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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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world-class

8,503 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,503
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 882
Gots: 1,320 | FT: 45
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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NODAK

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

Aroma is wonderfully pine needle filled with a citric component. Very hoppy. Don't get much, if any, of the malt backbone on the nose.

The taste reminds me quite a bit of another very famous California DIPA, even though this is "just" an IPA. It's nearly bitter enough for a DIPA, however. Very juicy here. Big citrus notes with a small pine, floral quality alongside it. Great hop flavors without being overbearingly bitter. Small spicy, biscuit notes on the finish help wrap it up along with a bit of a puckering, herbal bitterness that hangs around for a little while.

All in all, one of the best IPA's that I've had. It's quite bitter without being overpowering. The types of hops (perfect mix of predominantly citrus and pine) are appealing. Just really well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:28:03 | More by NODAK
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,503 ratings.