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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,255 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7255
Reviews: 1911
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)
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

07-17-2013 01:27:34 | More by facesnorth
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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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Appearance: light gold, very clear. Fairly substantial and messy off white head and lacing. Nice enough though not particularly mind blowing for a legendary ipa.
Smell: ah, now there is a rich nose, redolent with citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Very nice but still not up to legendary levels.
Taste: much like the nose. Packed with citrusy hop zing. Quite dry.
Overall: a very good ipa to be sure. Maybe after all the world class ipa's out there, the bar is set so high hard to meet it even with a legendary ipa (my first time having this).

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 7,255 ratings.