What's up with Sculpin?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by logicerror, Oct 25, 2014.

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  1. logicerror

    logicerror Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2010 California

    The first time or two I tried it (maybe two years ago) I remember really enjoying it. A lot of nuanced tropical flavors, really bright and fresh-tasting. No idea how old the bottles were, though I also had it on tap once.

    For most of this year I've only seen older (3+ month old) bottles at my usual spots, so I've avoided buying any. After work today I saw a six pack dated Oct 6 (14 279 date code on the bottle... right?) that had obviously come in not very long ago.

    That puts us at about 2.5 weeks from bottling unless I'm somehow very mistaken. It tastes like crap. None of the tropical flavors I remember, very chalky and actually kind of parches me to drink. The six pack was not refrigerated at the store (they didn't have any refrigerated), but at only 2.5 weeks I can't imagine that matters too much.

    Has anyone experienced this with newer batches? It's truthfully one of the worst IPAs I've had this year and I remember it very fondly from before.
  2. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Grand Pooh-Bah (4,030) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    I only buy it the first month.

    It's still the real thing when fresh. And especially so for a fresh keg. Until you find a good shop that rotates the inventory it's not worth buying it. Sorry, but the shelves have too many things on them now, and the incessant demand from people who want to buy once and move on have encouraged stores to carry more inventory than they can maintain fresh. The market needs repeat buyers of the good stuff, and not more incentive to carry everything available.
  3. PatKorn

    PatKorn Zealot (685) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    New BrewHouse?
  4. ThePaleRider

    ThePaleRider Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2012 California

    Five years ago Sculpin was my go to when I had a little extra money to spend. Now the market is so flooded with awesome IPA's that cost $6 less for a six pack that I never have Sculpin anymore. It's just way to expensive for a single IPA.
  5. logicerror

    logicerror Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2010 California

    Oh I totally agree that it's overpriced. It's probably not something I would buy more than once or twice a year even if it still tasted great. I'm just wondering what's happened to the taste, or if my taste buds are off tonight, or if I got a weird batch.
  6. johnjohnbeer

    johnjohnbeer Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2012 Ohio

    It's overpriced when you aren't in the west coast and the market is flooded with comparable iPas.

    That's it.
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  7. GameOfBeers

    GameOfBeers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    It has been a while since I had it, but when I did, it was spot on. I don't recall hearing/seeing anything about a bad batch recently, let alone ever. It could also be though that your taste has changed and it doesn't sit in the same regard as it once did.
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  8. Somel3uddy

    Somel3uddy Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2013 California

    I will drink Alesmith IPA over Sculpin any day. But i have not had any bad luck with my bottles of Sculpin. It has always been very decent even when over a month old. Very over-priced for a 6-pack for sure. I don't know why $15 for a 6 pack seems too much when a $8 bomber seems reasonable.
  9. GameOfBeers

    GameOfBeers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I wish PA prices weren't so awful. I think it is sad when your $15 a sixer sounds appealing. I have seen it here at $20
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  10. CTbrew32

    CTbrew32 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2013 Rhode Island

    I had the exact opposite experience with sculpin actually, where it was a sub-par ipa at first, and a year later I loved it and got all those tropical flavors. Maybe there's some inconsistency with the batches, maybe my first bottle was old, but changes in palate might be the reason too. For instance, I used to love sixpoint resin when I first got into craft beer, but a year later and it was way more piney and harsh. Maybe time and countless beers in between have changed your palate to where you no longer enjoy sculpin's unique hop flavors.

    For reference, my last sculpin was in April back in CT and it was great. Maybe worth noting it was cans and draft where sculpin tasted great, but in a bottle not so much (but like I said I'm not sure of the bottle date).

    Keep giving it a chance though!
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  11. nesarebad

    nesarebad Pooh-Bah (1,742) Feb 4, 2012 Massachusetts
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Jumped the shark...obviously.
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  12. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Pooh-Bah (1,910) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Ballast Point just arrived to Colorado. Sculpin is $13.99 and the first batch they sent was fantastic. What's that work out to, $4.27 a bomber? If it's fresh, I will buy it. Great beer.
  13. 1eyed_jack

    1eyed_jack Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Illinois

    I picked up some Sculpin earlier in the week, tasted great when I had one then, tasted just as good when I had one today.
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  14. DoubleJ

    DoubleJ Grand Pooh-Bah (4,245) Oct 13, 2007 Wisconsin

    Oh dear dear dear.......

    Given that 4 of the last 25 user ratings on BeerAdvocate gives it less than a "4", I'd say it's doing quite well.

    Responding to the cost of a six-pack, I often find that many of the same users say a six-pack for $15 of a 4.41 rated beer is too expensive, but a $5 single 22 ounce bottle of a 4.19 rated beer (<cough>Hop Stoopid <cough>) is one of the best bargains in the beer world. And if alcohol level is your justification, maybe moonshine should be your drink of choice.
  15. dirtyhalos

    dirtyhalos Crusader (498) Apr 10, 2014 California

    their dorado double ipa is amazing.... not that its on topic, but mmmmmm
  16. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Grand Pooh-Bah (4,030) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    So much wisdom in this post. I fear it will fall on deaf ears. Err... blind eyes. Whatever.

