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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

10,677 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 10,677
Reviews: 2,184
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,100
Gots: 2,577 | FT: 49
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 JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrs3994243
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AW311
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice golden color with a one finger creamy head, slowly dissolving. Excellent floral nose, hint of citrus. The nose of this is very distinctive. The taste starts slightly bitter and piney but finishes clean. Excellent carbonation for balance and mouthfeel.

Photo of HunterThurston
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of kraticus41
3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't do much for me.

Photo of DemoniChris
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoctorEvil
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Deep golden in color and topped with a nice head of white foam that is 1 finger in size. The head quickly settles to a thin collar of multiple tiny bubbles that stay for the remainder of the drink. A small amount of lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh, juicy citrus hop aromas jump right out of the glass. I'm getting orange and mango, with some grapefruit as well. There is some piney hops in the background, but they are dominated by all the citrus aromas. A pretty strong nose considering this isn't a double IPA.

T: The taste of this beer perfectly matches the nose, and for that I give it a 5. You immediately get smacked with clean, crisp flavors of grapefruit and orange with some pine. The flavors are very hop forward, but you can tell there is a good amount of malt used by the fact that there is only a small amount of bitterness. The malt is there purely for balance, as it is barely perceived when it comes to the flavor.

M: This beer has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very clean/crisp with minimal bitterness. It is extremely refreshing and the fact that it has barely any bitterness makes it go down very smooth.

O: Sculpin IPA is a great beer that is EXTREMELY drinkable. There is big, fresh flavors of citrus hops with a good amount of malt to balance it all out. Pretty much a perfect representation of the style with perfect balance, this is without a doubt one of the greatest IPAs that is readily available. In the small amount of time it took me to write this review, I downed 3 of these beers like it was nothing. They are dangerously, dangerously drinkable. I just kept reaching for more and more until my glass was empty. These are outstanding and without a doubt have just become my new go to IPA!

Photo of S_Hersh
1.69/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Really weak all the way around

Photo of boocie
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

So much flavor and so drinkable. Very nice balance of flavors and perfectly smooth. I would drink this everyday.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to beer and if I had to pick one beer to drink that is readily available this would be it.
Pours a nice gold / honey color with two fingers of white head. As I drink from glass there is nice lacing that is left behind.
A great smelling beer with hops and citrus at the front.
Tastes like the perfect IPA plenty of hop flavor followed by the citrus.
A great beer and what I would use as an example of a west coast IPA.

Photo of tedvr
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alecmedeiros
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZBR101
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trooper92292
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is definitely a classic IPA. Not too hoppy, large aromas of fruit. I can drink this anytime. Perfect for any meal and not too rich on flavor and taste. In my top 10 for IPAs.

Photo of Mattmchale
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,677 ratings.