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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

8,245 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,245
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 860
Gots: 1,193 | FT: 43
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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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From Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Bottle has no freshness date. That is not a good idea for an IPA.

Clear orangey yellow, lots of carbonation, white head with various bubble sizes, reduces to a thin layer, leaves lacing.

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There is a little caramel malt sweetness. Good and not overpowering bitterness. Lingering resiny aftertaste, but not overly pleasant.

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I am confused. This is not what I expected from a highly rated IPA. My preferences of a stronger malty backbone aside, I am disappointed of the lack of hops complexity. In no way this beer is bad, but also not exciting enough to get a higher rating.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,245 ratings.