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Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

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  • Brewery: Ballast Point
  • Country: USA
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Size: 650 ml
  • Bought from: Brewdog Shop, ~9€
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    Today it was time to try the highly acclaimed Sculpin IPA from San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing Company. This IPA has supposedly been brewed with Pale Ale, CaraPils, CaraVienna and Crystal malt, and hopped with Amarillo, Warrior, Magnum, Northern Brewer, Tomahawk, Crystal, Centennial and Simcoe to an IBU of 70 (Note: The ingredients are most likely different in the commercial brew). This should be a fruity and bitter experience!

    Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
    Appearancewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
    The beer pours with a hazy orange color, and an off-white head, that collapses leaving curtains of lacing along the glass.
    Smellwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
    The beer has an aroma dominated by tones of tropical fruits, citrus, apricots and resin. There is a slight caramelly sweetness in the aroma as well.
    Tastewww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
    The flavor begins with a slight maltiness, that is quickly overtaken by tones of resin and grapefruit from the hops. The flavor ends quite dry with a pleasant bitter bite on the tongue. The beer is definitely balanced towards the bitter and hoppy side, but there is at least some maltiness to back it up.
    Mouthfeelwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
    The beer has a smooth medium-full body and a medium-light carbonation, giving it a good mouthfeel and making it easy to drink.
    Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
    Overall, a very good American IPA by the San Diego-brewers, packed with loads of hop aroma, flavors and bitterness in a great package. Would buy again if I ever had the chance, but unfortunately living in Finland doesn't really help. Could have had a slightly less dry finish, but still very drinkable and tasty.

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