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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

8,196 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,196
Reviews: 1,966
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 850
Gots: 1,166 | 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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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
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Hastur23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2014 17:39:48 | More by Hastur23
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replacementpart

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-11-2014 03:55:46 | More by replacementpart
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Jirin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-11-2014 02:21:36 | More by Jirin
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PictureThi5

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2014 00:32:15 | More by PictureThi5
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JMaxwell

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-10-2014 22:52:43 | More by JMaxwell
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d1p3r1

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-10-2014 22:50:59 | More by d1p3r1
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emakings

Puerto Rico

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 22:37:12 | More by emakings
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 17:48:48 | More by MilkManX
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Pookie

Georgia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 17:26:17 | More by Pookie
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 02:58:12 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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UMph420

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-10-2014 02:36:56 | More by UMph420
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VancouverHops

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-10-2014 02:25:07 | More by VancouverHops
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 02:08:20 | More by Burkbom23
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cd_beer_disapear

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

02-10-2014 01:55:30 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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puttinforbird

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-10-2014 00:26:51 | More by puttinforbird
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gradergator

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served fresh from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is nice orange haze with lots of lacing that seems to linger. Smell is fresh fruit but not that strong. Would like more punch. Taste is fresh but again not that aggressive. Mouthfeel is average and overall, I believe the first time I tasted it must have been stale as this experience was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:16:54 | More by gradergator
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,196 ratings.