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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

11,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,197
Reviews: 2,297
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,180
Gots: 3,063 | 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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange with a big 3 finger white head and lots of lacing as you drink. Big citrus, mostly grapefruit notes, accentuated by peach and apricot giving this a largely fruity nose. Taste delivers, with some nice grapefruit bite, peach and mango all tied together with a sweet almost graham cracker malt bill. It finishes slightly bitter, but not nearly as much as expected. Very pleasing clean finish. Medium mouthfeel that's just spot on with carbonation. Great IPA that deserves its place toward the top.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes; bottle with a cryptic stamp on the label that suggests bottling within three weeks of consumption--but not sure.

It's a lively, bright amber with superb clarity. The head was large and airy, but thick enough to linger and hold a lovely palette of aromas. Fairly good retention and lacing, too.

The nose is full of pineapple and orange with some pithy grapefruit that folds into dank notes. But that funk isn't heavy--it's like a cool mist hanging in a hemlock forest with plenty of breeze. There's a toasty noted of buttered muffin, too--delicate and compelling.

Flavors are bright and light to begin each sip. It's sweet with grapefruit, and a woody chew comes in rather quickly, with an orangey glaze. I'd like a touch more depth and bitterness, but the length of grassy and slick hop oils is very nice. Booze is apparent, even at just 7%. A bit more malt and earth complexity comes in with warming.

Moderate carbonation is right on for balancing this brew. It's both creamy and bright with nice length. The way it coats the teeth feels good. Just a bit more heft would be perfection to match this taste profile.

Overall, I am really pleased with this creature. It's a major step up from Big Eye, and for something that's available year round, a real standout. I'll certainly be looking to try it on tap if I can find it--since I might expect a more spicy experience that could be a treat with whatever food I was out to get at the same time.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 11,197 ratings.