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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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2,252 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,252
Hads: 12,169
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 1,334
Gots: 4,003 | FT: 51
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 04-02-2006

Originally named Northstar IPA. Debuted in 2005.
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Reviews: 2,252 | Hads: 12,169
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I know this beer is supposed to be one of the better IPA's out there, and I would agree to some extent. It is nicely balanced for an IPA - just hoppy, piney, and citrusy enough. But I wasn't necessarily overwhelmed with it. It was a good IPA but I think I'm to the point where I'm at IPA overload and can only tell if an IPA is bad. (335 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably the best go-to beer at the gas station. Widely distributed and always consistent on taste. A bit malty for my liking but definitely one of the best dollar values in the craft. (192 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22 fl oz bomber with a bottled code date of 15063 which means 4th March 2015, and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a very nice clear golden orange colour with a two and a half finger white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin foamy layer and thick lacing.

Aroma: Nice strong aromas with tropical mango and peach strongest followed by apricot, citrus orange and some pine.

Taste: Starts with citrus grapefruit and some light bready malts, followed by tropical fruits mainly mango, apricot and pineapple, hints of pine and finishes with bitter grapefruit once more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and very refreshing.

Overall: Stunning, absolutely loved it. One of the best IPA’s out there in my opinion. A definite must buy for me. And now I just need to try an even fresher version. (845 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Where to begin. The latest in my IPA taste comparison (bottles). Heads and shoulders above any others I've tried. Amazing from first sip to finish. Deep gold with clear, subtle carbonation. Piney citrus hops presence in the nose and a rich malt backbone. The flavors mixed and mingled on the tongue in a way that I couldn't wait for the next sip to see how it would taste. Excellent American IPA. Definitely recommending this and drinking it again. (457 characters)

Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, good taste and feel. Pine, citrus, herb, floral hops are all well represented, Malt is subtle, the hops are center stage per west coast style. Good depth of flavor and great all round example of the style. (216 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quintessential West Coast IPA. Pungent hop nose, deft mix of citrus/herbal dankness/perhaps pine, though contrary to common assumption, the malt is clearly there too - clean, somewhat sweet, pleasant. Palate is citrus, pine, and a fine dose of bitterness, though certainly nothing overwhelming. This is bracing, refreshing, so clean and satisfying. (348 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice citrus-forward hop nose. Not what I'd call complex, but somewhat rounded and not overly one-dimentional. Palate follows the nose, but with some added malt depth. Not a malty IPA by any means, but enough of a backbone.
Maybe I made a mistake in that I tried grapefruit sculpin first. This is a very good IPA, but I felt it fell just a bit short of the bold flavors in gs. Would never turn either one of these down however. (431 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy slight orange color. A one finger of white quickly dissipating head levels down to have a nice minimal lacing.
The smell starts off with big juicy citrus hops lends a hand to an ample amount of pine (seems it comes across fairly spicy). Its all backed up by some toastiness and caramel malts. Still, there's a nice floral setting in the background.
The taste was moderately sweet backed up by a nice bitterness coming from the pine. Floral tones show their respect in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a nice semi-sweet citrus imparting some of the rind-like parts into the bitterness of the palate. The pine comes back to be part of the harshness on my tongue.
Overall, yeah, of course I liked this one. What a wonderful AIPA that I would have again. (810 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Based off day old memories.

L: A cloudy slight orange color. One finger of somewhat quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

S: A good balance of hops and malt. Some slightly toasted malts come through with a bit of caramel in the background. A bit floral and citrusy.

T: Nicely hoppy. I get a faint perfume-like/intenseley floral note as the beer warms. Citrus evident as is a bit of pine as well. I also get some sort of herbal/musty note I usually get from beers that have Columbus. Malt is not shy at all in the this beer and definitely a key player. Grapefruit for sure .Like in the aroma, I get some caramel and toasted notes. Nice to have some malt balance in an IPA but still not have it syrupy or sticky.

F: Moderate body. Carbonation is just a bit lower than usual.

O: Very drinkable IPA. Something that almost IPA drinkers could get along with. There are enough hops there to intrigue the veteran IPA drinker and enough malt to keep the casuals from cringing in bitter beer face. (998 characters)

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent refreshing almost fruity IPA. I taste much citrus tones. Their grapefruit Sculpin must be really citrus tasting. Excellent warm weather brew. (152 characters)

Photo of Beerwolf666
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I Remember the first time I Tried Sculpin..and Swear I almost Cried, it was very Hard to hold back the Tears of JOY and Pure Enjoyment,every drink Brings New Flavors and taste"s ,First and foremost Grapefruit,and it's rind,then Mango,another Sip and BAM! Pineapple hits you,then other Citrus flavors come into play,then a slight Pine flavor and a bit of bitterness.....I do Love My fruity IPA's,and this one Here is THE Best I have had to date,Magical stuff and Top Notch Quality,Cheers! (488 characters)

Photo of October
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange, amber color. Head retention is decent at best but there is nice lacing. Im getting floral hops along with citrus on the nose. Grapefruit is apparent. Taste is incredibly balanced. Citrus hops followed by a more herbal, grassy bitterness that is not too overpowering. Each sip leaves you desiring more. (333 characters)

