The desert doesn't do seasons. 🌵 🔥
•Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Brewing Company•
This is the beverage that ignited my love for IPAs and craft beer years ago. Every time I take a sip, I'm right back in that taproom. I left with a six pack in the basket of my bike that day and never looked at beer the same again.
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Sculpin, sculpin, sculpin. What can I say about the sculpin that Wikipedia hasn't already? Benthic, elongated, and it's pectoral fins are smooth on the upper edge and webbed with sharp rays along the lower edge. But you're here for a beer review, not the description of a fish.
Before I get too, uh, jovial to properly describe the beer, I should probably focus on that part of the review. I can write the rest afterward. Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point weighs in at 7% ABV, and 70 IBUs. To me, it tastes a lot like your average Pacific Northwestern IPA, but only if it pulled its punches and rewarded you with a slight hint of pineapple. Or, some fruit I guess. This is like my fifth beer, so my acidic fruits are running together. It's hoppy, but not too hoppy, and has an acidic fruit flavor, but not too acidic. It's like the Goldilocks hop-fruit beer. Mmm... hop-fruit. This is why I believe in genetic modification. But not like Monsanto. Those guys are assholes.
Directors Cut: I almost never write my reviews in a linear manner, i.e. from beginning to end. As ideas come, I flesh em out. Writing about what the beer actually tastes like often requires the most attention, and is best done before the sudsy goodness takes its toll on my limited vocabulary. Also, I was spot on with the acidic fruit comment. While looking up the IBUs, I found that Ballast Point describes the taste as containing fruit flavors that tip the PH scale to the acid side. Suck on it Trebek. Suck long, and suck it hard.
DVD Extra: Sculpin has won twenty-nine separate awards for being a bad ass beer. As informal as my critique has been, I can say it's pretty well deserved. Ballast Point has won a myriad more, and if I find enough time, I'll count em all up and deliver that information to you at no extra DVD Extra cost. There's a lot and I'm not doing it now.