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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

11,213 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 11,213
Reviews: 2,300
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,183
Gots: 3,076 | 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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Ratings: 11,213 | Reviews: 2,300
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4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jay1078
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, with a pronounced coppery color and a persistent, fluffy head. As the head recedes, it leaves thick lacing along the sides of the glass .

S: Fresh, floral/piney hop scent Rather limited in this regard, in comparison to more heavily-hopped beers.

T: Well balanced, with a malt backbone to tone down the hops and round out the beer. Sweet, with citrus and tropical fruits. Even so, there is a small but distinct amount of bitterness present. For a beer edging into the higher ABVs (bottle marked 7.5%), I'd expect there to be a little more dimension to the flavor, although as it stands the taste characteristics are still solidly there.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied, with a moderate to high level of "bite" from carbonation. No alcohol scent or warmth was noted.

O: A solid beer that gives a balanced display of IPA characteristics. This could be an good option for introducing newcomers to hoppier beers.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's hard not to love Sculpin. An accomplished IPA which hits all the right notes. The can is more drinkable than it has a right to be, but I slightly prefer the bottle. A bit steep at (typically) $15 per sixpack, but a better value than most cheaper offerings. I have had a few slightly disappointing keg pours, though.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Nice smooth taste. Not overly hopped. Drinkable beer.

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

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

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

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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,213 ratings.