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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

8,956 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,956
Reviews: 2,001
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 922
Gots: 1,558 | 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:
Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006)
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1/5  rDev -77.3%

10-09-2012 01:12:27 | More by Chiggins
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New York

1/5  rDev -77.3%

02-04-2012 17:34:26 | More by mikebrigga
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1/5  rDev -77.3%

08-13-2012 23:57:04 | More by JacobTC
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California

1/5  rDev -77.3%

12-26-2011 02:45:26 | More by optik
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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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Virginia

1.25/5  rDev -71.7%

10-18-2012 23:41:09 | More by Roland45s
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mgifford

South Carolina

1.48/5  rDev -66.4%

08-23-2014 21:35:22 | More by mgifford
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SBoeckman72

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -66%

06-20-2014 13:44:01 | More by SBoeckman72
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VRM

Maryland

1.75/5  rDev -60.3%

07-20-2014 01:03:55 | More by VRM
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jamex

California

1.93/5  rDev -56.2%

I used to really love Sculpin. I would periodically stop by the Scripps Ranch brewery and fill up a growler at least once a month. Many times I'd stop by the brewery just to get a pint. Life was good, and I was excited to have such a world class brew within a few minutes of my house.

Then something changed. I'm not sure what - the hops, the blending, whatever - I'm not a brewer so I can't explain it. I'd say it happened about a year ago. The aroma changed. The taste drastically changed. It just wasn't the beer I fell in love with. Tropical notes all but vanished. The bitterness was heightened. The fresh piney hints turned sour and "urinal-like."

Maybe my tastes have changed. I guess it's possible. Maybe I need to visit the Home Brew Mart location for a final test since all of this ranting is based from multiple, different growlers and pints at the Scripps tasting bar. But each pint and growler fill pushes me away. Last night I did the unthinkable: drain poured a 1/2 growler of this mess.

If there really is an alternate recipe, please BP go back to your roots. Let me once again give this golden drink the score it deserves.

01-31-2012 20:30:13 | More by jamex
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markh814


1.95/5  rDev -55.8%

I will be the first to review this beer honestly.

It pours cloudy with an off white soapy head (how anyone could rate appearance any higher is beyond my imagination)

smell wasnt bad but wasnt great. hoppy if you like that but nothing special. i would say average.

taste? over complicated, involved, and not very likeable IPA.

mouthfeel medium body with a strange full/bitter aftertaste

overall? this is exactly what beer shouldnt be. It is like a 6 year old was given some beer ingrediants and tried to make it....or like an adult tried to outsmart the beer drinking population and failed miserably.
why must IPA brewers overcomplicate beer? its like they want you to slowly sip it, say you've had enough, but then you can be proud you tasted something obscure.
i rathe enjoy what i am drinking and when i am finished i can have another if i am still thirsty.

09-12-2012 16:08:59 | More by markh814
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2/5  rDev -54.6%

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2/5  rDev -54.6%

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2/5  rDev -54.6%

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2/5  rDev -54.6%

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Arizona

2/5  rDev -54.6%

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mactrail

Washington

2.23/5  rDev -49.4%

Hops, or more precisely, grapefruit pith, takes over the taste totally. There is just nothing else to say.

If you like this particular hop profile, to the exclusion of every other taste, you'll think this is great. To me it's a stab to the root of my tongue. It's not a beer flavor, it's a chemical link to a very specific pain receptor.

Nice aroma, though. The usual orangey amber in the pint glass. I thought I would try this again since it's been a couple of years. But I arrive at the same conclusion: total bitterness. First glass out of the keg at Quality Social in San Diego. Couldn't be fresher.

03-24-2012 05:26:22 | More by mactrail
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2.25/5  rDev -49%

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,956 ratings.