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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

8,259 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,259
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 861
Gots: 1,197 | FT: 44
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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tarheels86

California

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

651mL second bottled batch. Pours a clear, light amber with a two-finger, creamy, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Okay lacing. Aroma is huge fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peaches and cream ice cream, huge butterscotch, caramel. Taste is fresh, citrusy, wet hops with butterscotch and a massive bitterness permeating throughout. Buttery, creamy on the palate that leaves a sort of oily mouthfeel. Wow. Fully quenching palate. 10/4/2009 9/4/8/5/17=4.3

After multiple samples of this beer on cask, tap, bomber all from Ballast Point itself, I find Sculpin to be inferior to Alpine Duet. This IPA is awesome- that is a fact. The head is massively rocky, leaves massive lace. But its superlative nose of mango peel, peaches, apricots is let down by a mostly voiding body, little butterscotch, very little creamy mouthfeel. More dry, seltzery, bitter. Still excellent, but it seems that Alpine Duet is more consistent with creating that butterscotch and peaches n cream/pineapple ice cream type flavor that Sculpin is just not delivering anymore. A shame.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 14:46:44 | More by tarheels86
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,259 ratings.