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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,289 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7289
Reviews: 1913
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%


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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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I love the fact that you can get it in a can.

Appearance: Nice IPA color, what you should expect from such a beer.

Smell: Nice piney, citrus zest aroma, sweet but has the perfect balance.

Taste: This beer is great out of a can, its taste is similar to the aroma profile, floral, piney, citrus hop flavor. It was really good when really cold, as it warmed it was not as good to me anyway. It seemed to lack something but I cannot figure out exactly what.

Overall: This is a great beer. I think there are better but I would buy it again, just to see if something was off in this batch, not that there really was anything that was "off", it just perceived it that way this time.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 22:11:58 | More by humuloner22
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 3/15/14 (well... dated as the 74th day of 2014). Appearance is nearly perfect - honey-golden liquid with a thick off-white head that leaves lots of lace as it recedes. I wish there were a few more bubbles rising through the liquid, but that's a minor quibble.

Aroma is citrus and pineapple, with a well-balanced caramelly, slightly syrupy malt undertone.

The taste is citrus and pineapple up front, then some resiny, earthy, and piney notes come in, followed by the caramelly malts mid-palate, and they're all well-represented in the finish, which has just the right amount of bitterness to make you want to take another sip. There seems to be less of a malt presence on the tongue than on the nose, so it avoids the syrupy note I got in the nose, which is good news in my book.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - moderate thickness, lots of carbonation, pleasantly dry.

Overall, a really great IPA that gives the perfect amount of tongue-shredding hoppy goodness - not too tame, and not too over-the-top. Definitely a member of the pantheon of IPAs that I will buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:30:58 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light gold, very clear. Fairly substantial and messy off white head and lacing. Nice enough though not particularly mind blowing for a legendary ipa.
Smell: ah, now there is a rich nose, redolent with citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Very nice but still not up to legendary levels.
Taste: much like the nose. Packed with citrusy hop zing. Quite dry.
Overall: a very good ipa to be sure. Maybe after all the world class ipa's out there, the bar is set so high hard to meet it even with a legendary ipa (my first time having this).

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 22:56:29 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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MisSigsFan

California

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves good lacing. Smell is mostly fruity and citrusy and bits of pine. This is probably one of the more tropical fruit centered West Coast IPAs I've had. Taste is very forward with tropical fruit and citrus. A bit of pine bite towards the end. Just a bit of sweetness at the end. Just the right amount. The bitterness is not overpowering whatsoever. Mouth is extremely smooth, crisp, and light, with about average carbonation. This is not your typical pine bomb of an IPA. Overall, a great IPA, one of the best.

Also, to Dave39 saying that Sculpin isn't fresh outside of California. I bought a 6 pack of cans two days ago and they're all dated towards the end of March. I'd say that's pretty fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:27:49 | More by MisSigsFan
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heygeebee

Australia

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Briefly.

On money to style, look is good, moderate head retention, spotty lace. Smell and taste are mango/peach/apricot dominated and not too bitter overall - much much better as it warms. Carbonation on low side. Seems less bitter and more rounded than Big Eye but that could be a number of factors in that.

Was it worth the wait to get here in Aus? Jury out on that one but still quite fresh and enjoyable one day after hitting shelves here.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 08:22:53 | More by heygeebee
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Apellonious

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a growler from FMcD's poured into a tulip glass. First pour from a fill from three hours earlier.

A - Clear golden orange, with a one finger head that quickly moves to a thin lace.

S - The first whiff of this is absolutely magnificent. Pine, hops, grapefruit, and some orange citrus. A tinge of sea salt. It smelled great on the pour at the store from six feet away.

T- Up front hops and citrus, with a heavy dose of bready malts on the finish. Other pine and salt notes are present as well.

M - Tends toward the thin, sharp, watery side, at least at first, then smooths some toward the end of the glass.

O - I had been looking forward to trying this for quite some time, and it just began to appear here recently. The nose alone makes this an impressive IPA. There is a good balance taste wise, with the hops winning out in the end. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2014 22:34:15 | More by Apellonious
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dave39

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -77.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So, BUYER BEWARE! If you aren't getting this at a draft house, or at BP yourself. Be beware especially if you are getting this at an out of state location, i.e. anywhere else but California. I have been drinking Sculpin for about a year now. Always has been good, until today. Got a 6 pack at at a local grocer. Assumed it was fresh, did not even know where to look for the freshness date, uh until now. Seriously, I opened the can, and it was BAD!!! I called BP, and it turns out my beer was canned on fucking January 21st, and today is fucking April 12th! SO... you need to check your beer for freshness, before assuming with BP. There is a date on a tiny obscure sticker at the bottom of the 6 pack package.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 20:05:50 | More by dave39
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemony orange with a 2 finger head. Has a nice apricot fruity nose. The tongue is grapefruity with hints of apricot followed by dark fruit with a hint of malt. The mouthfeel is moderate. This is truly an awesome offering and will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:24:26 | More by TheSeeker61
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes; bottle with a cryptic stamp on the label that suggests bottling within three weeks of consumption--but not sure.

