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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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8,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,191
Reviews: 1,966
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 849
Gots: 1,162 | 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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-18-2014 22:07:01 | More by cbuckl14
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-23-2014 00:02:57 | More by baconfromwalmart
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 02:03:04 | More by Quattrofiend
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-06-2014 00:18:30 | More by TahoeTweezed
Photo of vrazionale


4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Bright golden body with a delicately-laced, frothy cappuccino head.

S - Beautiful and inviting. Lots of tropical fruit, floral notes, and citrus. The tropical fruits that are most prominent are mango, papaya, and pineapple - all sweet and juicy fruits. Just a touch of medicinal aromas on the finish.

T - So well-balanced. The sweetness of the fruit flavors combined with the citric, slightly piney bitterness work so well together.

M - Perfect carbonation - crisp and refreshing. No cloying stickiness here, unlike many other IPAs.

D - Wow. This is just about the most perfect IPA I can imagine. I found myself continuing to go back for more - it's almost too good to savor, you just keep taking sips. An absolute must-try for any beer lover, and especially so for lovers of fruity, floral IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 04:49:40 | More by vrazionale
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-11-2012 20:27:15 | More by keanlacrosse
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-24-2013 18:24:10 | More by Dirksen
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-25-2013 23:59:26 | More by micko323
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-08-2013 03:46:39 | More by WallingBrew
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-14-2013 00:11:21 | More by alemiester
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Shared with mjyoung.

A - Clear, yellow amber color. Half finger, pure white head with good retention.

S - Fragrant piney and herbal hop aroma. Smells incredibly fresh and inviting.

T - Solid, savory, bitter hop flavor that hits you from the first sip. Hints of apricot as it goes down and a clean, dry finish with little aftertaste. I also detected zero presence of alcohol, which is a big plus.

M - Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is a little on the light side.

D - A well-balanced, palatable beer. Goes along great with a big dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 07:10:32 | More by bbb099
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber to a SA perfect pint glass.

Nice cloudy golden amber, about an inch of head settles to a half finger, pretty good lacing.

Aroma is full of fruit and citrus. Lots of mango, pineapple, apricots, hops, grapefruit, and little honey.

Taste is pretty close to the nose. Lots of mango and hop. It is sweet, tangy, and bitter all at once.

Mouth feel is pretty bright, lots of "zing" from the carbonation. Smooth going down with some hop bitterness and a little sweetness in the body.

I am so very glad I can enjoy this beer whenever I want.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 06:41:35 | More by hdelavega
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3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- poured into a tumbler glass, the beer is dense, but very light hued. Looks like lemonade.

A- fresh fruity snap. Kinda mellow, compared to some IPA's which send off grapefruit pith and pine resin. Very juicy very floral.

T- tropical punch. There's a lot of tangerine and some banana. Bitterness is mild. There's something lacking in the flavor, because the fruit character is over-whelming. This tastes more like juice than beer, some dank, piney or spicy hops would balance that out. It's like a Lemon Head candy w/o the sourness that leaves you with the desired pucker.

M- Slightly sweet and substantial body. This is a exactly the way an IPA should drink.

O- This beer is drinkable, but it leaves something to be desired. I'm sure when I try it again I'll be tasting flavors I missed. I felt this one fell short of the hype, but surely demonstrates the exceptional brewing taking place out of the West Coast.

Thanks to The Hulmeville Inn for featuring this beer and other great offerings!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 16:02:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
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3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber into my sam a perfect pint glass
there is no bottle date so i dont know how fresh this one is

Ok, to start this off, it poured a nice clean goldenrod with a thick frothy 2 finger head that is coating ever bit of glass it touches. this is a very clear beer completely transparent with lots of lively bubbles partially in thanks to the laser etching in the glass. the smell is a little pungent with a slight grapefruit/citrus with some banana and bready notes. the malts stand out at the end of the nose with a certain sweetness i dont mind. I get more citrus than grapefruit in the taste but you definitely get the bready taste more the end of the sip than the beginning with a solid pronounced malt backbone the whole sip. This has some lively carbonation that i enjoyed, lots of tingling from start to almost finish, with a slightly dry finish that makes you want another sip. overall this beer never really amazes me especially with it sitting at the top of the ipa list, dont get me wrong this is a good beer and has lots of balance to it but i dont think i get the freshest bottles because its no in distro in my area. so one day i may change my mind but this beer is worth getting at least once to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 17:26:40 | More by kaips1
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

03-10-2014 18:59:51 | More by Daniel9913
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-30-2014 11:38:52 | More by BillDon
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-30-2012 21:10:01 | More by 316nuts
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-04-2014 20:54:20 | More by Joshmistake
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2014 16:36:28 | More by jweave16
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-16-2013 02:52:01 | More by jordanimal
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 23:35:11 | More by walkinginplace
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

03-28-2014 00:50:15 | More by Rubalaca
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3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/5/10 ...found this gem sitting by itself at a liquor store!

Poured into Firestone Walker pint glass

A: Brilliant yellow with a crisp white head, very pretty in the light. It glows!

S: Wow, all tropical fruits here. Oranges, pineapple, grapefruit in the background. Can't really get any pine, but it's a pleasure to whiff. As it warms a bit and I pour more from the bomber, I get whiffs of stinky pot? Yeah, I think that's what it is.

T: Begins with a creamy mouthfull that immediately put a bittering feel on my tongue. It mellows out into a slight caramel malt, and finishes with the grapefruit and pine an IPA is known for. However, I feel like I got a slight prickle of alcohol on the finish, which was both unpleasant and startling to me. What is this? I think my palate may be acting weird on this one.

F: Like the bottle says, surprisingly light. very crisp though. A tiny bit of prickle on the tongue. Bitter feel from the hops but not overly so.

D: There's more at the liquor store. I may go back and get more.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 05:10:25 | More by awalk1227
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden honey color, with a creamy eggshell white head.

S: Wow, lots of mango and grapefruit with some orange and a good backbone of hops.

T: So much fruit, it tastes like the hops were soaked in juice and then used, amazing, with a very small amount of residual bitter aftertaste.

M: Some stickyness but not dry at all, which I find very appealing in IPAs.

O: I wish I could get this all the time, I love juicy IPA's, so this was right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 22:53:14 | More by Fubar1453
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-07-2013 03:38:49 | More by BrettHead
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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