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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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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of Snowronski
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwb11
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of scottvanbelois
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Sniper106
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of mikerieder
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Theogre83
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HellsRanger
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DrewTheBrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never been impressed by the regular sculpin. Oily, piney, floral, it smells like perfume, but tastes like it too. When I saw that this was extra-hopped and unfiltered, I once again had hope for this beer--hopes which were not unfounded.

L: Lots of lacing. I think more so than the unfiltered version. Other than that, looks the same, except for the cloudiness of the yellow body and the chunks floating around it.

S: YES. This is a proper San Diego Pale Ale. Reminds me of Aurora Hoppyalis by Karl Strauss. Lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit and mango lead, with just a faint hint of white bread at the finish. No detectable roast notes.

T: Way better than the normal version. Fruit is much more detectable. Lemon first again, then it sweetens up a lot with pineapple, peach, apricot, orange, and passionfruit, then orange rind, floral rosewater, and a solid dose of pine on the finish. Almost no malt to speak of. Well-hopped. I'm impressed.

F: Nice and creamy with a crisp and non-oily finish. I don't know for what reason this brewery would filter this beer. It has an excellent texture which is clearly ruined by filtering. Or how the hell it remains so popular despite. Get your shit together, world.

O: Incredibly distinct from the original. I'd give regular Sculpin maybe a 3.75-4 overall, but this one gets an A. Probably falls around #15 on the list of best single IPA's I have tried yet.

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Photo of Joshuacarper18
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Based on the code, this was bottled in April; hopefully it's still good!

Appearance: medium orange hue with plenty of hazy murk. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Quite good.

Smell: lots of piney, earthy hops atop a sweetish, somewhat biscuity malt base. Not bad at all.

Taste: earthy, piney, a bit grapefruity; I think this might be past its prime, but it's still a good beer. The malt is a bit more biscuity than I typically like, but still not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and floofy creaminess. I quite like it.

Overall: not a bad beer, even if it is better when ultra-fresh. I'd like to try it straight from the source.

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Photo of mcthfg
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Didn't get the freshes bottle, but taking that into consideration, this one has a thin-to-medium, slightly off-white head, a murky, opaque orange appearance, lots of gray chunks, and not too much glass lacing (duh- unfiltered). Aroma is of somewhat turned fruit, strong malt, and not-so-strong, fruity hop resin. Taste is similar to the aroma, so we are seeing this ale at a transformative stage. Mouthfeel is medium, and Unfiltered Sculpin finishes mostly dry. Yes, I'd love to have it very fresh, but even at months old, it is still a most excellent offering, if one is willing to take the age into account.


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Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 498 ratings
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