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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

8,553 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,553
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 891
Gots: 1,348 | FT: 44
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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IPAIsaac

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-02-2013 02:02:22 | More by IPAIsaac
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-02-2013 01:00:02 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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eggs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-02-2013 00:33:43 | More by eggs
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Iustus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-01-2013 22:12:50 | More by Iustus
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Hopscat

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- On tap in home, got a huge head of foam initially then subsidises to nice quarter inch white thick foam. Leaves pretty lacing on glass. Golden amber color but in low light not really sure.
S- Really nice floral hops, fruity citrus with some grassy characters. Very nice .
T- Malt sweetness up front with grapefruit, mango fruity goodness. Strong hops follow on then continue into midway and end of swallow. Malt balance shines with biscuit , caramel holds up well with the aggressive hops throughout. NOthing of an off character nature found.
M- about medium bodied. Carbo seems right with nice refreshing sparkle. Very smooth drinking.
O- Just an overall fantastic IPA. Does the west coast style extremely well. Probably my #1 IPA in my short journey through craft beer land. I've got many more to try[Pliny, Heady, Fuzzy BD, to name a few] but the reputation for Sculpin holds up for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 19:18:23 | More by Hopscat
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Skabiski

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-01-2013 17:46:02 | More by Skabiski
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MJsGhost

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-01-2013 17:45:38 | More by MJsGhost
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-01-2013 17:35:34 | More by NorthSideSean
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ZackWak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-01-2013 17:33:34 | More by ZackWak
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clemson14

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-01-2013 11:48:37 | More by clemson14
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-01-2013 09:08:31 | More by jzlyo
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Rish907

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-01-2013 06:39:21 | More by Rish907
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Jeysun23

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-01-2013 03:32:24 | More by Jeysun23
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markcp

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-01-2013 03:14:53 | More by markcp
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mverity

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-01-2013 00:55:43 | More by mverity
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Jayman931

Mississippi

4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 8/19/2013 Bottle in a snifter

A- orange color with a slight amber hue....lingering light white head

S- I use the zombie dust scale....zombie is 10/10...this is a 9/10. Great grain/malt note up front followed a great balance hop note...outstanding

T- really a perfect balance of malt and hops. No ups or downs but a nice semi dry mildly bitter finish.

M- The combination of perfect hop/malt balance and medium mouthfeel really makes this a great experience

O- Just a flat out great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:46:30 | More by Jayman931
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stevez86

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-30-2013 18:08:58 | More by stevez86
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-30-2013 13:07:22 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Roudy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-30-2013 11:31:12 | More by Roudy
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 10/11/2013 printed on bottle.

Head is a finger of translucent foam. Body is urine yellow. Some lace noted.

The nose is grapefruit, mango, mandarin orange and a hint of pine. Upon deep inspection, hints of caramel is found.

The taste seems simpler than the nose. It starts off with grapefruit, has a hint of caramel then delves into pine with a bit of mandarin orange. A dash of vanilla is noted as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is what really makes this beer. I want more. Somehow they sculpted this beer to wash perfectly over the tongue and leave you wanting more.

Overall, I tried to not let the hype influence my judgement on this beer. It certainly was something special though, especially in a style I happen to drink often. I will enjoy this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 04:58:17 | More by CFHMagnet
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BrySoChi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-30-2013 04:01:28 | More by BrySoChi
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czillmer

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-30-2013 03:46:50 | More by czillmer
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-30-2013 03:43:55 | More by Shagator
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indiana

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-30-2013 01:46:56 | More by indiana
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pintofparadise

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-30-2013 01:41:53 | More by pintofparadise
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,553 ratings.