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%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 +8.8%
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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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had Sculpin in Beta at my cousin's duplex back in early 2002 & I remain excited by all of the Sculpin variants that have appeared since those salad days. I am very curious to see what this latest variation on the theme will bring.

From the bottle: "Limited Release"; "Dedicated to the Craft".

I Pop!ped the cap, but for the first time in a while, I was unhindered in my pour. Not only was it a fresh bottle, but it was even labeled as "unfiltered"! Man, did I let fly with my pour. I produced three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with great retention that left nice, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a lightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), but I would have like to see a greater haziness, perhaps even bordering on cloudiness. Oh well. Nose had the original swoon-inducing smell of tropical fruit salad, including mango, papaya & guava, setting my mouth to watering & my heart to palpitating. Mouthfeel was medium, which was okay, but I wish that the unfiltered nature would have added something to the mouthfeel. Taste was classic Sculpin, very fruity & almost sweet, but with just enough bitterness to get the point across. Finish was semi-dry, but just what this hophead needed. My thing with this one is that unless the lack of filtration truly adds something to it, I will stick with standard Sculpin. If they increase the amount of particulate, I'd revisit this one, but otherwise, I am satiated.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Limited release tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on April 19, 2017. Bottled 4/9/17. Look is gold and not as cloudy as I was expecting. Nice white foamy head and sticky lacing. Bitter citrus and pine. Crisp dry finish.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark orange/light amber-ish color, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This one smells like bitter piney hops, caramel malt, and a hint of grapefruit.

This is not really a step up from the regular Sculpin- it suprisingly feels more bitter and less juicy. It lacks balance, as the bitterness does kind of overwhelm any fruity hop characteristics that might be there. It also feels a bit maltier than regular Sculpin is.

This is medium bodied, with a long lingering bitter finish. There's a good level of carbonation.

This is definitely tasty, but lacks the nuance and power of the regular Sculpin.

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Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AngusOg
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a numerical dating code that puts the bottling in late March 2017. Sampled on May 11, 2017.

Not as cloudy or hazy as I expected but there is a slight unfiltered orange-amber tone with a modest, lingering head.

Big aroma runs the gamut of pine, tropical, citrus, pale toasted malts, and mild sweetness.

Medium body with a sort of astringency.

The taste reflects the aroma with its hopped up citrus characters and lingering bitterness at the finish.

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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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