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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,287 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7287
Reviews: 1913
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color. There's about one fingers worth of white-colored head. The texturing isn't overly impressive, but retention is good. Not that much lacing is left behind.

S: Quite grapefruity. Aside from the grapefruit, there are hints of Simcoe-esque pine and cat pee. There's just enough caramel maltiness to balance, without overpowering the hoppy

T: It starts with a wave of grapefruit. Some slight pine bitterness enters the middle, before being concealed by its malty finish. This is in contrast to many other IPAs which open malty and end bitter. This is a balanced IPA done properly - not overly sweet and not oppressively bitter, but just right.

M: Probably my only real complaint about this is that there's too much crystal malt tingle and sweetness lingering on the palate. I'd prefer a cleaner feel, especially considering it's not terribly round. However, there's one thing that makes this work: it's drinkable. Drinkable enough to make me overlook its mouthfeel niggles.

O: I used to not be a huge fan of this - it's taken quite a few bottles for me to get here, but I've now grown to really like this. This is easily the best IPA I've had with crystal malt, hands down, and definitely in my top 10 of all IPAs for that matter (when its fresh).

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:34:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 7,287 ratings.