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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,503 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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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TheHoppiest

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a honey ambe color, with a tall 2" sticky white head leaving plenty of lacing as it reduces.

Aroma is quite pleasant, with grapefruit, tangerine, hints of pine, and mild malt. Simply put, a nice, clean smelling IPA.

The taste is a bit more complex than the aroma. Has a thicker, maltier start than you'd expect from the taste, with plenty of sweet fruit -- pineapple, apricot, and hints of peach -- with a bold, spicy hop finish.

Has a medium to medium-full mouthfeel; again, the malt is quite evident in how this feels. There's more than enough IBU's in this to get both the tongue and the gums tingling.

A pleasant, full flavored and full-bodied IPA. In fact, there's enough to this that I'm surprised it is not an Imperial IPA. At 7% abv, it is close, but its the dominating feel and bitterness, and not a booziness, that gives me the impression this is a DIPA and not an IPA. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:25:33 | More by TheHoppiest
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,503 ratings.