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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

8,199 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,199
Reviews: 1,966
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 850
Gots: 1,167 | 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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle provided as an extra by thedindaniel. Thanks Daniel! Just received it today and decided to drink it ASAP to get the most freshness out of it.

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

I've seen this around a few times at one of my spots in Pittsburgh, but always passed since it had the old label and no date on it. However, this one has the new label and is a 12oz bottle, so I'm assuming it's relatively fresh even though it still has no date on it.

A - Pours a murky, sandy yellow with a nice 2-fingered, foamy white head on it. Retention is pretty low; it only lasts for a couple minutes before disappearing almost entirely. Can't see much carbonation, but the lacing is very pretty.

S - The smell is completed dominated by citrus and grapefruit. I can almost smell a perfectly ripe, juicy grapefruit due to the intense aroma. Reminds me of a tropical getaway, a far-cry from the wet pine tree smell of some other (D)IPAs (Pliny). Hops also add a nice floral component. Bitter as well but in a pleasing way.

T - Taste is straight citrus. A bombardment of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, lemon and other assorted fruits tickle the palate and keep everything nice and light. Surprisingly, there isn't much bitterness at all, just some slightly in the aftertaste. Speaking of the aftertaste, I can't exactly pinpoint it, but there seems to be something just a tad out of balance. Something that feels a bit off on the roof of the mouth.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Relatively dry given the intense hop profile and leaves a noticeable bitter aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is high. Even given the off-balance in the finish, it's easily drinkable and the alcohol is masked well. The fruits in this beer really shine and help distinguish it from other hop bombs on the market.

I don't know how fresh this beer was, but I'd really like to try both this and Pliny side by side superfresh and see which I prefer better. Hopefully in January when BP dates their bottles. But as of now, I enjoyed Pliny a bit better than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:29:55 | More by nhindian
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,199 ratings.