Beer Review: Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin
Ah Summer… I’ve missed you. I love the long days, warm nights, bbq dinners, beach trips…alright, you get the point. Since I’ve been feeling the Summer nostalgia recently I thought it would be the perfect time do a beer review on Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin. I have to admit, I don’t normally go for beers flavored with any sort of fruit as I am skeptical of drinking some strange beer/cool aid frankenbrew, but I know Ballast Point makes great beer so I figured I’d give the Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin a shot. Here’s how Ballast Point describes it:
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.
Pineapple Sculpin pours a golden, light honey color with a surprisingly full-body for an IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin gave a foamy and lingering head. Right off the bat the aroma is fresh with hops and pineapple but does have a bitterness factor that rounds out the aroma nicely. Initial flavor is typical of an IPA, but with hints of pineapple essence lingering. Pineapple flavor is more present in the aroma than in the flavor, but it is mildly detectable in the taste. Strong hoppy bitterness is balanced out by sweetness from the malt and pineapple. With a full-bodied and smooth mouth feel this beer is pleasant on the palate and easy to drink.
I have to admit, I went into trying this beer as a skeptic, but I actually ended up loving it! I was expecting a syrupy sweet, artificial fruit flavor but the pineapple really just added a complexity to the beer which I found quite enjoyable. I have to say that Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin was a pleasant surprise! I will definitely be drinking this beer again, but hopefully next time I will be on the beach.
Cheers to Summer!