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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

8,408 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,408
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 874
Gots: 1,266 | 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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romulus523

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -49%

06-20-2014 14:22:54 | More by romulus523
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

06-14-2013 19:50:27 | More by SunDevilBeer
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

07-16-2012 22:25:33 | More by ejimhof
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jcruelty

California

2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

05-23-2012 07:23:28 | More by jcruelty
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

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

New York

2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

01-06-2014 18:37:23 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Arbitrator

California

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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Steasy66

Minnesota

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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Corker444

Texas

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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jon7017

California

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

03-03-2014 06:33:10 | More by jon7017
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jredit

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

03-24-2014 20:25:57 | More by jredit
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kringja

California

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

04-26-2013 23:34:15 | More by kringja
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zestd

Idaho

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

10-13-2013 06:29:01 | More by zestd
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snailman22

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

11-20-2013 06:30:34 | More by snailman22
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JRossoni

California

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

06-17-2014 03:51:31 | More by JRossoni
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Thomas_562

California

2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

06-27-2014 04:43:03 | More by Thomas_562
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n2185

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer stores around here just got this one in, so I assume it's fresh. No way of confirming though.

A: Pours a clear, honey orange with a finger of white head which quickly recedes into a ring with little lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple up front with some pine on the finish. Quite nice.

T: Some bitter grapefruit up front followed by lots of resiny pine and bitterness. Lots and lots of bitterness on the finish, lingering around well after the beer is gone.

M: Medium body and carbonation, there is an oily character to it that coats my mouth along with the bitterness.

D: Drinkability is alright, though definitely hurt by the bitterness and oily character hurt it. Overall, not a terrible beer, but not particularly good either. It is extremely overpriced though at nearly $10 for a bomber when I can get sixers of better IPAs for less.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:52:11 | More by n2185
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

"Best By" date of 12/22/12.

Body is a bright, hazy golden orange hue. Two fingers worth of white head, which dissipates to a very thin layer quickly, yet leaving a decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is not my favorite. Hop character is somewhat grassy and herbal. I know that it may just be something of a fashionable thing to get American IPA's to have a citrus, tropical fruit aroma, but I find it more pleasant. Some cracker maltiness in the background.

Again, I am not too impressed with this beer's taste either. I know that people swear by this IPA, but I could just have some aversion to whatever hops they are using here. It is well-balanced, with only a slight lean towards bitter. Floral hops, slight honeysuckle, biscuit malts.

Decent carbonation level, with some sharpness. Medium body, slight astringency in the finish. Good for the style, enjoyable.

This beer does not live up to the hype. It isn't a bad IPA, but it does not compare to some of the amazing examples out there...Triple Play IPA, HopDevil, Two Hearted, etc....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:34:09 | More by MusicaleMike
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ncaudle

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from bomber into snifter.
no date code on bottle but local bottle shop had just received it the previous week.

pours a orange/gold color with thick white head. some nice lacing left around the glass.

some hop aromas there but not in your face like most other IPAs - kind of subdued. citrus and floral. taste is crisp but there is this funk going on which I just can't wrap my tongue around... almost "fishy" tasting to use the bottle label as point of reference. not a pleasant taste.

nice mouthfeel with right amount of carbonation.

drinkability would be much higher if it didnt have that funky taste. not a drain pour or anything but I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:24:12 | More by ncaudle
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bullywee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -32%

02-16-2012 11:24:24 | More by bullywee
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -32%

10-13-2012 05:06:13 | More by akttr
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Dbot

Delaware

3/5  rDev -32%

04-14-2013 00:45:59 | More by Dbot
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Cedromar

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -32%

07-16-2013 00:36:14 | More by Cedromar
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champ103

Texas

3/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought some back to share from a trip to California.

A: Pours with a nice clarity. A bright and vibrant orange color. Two fingers of white head forms with good retention, and plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Bitter hops, lightly resiny, and some orange peal. Pale, grainy malts. The bitterness lingers on and on.
T: Again, mostly just bitterness with a splash of orange fruity flavors. Some very light grainy malts, but mostly a very strong bitterness that just does not stop.
M/D: Very thin and watery. Alarmingly so. A very week body. The bitterness and lack of body makes this a little hard for me to drink.

Mostly some nondescript bitterness and that is it. Add the very thin body, and I am not impressed. Just an average IPA. Nothing I would really recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:59:40 | More by champ103
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mborge

Nevada

3/5  rDev -32%

02-12-2012 06:23:46 | More by mborge
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,408 ratings.