RRistow12 (503) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear orange with white head. Aroma or tropical and citrus fruits and some sweet notes. Taste is a nice clean assertive bitterness throughout with a caramel backbone. Pine, grapefruit, mango, and biscuity flavors. Medium bodied. Very well done IPA.
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Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Definitely a quality ipa here. Bold pine and melon citrus are strong and unrelenting, with a big, chewy finish. Pours a bright burnt orange, with fine starch white head and scattered lacing. A full aroma, though maybe a bit too dense as the full notes don’t project quite as well as I would like. Woody pine and big, mixed citrus fruits here, pinneapples and pears. Toasty pale malts, light nut, caramel on the other side of things. Body is full for an ipa, with a bold flow through out, densely bitter though not unbalanced. Toasted cereal grains up front, then a wave of various fruits and bitter. Estery melon, blackberry, mixed citrus, wood, and pine. Each note really bites and makes its presence known. Overall, a big, bold ipa with a great combination of strength, flavor, and drinkability. Up there with the best.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved this in a great box courtesy of errantnight, thanks again Derek! Oh, wow! As soon as I cracked this open I took whiff and I can tell I’m going to be in for a treat but before I get to the nose let me explain the pour. Sculpin empties the bomber a moderately hazed golden with bursts of carbonation screaming to the surface. The clean white head grew to two + fingers on the pour and eventually fell to one finger’s worth of dense creaminess.
Now, What first caught my attention and has been on my mind ever since popping the top, the wonderful nose. There’s a small pale maltiness coming through way, way in back. The good stuff? Huge notes of apricot, tangerine, and a big freshly broken pine neddle hoppiness throughout. Ballast Point did an unbelievable job with the hop additions. It’s reminiscent of the hopping I find in Dreadnaught and blows my mind that a brewer can get such vivid, delicious aromas from the little cones.
The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the nose but that would be near impossible. The taste is softer than expected with a dominant apricot hoppiness upfront followed by the pinyness on the finish. A little sweet in the middle but damn, that apricot is vivid and delicious. This really is a great IPA.
The mouthfeel is spot on. Solid carbonation awakens the tongue for the moderate bitterness present from mid-palate to the finish. The body is medium but the carbonation helps it glide through without a problem.
I wouldn’t have a problem drinking this beer all night. If Sculpin was available in my area it would be purchased by the forklift and drank just as quickly.
Ballast Point hit a homerun with Sculpin. A really great IPA with a hop profile that is very rarely found except in the most delicious of the style. Ballast Point makes some great beers and this may be the best I’ve tried from them yet. A new favorite!
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice IPA. Lots of fruit on the nose grapefruit and pine. Orange pour white head. Lots of hops in a floral body with grapefruit citrus and mango like sweetness. Moderate body and carbonation.
Berard (500) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with white head that dissipates. Piney hop aroma. Nice hop flavor that isn't too overwhelming or boozy.
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Scottishchris (500) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
PunkAGM2015 rate catchup from notes. 6/6/15. Hazy gold. Oily with soft carbonation. Big grapefruit (not so different from the Sculpin Grapefruit in many ways) and tropical notes. Fruity deliciousness. Outstanding IPA,
Sask89 (499) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light amber colour, almost golden, clear and with a frothy white head. Strong grapefruit and orange aromas, with subtle hop scents too. Taste is bitter with little sweetness, a pretty good balance for an IPA. Lighter body, creamy and smooth on the palate, with lively carbonation. A very strong IPA overall.
Shark_Pants (497) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber with small beige head. Tremendous and huge aroma - sweetened grapefruit, strong malt, mango, passionfruit, paw paw/papaya. The taste is also huge, non-subtle, but awesome, with the same flavours that the smell assaults with. Light in body and ridiculously drinkable. In no way understated but an artful hop punch in the face.
SNL (494) - - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear Golden pour, minimal White head.
Hoppy Nose, with a little yeast. Taste is crisp and hoppy, clear notes of citrus.
Medium body, average carbonation.
Pershing (493) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold with little visual carbonation and a small lingering head. Sweet peach aroma with some malt. Lots of hop bitterness in this one. Medium body with some sweetness from the malt. Dry hopped up finish.