Sculpin IPA – Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA, USA)


Sculpin IPA – Ballast Point Brewing, 7.0% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

on the front-right label:

“A trophy beer that’s a testament to our homebrew roots. Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we know hopping an ale at five different stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold medal-winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavours, but still packs a bit of sting. Just like a Sculpin. ”


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Whipped creamy smooth fruity mango-apricot toffee malts soft hopped bitter zen
  • Where I got it : gift from a relative in San Diego
  • How much: ~$8 USD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., Summer 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 100%

Visual: Pours cloudy apricot orange with a large long-lasting very-foamy head with sticky lacing and good retention, scattered steady singular streams.

Nose: faint orange-mango, mild fishiness (coincidentally?!) (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: whipped cream smooth silky mouthfeel, fluffy bite, lemon oils

Mid-palate: fruit-forward, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) mango-apricot, toffee malts

Finish: clean transition, soft & gentle bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Complete balance and supreme clean flavours, even the finish where IPAs generally leave a sharp lingering bitterness, this does not. Absolutely fantastic and I’m not that much of a hophead. Pretty outworldly, much like the 90-minute IIPA I had from Dogfish Head at VCBW (Vancouver Craft Beer Week)