Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 70 IBUs.

Brewer Description: (from website) Our Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of our signature IPA. With so many tropical hop notes in Sculpin, how could we not try adding some sweet, juicy pineapple? The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 16036, meaning it was bottled on 5th February 2016. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a fluffy two finger white head that has good retention and leaves thick puffy lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple juice, sliced pineapple and a touch of mandarin.
Taste: The pineapple is there, but unlike how prominent it was in the aroma, it was pretty light and only in the background. Instead, I got mainly pine and grassy hop bitterness followed by a hint of pineapple.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.
Overall: I loved the pineapple aromas coming from this beer. However, flavour wise, I like my pineapple’s sweet, so I think this may have been a problem when trying to incorporate pineapple flavours into an IPA. In this case, even the lightness of the pineapple doesn’t seem to blend in too well with the bitterness and just confuses my pallet. It just didn’t match up to the original Sculpin which was nicely tropical nor the Grapefruit Sculpin where the grapefruit matches well with the hop bitterness.

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