Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

Reviewed by on July 14, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company

  • Origin: San Diego, CA, US

  • Rated On: July 14, 2016

  • Best Before: canned May 27, 2016

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

This pineapple version is the third variant of Sculpin to arrive in my bailiwick of late – I can’t really complain about the distribution up-swing inherent in all the latest hubbub surrounding this brewery.

This 12oz can pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and caked off-white head, which leaves some splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of fresh pineapple smoothie, gritty caramel malt, more indistinct tropical fruitiness, and some mild leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is zingy mixed citrus rind (orange, white grapefruit, and lemon), underripe pineapple core, bready caramel/toffee malt, a small flinty chalkiness, and some evolving leafy and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite robust in its swirling and teasing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually fairly smooth, nothing really stooping to the level of party pooper here, apparently. It finishes off-dry, that complex tropical fruitiness (which has now subsumed the titular pineapple) still playing Marco (Polo) with the lingering malt and pine forest esters.

Overall, this is very pleasant and engaging instance of the ‘enfruitening’ of the base Sculpin IPA – from that heady and beguiling aroma, through to a balanced and drinkable (due in no small part to the damned-near invisible 14-proof booze) end game.  Great, great stuff, I only wish I could just go out and buy it at local supermarket prices like our friends down south can.

Brady White

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