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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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8,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,502
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 882
Gots: 1,319 | FT: 45
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've updated my rating to reflect my several experiences with this beer. The first time I had it in the bottle and it was very good and perhaps more fresh. I've since had a few bottles that weren't very good and some fresh cans that were just good. Still a good IPA but not worth the price.

Serving type: can

05-28-2014 19:43:03 | More by Beer4B
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3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: As this is a bomber, it's obviously an older bottle.

A - Poured from a bomber into nonic. Medium carbonation; pale straw in color. A ton of muck nearly poured into glass, but I was careful to watch. Put the other half of the bottle in the fridge to settle out.

S - Citrus and pine hops. Grassy, vegetal, and a bit of wet paper.

T - Citrus hops dominate. Solid grapefruit flavor that I just love in this beer. Vegetal character there in the background, but hop character and nice sharp bitterness in the finish save this bottle.

M - Crisp and light.

O - Some d-bag at our bottle shop sold my wife this older bottle saying they "just got it in". I was worried that it would be a complete drainpour, but it's actually not that bad. None of the uber-fresh hop character is there, of course; however, still plenty of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor to keep me drinking it. It should go without saying, when you see Sculpin fresh or on draft, load up. Happy to have a little SD in my glass tonight, even in this shape. Cheers,

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 00:46:38 | More by SummitVA
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ballast Point: Sculpin IPA (No date) (Tasted 02/28/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance: Clear as day, golden beer with hints of orange, bubbles rushing up feeding the monstrous eggshell white head, looks like soap bubbles around the edges, circle of meringue in the center. Lovely. Retention is good, lacing is surprisingly minimal.
Odor: I can smell this from the glass, which is sitting about a foot away on my desk. Up close, rich "sweet" mango, pineapple, white grapefruit in the background. Relatively sure that this is all hop aroma, though the perception of sweetness might be coming from the malt?
Consistency: Light bodied, carbonation is solid and high-ish, but instead of prickling the tongue, it adds a creamy back-end to the feel of this beer. Hop oils are there, though they don't add much body.
Flavor: I'm slowly getting the point. Monstrous hop flavor, layered differently than the aroma. Grapefruit zest and pine on top, pineapple & mango in the background. Malt throws a nice background, sweetish with some very faint caramel notes waaaay in back. As if it needs to be said, there's no struggle for balance here, Mike "Hop Leaf" Tyson vs. Woody "Two Row" Allen, Tyson wins. Crisp, dry finish, which allows the bitter resin to start smacking the palate around. Slight alcohol presence in the finish. This is supremely drinkable hop juice, I want more...

Man, believe the hype. This is a great beer with absolutely no glaring flaws, likely because they only brew it when they have the time to do it right. I'm a sucker for tropical fruit leaning IPAs and this is one of the best in that vein of the style that I've had the pleasure of trying. I'll snag a bottle whenever it comes out this way.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 19:07:04 | More by Walken
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clearish light mahogany with a thin bubbly head. Nose is nice floral and piny hops. Mouthful is a bit on the thin side. This is a nice an easy drinker for the hop fan, and also for the non hop fan. The hop flavor is prevalent but not overpowering. There is a hint of sweetness up front, then it is full on hops with a nice and long lingering bitter finish.Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Very solid IPA from BP...definitely on my top 10

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 18:51:07 | More by hophead247
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3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little golden hue. no fizz but definitely visual signs of carbonation, no head. Very nice aroma. lots of citrus and pine . It gives off a nice medium bitter aroma. This beer is light bodied. I feel like a lot of breweries will have a huge hop bomb backed by some malt, but not this one (those beers are also usually 9% and up, this is under 8%, this note is probably referring to the fact that I drink more DIPAs than IPAs). The taste is pretty good. This seems similar with it intentions as beers like Hop Juice: all about the hops, not the malt. The flavor leans more towards the citrus notes than anything, leaving a slight grapefruit taste in your mouth. The pine notes are there to balance it out, but not too much. This beer is has a bunch of flavor is not in your face. There's no direct attack from the hops, but they don't go unnoticed. Start to finish your getting a bouqet of flavors. I think as the beer warms up a tad some sweet flavors some out. Notes of grapefruit are really starting to show. I think for me to really enjoy that I'd like more malt, but it's a minor complaint.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 23:13:21 | More by 100floods
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: If they don't infuse this w/pineapple or peach juice they really have a special secret. More obvious citrus than I've had before. Sweet malt and little tartness in the nose, but mostly citrusy sweetness.

App: golden orangey, nice fluffy white head, lacing.

Taste: Pineapple juice, maybe little peach juice in the background. Then the hops bittering effects take over, w/piney and more orangey citrus. Good sweet malt character. Seems appropriate for style.

