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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

10,081 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,081
Reviews: 2,091
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,001
Gots: 2,076 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
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Max3, May 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Zakk, Aug 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

BeerEnergy, Aug 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Nothing beats fresh Sculpin. Addictively good. When it comes to IPA's Two Hearted is up there, but Sculpin has it beat, by a decent margin. Sculpin is SO drinkable and smooth. Even if you aren't an IPA drinker, you will not find this offensive.

I'll have several other really good beers, then I will be lucky and find fresh Sculpin, and nothing beats it. That's the one issue with Sculpin. Basically impossible to tell it is fresh with no clear bottled on date. I'll give you all a tip who haven't had it before, it should be very pleasant citrus flavors, but not overpowering. If there is a metallic smell or taste of any kind, it is not fresh and take it back to your retailer.

daveg36, Nov 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

surfwahine, Aug 07, 2014
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Britton, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

mverity, Jul 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave a bottle of Scuplin to my friend, whom never had it before, and he commented to me the next day that it was like this giant pint of grapefruit. That sums up why Scuplin is one of my favorites. There are plenty of IPAs with hop additions and grains that are similar to Scuplin, but never quite hit the bullseye like Scuplin. It really nice West Coast style ale, but gives the grapefruit hop aromas just the right finish, so as not to underwhelm or have that one note hop taste. Fantastic beer and highly recommended.

Fcip78, Jan 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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megamass, Mar 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best thing about this beer is the smell. Mrs. Cox said it smelled like grapefruit and if grapefruit were actually heavenly, that would be true. And, if grapefruit actually tasted heavenly, it would be true about the taste, too. The feel is soft and nice (oh yeah, that made sense). Lovely stuff.

seymourcox, Sep 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,081 ratings.