|Sculpin, left; Mongo, right. Identical SRMs.|
The Mongo (8.5% abv) is a full-bodied hopbomb with an intense assortment of hops; Columbus, Amarillo and Cascades. Still, it's very nicely balanced and the creamy mouth feel delighted my palate and set up the dry finish very nicely. This is a very satisfying beer.
Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA has been one of my top ten IPAs since I first had it last March in San Diego. Tonight I noticed that it had a long, lingering finish after a full-bodied journey over the palate. Always a pleaser.
As you can see in the pic, they are 12 oz pours and have very similar SRMs. Carbonation on the Mongo was a little crisper, I felt.
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The brewmaster says it's because the toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops. No mention of the hemp adjunct which is indicated on the label. They associate the name with a star in the Big Dipper, also named Dubhe (pronounced doo-bie). With the hemp addition, I'm thinking of an entirely different animal. Anyway, try this when you can. You won't be disappointed.
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