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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

10,390 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,390
Reviews: 2,115
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,042
Gots: 2,254 | 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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Photo of Joebooh2
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WMD-1002
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pDubs
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pmoney
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evianIPA
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355mL bottle no best before

A - Textbook orange with a cream head that hangs onto the glass like its life depends on it and never truly dissipates. 5

S - Perfection. Quote from my girl "most beers just smell like beer, but that smells how beer should smell." She's right. Resin, passionfruit and perfumed toffee are having an orgy in my nostrils. 5

T - A little too much booze start to finish, but the aromas carry through and mix with a slight woodiness. No perceivable malt flavours. 3

M - Full but dry, with softish carbonation and satisfying bitterness. 4.5

O - Beer almost never travels well, but it's obvious this is a remarkable beer, and I can't wait for the opportunity to try it fresh when I'm next in California!

Photo of sdlhy
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robbmotiwalla
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Belekinbeer
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Could be the best IPA I've ever had.

Photo of Hopglow
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OB1
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Natellis123
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jchain
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best standard IPAs I've had. Crisp. Fresh. Strong hops, but not by any means too much, in my opinion. This is my "go to" IPA.

Photo of jmossqs
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet clean malt, resinous hops, piny notes and a little citrus. Enticing.
Great balanced flavours, again there's a mix of sweet clean malt and piny, resinous hops. Some spicy notes as well. Superbly balanced, very drinkable.

Photo of erushing
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sparx1100
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hail_seitan
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from 12 oz. can

A - Drank straight from the can, but from a bit poured into a glass, a nice straw color.

S - A plethora of citrus aromas waft out of the can top. Grass, mint and even a hint of green onion sneak in, too.

T - A full-on citrus bomb. Really tastes like a orange Julius in beer form. Tangerine and clementine brightness with a hint of ruby grapefruit pucker. Some floral and garlic savory flavors are present. The malt is pleasantly low on sugar and has a biscuit flavor that lets the hops shine. Aftertaste is all bitterness and ripe orange.

M - A sprightly carbonation buoys up the hops atop a dry and light body.

O - A fine West Coast IPA. The pure orange and clementine citrus flavors are oh so enjoyable and make for a world-class beer experience summer or winter.

Photo of Riggsby
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first drank this lovely at Stone in Escondido in 2007. At the time I was blown away by the citrus forward aspect of this beer. A couple of years later I toured the brewery just before this beer blew up in the national sense. We had a personal tour and were told they were putting 7 varieties of hops in each batch. The expen$e to make this ale was considerable. Thus the addiction began. I believe that, with my uncle, we put this beer on the map on the East coast because we were drinking at least a pallet/year. I have a set of garage doors nailed with thousands of caps to prove our consumption!! But what happened? As they grew this brew dropped off. I remember that on our West coast visit they were expanding tankage to outside fermenters. I believe this and hop shortages/prices changed this beer. Pliny on tap on the East coast, at least at Monk's, is close to what you taste in Santa Rosa. I can't say the same for Sculpin. Like a first love, she always fades with time. Thus the toying with grapefruit, kiwi, habaneros, etc to cover up the loss of what made this beer unique. Ballast boys- get back to the basics and make less so that we have "more"!

Photo of glenmoordave
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of handcrafty
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of davidkenzler
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ri0
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz can into snifter. Not able to identify any date.

A - Pours a hazy gold and apricot hues with a 2 finger white head. Decent retention that fades to a collar and leaves webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aggressive west coast hops on this beer, with some citrus, pine, and grapefruit. I also pick up a nice malt/yeast combination.

T - West coast piney hops are up front, followed by some sweet citrus mid-palate and a bitter finish. There's a pleasant malty sweetness that complements the citrus well. I get some lingering bread and biscuit with a solid bitter grapefruit finish.

M - Medium creamy mouth feel with ample carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

O - It's my first time drinking Sculpin and it reminds me of Fatheads Headhunter.

Photo of Emmige1
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,390 ratings.