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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,364
Reviews: 2,110
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 2,235 | FT: 42
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance- Golden yellow with a massive frothy head atop the brew.

Smell- Citrus, pine.

Taste- Grapefruit, grass, slightly bready malt backbone peeking through before a prickly and crisp hop finish. Very long finish on this beer even though it is tastes very drinkable for 7%. This beer gets much better as it warms

Mouthfeel- Prickly, crisp. High carbonation for an IPA

Overall- Very good, but not at all worth it for the price. I can get Two Hearted (which is a better beer in my opinion) for $9 a sixer. Cheapest Sculpin six pack I have seen is a whopping $17. You do the math.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%

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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.84/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a thin, fizzy head and thick lacing. Smell is of citrusy hops, pine, and sweet malt. Taste is strong citrus hops, fruity sweetness and a bitter bite at the finish. There is an undercurrent of bready malt. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and definitely sticky with hop resin. This is an excellent substitute for Pliny the Elder when it's not available. The two beers are on par with one another.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doing this from a hazy memory, so excuse any inconsistencies

A - slightly cloudy deep amber-orange with an off white head

S - this is where it is at. Tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Pine tree and sweet herbs. Extremely complex and nuanced.

T - balance. Yes an IPA with balance. Most IPAs these days are all about the hops and nothing else. This beer has a beautiful palate then cleanses with a crisp hoppiness that lasts but doesn't destroy ones taste buds. Dare I say you could actually eat food with this. Thai food anyone?

M - less carbonation than some IPA, but the beer is almost better for it. You get enough refreshing crispness from the hops. Therefore the slightly toned down carbonation give the beer a richer profile to help balance out the beer.

Overall - one of my favorite IPAs. If you want more hops to totally dominate your mouth, then maybe this is nit your jam. But with the right good this beer is magical.

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

Just about my all time favorite IPA. What can I say to start it off... Its juicy, floral, fresh and crisp. Ballast Point truly made a world class beer. The nose has pleasant notes of lemon, tangerine, peach and pine. It is floral and light with fresh hints of melon, honey, and many citrus flavors that all come together with a crisp bite and a dry, yet juicy finish. I always look for that special beer which hits me as a masterpiece keeps me coming back to get more and more. Sculpin IPA truly fills that title. To me, its perfect. It is a testament to what creativity and experimentation can produce. Give it a try.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,364 ratings.