Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What I wish every IPA could be. Layered nose with caraway seed, pine and citrus. The palate is medium bodied, and shows excellent balance. A hit of grapefruit lingers as this is crisp and seamlessly transitions to the hoppy finish.
bleeng (1577) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Moth Dallas. Pours bright gold and clear. Nice fresh piney hop nose. Taste is slightly milder than the nose-not how I remember the bottle version. Piney bitter flavors with an alcohol kick on the end. Not bad but not as good as I wish it was.
johngiolas (18) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pine, citrus--strong and very bold for an IPA. Heavy finish. Hops fruity veering toward cloying without ever crossing over.
SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear pale golden with a large off-white head. Smells both piney and like grapefruit. Taste is intense bitter, lots of grapefruit and pine. Medium-to-full bodied with a slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA finishes quite bitter.
jemthebrewer (1) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium to medium-high hops aroma with some dark grapefruit, tropical fruit, and resiny/piney tones. Classic "Simoce" nose (polarizing to some). Gold to light orange color with some haze and medium-low head retention. Flavor mirrors the aroma with medium-high hop bitterness, medium-high grapefruit, citrus, mango, with a hint of resiny hops. Low malt flavor, which is AOK by me for a West Coast style IPA. Overall, one of my new favorite IPAs; all of the flavors marry quite well in this beer. Impressed with how the hop flavor and aroma survived in a bomber!
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Fantastic nose of hops, some sweetness. Pours a golden amber with a nice frothy white foam. Fantastic taste, hops, malt, balanced and lasts longer on the palate.
DrSilverworm (8339) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, best by date: 7/6/12. Thin, off-white head, audibly fades to near-minimal. Clear amber color. Little lace. After hearing a lot of buzz about this one, I was excited to try it. Light crisp carbonation, dry texture. Great, powerful hop aroma. Nice bitter taste. It’s definitely an above-average IPA, and was good to enjoy with some Subway.
jackl (5605) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy orange color with a big, pillowy white head. The nose is orange, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, seagrass. The taste is wonderfully fruity, plenty of juicy sugary fruit notes. Hop-forward. Some pepper. Slightly husky dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable. Overall, a great IPA. A real pleasure to drink.
AverageMan (40) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just arrived in the Cincinnati market. The beer was served chilled in a Imperial Pint glass.
Ar- This beer has a fantastic hop aroma. Lots and lots of mango, pineapple, citrus, citrus zest and pine in the aroma.
Ap- The body of the beer is a peach coloration with a thick creamy white head. Nice head retention and thick streams of lacing mark my glass.
T- A major delivery on the aroma to taste. Nice juicy pineapple, citrus, going into deep pine resin bitterness. Very brief malty sweetness that is immediately swallowed up into bitterness.
P- The body of the beer is light carbonation is moderate.
O- This beer is dam near like cat nip for hop heads. Fresh Sculpin is hard to beat bang for the buck. Nicely executed!
Bghedtodd (28) - USA - APR 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Fantastic ipa, ... pine, citrus, bready goodness. Lingering smooth bitterness. Quenching and easy to drink.