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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,258 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7258
Reviews: 1912
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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Reviews by jhtipton:
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jhtipton

Spain

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice! One of my favorites from this brewery. Poured a rich three finger head that slowly receded to one finger head with bumpy foam. Nice aroma, very floral, piney and hoppy. Nice orangish hue but clear. Goes down smooth but since I purchased in a bomber, probably not a session beer. Will definitely try this agin. Nice label, too. Thank you, Whole Foods.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 05:32:16 | More by jhtipton
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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.

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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.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 7,258 ratings.