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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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98
world-class

8,540 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,540
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 886
Gots: 1,335 | 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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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, hell...thanks to Dan from Marty's for informing me of this new arrival. This is one I've been jonesing for and it's finally touched down amongst the Massholes. For this hop bomb it's the Reidel Vinum Cabernet glass. Gizzit a tumble...

Pours a little lighter than expected...almost light lemon/honey. Head on first pour isn't bad...about 1/2 finger, but it goes pretty quickly. Moderate lacing; sparse carbonation rises rather quickly through the viscosity of it all.

Holy $#!+ - wonderful, uber-hopped citrusy, oily, grapefruity goodness. Past the grapefruit I'm even picking off a little pineapple here. Caramel malt with a gentle perfume provides at least a little balance. Still the hops are on parade and it's next-nigh perfect.

The viscous oily hops rule the roost of course, but they blend perfectly with the light caramel malt. Balance in abundance, most definitely...with a brightness and freshness that comes very clean.

Can't hate on this one for the palate - this is what a big IPA should be like. Huge hop presence on the citrus front with a tight yet somehow balanced finish.

It's tough for this not to drink well. It drinks very well. And now I gotta dig up more of this stuff. Knock it down quickly though - don't let these hops fade in your cellar. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 12:18:49 | More by IBUnit63
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,540 ratings.