A little alcohol make an appearance.

Round, full body with slight caramel malt flavor. The hops come in hot and give the tongue a little tingle with medium-high bitterness. Flavors of resin, tea, bitter grapefruit, and pine.

This is a fuller bodied IPA with a good carbonation level to keep things honest.

To be honest, I don't see the difference between this and standard, filtered Sculpin. It's good like the regular version, which I just saw I haven't reviewed. I'll have to correct that. This is a classic, though it didn't register until tonight that it's as malty as it is. It's a little sweeter than most West Coast IPAs with this pedigree.

Nov 16, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber orange with a haziness that is opaque when viewed through the glass. Outstanding head volume, world class retention and lacing.

Almost world class nose bursting with orange and pineapple over a slightly sweet base with a touch of mango. Grapefruit is in the background with a bit of spruce, which provides a light spiciness.

Heavy light body that is smooth. Very good carbonation / body balance. The middle is slightly effervescent while the finish is prickly. The carbonation level is adequate but lacks that finely bubbled punch to make it outstanding.

The flavor profile is good. The complexity of the nose doesn't separate nearly as well on the palate - nor is it as rich. It comes across as a blended mix of citrus and spruce/pine. Bitterness is light and the finish has a slight astringency. The bottle was not dated, so no allowances are made for age. As presented, it is a disappointment.

Nov 13, 2017
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 597 ratings