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Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Prices from: $6.99 - $59.99
RegionCalifornia, United States

Product Description

A perfectly balanced India Pale Ale with a light citrusy note, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is a trophy beer that harkens back to the brand's homebrew roots. Following years of experimentation, Ballast Point Brewing Company perfected its gold-medal winning IPA using five separate stages, all the while taking inspiration from hops, mango, lemon, peach and apricot flavors. Sculpin IPA is such a winner, in fact, that it's swept contests at the California State Fair, the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and the European Beer Star Awards. While it certainly offers refreshing, fruity notes, this 7 percent ABV IPA packs a sting, just like the Sculpin fish for which it was named. Also known as the sea scorpion, the Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that give a strong sting, but the fish itself is considered one of the tastiest in the world. We can think of no better name for the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA! Thanks to its bright flavors and citrusy aromas, Sculpin IPA showcases the crispness of its hops. Even if you're not a fan of hoppy beers, be sure to give this crowd-pleaser a try. The bright and crisp Sculpin India Pale Ale pairs perfectly with Jamaican jerk chicken, seafood, coconut basmati rice and any cuisine with a hint of tropical flavor. Serve it chilled in a tulip beer glass to optimize the flavor and impress your guests, or enjoy it straight out of the bottle. We won't judge!

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Drizly Expert Notes

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA comes from one of California's most tenured craft brewery and has become a prototype for what a west coast IPA is supposed to taste like. Stemming from the founders' homebrew roots, they developed a method for making their flagship IPA that involves adding hops to the brew at five different stages during the process. The resulting beer has won gold medals at competitions worldwide and is not just a beer enjoyed by beer drinkers countrywide today, but is a beer that other brewers strive to replicate. The brewers like to remind us that the sculpin fish is covered with poisonous spikes yet it's meat is known as some of the most delicious in the sea. This is similar to the hop forward IPA, a bit of a sting up front, the greatest taste hidden beneath.

Certainly enjoyable out of a bottle or can, but a beer with this much hop character is best served out of a glass for the full effect. It pours a bright honey blonde color capped with a fizzy white head that should remain floating on top of the beer for some time. Putting your nose to it, the beer perks out of the glass like a bowl of ripe seasonal fruits. Huge notes of lemon rind, pineapple skins, mangoes, and orange pith rise above the light grainy notes from the malt. The flavor is huge like the smell, bubbling with similar tastes, but giving birth to the essence of fresh pine, pink grapefruit rind, with just a touch of sweetness and a hint of dry bitterness in the finish. It's a wonderfully balanced brew, but most certainly for those who love hops.

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is an ideal beer to pair with foods that can stand up to it's strong hop character. Try it with tandoori chicken with a side of garlicky naan bread or go a simpler root and team it up with a deep fried sampler platter of onion rings and spicy chicken tenders and a side of bleu cheese dressing. Enjoy it at your next birthday party or pair it with a lazy, sunny afternoon in a hammock, dreaming about your next vacation.



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