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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,114
Reviews: 2,094
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,011
Gots: 2,099 | FT: 42
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 GeorgeAldi
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy gold with a great foamy white head. This is certainly hoppy. It is a predictable but welcome delivery of citrusy hops. This one brought Avery’s IPA to mind, just a little more balanced and a bit lighter on the palate. This is refreshing for the style with plenty of grapefruit and juicier citrus flavor. Malts are just sweet enough and not too thick. I’d drink this on a regular basis if I could.

GeorgeAldi, Aug 10, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Sunn, May 25, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

warpig372, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color gave way to a thick billowing head that lasted for quite a while and laced well.

Tremendously fragrant the scent can be caught from as far as three feet from the snifter. Huge citrus notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerines and dare I say watermelon.

The flavor does not hold the fruitiness of the scent nearly as well but a more balanced citrus, malt and piney hop flavor comes out on the tongue. The flavors are strong but never overpowering the other. This balance lends to feel as a very smooth, light and crisp feel causes the ale to drink dangerously easy. 7 ABV will not hurt you as bad but it reminds you that this is not a DIPA, yet so much fragrance and flavor comes from a littler package.

KYGunner, Jul 22, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

mpbenr, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Seattleman
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great citrusy IPA from a great brewery. Grapefruit-IPA with a clean appearance and superb taste. Would be a great introduction to what West Coast IPA brewers are shooting for. The beer more than lives up to its reputation as an absolutely outstanding IPA.

Seattleman, Jan 13, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

EliRix, Sep 08, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

anthony-martinez, Sep 26, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

ManWithNoName, Sep 03, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

Sandtooth, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of bmwats
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Golden orange hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a dry beer ring as it does. Thick beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Sourdough bread, grapefruit, lemon citrus, wood, tangerine, and pine resin.

T: Pine resin, Italian bread, and kind of a woody grapefruit citrus combo. Nice.

M: Syrupy and thick. Sharp hops in the front. Woody and slightly sweet finish. The hop bite liberates itself from the palate after a few seconds.

D: Sip and thoroughly enjoy.

Atmosphere is great. Deep golden hue, decent head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is pungent bread, all sorts of citrus notes, and pine resin. Italian bread base malt, pine resin and woody citrus notes comprise the flavor. Full, thick body. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Jun 16, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

phil215, Sep 25, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

ElGeeH, Nov 14, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Good sized head with an amazing amber color. Smells of citrus and hops. Goes down smooth., great mouthfeel. By far one of the better IPA's I have ever had. My first time experiencing a Ballast Point beer and was very impressed. Worth the price point.

Vogey77, Jan 14, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

MickeyHops, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip, cheers IanSpindler for the bottle

A clear golden liquid with just a couple visible bubbles slowly making their way to a finger of foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S pineapple and pine, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot and peaches, big tropical blast with a little mango too, smells pretty nice if you ask me, just a little toffee hiding in there and slightly catty but for some reason I like that in my beer

T some lemon and lime I wasn't smelling, a little more rind opposed to the fresh flesh I was smelling, I get just a hint of booze but its no concern, pretty solid

M a a little bitter snap to it and a little slick after the fact, medium bodied with much more carbonation then what I could see in the glass, piney rind lingers long on the finish

O I could drink myself stupid with this stuff in a hurry with this stuff, I only have a sip left in my glass and I only started typing a few minuets ago. Great example of the West Coast IPA, I'd be drinking this all the time if I could get my dirty hands on it

This beers well deserving of its reputation, it hits all the spots and leaves me craving more. I heard my wife say the other day she wants to go to California, I'm starting to agree with her but I think we may have different reasons for wanting to go.

wordemupg, Mar 16, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer forever and finally was able to score a six-pack.
What blew me away about this beer was its amazing aroma. So many well balanced smells like candied banana, honey cake, pineapple and mango. I smelled it more than I tasted. The flavor profile is top-notch too though, with many of the aromas being present on the palate, with nice strong hops and resin profile with a semi-dry finish that left me thirsty for more.

While I haven't had some of the truly amazing AIPA out there, this was definitely the best of the 20+ I have tried thus far. This is that initial high that leaves you chasing to find it again. Lets hope I find it!

ironchefmiyagi13, Feb 01, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

44leaves, Friday at 07:04 AM
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

elliott1184, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a clean golden pour with 2 fingers of head which dissipated very slowly and left behind possibly the most lacing i've seen in any beer. aromas of pine and grapefruit, caramel, very hop forward. the flavor is again very hop forward mostly of grapefruit, citrusy sweetness with a lingering piney bitterness.. a nice caramel bready malt kicks in mid-palate. medium in body with moderate carbonation, creamy feel for an ipa.

this is a very nice ipa, and it's nice to finally try it in a can.. i've had this on tap and in growler before, but never got a chance to review it.. it's just as good, if not better than i remember.

facundoCNB, Jul 26, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear golden straw with a decent three fingers of creamy beige head that slowly settles to an immoveable ¼ inch of film. Good retention; lots of spotty lacing.

Dry, slightly astringent, and citrus-laden. Hay, dank hops, citrus, weed, grapefruit rind.

Dry, even bitterness. Resinous hops right up front with a lot of dry grassy flavors backed up by a prevalent-though-less-intense-than-in-other-IPAs-I've-had citrus character with some grapefruit rind and a tinge of breadiness from the malt right at the finish.

Really good carbonation with tons of *teensy* bubbles, feels rather velvety on the whole. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable with a dry, lingering finish. Everything it should be.

Really wonderful West Coast IPA.
This is a rock-solid beer and is also one of the one or two freshest IPAs that I am aware of having enjoyed (30 days). This pours beautifully with three fingers of near perfect cream. Sports a very hoppy nose that only hints at the flavor (which is far fuller and more varied). The beer tastes very hoppy and has some tropical fruit flavors (obviously), but the palate is where it really shines. A nice prickly, creamy, coating varnish of fruity and resinous hops that leaves your mouth humming for a while afterwards.
Fabulous beer, wish I could get it again; worth seeking out.

TheDoctor, Mar 28, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

ZpBrew, Oct 26, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

hillind, Sep 12, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

Diholao, Oct 18, 2014
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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%

MarkyMOD, Oct 01, 2014
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,114 ratings.