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

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pDev:
8.42%
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is another gimmick from these guys. maybe if you have never heard of ballast point before, or if you arent familiar with baller west coast ipa, you could accept this, but as good as it may taste in isolation, it without a shadow of a doubt pales in comparison to the original, and we have to see that as some ploy to sell you another one. with these being fourteen dollar sixers or something, i feel like a lot of beer geeks may have been baited once, but would not again. but now we haave this "new beer" and we can rope them in once again. i dont like that man, and this is good, but it probably always should have been unfiltered, at least in the majority sense, and this isnt that different from the original, but may have the shortest shelf life ever too. the hops are bitter and piney, maybe the malt seems a little lighter, my first sculpin ever to this seems like quite the departure, but this is still good and no matter what these guys this is a good business model these days, sticking to the original sculpin, or as close as they can get to it right now, is definitely the best move. good beer here, but does it even approach the original in overall specialness? no it does not...

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

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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Malt and Mold Gramercy, New York, NY.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of peach, apricot and other tropical fruit goodness. Sweet with fruitiness, balanced by a nice bitter bite and toasty caramel.

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/20/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, papaya, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, papaya, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Bright, dank, and juicy hops; nice malt backing with minimal residual sweetness. Very similar and just as impressive as the regular beer. This is a bit more fruity/tropical; and much less resinous, rindy, bitter, and drying. More balanced, but still very hoppy. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, stone fruit/peach, tropical/papaya, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet caramel + biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, stone fruit/peach, tropical/papaya, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable and easy to drink but I'm not sure what the lack of filtration adds to the beer (other than a change in the appearance). I could easily enjoy a couple of these in an afternoon/evening - still one of my favorite combination of hop flavors and aromas, even all of these years later.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Gagnonsux
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 523 ratings