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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

11,369 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,369
Reviews: 2,335
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,212
Gots: 3,205 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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Ratings: 11,369 | Reviews: 2,335
Photo of Chris585
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect. If i could have one beer for the rest of my life this is it.

Photo of uncleotis
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this both on draft and in the bottle, and I just don't get the hype. It's good and I'd never turn one down if offered to me, but I must be missing something, as everyone else seems to absolutely love this beer.

Photo of MattR2014
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had off draft. Yes very good like most of their stuff. I wasn't blown away. I prefer grapefruit version

Photo of J_K
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic West Coast IPA. Pours golden orange. Citrus and hops both in smell and taste. Crisp and delicious!

Photo of J_Britt
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice light gold color. Great hoppy nose. Very crisp and clean. Slightly sweet first taste. Finishes with a balanced bitter, hops flavor.

Photo of OldGriz
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll never forget my first taste of Sculpin. It was a magical beer moment for me.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really impressive presentation at the new Ballast Point facility. Beautiful,big citrus hops with classic caramel malt backbone. Easy to see why this is so well regarded.

Photo of chrisjws
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a can into a snifter

A: Bright orange, a finger of heady, no haze as I can see right through
S: Mango, peaches, grapfruit, orange, orange peel, lots of tropical notes and a little bit of sweetness in the background. Not getting a lot of malt, just a lot of very citrusy hop aroma.
T: Little bite of bitterness followed by a taste that follows the nose really well. Big orange/mango flavor with a bit of grapefruit. Finishes up with a bit of sweetness.
M: Medium carbonation/body. Finishes up nice and dry and keeps you sipping it very quickly.
O: Pricey but an excellent IPA and worth getting from time to time. Great if you enjoy really tropical IPAs that still have a pleasant bite to them. Love this beer.

Photo of Plower
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is slightly underrated. I'd describe it as a highly drinkable IPA with flavor leaning heavily toward the citrus fruits department. I'm tasting lemons, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, but not nectarines because those are not citrus. I'd give this a solid 4.5 at a minimum. People are saying that the beer has been outshined by newer ones but I doubt that...

Photo of TBCE
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good brew. Dark golden color with good head retention. Nice lacing left on glass. Smells of citrus, strong pine. Very light on the palate, with tastes of grapefruit, pine, maybe a little orange. Lightly carbonated mouth feel. Overall excellent.

Photo of Cnuch80
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light color, medium bodied with a good hoppy balance.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Golden orange

S- Some citrusy grapefruit, kinda sweet. Little bit of pine.

T- Grapefruit bitterness. Hint of some sweet malts.

F- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O- This is really good, but I think it's overhyped. I'm sure this was a game changer when it made its debut, but at this point there are loads of other IPAs I'd rather drink.

Photo of Ssippisam
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would like to try it super fresh.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold in color with tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Off white head that froths around the top and settles to a slight layer of bigger bubbles. Lacing is evident along the edges of glass as it slides down. Smell is of pine and some citrus is found in the background. Tastes of pine, grass, citrus and maybe some bitter hops are dancing on the tongue. Smooth on the palate and slightly creamy with the bitterness finishing it off. Overall, a fantastic IPA to indulge upon!

Photo of Scottyboy
3.28/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I thought this ale was okay but for the price I was expecting to be knocked out. In fairness it was about 10 or 11 months old, maybe that left it a bit flat in taste

Photo of 40Ounce
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome IPA! Great go to Beer!

Photo of McWiley
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

An excellent I.P.A. Strong piney smell, milder on the palate. Great all around.

Photo of mmahanna41
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For a beer I can find almost anytime, it's rarely missing from my refrigerator. I know a lot of people won't agree with this, but I also prefer the taste from a can over a bottle (poured into a 12oz snifter.

Photo of hallsan
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Everything a beer should be.

Photo of itzRYAN619
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic tasting beer. The best I've ever had!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium gold. Brilliant clarity. Nice white head. A little underwhelming in the size, duration, lushness. Little lacing.

S: Good mix of bready malt, grapefruit and lemon citrus, nectarine and papaya tropical components. Sits on a bed of pine. Green smelling, definitely a little white vinegar.

M: Nice medium body, soft but characteristically crisp.

T: Fresh cut grass, pine needles, resinous. Grapefruit, sweet and sour citrus: orange, peel, lemon. More sour and tart on my account than bitter.

Photo of TonyBaloney
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tell me what I'm doing wrong?

I've had this beer ten times in various settings, San Diego even, and have always been underwhelmed given the hype.

I want to love this beer, but don't find it extraordinary at all.

Photo of ProstMasterson
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, m

Photo of Jwburns75
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as west coast single IPAs that you can find on the shelf go, Sculpin is king. There just is not a better option. This beer has a huge citrus aroma, hops a-plenty yet still so smooth and balanced. As the glass goes down and the beer opens up a bit it just gets better and better. Had from a can today with the code 15050, so I think it means it was canned on the 50th day of 2015, so late February. Taste was superb, can't really find fault with Sculpin. This was my first IPA a bunch of years back when my buddy gave me a bomber, now it's a regular!

Photo of Stevecoop86
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smoother IPA. Sufficient hoppiness. Pleasant aftertaste.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,369 ratings.