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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

11,478 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,478
Reviews: 2,358
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,232
Gots: 3,330 | FT: 49
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: 11,478 | Reviews: 2,358
Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Spent a day in San Diego and found a place that served Sculpin. So when I got home I did a comparison between Sculpin and Racer 5 (a regular). Sculpin is clearer on pour, better foam action that lasts a long time. Sculpin has a more distinct hops smell and taste. Racer 5 is more full bodied - malty. Both not far apart. At 14.95 a 12 pack, you can't beat Racer 5. The little fish would be the catch of the day if the price came down without cutting quality.

Photo of Nostradrunkus
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a good IPA, but I couldn't help but be a little disappointed after the hype.

Photo of krbrevard
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. From what I gather, it was pretty fresh.

A: On its cross country quest, tons of carbonation remain. Nice half inch head, golden copper color.
S: Wow- very floral. Some citrus and pine as well. Could possibly be the best i've smelled on a beer.
T: Very nice foretaste, not overpowering. Back end has all the components of the smell and i'm left with a subtle piney and bitterness which i've grown to love in this style of beer. No Alcohol taste whatsoever.
M: Very smooth, crisp, carbonation is very refreshing.
O: I am very impressed with BP. Had Big Eye a few years ago and definitely enjoyed it. The next time i'm in SD i will be coming to the brewery for sure!

Photo of moundbz
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks great, smells great, tastes great with a bitter after taste.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smelled great soon as I opened the bottle. Strong hop flavor with some citrus and solid bitterness. Really tasty but rather pricey. One of the best smelling beers I've had.

Photo of drmeto
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a clear amber with a big foamy off white head
-great head retension
-high carbonation visible
S:
-huge grapefruit,orange,pine resin,peaches and lemon
T:
-grapefruit,orange zest,resin-y,onions with a slight nutty finish
F:
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
O:
I expected more fruitiness and the onion note was off-putting.
Still a pretty good IPA

Photo of raiderob
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass.murky amber like color with brownish foamy head.citrus fruit peel like flavors that goes down nicely..Prost

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pure transparent golden in color. NIce frothy head. Very hoppy aroma jumps out of the glass. Citrusy, resiny, fine hop smell.

Wow. The hoppy bite from this ipa is wicked. Citrus-rind bitter hops continue to sting away and turn your tongue over well after the sip. This is an intense, high quality IPA.

It would be difficult for me to call this anything other than world-class.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pretty Amber-orange with a fluffy head that dissipates into a thin layer. S: hoppy peach and lemon a little apricot. T: same as the nose, with some citrus peel and pith. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Tasty.

Photo of Brett47
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Classic west coast ipa with flavorful citrus aroma and a hard smooth kick. Delicious

Photo of HaightAshbury
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Very drinkable and well balanced.

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

An awesome beer. King of the readily available IPAs, possibly of all readily available beers, in Connecticut. Floral-y and Citrus-y as opposed to malty and spicy (like Founders Centennial or Dogfish 90min). Very refreshing and crushable in my opinion. I work at a liquor store with a great beet selection and its tough for me not to buy this every time.

If you like this and are looking for similar things try check out DC Brau's The Corruption or Finch's Hardcore Chimera.

Photo of Antoine
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The only thing I don't like about the beer is the price. But with the taste, I can understand why it's pricier than other IPAs.

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light honey color, clear but pours out of a 12oz bottle with virtually no head. Nice, effervescent mouth feel without too much fizz. Slight mango, pleasant smell. Taste is smooth. well blended, starting with citrus and then a clean dry finish. No flaws here and very nice but not especially interesting. I would happily drink again but at almost twice the price of some other IPAs I enjoy, will only do so when I am feeling flush.

Photo of TravisReding44
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just had my first Sculpin. Wow. Top five IPA for me.

Photo of ncarter5889
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA,the Grapefruit Sculpin is even better

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

Lives up to the hype. If you haven't had this beer you need to.

Photo of burns3y
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Top 20 IPA I have had thus far in my beer career. Always a great choice if you have friends coming over who enjoy beer.

Photo of dleigh
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love the fact that this has gotten to be shelf beer. Some fresh Sculpin is always nice. A classic IPA. Back in '12, some friends and I had blind IPA taste testing, which included Pliny, and Sculpin won.

Photo of Tlringer
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a big IPA guy but really thought it was good. Tried it on tap at Danny K's in Anaheim California

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth. Perfect balance. Hint of citrus w super clean finish. 99 outta 100

Photo of highTempo
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a pint glass during a 'tap takeover' at one of the craft brewer conference events.

The look is solid - a fairly short (3mm) white head that dissipated pretty quickly. The body is very clear, darker-than-mid yellow with a bit of amber.

Smells great -- big and lots of pine.

The taste falls surprisingly flat for me. There's a lot of very flat bitterness to this one and really almost nothing else. The flavor seems to completely loose the piney-hop in the aroma. I get very little malt. Balance is missing in this to me.

Good active, feel.

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

One if the best IPA's

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

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.

Update: 5th time is a charm? Had this again, this time after just finishing a Cigar City Maduro, and the Sculpin was great. I guess under the right conditions this is amazing, but in my experience it's been tough to taste this beer at its best.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,478 ratings.