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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,948
Reviews: 2,241
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 2,815 | 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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3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours straw yellow with a rocky white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a single ring of bubbles.

S - Pine and grassy hops, no malt background to speak of.

T - Very straightforward piney hops, some grass notes. No real malt signature, a one dimensional beer.

M - Thin is all I can recall

D - Fine for the style

I'm going to have to try this one again, I'm reading the reviews and I can't believe it's the same beer.

EDIT: Tried a fresher bottle and was happy to find it was much better. Big grapefruit aroma you can pickup as soon as you pop the top, more prickly resiny hops then anticipated with the nose but good. Light taste and mouthfeel, solid brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, if I could give extra appearance points for the bottle art, I would. Poured into a pint glass. Body is a clear golden with much bubbling, nice airy white head that foams and bubbles nicely. Kind of like sea foam, but without the sick residues. Some lacing. Smells nice and hoppy with a little hop-metallic tinge. Good bitter citrus smells, like sticking my nose in a handful of pellets. A little fruity, but I wouldn't associate the smell with a light IPA over a fresh-hop.

Tastes very hoppy and bitter up front, with a decent malt character to round it out. This is what I'd think of as a solid IPA: with a hop presence that tastes like they were put in there to preserve the beer. Some savory flavors in there, reminds me a little of soybean or is otherwise a little meaty. Definitely not light in taste. Some lemon, hints of apricot nectar and peach as the tongue acclimates to the bitterness. Very smooth, drinkable mouthfeel. Sweet. Carbonation is there at the beginning, just enough to be enjoyable, walking the line between gentle and assertive.

To be honest, at the first few tastes I didn't think much of this brew. Half a glass down, I was starting to enjoy it. Near the end, I was looking forward to topping it off again. It'd be nice to try this one either fresh or let it sit for awhile. Looking forward to my other Ballast Point acquisitions.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear, amber in color, pours 2 inches of thick white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: hops, apricot, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, citrus, orange.

Taste: citrus, apricot, lemon, orange, caramel, some pine resin, hoppy, bitter up front and at the finish, sweet in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, not as bitter on the tounge as many west coast IPAs.

Overall: An amazing IPA. The citrus/fruity notes were very prevalent. The balance between sweet and bitter is perfect. Very well done. One of my favorite IPAs.

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4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange with a thin white head. The nose is an all out assault of juicy tangerine and bubble gum. The flavor doesn't live up to the expectations set my the aroma, but still its very good with some piny and citrus hops. Medium body and super easy to drink.

Photo of eclipse54
3.3/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,948 ratings.