Today on the Daily Drop I’m tasting Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. This critically acclaimed IPA is a gold medal winner that is named after a tasty fish whose sharp spines can inflict a painful sting which can scarcely be relieved. I’m not sure if they’re implying this ale cannot be sessioned without serious repercussions, but I think some research is in order. Let’s check it out!
A slightly orange-ish golden ale, with a creamy white head and lively bubbles. Excellent head retention.
There is a massively wide profile of pine and citrus on the nose. This fades into a very smooth raspberry-hinted mild malt body.
Smooth draw into a slight bite from the bubbles, strong bitter hop acidity with clean creamy feeling on the tongue. Finishes a hint on the sweet side.
The initial hop bitterness is very powerful, especially with lemon and citrus, and then there’s a handover to the slightly sweet malt flavour. With a quick hello from the sweet malts, the hops are back with a very dynamic floral and mango combination which slowly fades into the slightly sweet finish, and resolves on a pine and citrus aftertaste.
Overall – Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
This beer is sensational, and is a very well made beer. It has an incredible combination of flavours which come from the expertly refined hop schedule in which Ballast Point delivers 5 hop additions from boil to bottle (or can or keg). It’s remarkable floral arrangement leaves a flavour of lilies in the back of the mouth which is also detected in the aroma before swallowing. Very impressive, and highly drinkable and sessionable.
A big grain bill of mostly 2 row pale malt, some Caramalt, and maybe some pilsner or victory. The hop schedule is going to be intense, and I reckon it begins with Warrior and has a wide array of floral and tropical hops to provide such a bold yet refined flavour.
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Have you speared a sculpin in Southern California? What about brewing a rich-flavoured IPA? Or maybe you’ve found your all-time favourite beer? If you’ve got something brewing in your head, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.