Unfiltered Sculpin is an American IPA brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a bottle.
The ale pours a cloudy gold and is topped by nearly an inch-thick cap of white foam that shows excellent retention. The slow reduction leaves a soapy ring along with patches of lace that cling to the sides of the glass.
The aroma is subdued but becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. It features a scent of tropical fruit and grassy hops.
The palate is expectedly hoppy with biting pine and citrus; backed by pineapple and mango flavors atop a doughy malt base. Finishes with an herbal hop bite and an underlying tropical fruit sweetness.
The feels offers a bit more to chew on than the typical IPA. Its unfiltered body is smoother with a bit more heft and has moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly.
The Unfiltered Sculpin is a well-rounded brew that exhibits wonderful balance. Its ample bite will please hopheads but it’s that lovely malt character that will please the aficionados.
Ballast Point recommends the following food pairings with their Unfiltered Sculpin: Mandarin orange and chicken Asian salad, prosciutto wrapped scallops, and salmon glazed with brown sugar and mustard.