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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

10,388 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,388
Reviews: 2,115
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,041
Gots: 2,253 | FT: 41
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 Eman17
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ncodolosa
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of molson5190
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of santomark
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma can into a tulip glass. A week old.

A - Mildly hazy, copper orange with hues of yellow. One can filled this perfectly, great head, 1 finger worth, frothy, and dissipates very slowly. Nice

S - In one word, it's balanced. Nice grapefruit, pine, citrus, not really getting the sweeter scents, but definitely the spicier ones.

T - Malty with a bite, finishes with breathes of the smell.

M - Light-Medium Body, slightly sticky, spicy on the tongue. Very good at first, the head gives you a wonderful experience.

O - This is a great IPA. But definitely not something I would give to someone new to IPAs, as it is 100% an ipa. There is no crossover with this.. Very enjoyable right off the bat; for me it's strong points are in the nose and head. The aromas shine through and the head makes this an enjoyable downer or sipper. All in all, I probably will pass on this again. Mainly because in 2015 I feel this is an outdated beer and there are better, unique ones out there. Definitely a must have though if you've not had it.

Photo of jwent91
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluehende
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howieson
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Joebooh2
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WMD-1002
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of evianIPA
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355mL bottle no best before

A - Textbook orange with a cream head that hangs onto the glass like its life depends on it and never truly dissipates. 5

S - Perfection. Quote from my girl "most beers just smell like beer, but that smells how beer should smell." She's right. Resin, passionfruit and perfumed toffee are having an orgy in my nostrils. 5

T - A little too much booze start to finish, but the aromas carry through and mix with a slight woodiness. No perceivable malt flavours. 3

M - Full but dry, with softish carbonation and satisfying bitterness. 4.5

O - Beer almost never travels well, but it's obvious this is a remarkable beer, and I can't wait for the opportunity to try it fresh when I'm next in California!

Photo of sdlhy
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robbmotiwalla
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Could be the best IPA I've ever had.

Photo of Hopglow
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OB1
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Natellis123
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jchain
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best standard IPAs I've had. Crisp. Fresh. Strong hops, but not by any means too much, in my opinion. This is my "go to" IPA.

Photo of jmossqs
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet clean malt, resinous hops, piny notes and a little citrus. Enticing.
Great balanced flavours, again there's a mix of sweet clean malt and piny, resinous hops. Some spicy notes as well. Superbly balanced, very drinkable.

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

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,388 ratings.