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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

8,212 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,212
Reviews: 1,968
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 852
Gots: 1,177 | FT: 43
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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ArtZan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-14-2014 20:33:06 | More by ArtZan
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mlhyatt

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-14-2014 04:07:44 | More by mlhyatt
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Hopalonglong

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-14-2014 03:53:17 | More by Hopalonglong
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Adkins721

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-14-2014 00:35:00 | More by Adkins721
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Josbor11

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-13-2014 20:47:42 | More by Josbor11
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jripps

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-13-2014 20:08:10 | More by jripps
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nickdank

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-13-2014 20:04:39 | More by nickdank
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Rickyjcnj

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-13-2014 17:16:04 | More by Rickyjcnj
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BrewerDawg


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-13-2014 16:39:53 | More by BrewerDawg
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought a six pack of Sculpin cans the other day. code on the bottom says 14028, so I am assuming this is pretty fresh - abt 2 wks old - unless I'm not deciphering it correctly.

IMO, this is no better than old school caramelly New England IPA with just a little bit drier finish. Hop character was weak and grassy, no citrusy/tropical fruit flavors. Draft has been inconsistent too - sometimes boozy and thin, sometimes decently hoppy, sometimes malty. What the heck happened to that juicy hop bomb like when it first came to the boston area in bombers? I think I'm about done with this beer as I am with GF WC IPA - two beers ruined by increased production.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 14:36:42 | More by Longstaff
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jbrownfsu

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2014 08:16:44 | More by jbrownfsu
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linoluck


4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2014 04:00:43 | More by linoluck
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mwade5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-13-2014 03:57:20 | More by mwade5
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2014 01:55:56 | More by RyanTheLion13
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Westyn

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

02-12-2014 21:31:36 | More by Westyn
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Thren

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-12-2014 19:55:36 | More by Thren
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trebud

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-12-2014 17:23:28 | More by trebud
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dozier77

Arizona

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-12-2014 15:41:00 | More by dozier77
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carterbt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-12-2014 05:24:59 | More by carterbt
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paulytasker

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type) Poured a Pint out of a 22 oz. Bomber. Thanks to Wheelzntoys for sending this to me via trade!

A) Pours a bold golden, light orange that is topped with a frothy, creamy white layer of dense head. The head dwindles rather quickly, leaving behind a thin blanket of white suspended atop the brew. Some dense, (albeit patchy) lacing coats the side of the glass as I sip. Limited carbonation visible.

S) Grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit are very apparent to the nose, accompanied by a good deal of other citrusy fruits. Pineapple, mango, and maybe tangerine? All in all a damn delicious boquet of fruits. A slight whiff of, grassy, piney, earthiness rounds it all out.

T) Surprisingly, the citrus bomb I was expecting isn't quite as pronounced on the palate as it was in the nose. That being said, there is still a very pleasing dose of fruity tropicalness, but it is actually kept in check and nicely balanced by some maltyness. It's as if a bunch of tropical fruit rolled around in a tub of freshly cut bitter grass and dried off with a towel coated with a touch of caramel.

M) Medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. This is one smooth, yet complex brew. All the qualities I look for in a West Coast IPA. One kick ass brew that lives up to the hype!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:26:30 | More by paulytasker
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mmclaughlin38

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-12-2014 03:07:25 | More by mmclaughlin38
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Samber79

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-12-2014 03:06:41 | More by Samber79
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Swaino

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-12-2014 02:04:55 | More by Swaino
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vogeljason

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-12-2014 01:34:49 | More by vogeljason
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A translucent, golden body lurks beneath an inch of foamy, pure white head that lingers briefly before settling to a scant dusting across the surface of the liquid; minimal strands of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit and orange with a fresh pine punch. Some grass, herbs, and wet earth fill out the middle with a lemony zest towards the end. It tastes similar, with some large citrus notes up front that readily fade to a muddled, earthy center. Bitter hops give way to a soapy aftertaste on the finish, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, but well carbonated. Refreshing throughout with a dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA that I thoroughly enjoy. While there are plenty of new options available today, this one remains a staple and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 21:53:02 | More by eclipse54
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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