It's a lively, bright amber with superb clarity. The head was large and airy, but thick enough to linger and hold a lovely palette of aromas. Fairly good retention and lacing, too.

The nose is full of pineapple and orange with some pithy grapefruit that folds into dank notes. But that funk isn't heavy--it's like a cool mist hanging in a hemlock forest with plenty of breeze. There's a toasty noted of buttered muffin, too--delicate and compelling.

Flavors are bright and light to begin each sip. It's sweet with grapefruit, and a woody chew comes in rather quickly, with an orangey glaze. I'd like a touch more depth and bitterness, but the length of grassy and slick hop oils is very nice. Booze is apparent, even at just 7%. A bit more malt and earth complexity comes in with warming.

Moderate carbonation is right on for balancing this brew. It's both creamy and bright with nice length. The way it coats the teeth feels good. Just a bit more heft would be perfection to match this taste profile.

Overall, I am really pleased with this creature. It's a major step up from Big Eye, and for something that's available year round, a real standout. I'll certainly be looking to try it on tap if I can find it--since I might expect a more spicy experience that could be a treat with whatever food I was out to get at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:47:08 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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EdwardK77

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this after a series of double IPA's but it still held its own. Albeit in a slightly lower abv way. This ale had a nice head, excellent aroma, and great mouthfeel. There was an easy drinkability to this IPA. There was more bitterness than sweetness present but it was definitely in balance. Would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2014 14:53:58 | More by EdwardK77
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eepound2

Georgia

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA'S as I drink it on a fairly regular basis. This review is from my growler pour, but I have also had it from a bottle and tap at a local pub. Each time, this beer is smooth, rich in aroma and taste, and never disappoints.

I am a fan of most things apricot and this Sculpin has solid notes of them, along with other strong citrus hints. Since this is available to me often, I may not appreciate it to its full extent. This is a fantastic IPA from ballast point and I rate it as one of my top 5 IPA'S right near cigar city's jai alai. They are both citrus oriented and very drinkable.

Enjoy them as much as possible!

Serving type: growler

04-05-2014 02:05:05 | More by eepound2
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jaialai-untilidie

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honestly i don't see the hype in this beer. Found it a bit too sweet. The abv wasn't that high so it probably just had a high final gravity.
The smell was fantastic, however And minus the sweetness the hop flavors were great. Worth $9 a bottle?
No, won't get again

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 15:04:53 | More by jaialai-untilidie
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this bottle at Whole Foods in DC. From notes.

A - Poured dark golden and bright with mild carbonation. Two fingers of thick white head on top left great lace and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, syrupy fruits, pine.

T - Pine, some booze, lot's of hops, syrupy fruits, grapefruity. Classic West Coast.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, nice bitterness.

O/D - Very drinkable for the style. A nice IPA. Seems to style and a good example of nailing all the expected elements of an IPA. Doesn't blow your mind, but is very solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:04:35 | More by tbeckett
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woemad

Washington

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes
12oz. bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.69. No obvious freshness date was to be found, just the cryptic looking stamp “SC395, 13358.” Perhaps those are batch and bottling numbers.

Poured a clear, amber color, with a big beige head that left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The nose was of sharp, piney hop scents, with a teeny tiny malt aroma.

The taste of big sharp hops hits the taste buds first. There are citrusy notes, but they take a back seat to bitter, piney flavors. There is just enough malt flavor on hand to provide a backbone that keeps the hop flavor balanced. Big, dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

This is a great IPA! I totally get the hype for this beer, and am damn glad it’s available here now. It’s a little more expensive than my usual local IPA choices, but definitely worth it to splurge on this now and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:55:52 | More by woemad
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jodybrutal

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 3-4-14

A - Poured into pint glass. Dark golden body, two fingers creamy white head. Lots of nice lacing. Good retention.

S - Tropical fruit and tons of piney hops. Earthy tones, not much malt.

T - A really well balanced taste. Sweet and hoppy, but never too much of either. Only slightly bitter. Perfect, delicious balance.

M - Thin and crisp, very clean. Light to medium carbonation. No booze present. I could down a six pack of this with no problem.

O - I love this beer. One of my favorite IPA's for sure. The only drawback is the price ($15-16 a six pack) and I don't seem to find it very often, but that just makes it even more special.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 17:33:58 | More by jodybrutal
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing after having a pretty different experience from the first time I tried this. My old review (and scores) are listed below for science. The difference in experience can be chalked up to one of two things: vessel and/or freshness. The first review was a 22 oz bomber that was likely about two months old. This time around, I had it out of the can marked with a Julian canning date that translates to 3/6/2014, so less than a month old. Oh, I also poured it into a Speigelau IPA glass this time, so I suppose that could have had an effect as well.

