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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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98
world-class

7,275 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7275
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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YieldToNothing

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-24-2013 02:37:18 | More by YieldToNothing
More User Reviews:
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I love the fact that you can get it in a can.

Appearance: Nice IPA color, what you should expect from such a beer.

Smell: Nice piney, citrus zest aroma, sweet but has the perfect balance.

Taste: This beer is great out of a can, its taste is similar to the aroma profile, floral, piney, citrus hop flavor. It was really good when really cold, as it warmed it was not as good to me anyway. It seemed to lack something but I cannot figure out exactly what.

Overall: This is a great beer. I think there are better but I would buy it again, just to see if something was off in this batch, not that there really was anything that was "off", it just perceived it that way this time.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 22:11:58 | More by humuloner22
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zrbeer1579

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

04-17-2014 20:17:41 | More by zrbeer1579
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atrocity

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-17-2014 17:34:15 | More by atrocity
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AMCimpi

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2014 16:56:59 | More by AMCimpi
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Gumstump

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2014 15:57:01 | More by Gumstump
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-17-2014 14:33:05 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2014 14:29:04 | More by DC_Brah
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hvy1

Maine

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-17-2014 13:40:54 | More by hvy1
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pauljunk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-17-2014 13:40:38 | More by pauljunk
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Greyam21

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-17-2014 12:32:51 | More by Greyam21
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FIN

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 09:54:55 | More by FIN
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Kramerwtmf

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-17-2014 04:40:46 | More by Kramerwtmf
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huijae

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2014 04:37:30 | More by huijae
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Quattrofiend

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 02:03:04 | More by Quattrofiend
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beerman73

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-17-2014 01:05:12 | More by beerman73
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SeanPowell22

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-16-2014 23:46:09 | More by SeanPowell22
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 23:35:11 | More by walkinginplace
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joshfullam

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 19:52:22 | More by joshfullam
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mhind52

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

04-16-2014 18:38:29 | More by mhind52
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dnb128

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 15:25:12 | More by dnb128
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afi4lifer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-16-2014 02:52:10 | More by afi4lifer
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Donnymcslick

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-16-2014 02:49:20 | More by Donnymcslick
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JoeyStats707

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-16-2014 02:48:21 | More by JoeyStats707
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 3/15/14 (well... dated as the 74th day of 2014). Appearance is nearly perfect - honey-golden liquid with a thick off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it recedes. I wish there were a few more bubbles rising through the liquid, but that's a minor quibble.

Aroma is citrus and pineapple, with a well-balanced caramelly, slightly syrupy malt undertone.

The taste is citrus and pineapple up front, then some resiny, earthy, and piney notes come in, followed by the caramelly malts mid-palate, and they're all well-represented in the finish, which has just the right amount of bitterness to make you want to take another sip. There seems to be less of a malt presence on the tongue than on the nose, so it avoids the syrupy note I got in the nose, which is good news in my book.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - moderate thickness, lots of carbonation, pleasantly dry.

Overall, a really great IPA that gives the perfect amount of tongue-shredding hoppy goodness - not too tame, and not too over-the-top. Definitely a member of the pantheon of IPAs that I will buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:30:58 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 7,275 ratings.