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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,364
Reviews: 2,110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,235 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a friend, Mr. Atwill from Maryland, for sending this to Colorado for me to try. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a yellow-golden color, fairly cloudy and a firm white head.

Smells of very piney hops with a hint of citrus hiding in there. Struggling through the end of a cold right now so I know I'm missing out on more here.

Hop BOMB. Very good presence of piney and grapefruit/citrus hops. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol and IBUs. Not necessarily a palate-wrecker...it's so smooth going down and the bitterness doesn't linger, only making you need another taste. Balances well with the malt.

Medium-bodied and very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

After the first taste I was thinking this ought to be considered a double or imperial. Regardless, a very solid American IPA from Ballast Point. I'm glad I finally got to try this brew, and it was well worth the wait. Hopefully distro can be sorted out and it will make it to CO soon.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sculpin pours a clear darker copper color with a small lacing head. There is a strong, bold floral aroma. The taste has a very bold fresh hop taste, finishes very dry and a good hint of bitterness, no frills in this one. Great feel, great full flavors. Overall a very bold no playing around hoppy IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well for hop lovers, this is a really tasty one, and should certainly be tried. Hops are the dominant force, lots of citrusy flavors, grapefruit, lemon and grapefruit peel, some bitter orange peel, and tons of bitey hops bitterness.

The body is medium, with a slightly slick feel, and a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness. This is actually the last bottle of several sixers I've had, just hadn't gotten around to reviewing yet. It's a great shelf-stocker for the fridge for IPA fans.

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,364 ratings.