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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

8,554 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,554
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 891
Gots: 1,348 | FT: 44
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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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First wave of Sculpin cans finally hit in the area. Thought it would be a great time to revisit the classic and see how it's holding up.

A: The can artwork is sparse and unassuming. I kind of dig the simplicity of it along with the little marketing speal on the side of the can breaking up the rather large font BALLAST POINT on the side of the can. The off white also makes the can easy to see in the low light around a camp fire, and for that I appreciate the extra mile. The color scheme is highly suggestive to the outdoors/camp fire crowd and frankly sitting here on the couch, makes me want to get out to big sur for a camping/hiking trip. I could also see this beer pairing great on a rafting trip on the Klamath river. It's multi functional.

S: Getting a nice cat pee/liter box aroma wafting from the can. Hints of aluminum meld in perfect symphony with the citrus pine subtlety.

T: First swig getting a nice piney flavor wave with a sweet citrus finish. Slight grapefruit in this with a nice malt (albeit a slight surprised to find this here) presence to help balance this one out. The can produces the crisp-ness that I crave with my IPAs.

M: Medium bodied, but not heavy that you feel full. Sticky finish with a creamy-ness to the beer that I think most WCIPAs lack and make me yearn for the East Coast IPAs I grew up on.

O: I'm a fan of the canned package and would purchase this again over the bottles. Better to keep fresh longer, better for canning, nicer looking package (slight retro outdated look to it that I dig) though I hope they start putting canned on dates on the packaging somewhere or I doubt I'll buy again.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 17:03:56 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,554 ratings.