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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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8,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,410
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 874
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 45
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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1.25/5  rDev -71.7%

10-18-2012 23:41:09 | More by Roland45s
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1.75/5  rDev -60.3%

07-20-2014 01:03:55 | More by VRM
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1.93/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2012 20:30:13 | More by jamex
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1.95/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

11-29-2013 18:26:42 | More by HomerS
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2/5  rDev -54.6%

11-04-2013 02:43:16 | More by hoppyboy69
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2/5  rDev -54.6%

12-06-2013 09:23:26 | More by NonicPanic
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2/5  rDev -54.6%

01-02-2014 21:24:33 | More by epim00
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New York

2/5  rDev -54.6%

06-30-2014 23:40:24 | More by hiker1701a
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2.23/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

06-20-2014 14:22:54 | More by romulus523
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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

06-14-2013 19:50:27 | More by SunDevilBeer
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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

07-16-2012 22:25:33 | More by ejimhof
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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

05-23-2012 07:23:28 | More by jcruelty
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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

05-25-2013 20:50:38 | More by ajzy
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

01-06-2014 18:37:23 | More by ThatsThatDude
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2.7/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

In the latest installment of "Angrytrator goes to the beer store," I'm re-reviewing Sculpin. I haven't bought this beer in over a year, because it's simply not worth $9 / bomber or $7 / pint.

But a $2.50 12oz bottle is quite fair. Since they just hit the area, I bought a sixer.

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with lazy bubbles up the glass. Has 1.5" of off-white head with decent retention, but it recedes eventually into a light film on the brew and a moderate collar around the edges. Leaves a little sudsing down the sides of the glass.

S: Hmm. I remember this having a beautiful tropical citrus bouquet. This has barely any nose to it, despite pouring it into a snifter to enhance the aroma. I detect some grapefruit and a mild pale malt nose, but that's about it.

T: A nice blend of grapefruit, lemon pith, and apricot. Not much malt flavor, though there is a little sweetness on the finish. I seem to remember Sculpin being drier. Some pine, particularly in the aftertaste and exhalation. But nothing substantial or flavorful. Perhaps my palate is damaged, but I really don't taste a lot here.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Carbonation is creamy, not crisp. The flavor (what there is of it) is clean with no lingering bitterness or resin.

D: I don't know what's going on here. This has all the hallmarks of being an old bottle, but the bottling size (and its first appearance into our market) suggest it is fresh. Either they really screwed up the recipe, or some distribution snafu took place. Either way, this is a pretty big fall from grace. Ballast Point, feel free to start dating your IPAs so I can give these a fair shake.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 07:48:21 | More by Arbitrator
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2.7/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz into snifter, thanks to Scalene for sending this in 'Everything Local BIF'. Bottle says 'Enjoy By 080912'
A- Golden, lacy 1 finger head.
S- Big citrus, a bit dank
T- Very bitter, but not much flavor. Where is the citrus from the aroma?
M- Good carb, good consistency.
O- Was really excited for this one, but its simply not good. Everything seemed promising, but it just doesn't taste good. Really bitter with very little flavor and not much balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 09:03:16 | More by Steasy66
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2.73/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. Used Pint Glass.

Had med to light foam not more than a quarter inch. Was light on carbonation. Poured light orange and had decent citrus notes. A lot of veg/bell pepper which I was not expecting.

Palate was smooth but not real lengthy. Was clean on finish and that did not last long.

It was good but not something I will go out of my way for over and over.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 22:11:11 | More by Corker444
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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

03-03-2014 06:33:10 | More by jon7017
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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

03-24-2014 20:25:57 | More by jredit
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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

04-26-2013 23:34:15 | More by kringja
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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

10-13-2013 06:29:01 | More by zestd
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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

11-20-2013 06:30:34 | More by snailman22
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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

06-17-2014 03:51:31 | More by JRossoni
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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