Sculpin IPA (Ballast Point)
This beloved IPA from San Diego-based Ballast Point pours honey gold with a billowy white head. It has the sweet, airy aroma of a peach orchard, with some citrus, bananas, and cotton candy also in the mix. Sweetness is dominant on the palette, but it’s the natural sweetness of fresh fruit, mixed in with hay and dew-soaked grass. Citrus fruits (mostly oranges and grapefruits) are also present, along with a potent but not overpowering hoppiness. Surprisingly, it’s the hop bitterness that sticks to your tongue, gradually growing in intensity until the next sweet sip. Sculpin is an IPA masterpiece that comes on slow and sweet, but it uses that resin bitterness to wallop your tongue into sublime submission.