PW's Year of Beer: Ballast Point Sculpin

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at

Everyone makes an IPA these days. You can probably count the breweries who don’t have an IPA in their lineup on one hand. You can also count the number of them that are as good as Ballast Point’s magnificent Sculpin on one hand, too. This astonishing India pale ale has a light body with just enough cracker-like malts to balance its artfully done hop profile. And oh, those hops! While many IPA makers go for nothing more than a blast of bitter, Sculpin offers the kind of tasteful balance others could learn from. Tastes and aromas of apricot, mango and peach are touched with just a hint of pine resin. It’s bitter in a way that IPA fans will love yet approachable enough for the casual drinker, too. It will be on tap at the Hops & Sours event at Devil’s Den on March 8.

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