Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale AleUnfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smutty33 on 02-15-2017

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the reputation of their standard Sculpin well in tact, why mess with a good thing? But tinkering is what brewers do and the brewers at Ballast Point tinkers with that rock solid recipe by addition and omission. Additional dry hopping and dropping the filter from their brewing routine brings their flagship beer to the haze craze.

Unfiltered Sculpin pours a slightly more hazy color than usual, especially when the yeast is aroused. Pale amber and topped with a foamy meringue, the ale simmers on the senses with tropical, citrus, and herbal fragrances. A smooth malty support glides across the early palate with light honey, caramel and the breadiness of shortcake.

As the sweetness drifts away, the hops settle in on the tastebuds with their radiant taste of pink grapefruit, fresh orange peel and a twinge of lemon. With a richer fruit taste rolling next, the taste trends toward mango, peach and apricot before a finish of soft pine resins and grass clippings.

Bitter but smooth, the ale retains just enough malt support to soothe the tastebuds in finish and to give the ale a creamy texture with little influence from sweetness. As the ale trends herbal, bitter and woodsy, a taste of fruit peels and sawdust linger into a long and gripping finish, far outlasting any malt taste or texture in the process.

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Photo of clake
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 4/26/17

A- pours clear and golden in color with a one-finger creamy white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- caramel malt, with hoppy undertones of mango and peach, a bit of alcohol burn on the nose

T- light bready malt sweetness up front gives way to some tropical hop flavors of peach, mango and apricot. Finishes with a bit of grass and more malty sweetness on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- more malty than I was expecting which hid some of the tropical hop notes at times

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Photo of mamaraza
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is slightly hazy dark golden with a small whitish head.

S: Some caramel malt, followed by modest citrus and earthy hops.

T: Modest foundation of bready malt is followed by citrusy hops (grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon) with a touch of tropical fruit. Lemony bitterness on the finish, along with a touch of pine needles/resin.

M: Medium in heft, modest carbonation fits well.

O: Good stuff, though I think I prefer the original and maybe even the Grapefruit Sculpin to this one. And not sure I'm getting my money's worth when the sixer was $13.49.

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Photo of jeffmck09
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TOnEz31
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a big Sculpin Fan, this rating might be on sided. Poured a hazy gold with a nice dense white head building. good lacing. The nose promises the typical Sculpin fruit notes like citrus and grapefruit. The taste is confirmation of the nose, perfectly balanced by the right amount of bitter notes. Again the typical Sculpin character with a little twist. I love this beer and will try to get more his season. Great job Ballast Point !!!!

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Photo of Blaze5445
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half pint glass: color is copper, head is dense, finely bubbled, off white color, good lacing and linger presence; haziness is slight, not quite what i would expect from something whose main intent is to be unfiltered, but reminds me of a homebrew look.

Smell is well done: big citrus rind, lemon peel, subtle earthy/floral undertone.

Taste is similarly well done: big bitter citrus flavor, lemon, more grapefruit, hint of mango, earthy/floral/fresh presence is more prominent in the flavor. Malts are light biscuit, toast, and pale malt.

Mouthfeel is moderate with stronger bitterness but its possibly a defining quality of this beer - good solid but not detracting bitter presence.

Overall a good rendition of sculpin, thought i don't quite thin of this as 'unfiltered' maybe just more dominant hop presence.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden hazy, visible particules. 2 finger frothy head, slowly diminishing, excellent lacing.
High aroma of hops upfront, tropical fruits mango, pineapple.
Very high hop flavor, grapefruit like.
High bitterness, low level of sweet grainy feeling that balance biterrnes.
Medium body, average carbonation, oily, some salty notes, long lasting strong dry finish very pleasent. Some alcohol notes.

Marvellous beer

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Photo of Justinprintz
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tpeters
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz pour on tap into a shaker pint.

A: Crystal clear Amber caramel body no head to speak of.

S: Light floral and citrus hops a little of an astringent smell.

T: Good dose of citrus, grapefruit rind, a little herbal and floral hops come out, and then a decent maltiness.

M: Medium bodied decent carbonation.

O: This beer is crystal clear for being unfiltered. Otherwise it might be slightly happier than regular sculpin. I was surprised by the malty finish made me wonder how old the beer was on tap.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrimeDog
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alecmedeiros
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of American_Hawk
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beachops
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzy
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The beer is very hazy and a yummy-looking orange color. The head is thin and has rather poor retention. Lost of citrus notes on the nose. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple and some fresh toast.

Firm feel, medium body, and a sharp, hoppy flavor. Light graininess up front, then a pleasant onrush of lemon rind, grapefruit juice, and a touch of cedar. Finish is dry and hoppy and lingers nicely.

A new twist on a classic beer. Since my original review of Sculpin was lukewarm (probably because it was an older bottle and I didn't know any better), consider this a re-review. I don't detect much difference in taste between this and standard Sculpin, though I haven't done a side-by-side. Frankly, I'm not that curious. Grapefruit Sculpin still rules these waters as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark orange body but it's not cloudy as expected and has minimal head and lace ring. The aroma was clean and citrusy with a bit of bite to it. The bitter hops are sharp in this beer but there's also grapefruit sweetness underneath it along with sweet OJ taste so it's not too sharp/bitter.

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Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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