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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,277
Reviews: 2,027
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 955
Gots: 1,699 | FT: 47
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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4.04/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.27/5  rDev -3.2%

12oz cold can w/freshness date into tulip

Appearance - Hazed over, glowing golden orange, 2 finger head has great retention and leaves ample lacing

Smell - Clean and light tropical fruits up front mixed with a big citrus blast: grapefruit all day, orangey, then light biscuit malts.

Feel/Taste - Medium body with ample scrubbing carb carries the flavors well, quite smooth. Taste is much like nose; light tropical/stone fruit hops mixed with a massive citrus blast of grapefruit, orange, lemon/lime zing, a touch of pine needle; then some biscuity, toasty malts come out to balance, finishes with moderate, lingering, resinous citrus pith bitterness.

Overall - An excellent citrus-bomb IPA, and certainly deserving of its cult status among IPA lovers. I don't know if it's "mind-blowingly" outstanding... Maybe it was years ago, but these days there are many, many similar IPAs that are just as awesome. Unfortunately, the hype machine got a hold of this one and caused the prices to inflate ($7.50 bombers, $12+ sixers, c'mon). Regardless, this is a damn good beer.

Redneckwine, Wednesday at 03:12 AM
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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,277 ratings.