Mouth: medium smooth. Good. Dry and refreshing, no alcohol presence. Just bitterness lingering.

Drink: Pretty good. But most well-made IPA's are all pretty good really.

Overall: Can't believe the sweet citrus smell. I'd like to know their secrets. Only beer that I can remember that had this much was Dreadnaught from Three Floyds. I can't imagine a better beer to be drinking watching a San Diego sunset. (must add to to-do list).

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 05:30:13 | More by bret27
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy apricot golden.
Smell is apricot with other hoppy fruit aromas.
Taste is that apricot.. whoah but then here are those hops!!!
Mouthfeel is ample carbonation but in an extremely refreshing way.
The hops are flavorfuly living in my mouth after each sip. Crisp! Eventually a peppery resin is detected yet the constant apricot hitting my nose upon each sip is superb.
Bitter is good here!! About par with Green Flash for me.
Overall a confirmation of my preference for West Coast IPA's and DIPA's (aside from a lone alchemist lurking in the northeast).

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:18:00 | More by TBoneJones
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3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tone77 for this beer! The beer pours amber and copper in color. It has a short head of thick off-white foam.

The aroma is pleasantly hop forward, lots of tropical fruit, mango, some citrus, and a touch of pine sap.

The taste follows the aromas, tropical, mango, tea with lemon, with a quite bitter, but still smooth, finish. IPA lovers, this one is worth finding!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 02:46:07 | More by cpolking
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light golden with a very very slight haze. Small but decently retaining head.

Sweet tropical notes, mainly mango accompany a major amount of hops in the scent. Apricots, yes. Some citrus character here.

Hop bitterness with a nice tropical lemon vibe to a spicy sweet then bitter closing. Peach flavors emerge. Pine. Apricots are more present in my second glass. Mint.

Soo smooth in this area. Cannot get any better mouthfeel wise. Perfect amount of alc, spice and carbonation, and an easy to drink body.

There was a lot I liked but overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:03:56 | More by Sensaray
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, finally, an IPA that is really good. Seems a lot of the "hey lets make a brewery" brewers are producing things that are labelled as an IPA, but really taste like old stale hops! Don’t get me wrong, you have a few out there that are making some really great IPAs and this is one of them. Clean, fresh, bitterly hoppy, foamy, citrusy...hits all the marks! Really nice IPA!!! I’m drinking one now!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 21:21:12 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disappointing but not bad.

The beer is well balanced, good malt and piney hops here. Get subtle hints of floral hops, and touches of citrusy pineapple. The bitterness isn't really controlled enough, the sweetness of the citrus side not really pulling it back. That said, the bitterness isn't really too overbearing, so while uncontrolled its still entirely drinkable if you're used to this.

I don't think its worth the price tag. I also got this thing for 8 bucks and was expecting more, really. Kind of overpriced in a market where I know plenty of other IPA's and DIPA's that are better that I can get from anywhere from 25% cheaper to half that price.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 19:41:11 | More by DM1293
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-08-2013 23:33:41 | More by BBrewington
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4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jbaker67 for the bottle! Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy by 06/21/2013 stamped on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger bone white head. Tight and bubbly. Clear golden color.

Smell: Resiny hops, big citrus fruit, ends with some sweet tropical fruits. The malts are starting to come through a lot more since it's near the enjoy by date.

Taste: Follows the nose. Big piney hop bite. Sweet hops, honey, and fruit salad. Malt is present on the taste but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation appropriate for the style. Too easy to drink.

Overall: The hop flavors aren't as complex as when I last had this but then again this isn't a fresh beer. A beer to never turn down if offered and a hop bomb that should be tried by all. My only complaint is that I can't walk down to the gas station and buy a bomber of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 06:13:29 | More by CowsandBeer
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-11-2013 03:33:05 | More by WolfAlynn
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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cutting to the chase on this beer. It's been around a while and there are lots of reviews. I just had this beer today and in my opinion it rivals Lawson's Double Sunshine.
Color is a gorgeous nice mango color, a thick fluffy head over two fingers high. Smell was a bit disappointing (and they only area that left me wanting more). Just felt it wasn't as aromatic as I wanted. When I tasted it, WOW it's fruit forward, and nice hoppy bitterness at the swallow. It's fruity and delicious, and has a similar profile to Double Sunshine. I feel Sculpin was a bit more hoppy bitter at the end of the tasting.
This is a flat out delicious IPA. If you can't get Lawson's Double Sunshine, this is almost as good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:11:28 | More by BoldRulerVT
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

06-13-2014 20:11:56 | More by 98green
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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