Photo of 1ale_man
3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker yellow look and clear. Had a slight citrusy smell but more malty. The first taste was great. Citrusy and maybe even some grapefruit. After that nothing special. More malt. The mouth feel is ok. Not watery. Overall it's an ok ipa. Maybe a real fresh one would be different. Don't get the hype. For the price, $14.99 for a sixer, I won't have anymore. It's not throw away. (377 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15 from Beers of the World. Served cold in a Duvel tulip. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy apricot, white head, nominal lacing. Aroma is a masterful blend of pine and citrus zest. Flavor is so restrained, balanced, perfect. Mouthfeel is superb. This is pretty close to perfect. (348 characters)

Photo of robgutie
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy bite, mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange rind. Very enjoyable but like many good IPAs/APAs I didn't really think it lived up to the hype. (152 characters)

Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is ok, light orange/yellow hue. The smell is bursting with fresh citrus. Easy drinker, quick hoppy flavor up front that dissipates fairly quickly. The feel is slightly carbonated and thirst quenching. I would say this is good beer for a hot and humid New England day. Not my favorite, but definitely in the normal rotation at my house. Cheers! (352 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clear, coppery-amber color, with a decent, stable head.

Smells of biscuity malts, with a hoppiness featuring a grassy dankness as well as an orange ripeness. While the hops are beautifully well pronounced on the nose, they blend well into the malts with a note of lemon zest standing out from that mixture.

Drinks outstandingly soft, with a well integrated aqueous note, perfectly covered by pungent hops, creating a fantastic refreshment.

Begins with bready malts, together with a short appearing coppery note, integrated into the overall taste by sun-bathed, sweet oranges. They introduce an exuberant fruit note to the palate, covered by dry, bitter lemon, pushed by a slightly metallic carbonation. Finishes with luscious lemon rind, leafes, a sparkly burn and a dried orange.

Convinces by a world-class balance between sweeter malts and distinct hops, which blend marvelously well together. The hops provide an awesome flavor profile, around which the flavors are successfully build, exhibiting a great depth. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with small white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, grassy, citrus, earthy, honey, slight soap. Taste is slightly sweet and medium bitter, citrus, pine, grass, fruity, peaches. Medium body. Bitter finish. (237 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfect clear Amber. Smells juicy like grapefruit and mango. Taste is sweet malt balanced out by some Citrusy notes. Good mouthfeel. Really a solid perfectly balanced beer. (178 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 15135 (May 15, 2015). Boston Shaker at World of Beer.

Appearance: Bright, light gold with orange tint - slight haze. 2 finger white, frothy head. Nice lacing, but not remarkable. Excellent retention.

Aroma: Massive hop resins, graprefruity, slightly malty background. Pure resin/grapefruit; not getting the tropical or pine notes as much.

Taste: Bold, hoppy arrival, but not overpowering; light sweetness on mid-palate, but would not describe this as a sweet beer; it is the impression of sweetness without actually being sweet, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp hoppy bitter, though there is some malt backbone there to speak of; really perfect for an IPA.

Overall: Does not live up to the hype, though it is probably the second or third best IPA I've ever had. That said, there are a number of more widely available and less expensive alternatives. It is super refreshing and clean; if it were $10.99 a six pack, I'd buy it every weekend. But at $14.99 per sixer, it is for special occasions only. Really puzzled by how World of Beer has cans; only ever seen it in bottles, bombers, or kegs here otherwise. (1,144 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

. The cans are making this readily accessible everywhere which is great. This is a top notch IPA you will not find a smoother ale. I'm not gonna compare this to any other ipas. This beer is a classic if you haven't had it yet do yourself a favor and try it. if you can find the grapefruit buy all you find seriously though.. (324 characters)

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought 6pk in cans . Hazy orange/gold color with medium head that settles to thin coat of lacing in my DFH chalice.
Nice hop, citrus smell not too strong .

A dab of hop sting on the back of my mouth.

Enough texture to have substance, but very easy to drink.

This is one highly rated beer that lives up to expectations (320 characters)

Photo of ctylinebeer
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L - Gold color with a thick foam dome

S - Flowers flowers flowers. Lavendar notes as well

T - I get the malt first with a citrus-bitter aftertaste.

F - Very light in body. Dangerously drinkable

O - File this one under citrus-IPA. I have not had the Big Eye IPA yet, but I would describe it as a strong session-IPA. Very light and drinkable but the ABV and IBU count makes this an IPA. Give this to someone who is "scared" of trying IPAs so that they can get the bitterness. Very good beer and would like to have this again, but I'm down to my last bottle from the six-pack...=[

Cheers! (625 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light amber/dark orange.

S: Aricot, lemon rind, cut grass.

T: Apricots and lemon rinds again. Naval oranges. Bitter, dry finish with a hint of piney hops.

F: Medium carbonation and adequate mouthfeel. Not overly creamy, I enjoy that in an IPA (even if it's out or character) and miss that here.

O: One awesome IPA! I absolutely loved the grapefruit version and this is almost as good. I wish some of the fruity notes were present in the finish versus that West Coast piney bite. But that's the nature of the beast and you have to respect that. You'd be damned to catch me turn down a pint of this. (605 characters)

Photo of VincentJB
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into stemmed-fluted glass. Appearance was a brilliant orange-amber, with a white fluffy-foam head that settles to finger lacing while drinking. Light and crisp mouth feel, with a pink-grapefruit finish. Not overly hopped, nor too sweet. A great thirst quencher for a hot Summer day. (295 characters)

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.