1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,520 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,520
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 883
Gots: 1,324 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 8,520 | Reviews: 1,976 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
Reaper16

Alabama

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to BdubleEdubleRUN for sending me this!
served from a 22oz. bomber into a New Belgium globe

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with three fingers of eggshell head. The head lasted for many minutes and didn't begin to recede until I started drinking it a lot. Lacing was nice and notchy. The score gets elevated to 4.5 because of the lacing.

Mmmmm, hoppy! The nose is chock full of various fruits. Whatever amalgam of lupulin Ballast Point used to generate this mix of mango, white peach, white grape, pineapple & starfruit is a heavenly amalgam indeed. Its pleasurable enough just on the merits of fruitiness, but deeper smells reveal piny resins. If they made a cologne of this I would clone myself, make my clone wear it and engage in sexual intercourse with my clone.

Mmmmm, hoppy! The taste, thank God, follows the nose. Such fruitiness! Yesss. Resins and oily hops meet white peach, grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Some lightly toasted biscuit on the back end and on burps. The more you drink Sculpin the more pronounced the bitter resin aftertaste is. I wish that I could write more, but it would be redundant. This is awesome.

The mouthfeel is exactly where I like my IPAs: light and prickly with carbonation. The reason that this hophead prefers the IPA style over its Imperial/Double sized brother is because of the thinner mouthfeel. At their best, IPAs feel like you're drinking a sort of hop juice, and Sculpin achieves this better than any other IPA that I've had. Drinkability is also superb; at only 7% I could drink multiple bombers in an evening.

The only problem with drinking multiple bombers in an evening is the fact that I can't actually buy Sculpin where I live. If I could, rest assured, I would buy it with an addict's frequency.

I must indulge myself here and compare this to Two Hearted Ale. Bell's Two Hearted is my favorite beer. By the time I finish my second of two bombers of Sculpin my mind may be changed. Sculpin is much less floral than Two Hearted, but much more pronounced in fruit characteristics. Also, if you've read my Two Hearted review then you know that I love Two Hearted so much partly because of its odd artwork. I have lovingly nicknamed it "Fish Beer." Well, Sculpin is named after a fish and features the sculpin fish on its label. So this is also "Fish Beer." Maybe this will end up tying Two Hearted as my favorite beer. That I spent a paragraph comparing Ballast Point Sculpin to my favorite beer -- asserting that it might be my new favorite -- is proof enough for me that this beer is brilliant and rightfully deserving of its accolades.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:02:16 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
Photo of p-wagz
p-wagz

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-30-2014 03:42:59 | More by p-wagz
Photo of Nitty703
Nitty703

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2014 02:35:28 | More by Nitty703
Photo of BodiesLexus
BodiesLexus

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2014 01:06:42 | More by BodiesLexus
Photo of DinnerTheaterBrew
DinnerTheaterBrew

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2014 01:06:15 | More by DinnerTheaterBrew
Photo of hunkler
hunkler

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -49%

07-30-2014 00:42:05 | More by hunkler
Photo of Mlarz2100
Mlarz2100

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-30-2014 00:14:16 | More by Mlarz2100
Photo of Brandonry
Brandonry


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-29-2014 23:54:05 | More by Brandonry
Photo of crhuntjr
crhuntjr

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2014 23:01:29 | More by crhuntjr
Photo of advisorbrandon
advisorbrandon


3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-29-2014 22:20:54 | More by advisorbrandon
Photo of Aprice34
Aprice34

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2014 21:12:27 | More by Aprice34
Photo of Ponch0
Ponch0

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-29-2014 17:48:38 | More by Ponch0
Photo of NickT1133
NickT1133

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-29-2014 16:56:55 | More by NickT1133
Photo of Ungsoo
Ungsoo

Korea (South)

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-29-2014 16:04:57 | More by Ungsoo
Photo of Fitze
Fitze

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2014 15:27:35 | More by Fitze
Photo of AmericaGWShark
AmericaGWShark

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-29-2014 15:03:02 | More by AmericaGWShark
Photo of ettbeer
ettbeer

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

07-29-2014 14:03:11 | More by ettbeer
Photo of illy0sis
illy0sis

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-29-2014 13:22:24 | More by illy0sis
Photo of agilmour11
agilmour11

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2014 03:35:07 | More by agilmour11
Photo of CraftyChuck
CraftyChuck

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-29-2014 03:06:16 | More by CraftyChuck
Photo of kylerobertgibbons
kylerobertgibbons


5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-29-2014 01:12:32 | More by kylerobertgibbons
Photo of Egotript
Egotript

Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-29-2014 01:11:57 | More by Egotript
Photo of GAMB1T
GAMB1T


4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2014 01:09:56 | More by GAMB1T
Photo of BlueAndBrew
BlueAndBrew

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-29-2014 00:28:44 | More by BlueAndBrew
Photo of Jcru33
Jcru33

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-29-2014 00:27:17 | More by Jcru33
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,520 ratings.