Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

10,430 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,430
Reviews: 2,122
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,053
Gots: 2,304 | FT: 41
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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Photo of ScotB260
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sethbauer
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours shiny orange, just a bit misty, a nice small fluffy head for quite a while.
A really nice balanced smell, with grapefruit, tangerine, pine, light tropical notes, caramel, hop resin. A kind of aroma that would really suit control-freaks, without being too stingy on the intensity.
Lime up front, sweetened towards orange, pomelo and kumquat, with a tropical note rising up, like unripe mango, maracuja, faint kiwi, nice pineapple, really pulpy, a "fat" feel to it. Nice caramel malt, a bit of biscuit. Pine resin hops are really great in the finish, green, spicy, sticky, with a really rewarding bitterness.
Aftertaste is a mouthful of tropical fruit and pine, with some hop oils to boost that lingering bitterness. Medium body, smooth carbonated, a bit sticky.
I understand the hype around Sculpin now. A really great IPA that manages to tick so many things people look for in a "perfect" IPA. Wouldn't be much of a sin to simply call it a perfect IPA actually.

Photo of DrSpaceman
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 12-26-2014
Freshness: NA
Packaging: 22 oz. bomber
Glassware: Pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Pours rich copper with a thick head and lingering lace. Smell is almost all hops, with a smack of citrus. Taste is predominately hoppy, would have guessed this was dry hopped. Some citrus notes, but definitely overshadowed by the intense fisting of hops. Overall a very drinkable, possibly my new go to IPA.

Photo of alicemcneil
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is an outstanding IPA. The most recognizable smell and flavor is apricot followed by an taste of grapefruit on the backend. There is a wonderful balance between sweet and bitter for a West Coast IPA. Delicious and drinkable and my favorite at the moment.

Photo of maniaczak
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wortman1998
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Harvest06
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kniles38
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of philerman
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leantom
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yeah, I have to admit, this WC IPA really satisfied my palate. Lived up to the hype. Here goes:

A: Clear and light orange color - pours a huge head with adequate lacing. Also a lot of carbonation. Great.

S: Like a WC IPA. A lot of pine and some grapefruit, but these hoppy scents are balanced with a ton of caramel malt. However, the hops also impart a sweet, honeyed scent that allays the bitterness.

T: Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, only much more balanced. Piney hops balanced with sweet honey and caramel. Rather interesting.

M: Great carbonation. Great hop stickiness. Also a lot of caramel malt. Perfect

O: Great beer. Rivals many other great IPA's I've tried.

Photo of Jtcolella
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had

Photo of DodgerLove
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k47k
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MollyPet17
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jersekong
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rapp61
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of c00ller
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gator_Nation
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cantal
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of S2kookies
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnc1977
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not too bad. Great fruity hoppy flavor.

Photo of frinknasty
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,430 ratings.