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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by Bum4ever:
Photo of Bum4ever
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Super hazy with a lot of floaties in there. Also had a decent sized off white head.
Smell: Smells like regular Sculpin. Basically a bunch of tropical fruit smells backed by a bunch of hops.
Taste: Less hop forward than regular Sculpin is for me. Fruit flavors are still there with less of a bitter aftertaste.
Feel: This is the biggest change IMO, with this beer feeling much heavier than the original and not as smooth.
Overall: I really like Sculpin when it is fresh and I liked this about the same or just slightly less. Next time I see both in the store and if they are the same price, I would just grab the one with the fresher bottles.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 3/29/16.. 2 weeks fresh in NH? Impressive.

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue and a moderate head. Retention is average but nice lacing. Aromatics are nice but not anywhere near the level of hops as many modern-day IPA's. Shades of pine, grapefruit, pear, and candied peach. Medium bodied with a crisp, lightly resinous mouthfeel. Pine-rubbed grapefruit leads the palate with a trace of malt and a firm bitterness. A bit warming on the throat with citrus following through. Finishes with some lingering pine resin and a pithy bitterness.

Nice beer and perhaps a bit more hoppy than the standard Sculpin, or maybe it's just the freshness giving that impression. Either way, what was once one of the hoppiest, most delicious IPA's available is now no longer in the top tier with such a myriad of hoppier, tastier options available.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

**
05/03/17

Bottle to tulip glass.

I'm enjoying this (4th of my 6 pack) as much as I remember enjoying the regular sculpin. Does the unfiltered nature make it look better? Haziness, a plus? Does it smell better more aromatic with the sediment mixed in? Does the additional sediment give it a sturdier mouth feel? I'll buy two of the three, look and smell, but not the mouthfeel. Overall slightly higher marks than sculpin but basically the same beer.

**

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet floral malt with a little fruit and plasticky hops.

The flavor is sweet bready cream malt with floral, slightly fruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, pretty subdued for a sculpin with not much fruit.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, lemon rind, with a touch of herbal hops. Very bitter, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. A sipper of a beer. Of all the sculpins I have tried, this one is near the bottom. The bitterness hits, but the flavors do not come together as well as they do in the original. An above average IPA, but I will stick with other Sculpin variations.

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Photo of ledouge
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JC333
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and and some floating sediment. Big two finger off white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A pretty juicy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront scent of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, and lemon along with pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass as well as some floral hints. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront taste of citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, and apricot along with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Moderate bitterness. Malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A pretty good citrus hop forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another pretty good version of Sculpin. Big citrus flavor.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom (Greenville, SC).
Pours with a cloudy amber body and a generous, relatively dense, foamy off-white head that has very good retention and lacing.
Aroma: hoppy with grapefruit, other citrus, and other tropical fruit notes dominating.
Flavor: hops dominate the relatively strong flavor with faint bready malts. Moderate+ bitterness for style. More pine than the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel: near medium body with soft, medium-high carbonation.
Overall: A fine variant on this world-class American IPA.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of fthegiants
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of let8it8grow
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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