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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,269 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7269
Reviews: 1912
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%


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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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Edgewater

New York

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-17-2013 00:52:24 | More by Edgewater
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2014 14:29:04 | More by DC_Brah
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hvy1

Maine

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-17-2014 13:40:54 | More by hvy1
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pauljunk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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FIN

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 09:54:55 | More by FIN
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Kramerwtmf

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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huijae

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Quattrofiend

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 02:03:04 | More by Quattrofiend
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beerman73

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-17-2014 01:05:12 | More by beerman73
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SeanPowell22

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-16-2014 23:46:09 | More by SeanPowell22
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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joshfullam

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 19:52:22 | More by joshfullam
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mhind52

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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dnb128

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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afi4lifer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Donnymcslick

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

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JoeyStats707

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 3/15/14 (well... dated as the 74th day of 2014). Appearance is nearly perfect - honey-golden liquid with a thick off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it recedes. I wish there were a few more bubbles rising through the liquid, but that's a minor quibble.

Aroma is citrus and pineapple, with a well-balanced caramelly, slightly syrupy malt undertone.

The taste is citrus and pineapple up front, then some resiny, earthy, and piney notes come in, followed by the caramelly malts mid-palate, and they're all well-represented in the finish, which has just the right amount of bitterness to make you want to take another sip. There seems to be less of a malt presence on the tongue than on the nose, so it avoids the syrupy note I got in the nose, which is good news in my book.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - moderate thickness, lots of carbonation, pleasantly dry.

Overall, a really great IPA that gives the perfect amount of tongue-shredding hoppy goodness - not too tame, and not too over-the-top. Definitely a member of the pantheon of IPAs that I will buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:30:58 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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lenber

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light gold, very clear. Fairly substantial and messy off white head and lacing. Nice enough though not particularly mind blowing for a legendary ipa.
Smell: ah, now there is a rich nose, redolent with citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Very nice but still not up to legendary levels.
Taste: much like the nose. Packed with citrusy hop zing. Quite dry.
Overall: a very good ipa to be sure. Maybe after all the world class ipa's out there, the bar is set so high hard to meet it even with a legendary ipa (my first time having this).

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 22:56:29 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Illinois

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 7,269 ratings.