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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,314 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7314
Reviews: 1914
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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MattyBones

New York

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

Sculpin...how I love thee!!! It started out with a bomber bottle and is now readily available in six packs, and boy am I happy for that. This very well may be my absolute favorite beer to drink. Perfection in a bottle.

Appearance: Pores a beautiful golden orange with a nice white head. A solid amount of carbonation present. Beautiful lacing left on the glass!

Smell: FRUIT, RICH CITRUS FRUIT! Smells absolutely delicious. I still remember the first time I took a whiff of this and couldn't wait for the taste.

Taste: Balanced perfection. Grapefruit, tangerine, some hints of tropical fruit. The hops attack but get balanced out by subtle malts.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Hits the palette nice and smooth with a rush of the bitterness that blends nicely with the malts.

Overall: As mentioned above it is so well balanced I truly have no complaints. It's smooth, it's bitter, its refreshing. The only slight negative I could possibly find is that some places don't carry the freshest bottles which leads to a slightly maltier taste. But fresh...it doesn't get much better. I'm hoping now to get my hands on some Habanero Sculpin to see how that is.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 17:09:28 | More by MattyBones
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Bottle marked SC 421 14022 at 45 degrees into a standard pint glass
Aroma of red pine
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to uneven ring
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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