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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

9,041 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,041
Reviews: 2,008
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 928
Gots: 1,595 | FT: 49
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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coachob3

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-27-2013 21:29:06 | More by coachob3
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Scott1020

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-17-2014 22:00:04 | More by Scott1020
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Best Before May 13, 2012

Beer is marmalade-orange in colour with a good sized white head. Very good retention. Some lacing.

Smell is strong and filled with citrus. Orange hits me most strongly, but grapefruit, apricot and mango are present as well.

Taste is similar to the nose: lots of citrus fruit. Mango, apricot, orange, grapefruit and lemon all seem present. Bitter but not overly so. Malt flavours are pretty subdued, but there is a bit of a caramel flavour. A faint bit of pine. Very nice.

Moderate carbonation, feels very good. Medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Overall, a pretty terrific IPA. Strong in all respects. I almost found myself looking for an area in which this beer didn't deliver, and I didn't find it.

03-07-2012 02:14:14 | More by jrenihan
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raffy313

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2%

From bottle (June 21, 09)
On tap at GABF Weekend '08

Holy crap, this is a seriously good beer! A total surprise to me that this relatively unknown beer to be would be a standout among standouts. The hoppy-grapefruit character is everywhere and packs a whollop of citrus bitterness and flavor. Nearly resin-y with Cascades and other American varieties. The hops are very bold in the taste, but rediculously mouthwatering in the aroma. The malt profile flies under the radar and gives a dry, very well attenuated maltiness and with a grahm-cracker crispness. Malt flavors seem to be a 2-row / 6-row traditional balance where the grain flavors accentuate the hop bitterness. Quite fruity for an American IPA with light peaches, appricots, and oranges. If the style is supposed to be hop-forward, then this beer deserves its high rating.

Thanks RyanC84

10-31-2008 14:54:48 | More by BEERchitect
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Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Pennsylvania

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,041 ratings.