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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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10,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,980
Reviews: 2,245
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 1,159
Gots: 2,852 | FT: 50
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: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [2.75] Slightly hazy golden color. Forms a nice 2 finger head. But the head dissipates rapidly in a patchy fashion. Once the head is gone there is not much lacing on the glass. The can lists a Julian date code (2 months old) but no ABV or IBU.

S: [3.75] Nice burst of pine and some citrus. The pine is really sweet and nice smelling. Very inviting smell.

T: [3.50] A little more bitter than I expected up front. There is still a great deal of pine needles. I am not getting any sweetness from the malts.

M: [3.75] The body is smooth with low carbonation. There is a bit of a dry bite due to the bitterness.

O: [3.50] I have had this on tap and my recollection was that it was better. This is only 2 months old, and was kept refrigerated - but it feels like it lost a step. The piece that seems faded is a little citrus and some of the balance. I like this beer (especially on tap) and I will drink it again. But I would definitely rank this lower than the tap version.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with three full fingers of white head that leave very impressive lacing.

Smell is not super strong, but i get earthy and citrus hops. Nice cantaloupe, and grassy smells.

Taste is quite a few different hop profiles going on. I get citrus, herbal, and a slight resin taste. Slighty tart orange, and fresh cut grass. Malt comes in as a dry biscuit and a wonderful canvas for the hops. Excellent touch with the malt flavor, just enough roast going on.

Mouthfeel is exeptional. Moderate to slightly high carbonation with a nice chewyness from the malt. Great balance. Dry.

Highly drinkable IPA that reminds me of Bell's two hearted but with slightly smoother taste profiles. Could drink Sculpin all night if it were distributed here.

Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 10,980 ratings.