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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

8,179 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,179
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 850
Gots: 1,159 | FT: 43
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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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomb bottle poured into 22oz Harpoon IPA pint glass; poured cold and warmed during tasting. Pounced on this when I saw it yesterday at the awesome Sam's Quik Mart in Durham, NC.
A - Cloudy orange, with a head that dissipated to thin lacing; yeast is visible in bottle & glass.
S - Never smelled a beer that more clearly said "apricot" than this one; absolutely fantastic. Best nose on a beer for me, period.
T - Um, wow. As *pure* an IPA as I've ever tasted and damn near perfection. Insistent but not overwhelming bitterness, and it is a flavorful bitterness; pine(apple), mango (particularly in first few sips), grapefruit and apricot. Bitterness lingers and melds with malty sweetness that comes in pretty late and balances things out. Superb.
M - Appropriate carbonation level for an IPA and not overly syrupy as can tend to be the case with some IPAs I've had.
D - Need to resist urge to really slam this on a hot night in NC; drinkability is very high for an IPA.
IPAs are my beer of choice and this is as good an example as I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:04:45 | More by bosox941827
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,179 ratings.