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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

8,228 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,228
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 855
Gots: 1,186 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2012 02:34:44 | More by jacobalindsey
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3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. Bottle has no freshness date. That is not a good idea for an IPA.

Clear orangey yellow, lots of carbonation, white head with various bubble sizes, reduces to a thin layer, leaves lacing.

Hmmm, smell is not very strong. Disappointing for a highly rated American IPA. Is it too old? Well at least it was refrigerated. There is this yellow fruit aroma that leans toward apricot. Pleasant but rather one dimensional.

There is a little caramel malt sweetness. Good and not overpowering bitterness. Lingering resiny aftertaste, but not overly pleasant.

Body is rather thin for an IPA. Carbonation is refreshing but not biting. Warming alcohol but still quite refreshing.

I am confused. This is not what I expected from a highly rated IPA. My preferences of a stronger malty backbone aside, I am disappointed of the lack of hops complexity. In no way this beer is bad, but also not exciting enough to get a higher rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 01:58:10 | More by safaricook
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JaimeLondon

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4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice american IPA of a somewhat transparent orange color with some amber tones and an ok foam.
Smell is hoppy and extremely citric, with a lot of orange tones.
Taste is more complex. Really hoppy and citric; orange, grapefruit and specially (but not easy to distinguish) fig are the flavour highlights. Taste is also highly bitter. Maltiness is not hidden yet the beer seems too much juicy.
Body and carbonation are at good level but could be higher.
Alcohol is quite well balanced.

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curasowa

New York

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with a thick, fluffy head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Fresh hop, piney, some citrus with caramel malt underneath.

Taste: Good malt presence up front with some nutty notes, then lots of big, piney, fresh hop bitterness. Malt stays present all the way through in the background while the juicy hop bitterness leads. The fresh hop bitterness carries right on into the linger finish.

The Rest: Medium bodied, well carbonated and super tasty. This is an excellent west-coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,228 ratings.