Aloha Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With Aloha Sculpin, we used Brux Trois yeast to turn our award-winning IPA into a tropical oasis, with bright and refreshing notes of mango, pineapple and guava, along with a slight haze and smooth mouthfeel.

Added by superspak on 12-01-2017

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Reviews by Nunya:
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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of dertyd
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a medium hazy dark golden orange color, with 1 finger of white head----------------- the aromas are of grapefruit, dank weed, pine, orange and lesser pineapple-------------- the flavors are of orange flesh, grapefruit pith, lesser pine and pineapple, the beer had a thin to medium mouthfeel with a light pithy bitterness on the finish----------------- overall the beer was good but it did not taste like a hazy ipa, it tasted a lot like regular sculpin with a touch of haze and a splash of tropical fruit--

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spinning off of the juiciness of the haze craze, the brewers at Ballast Point steer the style in a yeasty direction, pulling a slew of esters from fermentation to achieve a fruit forward flavor that hops can't achieve on their own. As a different take on the New England styled trend in IPA making, Sculpin gets an update.

Hazy it is not. Nearly brilliantly clear, the golden ale shines with steady streaming carbonation while a fluffy cream colored froth builds above. Its fruity perfume draws in the nose with suggestions of musty tropical fruit, citrusy hops, a soft herbal and pine drift along with a spicy twinge of gin. A moderately sweet and caramelized tone sets the initial palate in a lightly toasted, nutty and granola-like taste.

Packed with the radiant flavors of pineapple, agave, mango and guava, the beer's tropical flavors command the middle palate while the citrusy nature of pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a pep of lemon add complexity and a brightness to the richer tropical flare. Malt sweetness drops out quickly as the late palate dries to a crisp, grassy, piney and spicy bitterness that pangs away at the back of the throat.

Somewhat disjointed between the more succulent tropical fruit and the peppery bitterness of hops, the medium bodied beer falls slightly short of a seamless transition from fruit to bitter that's common among most IPA. Lemongrass, verbena and gritty pine resins grip the gullet tightly while the beer dries to a classic West Coast degree with a long and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Was very excited to try this specifically for the Brux Trois Yeast.

Look: Pours a pale amber. 1 inch white head.
Aroma: Citrus (orange) guava and freshly baked bread.
Taste: A muddle of citrus with some "orange peel" bitterness. Malts not as present as they were in the aroma.
Feel: Medium bodied; medium-high carbonation.
Overall: A Sculpin that kept me yearning for more. My favorites are still the Habanero Sculpin and the Unfiltered Sculpin.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, w/o dating info that I can fine

Pour lightly hazed, lasting eggshell cap, leaves some low sheeting and lace .

Fruity and herbal hop nose.

Pleasing enough IPA, slightly on the hazy/juicy spectrum, with some lime and mango notes plus an added dose of earthy yeast. Decent and certainly an enjoyable enough quaffer...sort of a disjointed west coast stalwart take on the NEIPA style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold to light copper in color with an inch of off white to tan frothy and creamy white head. I'm smelling citrus fruit and tangerine, but in restrained fashion. I'm tasting citrus fruit, tangerine and guava, but it is kept in check with light malt. The mouth is somewhat resinous and sticky with a suggestion of a cooling sensation to the mouth.

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Photo of SarahJuice
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GOBLIN
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Magnapinna
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnF
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lsudduth
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrew8626
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Company "Aloha Sculpin"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 26FEB18" and sampled on 26APR18
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what make this version of Sculpin, "Aloha Sculpin"? It says it's hazy, OK... not impressed. But it also says "Juicy Tropical Notes from Brux Trois Yeast" - now that's interesting. It's not Brett though, which is a little disappointing but I'm still excited to try it. It's poured a massive head of creamy off-white froth atop a cloudy golden-orange body. The aroma is tropical with pineapple, soft mango, guava, and light apricot. That's impressive! It's not the biggest or brightest aroma but it's quite clear. Very nice. On to the flavor... ah, juicy, slightly tart tropical notes. There is something weird though but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's not weird, it just doesn't quite fit with the rest of the tropical notes. Maybe it's just minty/herbal. OK, it's got a basic bready and lightly grainy malt base. It's firmly bitter and dry in the finish with some fruit and light spice and earthiness lingering. The aroma is better than the flavor in my opinion but they're both good, and the flavor is certainly fuller than the aroma. Looking back I still have a solid surface covering, which is great, and there's some pretty nice lacing left behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth across the tongue. So where does this fit in the line-up of different Sculpins? I don't know, but it's pretty good. It's interesting, refreshing, and easy to drink. If I had another one I'd have it as soon as I finish this one. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Roguer
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden brew, topped by an enormous off-white head. Retention is good, and lacing is outstanding. The brew itself (a "Hazy India Pale Ale") is a little bit hazy, but still firmly falls into the translucent category.

Juicy and herbal nose. Slight dank notes, mango, pineapple, pepper, and oregano; very light on the citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Somewhat muddled and confused on the palate. Biscuit and honey malt, dry spicy tones from the yeast, more of a peppery, earthy herbal bent (vice bright and sharp). Those juicy tropical fruit tones come on stronger on the second half, laced throughout with a sweet dankness that thankfully stays fairly restrained and in the background.

Very lively up front with plenty of sting; finishes surprisingly syrupy and wet.

A creative idea, but for me, it didn't pay the dividends they were hoping for.

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Photo of mcthfg
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is full of pineapple, some hops and pepper. The taste is very similar to the nose. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ananddullabh
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Aloha Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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