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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

9,700 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,700
Reviews: 2,060
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 977
Gots: 1,899 | FT: 41
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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Ratings: 9,700 | Reviews: 2,060 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Braden, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

JSchock7, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

closisinthehouse, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jtransel, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer. A foggy orange with a beautiful head. A little boozy to the nose with a hint of orange and hops. Starts off a bit hoppy and sour but slides into a smooth orangey finish. This is an excellent beer. It's extremely drinkable for a (somewhat) high ABV. I love it. It really does everything I want my beer to do. Excellent. Just excellent.

Ryan_Graham, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

D0mDelm0nt, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber body, slow-rising champagne-like bubbles. Huge foamy off-white head.

S: Very fruity. Orange marmalade and mango. Very tropical.

T: It's very crisp, lovely and bitter but well balanced with a dry orange marmalade flavour. There's just a touch of sweetness. There's some rindy earthiness but it's not present in every swig. The aftertaste is a slight perfumey mango and at points it's hard not to believe there's actual fruit infused into it, even though it's not overkill. I even get a dash of lime every now and then. For a hop forward beer all the flavours are very nicely balanced and elegantly restrained, yet not meek by any stretch of the imagination.

M: Perfect mouthfeel for this type of beer. It's just the right thickness but has an eleganant kind of lightness and it's not astringient in the slightest.

O: Of the dozen or so American IPAs I've sampled this was by far the best.

Hoppsbabo, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

WolfAlynn, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Chipleton3, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

swtdixie91, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

jdwilliamson79, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Big_V, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ItsBeer4Me, Nov 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

SortaAmbivalent, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

JWallace1013, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

kris_n, Nov 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

MilkMan126, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

tkdchampxi, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

MrNate, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

mattyb85, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

AaronMello, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of SteadySippin
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this beer from a bottle to a chilled glass.

Appearance - Has a nice golden color with a 2 finger head when poured. Head sets to about a half finger thick with some lacing. Decent looking beer.

Smell - Hints of citrus and pine. Hops really come through on the back end of the aroma and the citrus right up front. Smells delicious.

Taste - Really nice piney bitter hop flavor which really finds its way through your entire mouth. On the citrus side of things, I taste some grapefruit with floral notes. This IPA tastes amazing. Hop presence is spot on.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and crisp. Carbonation is just right. Goes down smooth and leaves your mouth dry.

Overall - Seeing the ratings on this beer, I had to go out and get some. Glad I did, this is probably my favorite IPA to date. Great stuff.

SteadySippin, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

SkeeterBoganski, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

HarriAle, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Shawner, Nov 08, 2013
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 9,700 ratings.