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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

11,221 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,221
Reviews: 2,302
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 3,079 | FT: 48
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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Ratings: 11,221 | Reviews: 2,302
Photo of Jackolope
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good. Balanced. Nice citrus notes. I don't quite understand all the hype, but it is a very drinkable IPA while still having bold hop flavors.

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark gold with lots of bubble action. Cream colored head of about 1 finger dissipates slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. Continuous bubbles keep the head from completely disappearing.

Aroma of lemon and mango. Some mild pepper and grass.

Nice citrusy flavor. Lemon at the front. Mango and a bit of grapefruit as well. Just a hint of caramel malt. Pepper, earth, and maybe some ?vanilla?.

Medium mouth feel with a pleasant creaminess. Hints at being bitter but doesn't quite get there. Medium-heavy carbonation gives a nice crispness on the tongue.

A very well done IPA with big hop/citrus flavors but not in an overpowering way. Creamy feel and higher carbonation make this quite drinkable as well.

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

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

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Ryjonson
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Budlum
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Teddy_Hopper
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bferber
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jay1078
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hops-Law
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WhiskeyMike
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, with a pronounced coppery color and a persistent, fluffy head. As the head recedes, it leaves thick lacing along the sides of the glass .

S: Fresh, floral/piney hop scent Rather limited in this regard, in comparison to more heavily-hopped beers.

T: Well balanced, with a malt backbone to tone down the hops and round out the beer. Sweet, with citrus and tropical fruits. Even so, there is a small but distinct amount of bitterness present. For a beer edging into the higher ABVs (bottle marked 7.5%), I'd expect there to be a little more dimension to the flavor, although as it stands the taste characteristics are still solidly there.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied, with a moderate to high level of "bite" from carbonation. No alcohol scent or warmth was noted.

O: A solid beer that gives a balanced display of IPA characteristics. This could be an good option for introducing newcomers to hoppier beers.

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

It's hard not to love Sculpin. An accomplished IPA which hits all the right notes. The can is more drinkable than it has a right to be, but I slightly prefer the bottle. A bit steep at (typically) $15 per sixpack, but a better value than most cheaper offerings. I have had a few slightly disappointing keg pours, though.

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hustadaj
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Nice smooth taste. Not overly hopped. Drinkable beer.

Photo of Sambo4
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gdj09001
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of milwaukee512
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of svensaison
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,221 ratings.