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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Reviews:
126
Ratings:
563
pDev:
8.4%
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Photo of vabeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tmryan21
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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 gspeer711
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – two fingers of head over a deep yellow, cloudy body. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma – Grapefruit and tangerines, yeast, and caramel malt.

Taste – Strong pine with a bitter and somewhat harsh pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – full, not too heavy.

Overall – the aftertaste was harsher than I would have liked. Not my favorite of the Sculpin family.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawon
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LinksusMaximus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a cloudy gold with rocky off white head.
S: It smelled like fresh tangerines and pineapple, with some grapefruit.
T: It tasted like fresh tangerines and ripe pineapple, with some mild grapefruit. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was not the most bold or bitter IPA, but it was one of the most delicious. Great citrus and tropical scent and taste. The body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of Arseel
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a slight haze on the light amber brew, and plenty of suds in the Ommegang chalice. Tangy mouthfeel though not overly acidic. Distinctly fruity along with the rather sweet malt. Seriously hoppy with a bitter middle and end. Grapefruit juicy taste with the rind, maybe a hint of apricot until the taste buds start to numb out.

I think this is somewhat more friendly and drinkable than the regular Sculpin. This doesn't drop into the same grapefruit pith bitter black hole. But it's still plenty bitter and it gets more bitter as you sip. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

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Photo of Okadamag
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snowronski
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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 -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwb11
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HazeyDuzit
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottvanbelois
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 563 ratings