Monday, November 5, 2012

Review: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
ABV: 7.0%
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
22 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Reviewed on 8/24/12 

This IPA pours a light amber color with a snow white head.  Very good lacing with decent carbonation.

On the nose, aromas of hops, pine, lemon, citrus, fruitiness, slight malt.

On taste, strong dry bitter hops right at the front, with a fruity character following.  Definite lemon and apricot notes.  Some malt and pine notes as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, well balanced with a bold profile of flavors yet still retaining a good even light crispness.

Overall, this is a great tasting, distinctive IPA.  Strong flavors present with good hoppy bitterness and dryness.  Quite fresh and crisp.  A classic that, according to some reports I've seen online, may soon be available in Maryland. 

Score: 97

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