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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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9,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,797
Reviews: 2,067
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 985
Gots: 1,936 | FT: 41
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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Photo of Naidu91
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This one sold me on west coast IPAs

Naidu91, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of BillBabbitt
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

I know this a very highly rated IPA, but I am not a fan. I have tried this beer on tap and out of a bottle. It pours a beautiful golden color with a rich creamy head , but I find the aftertaste a bit harsh.

BillBabbitt, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Jessefromthe9
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Amazing !

Jessefromthe9, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Hophazzard
4/5  rDev -9.3%

I like this one. Readily available too

Hophazzard, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of clingy
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Classic favorite.

clingy, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is tangy with lots of fruit, like grapefruit and banana. The taste is sweet and strong with hops. A very well balanced West coast IPA.

Alex-Alkis, 58 minutes ago
Photo of Neil1974
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Neil1974, Today at 06:31 AM
Photo of sohj
4.5/5  rDev +2%

sohj, Today at 04:59 AM
Photo of UnionMade
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a bright, vivid, orange-gold color, topped with a nice little puff of white foam. Excellent lacing, sheeting down the glass all the way to the bottom.

Smells so bright and citrusy. Resinous hops and more hops. It's like olfactory sunshine. The malts are very clean and don't offer much resistance to the insistent hop scent that wafts up the minute I cracked my first can.

The flavor opens with clean toasted malt flavor, barely a hint of grass or pear esters, moving lightning quick into one of the brightest, most gloriously balanced hop finishes I've ever experienced. It's just pure west coast hoppage. Spicy, citric, resinous and floral. If you love hops, this is the beer you want to be drinking. The balance is pretty impressive. The hop flavors dominate the beer, but never once do I feel like the bitterness is overpowering. At first, I felt like the body may be a touch thin, but if it were any denser, it wouldn't allow the hops to dance so easily from front to back across each sip. Peppy carbonation adds to the bright liveliness. Somehow this brew manages to maximize hop enjoyment while maintaining terrific drinkability. A masterpiece.

This might be the perfect, definitive american IPA.

UnionMade, Yesterday at 04:58 PM
Photo of cgskippy
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

cgskippy, Yesterday at 02:39 PM
Photo of knicks19947
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

knicks19947, Yesterday at 02:32 PM
Photo of mjfabian
5/5  rDev +13.4%

mjfabian, Yesterday at 11:30 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Russkiy, Yesterday at 04:04 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

eddie5721, Yesterday at 02:21 AM
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

EBARTANE, Yesterday at 01:26 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

rebel-fist, Yesterday at 12:38 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

cooperla1, Yesterday at 12:25 AM
Photo of GMorgan
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

GMorgan, Wednesday at 10:51 PM
Photo of s_wit
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

s_wit, Wednesday at 05:28 PM
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

barrycothran, Wednesday at 05:15 PM
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2.52/5  rDev -42.9%

mattjcrawford, Wednesday at 03:59 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

DMaCATO, Wednesday at 11:53 AM
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Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 9,797 ratings.