You may remember a little experiment we did a few months back called the SweetWater Fish Sandwich Project (SWFSP). Needless to say, we’re all wondering if Sculpin IPA will induce flaky fish sandwich cravings (FFSC). Eating a sculpin probably isn’t a super great idea, but I’m sure drinking one will be a lot better! Let’s do a deep dive into this San Diego IPA!
Sculpin IPA pours a clear amber with a tall, sudsy head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The scent is fruity with notes of orange and apricot. The sweet aroma of fruit is evened out by hoppy elements of pine and spice.
The flavor of Sculpin begins with a generous helping of hoppy spice and grapefruit. There’s also a concentrated dose of lemon and pine that adds to the intensity of the flavor profile. Malt flavors are nearly nonexistent in this ocean of hops. The body is mysteriously light, making Sculpin feel even more like the pure essence of hops.
Sculpin lurks in the citrusy, piney depths of hop flavor. Waves of less traditional fruit flavors/aromas make an appearance, as they tend to do in well executed IPAs. If you have an appreciation for the more nuanced aspects of an expertly crafted IPA, then Sculpin is worth the price tag. If you’re looking for a hoppy treat to wet your whistle while you throw a fish sandwich down your gullet, you may want to swim toward shallower waters.
- Appearance: Clear amber
- Aroma: Orange, apricot, pine, spice
- Flavor: Spice, grapefruit, lemon, pine
- Mouthfeel: Light Plus
- ABV: 7.0%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $13-$15
- Score: 91