Appearance - The color and translucency remains about the same--apricot and orange peel colored with lemon flesh highlights. However, this time around there is a bit less haze going on. I can't help but wonder if that's the result of being a month fresher or the vessel. The head is different as well, this time a towering three finger head with moderate retention that leaves pocking as it dissipates and sticky lacing that leaves moderate webbing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - The same tropical fruits are present as the last time around: pineapple and mango, as well as the balancing presence of cracker-like pale malt, but this time around, the citrus component--with both grapefruit pith and lemon zest--is much more forward, giving the aroma a pop that I don't remember it having before. It practically climbs out of the glass towards my nose. Definitely have to increase the score for aroma.

Taste - I will say this--while the smell seemed to have suffered with time, the taste of this IPA held up quite well. That part seems to degrade much more gracefully than the aroma. Big notes of ripe mango and grapefruit flesh as well as some more herbal grassiness to provide some depth alongside the tropical and citric fruit notes. As before, the grain element is pretty well hidden until it warms up a little bit, at which point there is a subtle bready component that provides a bit of backbone to the otherwise pungent fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - This may be a function of the more engulfing aroma, but it feels like it drinks a bit juicier than I remember. Carbonation also seems a bit more active, which is perhaps not a surprise, given that cans are known to have less CO2 seepage than bottles, but it's possible that's in my head. Not sure if it's actually a detectable difference.

Overall, an IPA that benefits greatly with freshness. Especially in the smell. In spite of previously saying I wouldn't likely get this beer again, when I came across it in cans, my curiosity got the better of me, and I was rewarded with a very fresh sixer for my troubles. Given the huge improvement in my experience, I had no choice but to update my review. I look forward to finishing the other cans.

===

Old review:

Enjoyed on 9/13/2013 out of a brown 22 oz bomber marked clearly with an "best by" date of 11/9/2013. I remember reading somewhere that Ballast Point uses a 120-day lead time on their freshness dating, so best guess, this was bottled in mid-July. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance (4.25) - A gorgeous and prototypical IPA, with a hazy but translucent body the color of apricot and orange peel, with highlights the color of lemon flesh. The light behind it really makes for a refreshing-looking beer. The body is topped by a one-finger head with lots of medium-sized suds that slowly burst, leaving pocking. Retention is low-to-moderate, and the lacing is silky looking, but clings well.

Smell (3.75) - Dominated by tropical fruits--pineapple, mango, some faint bits of grapefruit, and an almost hidden element of the grain bill peeks through, very faint, like lightly toasted white bread. Upon subsequent inhalations, I think I can pick out some lemon zest as well, but it's very fleeting. Very enticing, but I wish it was a little more intoxicating and aromatic. Seems like I'm having to work a tad to get all the characteristics--perhaps because we're at about the two-month mark for this beer? Hard to say without a super-fresh version to compare.

Taste (4.0)- Very quaffable IPA, especially for one hiding a 7% ABV. The mango is predominant here, with bitterness, like grapefruit rind and even some hint of young garden greens balances out with the tropical fruitiness. Lemon zest is a little more obvious here than with the smell. And the malt becomes a bit more detectable with temperature increase.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - A tad on the juicy side, with a light body and carbonation shading on the low side of moderate. Clean, dry finish.

Overall (3.96), a very tasty IPA, but I was expecting to be blown away based on what I've heard about this beer. If it distributed to my area, I would likely grab it from time to time for a change-up, but since it's a bit of a hassle to get my hands on, I probably won't be going out of my way to procure more any time soon.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2014 05:51:16 | More by LambicPentameter
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice and shiny golden color teaming with bubbles. Lacing is superb!

S: Pine, hops, mango.

T: Piney hops, mango, papaya, guava juice, grass, Hawaiian honey bread, some maltiness, buttery hop oil (the best part).

M: Medium with that spectacular buttery hop oil feel that lingers and coats the palate.

O: Pretty awesome. Not my favorite type of beer, but this does the job good. Flavor is superb, mouth is lovely, aroma is enticing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:39:39 | More by titty_mcbitty
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blankenhoney

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, from a case dated mid/late Feb. '14, poured into my trusty 3 Floyds teku.

A: Bright and hazy orange straw. Almost glowing. Looks great.

S: Can smell the hops from a few feet away. Pine, grapefruit, maybe some pineapple.

T: Crisp citrus/grapefruit up front, followed immediately and intensely by a dry, piney bitterness. Delicious.

M: Very smooth and mildly carbonated.

