The Best Ballast Point Sculpin IPA Flavors

Sculpin is one of the most famous IPAs on the planet. And thanks to a billion dollar buyout from Constellation Brands, they’ve had the opportunity to bring the delicious stuff across America (and beyond).

What consumers of the epic IPA might not know is that there’s a lot of different flavors out there now. Some sound crazy, some sound delicious, but with Sculpin you know what you’re getting generally. Of course, that being said, some are better than others, and I have my favorites and my least favorites.

#7 – Pineapple Sculpin

The best sounding one on paper leaves you feeling the most disappointed. When you think Pineapple, you think tropical. You imagine yourself on a beach, drinking some beer.

But the pineapple doesn’t go well with the hoppiness, and is a tad overpowering.


#6 – Habanero Sculpin

This one is a tough one to rank as its probably the most polarizing. Those who like “spicy” beers will likely put this one towards the top. But maybe people REALLY into spicy beers will think it’s too tame.

I fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t love spicy beers, I don’t hate spicy beers, and for that reason, I’m probably not the guy to ask here.


#5 – Unfiltered Sculpin

Before hazy, it was all about unfiltered IPAs. And though the craze has died down a bit, Unfiltered Sculpin truly blew my mind when I first had it.

It didn’t have the staying power of some of the other Sculpin flavors, but it was hazy before hazy was cool. So props to them.


#4 – Aloha Sculpin

And now, everyone is doing hazy IPAs. It’s to the surprise of no one in that case that Ballast Point was able to do it better than just about everyone else. Now unlike Pineapple Sculpin, this one IS perfect for lounging on a beach.

(Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve done it a few times already)

Tropical, juicy and a little bit hoppy Aloha Sculpin will be around for a while. At least until hazy IPAs aren’t in vogue anymore.


#3 – Grapefruit Sculpin

I’m not a beer historian, but I believe this is the first “flavor” of Sculpin that hit the market. And dang – did they hit it out of the ballpark with this one.

Not only is pretty much responsible for the grapefruit IPA trend that had a run there for a few years, it’s also the only one that really tastes subtle. The rest of the grapefruit IPAs all overload it except for Sculpin.


#2 – (Original) Sculpin

It would be an injustice if the one that started it all didn’t at least rank in the top of its own list.

I remember this not only being the first IPA to really gain a following when I was in college, but it still is probably the IPA that most people say generally is their “favorite”.

Even non-IPA lovers have cited their love of this hoppy legend. And that’s how you know it’s a good beer.


#1 – Spruce Tip Sculpin

Hear me out.

Initially even I was skeptical of this one. Pine needles? In a beer? Hipsters were really ruining everything.

Then, on a coldish (remember this is San Diego after all) night, I decided to give the six-pack a try. And it was so refreshing.

So I went back for another six-pack, and then another, and then another.

Soon I was spreading the gospel of Spruce Tip Sculpin. Not only was it a fantastic beer, it had skyrocketed it my rankings of favorite beers EVER.

Crazy, I know, but that’s my opinion and this my blog. You have to take it.