The classic Sculpin might be my favorite IPA that is a purchasable on a year-around basis. Ballast Point (Brewery who makes Sculpin) in 2015 got purchased by Constellation, (Owners of Corona). This caused a deep level of concern in the quality of Sculpin being maintained and was a realistic threat to one of the staples in my fridge. Now Constellation has increased the breweries distribution and they are starting to release Ballast Point Beers that were previously only available in San Diego. Pineapple Sculpin is one of the first in a line of beers that will now be readily available to the public.
Pineapple Sculpin is an IPA that is reasonably well balanced, and a pleasant experience. The beer has the classic bitterness on the initial sip like many other IPA’s. However what truly distinguishes the beverage is tone of pineapple being apparent on the second sip. While the Pineapple is nice the beer overall, it lives in the shadow of it’s predecessors Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin. The beer while nice lacks the balance and smoothness of other renditions of Sculpin. Furthermore the beer while the pineapple flavoring is nice does seem to come in a burst on the palette that is not as smooth as one would hope. Overall the beer is nice and although this review seems harsh it is only because a high benchmark previously set by the company. 4/5.