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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,955
Reviews: 2,243
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,154
Gots: 2,824 | FT: 50
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

The only reason I'm reviewing this beer is out of respect! I love this IPA! The most balanced /flavorful IPA I've hade to date! PERIOD! I've had growler fills, bottles and can! Awesome, awesome and awesome!

Photo of elroacho
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangish cedar color with a silky white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has wild peaches, ripe apricots, orange, grapefruit and big floral hops. Rich bready malts keep a perfect balance.

Taste has fresh fruits, bitter hops and creamy malts up front followed by an explosion of piney hops that lasts through the finish.

Medium body is delicately carbonated. Long hoppy finish as well.

This is the best single IPA I have ever tasted. Truly superb. Will have to try Dorado next.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle
a- orangy - copper color. white head, holding decently.

s- smells really nice. solid quantity of dry hops used to make a beer this old taste this good. Notes of apricots, and highly citrousy fruit.

t- This is exactly what I expect in a good American IPA, with a decent dose of alcohol @ 7%. Malt is satisfying, but only in tribute to the extraordinary amount of hops and bitterness.

m- I like how the beer is sufficiently bitter, but the bitterness doesn't linger and ruin the next sip. And the alcohol is absolutely on point with the flavor, I am glad to have an aged bottle. Intense but balanced.

d- I enjoyed every sip and drop.

thanks Will

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of diomz88
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured in a tulip, golden amber in color, little hazy, one finger white head that recedes slowly. with lacing.
S - fruity and citrusy, like grapefruit! i like it alot. with some hints of spice and herbs, but mostly grapefruit.
T - as expected for an IPA, it can easily be mistaken for a double IPA, but still taste awesome! grapefruit and some other citrus involved, spicy, malty, some sweetness to it, and the hops, lots of hops. for a 7% abv, I barely taste the alcohol.
M - medium bodied, very smooth, creamy, bitterness at start to middle, and finishes clean, no aftertaste for me on this one.
D - very, very, very drinkable. I love this beer! That's why alot of people like this.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of maedhros09
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of frothy head, translucent amber color. Fresh citrus hops aroma. Decent malt background but the citrusy piney hops are the showcase here. Medium thick body. A very satisfying west coast IPA - Great paired with a meal.

Photo of atremains
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good thing cbutova is on the look out 24/7. Pours a hazy gold that clears over time. Nice thick head that has some fight in it, lacing is moderate, carbonation fueled the head immediately and is not visible in the body. Smell is phenomenal: lemon, mango, orange, apricot. This has got to be the best smelling beer I've come across. The taste follows the nose quite strictly. The hop explosion it produces is amazing. I could use a little bit more of the fruit from the nose but then again that might cause an imbalance so this is a tough call. It's an extremely well balanced beer, a little on the hoppier side of the IPA style. The mouthfeel is nice and full (for an IPA), with a dry finish that leaves you salivating and thirsty for more. This beer has exceeded my expectations of what an IPA can be. Ballast Point wins with this one.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with no freshness date served cold into appropriate glassware.

The aroma strikes me before I even set the cap down. As soon as it's pried off, the fresh hops of a great IPA hit me square. Ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves...

Poured into the glass, it has a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color. The head is thick and fine settling into a nice rocky top. There is some chunky sediment left behind in the bottle but the first pour is clean. Lacing is minimal but should be noted.

Now, back to that aroma. It's just heavenly, to a hophead like me, to smell something so devine. It's got a sugar-crusted orange rind quality that is really outstanding. A little piney and dank, a little grapefruit, but the sweet citrus really shines through.

Flavor is, not surprisingly, excellent as well. It compliments the aroma with the orange zest and grapefruit. There's even a little pineapple in there. Fantastic balance - while it starts slightly sweet, the hoppy bitterness comes on stronger towards the middle to end but it's all in harmony. The malts have a tiny bit of honey and caramel but they really let the hops take center stage.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and low in carbonation which fits the style perfectly. Balance is key in a good IPA and this one nails it.

What a fantastic beer. I had my doubts but now I see how it earned it's ranking as the best IPA in the country. Now if only we could get it in Colorado with Ballast Point's other beers.

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for this rare gem!

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4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Amazing aroma of citrusy piney juiciness. One of those ipa's that you really don't even need to drink... Just smell. Borderline double ipa,has as much flavor as one. Biting bitterness with great citrus taste. I could go on and on. Just spectacular, bottom line.

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4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body and a frothy 1" head

Smell: Bold grapefruit and floral/citrus aromas dominate

Taste: Starts out like a glass of sweet grapefruit juice with the grapefruit flavor coming through strong after the swallow, backed by the really clean pale malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly drinkable, this is a great example of a west coast IPA. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

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4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy amber. With a think bubbly head.

the nose is full of mild fruits. peach/mango/mandarin mainly dominates the whole nose.some caramel backing.

very smooth with a slight hop punch up front that blends perfectly to some mango/peach flavors. Finishes with citrus hops flavor that blends into a nice earthy tone. These hops are very pronounced but very subtle. It's almost like it has been lagered.

It is hard to decide but I think I like the aftertaste better than the initial. The hops are so pungent but perfectly balanced.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,955 ratings.