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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

8,405 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,405
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 874
Gots: 1,263 | 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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sculpin pours a hazy, dark straw color with a big, creamy off white head on top. The foam has great retention and leaves behind lots of netted lace on the glass. Inside the beer is a flurry of small bubbles slowly rising up to the surface.

The aroma is filled with orange and grapefruit citrus with some pine notes mixed in. Truly wonderful.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is pillowy soft on the palate with a mild effervescent fizz. Dry in the finish. The flavor begins bitter and slightly metallic. Orange and lemon citrus dominate the flavor. In the back there is some sweet malt and a touch of honey and yeasty bread which tries hard to balance out the bitterness. Alas, the malt bill balancing out this beer has as much chance as a nerd at a bully convention. It finishes bitter and leaves behind a flavor of orange citrus when gone.

I found myself sipping this beer. The dryness made me want to drink this with some water. It could also use some more malt sweetness to balance out all the hops. Still, The wonderful aroma and hoppy flavor should put a smile on any hopheads face.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 18:13:01 | More by WanderingFool
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,405 ratings.