    You hit the nail on the head.
  17. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Grand Pooh-Bah (4,030) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Completely disagree with above comments that it is overpriced, in the context of it being very fresh. I haven't tried every IPA out there, but I have yet to come across one that does the aromas and flavors like this one, especially the tropical ones, apricot, etc. When fresh, it is quite possibly my favorite IPA.
  18. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    It's overpriced when you are on the west coast as well. I think it's a great IPA (when very fresh, it does seem to fall off very fast), but for $13.99 a sixer... C'mon, man. I'm not ok with paying a $5 hype tax. It's hard to find fresh anyway: since it is so expensive, it just doesn't move as fast as others. There's a bunch of very comparable IPAs for around 8 or 9 bucks a sixer. Bottom line: Sculpin is good, just not that good. Obviously, your mileage may vary.
  19. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    I drank it on tap a few weeks ago and it was mediocre. To each their own. I still pound pints of Big Eye. That is real talk!
  20. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    $17 a sixer here and never fresh, a never buy. On tap I still think it's average at best.
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  21. elchicodelgado

    elchicodelgado Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Texas

    I agree that sculpin is over priced but i can't get a good IPA for $6. Which IPA are you referencing? I want that one!
  22. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Pooh-Bah (1,945) Mar 26, 2013 California

    Grapefruit Sculpin is incredible
  23. CraftBC

    CraftBC Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2007 California

    Never buy warm beer. Sculpin at $15 a six-pack is well worth it if fresh and kept cold at all times. Visit your local craft beer shop that keeps it cold. It's worth it.
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  24. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado

    Loving the Sculpin always and forever!
  25. 1eyed_jack

    1eyed_jack Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Illinois

    I find it quite nice, but wish it was cheaper. I think it lives up to the hype, definitely one of my favorite IPAs, but I think of it as a treat, not something I pick up every week.
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  26. pgrenvicz

    pgrenvicz Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2013 Georgia

    Just had some cans here in Atlanta dated 2 weeks ago. It's a great IPA, but at $15 a six, there are other options...
  27. Hendry

    Hendry Pooh-Bah (1,575) Mar 8, 2013 Vermont

    Finally arriving fresh in Vermont for $15/six pack and a quality IPA, though I wish it were unfiltered. I would buy fresh Sculpin cans @ $15 over a $9 bomber of contract brewed "Lawson's" Sip of Sunshine made in CT any day.
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  28. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Pooh-Bah (2,815) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I got a six pack of Sculpin and let one can of it sit around for a couple months before drinking it -- it seems to me like Sculpin falls off way faster than most other IPAs for some reason.

    Within a month or so of being canned (got it at about two weeks), it was awesome.
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  29. ZAP

    ZAP Grand Pooh-Bah (3,902) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    We get it regularly in northern MN and I usually pick up a sixer when the new watch arrives...tastes like a top notch IPA like always....also pricey but worth it to get a sixer a month of so..
  30. MisSigsFan

    MisSigsFan Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 California

    I still think Sculpin is great but obviously it has many contenders. Never had a bad batch. I saw at BevMo they had cans priced at a dollar more than bottles. I thought that was really weird.
  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Back in the day Sculpin was a fantastic tropical fruit, peach, apricot forward beer. I think the recipe changed or something because it's nowhere near how it used to be.
  32. neckbeered

    neckbeered Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2013 Montana

    It's not what it's hyped up to be and better with actual grapefruit, but otherwise fine. At least it was the last time I had it.
  33. ThePaleRider

    ThePaleRider Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2012 California

    Not for $6, Sculpin is $6 more than any other IPA on the market for a 6 pack.
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  34. bungletrpg

    bungletrpg Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 California

    It's overpriced over here too.
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  35. markdrinksbeer

    markdrinksbeer Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Massachusetts

    Ive had it on tap twice and wasn't impressed or blown away. If the tap handle had any other "ipa" name on it, I wouldn't have noticed. Nothing about this beer stood out to me. Not bad at all, but just not reflective (in my opinion) of its very high rating on here.

    There are some bombers around me sitting on the shelves with 14044 date. :slight_frown: What is that, early February? Never have found it fresh in bottles (but then again, I haven't really looked hard).
  36. rudyarmand

    rudyarmand Crusader (454) May 31, 2005 Georgia

    I live in Atlanta. Sculpin is delicious. With almost all beers, there is a slight variance in taste from batch to batch.
    I travelled to San Diego last January and it is true that there are many beers that are Sculpin's equal.
    If you live on the west coast you have access to much better IPA's and Double IPA's thaan we do in the South.
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  37. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Bought a couple fresh six packs and with a $1 off coupon it was $9.99. It was drinking amazing as usual. One of my favorite IPAs.
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  38. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2012 England

    Up until recently I was regularly drinking Sculpin in Korea and it was always packed with tropical fruit.
  39. NMFB

    NMFB Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2013 North Carolina

    Sculpin is good but Big Eye is definitely a better IPA by Ballast Point.
  40. Schnapsidee

    Schnapsidee Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2009 Oregon

    I rarely (if ever) have seen Sculpin for less than $14.99 a six pack. It's a solid IPA but as others have said, I would gladly pay $6 less for something of equal value. How is a sixer of this priced on the East Coast? I can't imagine it could somehow be cheaper…

    Edit: seeing above that it is $15 in Vermont too…
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