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Sculpin IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sculpin IPASculpin IPA

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

8,195 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8,195
Reviews: 1,966
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 850
Gots: 1,166 | 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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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color gave way to a thick billowing head that lasted for quite a while and laced well.

Tremendously fragrant the scent can be caught from as far as three feet from the snifter. Huge citrus notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerines and dare I say watermelon.

The flavor does not hold the fruitiness of the scent nearly as well but a more balanced citrus, malt and piney hop flavor comes out on the tongue. The flavors are strong but never overpowering the other. This balance lends to feel as a very smooth, light and crisp feel causes the ale to drink dangerously easy. 7 ABV will not hurt you as bad but it reminds you that this is not a DIPA, yet so much fragrance and flavor comes from a littler package.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:53:01 | More by KYGunner
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shant01

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-21-2013 22:28:18 | More by shant01
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ejh06752

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-21-2013 21:02:12 | More by ejh06752
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jamvt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 13:34:39 | More by jamvt
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 06:34:51 | More by Dbrulet
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2013 04:47:37 | More by Hallertau
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-21-2013 02:38:26 | More by scottDC
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zismasterflex

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-21-2013 01:34:27 | More by zismasterflex
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-21-2013 00:07:04 | More by jngrizzaffi
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JFlynn986

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A bar near me has started to carry a much better selection of beers which is where I got to finally try this amazing IPA. The color is a crisp golden caramel and it pours with a light head. The citrus undertones pair nicely with the hoppyness of the beer. Overall I was very happy with this selection and look forward to enjoying this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 00:02:30 | More by JFlynn986
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king75

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

07-20-2013 23:36:50 | More by king75
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DanforthPewter

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-20-2013 22:43:10 | More by DanforthPewter
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vikinghorn

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-20-2013 21:04:23 | More by vikinghorn
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dbc5

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-20-2013 18:57:26 | More by dbc5
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-20-2013 17:47:48 | More by atone315
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Vuaspeliador

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-20-2013 13:51:37 | More by Vuaspeliador
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LarryAppleton

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-20-2013 13:35:49 | More by LarryAppleton
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Wolverine48104

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-20-2013 06:18:51 | More by Wolverine48104
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-20-2013 04:30:50 | More by bccrosley
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garmin_gecko

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-20-2013 04:10:37 | More by garmin_gecko
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-19-2013 18:51:15 | More by Liverpool08
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jjf3792

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-19-2013 17:20:14 | More by jjf3792
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Cholansky1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-19-2013 15:10:39 | More by Cholansky1
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Rodster

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is fragrent floral and a little spicy, the taste matches the smell closely with no offnotes, doesn't have the silky or somewhat viscous mouthfeel that I prefer in my favorite IPAs but it is smooth nonetheless. Amber color with a creamy head. From my own personal experience, I consider this a top tier IPA. It is on my short list of IPAs to seek out when I'm making a beer selection...

Serving type: growler

07-19-2013 15:05:22 | More by Rodster
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass. Best by 11/27/13.

A- Poured a sem- hazy dark golden color with some visible carbonation, fluffy white head that left fairly dense and chunky lace.

S- Massvie peach, apricot, mango, and pineapple fruit notes. Very fragrant and floral with some
malt sweetness. Very aromatic and big hop fruitiness.

T- Heavily tropical in the flavor profile. Bursting with apricot, pineapple, peach, and mango notes. Some piney notes, sweet malt backbone, and moderate earthy bitterness.

M- Soft carbonation, very refreshing, very smooth, very dry, really the perfect mouthfeel for an IPA

O- This IPA definitely lives up to the hype. This is a wonderful IPA with huge tropical hop flavors, a big aroma, and a great mouthfeel. Bravo Ballast Point this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:02:46 | More by Hoptometrist
Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 8,195 ratings.