O: A great IPA; so crushable. A little too expensive ($14.99/6-pack around me) to be an everyday kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:57:11 | More by blankenhoney
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a beautiful clear golden straw with a decent three fingers of creamy beige head that slowly settles to an immoveable ¼ inch of film. Good retention; lots of spotty lacing.

S:
Dry, slightly astringent, and citrus-laden. Hay, dank hops, citrus, weed, grapefruit rind.

T:
Dry, even bitterness. Resinous hops right up front with a lot of dry grassy flavors backed up by a prevalent-though-less-intense-than-in-other-IPAs-I've-had citrus character with some grapefruit rind and a tinge of breadiness from the malt right at the finish.

M:
Really good carbonation with tons of *teensy* bubbles, feels rather velvety on the whole. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable with a dry, lingering finish. Everything it should be.

O:
Really wonderful West Coast IPA.
This is a rock-solid beer and is also one of the one or two freshest IPAs that I am aware of having enjoyed (30 days). This pours beautifully with three fingers of near perfect cream. Sports a very hoppy nose that only hints at the flavor (which is far fuller and more varied). The beer tastes very hoppy and has some tropical fruit flavors (obviously), but the palate is where it really shines. A nice prickly, creamy, coating varnish of fruity and resinous hops that leaves your mouth humming for a while afterwards.
Fabulous beer, wish I could get it again; worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 04:29:14 | More by TheDoctor
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SteveB24

New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; orange/ gold, lots of visible carbonation, tons of thick, off white head.

smell; tons of pine and tons of grapefruit

taste; taste is subtle for an IPA. very smooth. pine is there. touch of citrusy hops. quite fruity, papaya and ,ango are definitely there, as well as other fruity notes. also slightly bread.

mouthfeel; medium body, quite creamy.

overall; very enjoyable IPA. very smooth, i cannot imagine who wouldnt like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 05:35:51 | More by SteveB24
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hellobeerz

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: clear hazy yellow/orange. Looks great in a glass. 2 finger head, looks amazing.

S: I am getting all the tropical notes, papaya, mango, orange, pineapple. Lots of citrus, some floral. Pine is easily detected.

T/M: Follows the nose completely, plenty of earth tones, with a pine cone taste. But the tropical fruits just keep hitting you along with the pine. You get all the best of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, with the earthy citrus taste. I couldn't ask for more.

O: Its great, the price is insane in my opinion, but can be justifiable by the taste. This is a must try IPA in my opinion. Pick one or two up, you wont be disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 05:31:13 | More by hellobeerz
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped SC443-14055. Sampled on March 23, 2014.

The color is a highly attractive bronze, golden amber with a modest white head that becomes a ring.

The aroma has a full hop nose countering and also balancing off the toasted biscuit malt character.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste has this quick caramel barley malt note but it is quickly superseded by the full bitter hop quality of an IPA. An evolution as it were. But the bitterness lingers on at the end. I can see why this one gets high marks.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 18:40:12 | More by puboflyons
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High-FivingMF

Texas

3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I generally don't reach for IPA's but I decided to give Sculpin a shot given the reviews.

Appearance: Clear, orange-copper in color. I really liked the hue. Nice thick white head that hung around for a bit. Slight lacing left behind.

Smell: sl. Citrus, grapefruit dominant

Taste: Get hit with that hop sensation right up front, grapefruit dominating but not too overwhelming. For a moment it feels like i dodged the bitter bullet on this one. Then suddenly the linger kicks in and I'm assaulted by pine. I decided to stick it out and about halfway through my palate adjusts. Started to pick up the malt towards the end as the beer came to temperature.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. I liked the mouthfeel a lot, very smooth.

Overall: 30 minutes later and the linger is still there. I think this was a fine example of the style. It's certainly helped open my appreciation for IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:42:53 | More by High-FivingMF
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Bonsall_Phil

California

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle; sparkling clear deep golden. Beautiful beer, head holds nicely even after sitting a minute.

Clean hop aroma with floral and a citrus note, lively on the nose.

Strong but not overpowering on the tongue, it's a rich hop first and a pleasant woody
bitterness that balances on the after taste. It would be a shame to try and reach for some other hidden 'hint of (this) ' flavor; this a straightforward and delicious beer.

It's silky on the palette, giving a spectacular mouthfeel, this is the kind of beer you can get carried with ;)

When I really studied this beer, I had to upgrade slightly from my original 4.5. San Diego IPA at its finest

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 06:38:42 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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StuyBeerGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to try this beer on a weekend trip to the Adirondacks. After a long day of snowboarding on whiteface the colorful fish on the labelled beckoned with the promise of a unique experience far from wherever the contents of the bottle had been brewed. With the beer poured into a lovely pint class I was able to appreciate the copper color and slight head. The aroma consisted of enlivening hops and floral notes and the brew had refreshing bitter qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:28:49 | More by StuyBeerGuy
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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