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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

10,664 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,664
Reviews: 2,183
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,097
Gots: 2,565 | FT: 48
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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Photo of Boomer4ES
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTLDOG
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This ranks near the top of the list for American IPA for me. Poured from a can into a tulip. Nice gold color with copper highlights with 2 fingers of white head. Light lacing. Smells grapefruit, some floral notes. Tastes of citrus, earthy hops, maybe a little peach. Mouthfeel is medium but kind of creamy. Good carbonation with some bite. Well balanced beer, full of flavor. Nice clean hoppy finish. A great beer

Photo of 1koolrule
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have always wanted to try this but, never like the price. Has a very balanced taste. A mild fruity and citrus feel. Easy to drink. Nice color. Not overly bitter.
Overall, a great "Go To" IPA.

Photo of X3LIX
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crc1935
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Picked up a pack of this from a local beer store and am very glad I did! Very unique taste. One of the more memorable IPAs I've had.

Photo of Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 716gibbs
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of buzzarooski
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank You Sir.....May I have another!

Photo of kogutmic
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chart813
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoldenAbbey
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mixitup
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Matty123
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Plasmafunk
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle, bottled about 60 days ago, poured into a red plastic cup.

Smells great when it gets a little warmer. Aftertaste is a little stronger than I would like but I think I just found my new favorite beer.

Photo of McStout5
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reds76
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really like the pine and tropical fruit mix on the nose. A touch more carbonation than other IPA's which really compliments the snappy hops. Solid beer!

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snagged a growler of Sculpin before word got out. An exceptional American IPA that is actually fairly easy to get and enjoy.

Photo of greensculpin
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Very nice brew would highly recommend.

Photo of Jim_Benz
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a "west coast" IPA, Sculpin is about as good as it gets. Pricey as it gets, too! Poured into a snifter, its a beautiful, clear orange/gold in appearance, with a moderate white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass while maintaining a ring around the edges and a sizeable island in the middle. The nose, for me, is largely citrus and tropical fruit over a whiff of biscuity malt. Taste is where it really shines--the citrusy hops are balaced with a piney bitterness (though not too bitter) over a very tastey malt backbone of bread and bisquit, low on caramel. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light on first impression, but leans to medium in the middle and thickens in the aftertaste, which is moderately bitter, in a really good fashion. Carbonation is perfect for the style--meaning high enough to balance and accentuate the hop and malt flavors.Overall, it's my favorite IPA--after Bell's Two-Hearted and Surly Furious. Is it worth the price? On occassion, or at least when I'm feeling flush.

Photo of Knobs303
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A go to, Great Ipa one of the best.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,664 ratings.